How To Treat Sandifer’s Syndrome In Babies

By Subodh / September 13, 2015

Is your little one vomiting as soon as you feed her? Or is she arching her back as you feed her? If you feel that your answer is a yes, then you could visit a pediatrician to rule out the chances of Sandifer’s Syndrome, the scarier version of acid reflux. While babies do possess reflux until a certain stage in their life, they normally outgrow it by six months. But, in certain cases, acid reflux, if not taken care of the right way, could trigger Sandifer’s Syndrome.

So, what is this Sandifer’s Syndrome? Is it so terrific as is sounds? Well, read on to know!

Sandifer’s Syndrome

Baby Having Sandifer’s Syndrome

What is Sandifer’s Syndrome?

Sandifer’s Syndrome is a health condition that affects the upper gastrointestinal tract, which could have neurological impacts. While it is prominent in adolescents, babies might also be suffer from this queasy condition. Medically said, it is a condition that is characterized by the presence of spastic torticollis and GERD plus dystonic body movements. The affected child may or may not have a hiatal hernia. While there are no solid evidence that provide the actual triggers, doctors feel that any abdominal discomfort or improper positioning of the baby could cause a bout of Sandifer’s Syndrome.

The Symptoms

Here are some of the typical symptoms of a classical Sandifer’s Syndrome episode:

  1. Gurgling sounds
  2. Bending of the back
  3. Quick, jerky movements of the upper and lower body parts on the opposite sides
  4. Rapid, atypical movements of the eye
  5. Continuous nausea
  6. Vomiting
  7. Dizziness [in extreme cases]

Many a time, these symptoms subside within a maximum of three minutes, but if your baby showcases these symptoms every time you feed, then please rush to the doctor.

Treating Sandifer’s Syndrome

You do not have to worry as Sandifer’s syndrome might not require any special medication. You might just need to monitor the baby’s movements and eating habits, provided she is not experiencing extreme levels of the symptoms of a classic gastro-esophagus reflux disorder.

Just a few tips and she should get well quite soon!

  1. Feed your baby if and only if she is hungry.
  2. Never overfeed your baby. Stop when she is full.
  3. Feed your baby at regular intervals.
  4. Keep the head of your baby elevated while you are breastfeeding.
  5. Put her on her tummy after each feed and pat gently to ensure that she burps.

Once your baby starts eating solid foods, you could follow these tips:

  1. Avoid feeding your baby oily foods.
  2. Dilute the milk you give her.
  3. Cajole, your baby, to sip water.
  4. Never give water while she eats her solid food.
  5. If she is suffering from continuous GERD due to lactose intolerance, switch to soy-based drinks.

If all these simple tricks do not do the job, the doctor might suggest you to give her some quick a mild antacid. You could also include diluted buttermilk in her diet as it helps in improving the healthy bacteria in the gut. Buttermilk is a natural probiotic that could help in easing the reflux to a certain extent.
If your baby is experiencing Sandifer’s syndrome, then please put your worries to rest as you are not alone. You could patiently wait for your baby to grow up and outgrow the same. However, consulting a doctor is always safe!

Take care and stay safe!