There are few things worse than your baby struggling to eat or rest comfortably, except for maybe having your child misdiagnosed. There are some conditions that have similar symptoms, which means you can spend a lot of time trying to cure something your little one doesn't even have, like conditions that look like silent reflux, but aren't.
Silent reflux is one of those conditions that a lot of moms think their baby has, but it doesn't exactly have specific parameters to describe it. According to the Reflux Infant Support Association, silent reflux can be hard to understand as your baby may not have any obvious signs of reflux and they may be very loud about it, negating that whole "silent" part. In short, it's hard to diagnose. Your baby may vomit, but they may have other symptoms of reflux, too. They may cry while they have it, but they may not make any noise either. They can grimace and make a face like something tastes bad, but they might just start crying during every feed.
Fun, right? Silent reflux seems to encompass a whole bunch of symptoms that could mean other things. A crying baby that doesn't want to eat doesn't necessarily mean that they should be diagnosed with silent reflux, which is why it's helpful to know some other conditions that look like silent reflux, but aren't. Why stress about something like reflux? Make sure your little one isn't facing any other conditions and talk to your pediatrician or International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) for guidance on your baby's reflux-like symptoms.