Natural Remedies for Acid Reflux in Babies

Posted on August 28, 2018

If your baby is suffering from acid reflux some of her symptoms might include: crying after eating, refusing to breastfeed or take a bottle, arching her back and gassy after eating or failure to gain weight.  The sole purpose of my clinic is to help reduce illnesses in children, and spit up/reflux is one of the most common ailments that we treat babies for.  The following article will outline the most common recommendations that I give parents that are seeking natural remedies for baby acid reflux relief in Charlotte. 

6 Natural Remedies for Baby Acid Reflux

1.Hold your baby as upright as possible while nursing.  If your baby uses a bottle, find one that is designed to help minimize reflux symptoms by reducing air through a vent in the bottle. My patients have had great success with the Playtex Baby Ventaire Anti-Colic Anti-Reflux Bottle.  Also be sure to keep your baby elevated after she eats.  

2.Keep your baby in a semi-upright position while sleeping. If they sleep in a crib, you can elevate the mattress using a wedge. I prefer one like the hiccapop FOLDABLE Safe Lift Universal Crib Wedge for Baby Mattress and Sleep on Amazon.

3.Altering mom’s diet (if you are breastfeeding) can help. Infant digestive systems are not fully developed yet, so try eliminating dairy first followed by wheat, soy and gluten if reflux or spit up does not go away.

4.Try gripe water to help sooth and build your baby’s digestive system.  Mothers have used gripe water for many years for gas and colic.  Some lactation consultants recommend that mothers, who are breastfeeding, consume teas that sooth your baby’s stomach.  Fennel and chamomile teas are popular soothing teas that are used because many pediatricians consider gripe water a solid food (anything outside of breastmilk or formula).

5.Probiotics can balance the microbiome within a baby’s GI tract to reduce reflux and build her immune system.  I recommend Garden of Life probiotics for children.

6.See a pediatric chiropractor to improve spit up and reflux.  While it looks like an infant massage, spinal adjustments on babies are safe, gentle and effective at balancing the central nervous system. The birthing process is traumatic for newborns and most spinal misalignments happen during birth.  It is possible for a spinal misalignment to place pressure on the nerves that control the upper digestive system and result in spit up or reflux.  Removing the misalignment allows the nervous system to control the stomach correctly allowing the body to function properly.   

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