Aim The aim of this study was a prospective study of the ages babies present with GER and CMPI.
Methods and Results All babies who presented with symptoms of GER or CMPI were included.The usual symptoms at presentation included, vomiting, irritability during feeding, arching while feeding, prolonged hiccoughs and explosive gassy and loose stools.
A total of 64 babies were seen over a 25 week period. 12 babies had simple GER.the earliest age at presenation was between 2 and 3 weeks of age, with a peak at 4,7 and 8 weeks of age.
Conclusion Babies who presented early were likely to be reviewed more frequently.They were also most likely to change their milk formulas easily, while babies presenting later than 8 weeks found it harder to change their formulas.Although the babies were all thriving almost all had feeding difficulties. Frequent reviews were necessary for the very young. Telephone reviews was also necessary after two weeks post intial consulation and at seventeen weeks when weaning commenced.