Sandifer’s Syndrome (or Sandifer Syndrome) is a rare condition that has a high correlation with reflux. It occurs however, in less than 1% of babies with reflux.
Sandifer’s Sydrome is thought to be brought on by the discomfort the baby experiences during digestion due to the reflux.
Symptoms of Sandifer’s Syndrome
While the symptoms of Sandifer’s can be scary for parents to watch, the condition is generally not serious, and will often disappear once the reflux is effectively treated. Symptoms are sometimes mistaken for infantile seizures. Symptoms often occur immediately following a feeding. They include:
- Arching of the back
- Sudden rotation of the head and neck to one side, sometimes with the legs rotated to the opposite side
- Gurgling noises
- Possible abnormal eye movements
- Possible vomiting
Episodes generally last 1-3 minutes, and can occur up to 10 times a day. The baby will typically become quiet during an episode, although sometimes fussiness will occur. Fussiness or crying generally occurs after the episode.
Video of Sandifer’s Syndrome Episode