Acid Reflux refers to the regurgitation of acid from the stomach. It’s pretty common in babies. In fact, statistics reveal that about two-thirds of all infants face acid reflux. Common symptoms include spitting, vomiting, crying, and frequent coughing. Over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs are used to treat acid reflux. However, they are ineffective and many of them cause side effects. Fortunately, there are some natural remedies and feeding positions you can try to minimize the symptoms. So, let’s take a look at some natural remedies for acid reflux in babies.
Natural Remedies for Acid Reflux in Babies
- Make sure you feed your baby in an upright position. “A baby with reflux has fewer symptoms if they are held upright,” says Jenifer R. Lightdale (M.D., M.P.H., AGAF, FAAP). She is chair of the AAP Section on Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Executive Committee. “Placing an infant in a semi-inclined position does not make the condition better.” Dr. Lightdale further explains. In fact, it may worsen GER and you should avoid it.
There are some breastfeeding positions to keep your baby upright. These include the “Australian hold” and “Upright football”. Check out the Best feeding positions for babies with acid reflux. If you do not breastfeed, use an air-free feeding device that can feed in an upright position.
- Keep your baby upright for 20-30 minutes after feeding. According to Mayo Clinic, this can reduce the symptoms. One comfortable way to hold babies upright is over the shoulder. The baby’s torso should be vertical, without slouching. Even if the baby burps, keep the 20-30 minute rule. Moreover, using a baby carrier lets you work while your baby is in an upright position.
Naturally getting rid of Acid Reflux
- Use an air-free feeding device. There aren’t that many feeding devices offering true air-free feeding. If you see empty space, as in traditional bottles, then they are not air-free. Bare® Air-Free feeding system works like a syringe. You can push the air out before feeding your baby. This device dispenses milk with suction only. Hence, you can feed your baby in an upright position, as prescribed by Dr. Lightdale and the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics). Feeding against gravity and upon suction, lets the baby control the flow and pace of feeding.
A pilot clinical study showed that the use of Bare® Air-free reduced the infant’s GERD symptoms by 52%. Moreover, 75% of babies no longer met the clinical criteria for GERD after two weeks of usage.
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