First, let’s ground ourselves in this truth… all babies have some level of reflux.
This is because their entire digestive tract is more immature than older children.
Sphincter Muscle :
The sphincter muscle that separates the esophagus from the stomach is often undeveloped and opens regularly, allowing stomach acid to flow back up the throat causing burning and pain.
As their brain and nervous system develops, they can have some weakness in their vagus nerve function, which controls bowel mobility and digestion. It also doesn’t help that we often put babies on their back, whether for play or sleep, and this can only exacerbate symptoms. For some children, their reflux will be more severe or they may be more sensitive to the effects, whatever the reason, we want to help alleviate their discomfort.
What are baby reflux symptoms?
While symptoms may vary, here are some main ones to look out for:
🎈Crying or uncomfortable after eating
🔹Coughing or choking regularly
🎈Refusing the breast/bottle
🔹Arching back after eating
🎈Resistance to laying on back
🔹Gassy and/or foamy bowel movements
🎈Colicky, unhappy or seemingly uncomfortable in body
🔹Wheezing, apena or breathing difficulties (respiratory infections)
🎈Sour breath, burps and hiccups
🔹Throwing up, usually projectile vomiting (not with silent reflux)
🎈Failure to thrive or failure to gain weight
Natural Remedies :
There several natural remedies for baby reflux that have helped thousands of suffering infants.
Some babies may have reflux due to the birth process. Try massage therapy or cranial sacral treatments. Again, look for practitioners with clinical experience with acid reflux in infants.
Using gripe water or fennel seed water might be of great help too.
Find a chiropractor who specializes with baby colic. It isn’t the traditional snap, crackle, pop that we can associate with chiropractor care but very gentle manipulations that are more like massage.