Q: How Can I Ease My Baby’s Heartburn?

Children | | April 27, 2010 at 8:25 am
Photo by Mai Le.

Photo by Mai Le.

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Q: My baby has been spitting up more than usual for the past month. Is it possible for babies to experience heartburn? Every time I burp her she seems upset and has had increased burps. Are there natural remedies to fix this situation? Kelly R. Syracuse, New York

A: Yes, it is possible for babies to experience heartburn! Known as GERD or gastro-intestinal reflux disease, your baby will likely outgrow this condition by age one. Like adults, this type of reflux occurs when the muscle connecting the esophagus and stomach is weak or relaxed. The good news is that simple lifestyle changes can help reduce your baby’s discomfort! Try these safe and effective methods:

  • Shorter, more frequent feedings will likely reduce the chances of milk coming back up on baby. Because proper weight gain is imperative, be sure you are still feeding your child enough. Burp baby often!
  • Get gravity on your side! Consider the position you’ve got baby in before their next feeding. Most mothers I’ve consulted suggest holding baby in a slightly upright position while feeding to reduce reflux. If you’re breast feeding then hold baby a bit more upright (while supporting their neck and low back). Baby getting a bit heavy? Place your tot in a front sling or carrier positioned so baby is only slightly reclined and primarily upright.
  • Gentle abdominal massage between meals helps increase internal organ tone and calm an upset stomach. See if your pediatric acupuncturist offers reflexology as well. Along with soothing the mind, stimulating particular pressure points on the foot is known to enhance the functioning of particular organs.
  • If you’ve tried these techniques with little improvement consider that what you’re eating might be upsetting baby! Dairy and wheat are often common culprits that directly affect baby. Citrus and saturated fats are also reported as acid producing agents. Try reducing these two foods while increasing essential fatty acids and see if your little one responds favorably.
  • Gripe water. Gripe water is a combination of mostly alkalizing natural agents that help reduce the symptoms of reflux. For more info on this safe homeopathic check out Colic Calm.

ChristineChristine M. Dionese L.Ac. specializes in integrative medicine, medical journalism and was the VP of marketing at WellWire LLC. Visit her wellness and lifestyle blog, Reaching Beyond Now.

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3 Comments

  1. Sarah Leslie says:

    We use a product called O-pH – with just a drop or two a day, it helps the baby’s system get back to pH balance and eliminates acid reflux/heartburn. It is all natural and helps the baby in just a few doses.

    • Marinelly says:

      Can you please tell me where I can find this product O-pH or if I need a doctor’s prescription?

      Thanks

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