Acid reflux is common in infants.
It’s a condition that can make both your baby’s life and your life miserable when not treated properly.
Thankfully, there are several ways you can naturally ease infant acid reflux symptoms from home.
The first step is to determine if your baby has acid reflux.
It’s common for infants to spit up multiple times a day. Occasional vomiting should also be expected.
This is because your baby’s digestive system isn’t completely developed yet.
You should become concerned when spit-up and vomiting is combined with any of the following symptoms:
- Frequent or recurrent vomiting.
- Frequent or persistent cough or wheezing.
- Refusing to eat or difficulty eating (choking or gagging with feeding).
- Heartburn, gas, abdominal pain, or colicky behavior (frequent crying and fussiness) associated with feeding or immediately after.
- Regurgitation and re-swallowing.
These are all signs of infant acid reflux.
Please note: If your baby has any of these symptoms, see your pediatrician immediately. Also talk to your doctor before attempting any at-home treatments.
Once your child’s been diagnosed with acid reflux, I recommend the following all-natural at-home remedies to ease his or her discomfort.
Elevate Your Baby While He or She Sleeps
When a baby lies flat on a surface, gravity is no longer helpful in keeping the contents of his stomach in place.
Solve this problem by positioning the mattress in your baby’s crib at a 30-degree upright angle.
Your baby’s head should be at a higher elevation than his feet.
Doing this will help prevent food from flowing back into the esophagus. This will lessen acid reflux flare-ups.
Elevate Your Baby While Eating to Help with Digestion
The rules of gravity also apply when your baby is eating.
Trying feeding your baby in an upright position to ease acid reflux discomfort.
Propping your baby up helps keep ingested food in the stomach and aids in digestion.
To help the digestion process even further, keep your baby in an upright position for at least 30 minutes after feeding.
Note: Breast milk is easier on a baby’s stomach than formula is for babies with acid reflux. If it’s possible, choose breast milk over formula.
Use Essential Oils to Soothe Stomach Pain
The following essential oils have been used successfully to ease acid reflux discomfort.
Simply mix 1 drop of the essential oil of your choice with 1 tsp. of vegetable oil.
Gently rub the mixture on your baby’s stomach.
You can also add 1 drop of the chosen oil into your baby’s bathwater for relief.
Eliminate Dairy from Your Diet
If you’re nursing, be aware that what you eat impacts the breast milk your baby consumes.
It’s possible that your child’s acid reflux symptoms are triggered by a dairy sensitivity.
Try eliminating dairy from your diet to see if your baby’s condition improves.
Feed Your Baby Reflux-Friendly Foods
Once your child is old enough to eat solid foods, add the following items into his or her diet to ease flare-ups.
Safe choices include:
• Mashed potatoes.
• Pasta (without sauce).
All of these foods are easily digestible and contain small amounts of acid that won’t overwhelm the stomach.
You can also eliminate issues by avoiding acid reflux trigger foods like:
• Citrus fruits.
• Foods seasoned with a lot of garlic and onions.
If any member of your family is struggling with acid reflux discomfort, contact us today. We’ll get you the help you need.