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Written by Roman Bystrianyk   
Thursday, 02 March 2006 00:00

Regurgitation is a common problem in infants. Approximately 50% of infants regurgitate one or more times per day during the first 3 months of life. The peak is frequently at 3 months of age and usually resolves by 6 to 12 months of age. Most infants do not suffer from long-term problems, but symptoms can result in infant discomfort and anxiety for the parents. Therapy for the problem ranges from no intervention, to medication, to anti-reflux surgery. 

When basic measures fail to control the problem, two types of medications are generally used – acid-blocking medications such as Pepcid, Zantac, and others, and medications that strengthen the tone of the lower sphincter and increase gastric emptying such as Propulsid, Reglan, and others. 

Nutritional approaches that can decrease this problem carry little risk, are non-invasive, and can reduce parental anxiety. For more severe cases nutritional approaches may work with other therapies. 

A study in Clinical Pediatrics, examines whether fiber-supplemented soy formula can reduce regurgitation in infants. The study was randomized and double-blinded. One group of infants received a standard milk-based formula or received a soy-based formula with 6 grams of added soy fiber.

After 7 days the average number of regurgitations had decreased by 41% in the soy plus fiber group and by 6% in the group fed the conventional cow-milk based formula. After 28 days the number had decreased by 50% in the soy plus fiber group and by 35% in the cow-milk based formula group. 

“The initial step in management of symptoms of regurgitation is usually a change in feeding practices and may include a change in infant formula. Avoidance of cow milk protein and thickening of feedings with use of a commercial formula or addition of a thickening carbohydrate are common feeding changes.” 

The authors conclude that, “this study found a significant decrease in the incidence of regurgitation when infants were fed a commercial formula with added soy fiber. A soy formula with 6g/L [grams per liter] added soy fibers helps alleviate this common feeding problem in young infants.”


Source: Clinical Pediatrics, January/February 2006
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