Stomach ulcers are most commonly thought of as an adult condition; however, infants too can suffer from stomach ulcers and acid reflux for a variety of reasons. Because your little one lacks the words to explain what he or she feels, so parents and caregivers must learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of ulcers in babies.
Often the earliest symptoms of ulcers in babies mimic symptoms of colic. These symptoms might include extended crying fits that worsen in the afternoons, evenings and during the night, lifting and lowering of the head and legs to help the baby pass gas, refusal to eat or fussiness while eating and difficulty falling and/or staying asleep.
Symptoms During and After Eating
Babies suffering from stomach ulcers may refuse food, even when hungry, or request several small snacks during the day instead of regular meals. Other symptoms include an increase in "burping-up" and/or vomiting and the child may arch the head back dramatically during and after eating.
There are often several symptoms of ulcers in babies that one would not automatically assume to cause their stomach pain, such as ear and sinus infections or frequent sore throat and runny nose.
Because acid reflux usually worsens while laying down, your baby may express symptoms while sleeping, and these include frequent waking, crying spells during the night as well as coughing, gagging or choking while laying down.
More Severe Symptoms
As the ulcer worsens, symptoms may become more severe and babies may attempt to gag themselves with their hands, the child may lose weight, drool excessively and may even express difficulty breathing and/or swallowing.