If the baby is showing signs of poor growth, together with spitting up food forcefully, and unusual irritability after eating, you should consult the doctor as these signs indicate a more serious condition like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Top Remedies for Babies’ Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
Kids with infant reflux, also called gastroesophageal reflux disease(GERD), often spit up more than usual after feeding. The muscle between the esophagus and the stomach is not yet fully developed in infants, so everything they consume will more easily flow backward. Acid reflux is not a cause of concern if the baby is growing well but just in case you are still worried, here are some natural remedies that are effective in reducing infant reflux and associated discomforts.
- Incorrect sleeping position as well as timing can worsen the baby’s condition and make them fussier. When the baby’s upper body is elevated, gravity does its work and prevents the stomach contents from reverting back into the esophagus. You just need to keep the head of your baby’s crib, bassinet or bed elevated by about 30 degrees with the help of some towels or baby pillows.
- Regular massage helps improve functioning of the respiratory and digestive systems in babies. It stimulates the vagus nerve, a nerve in the brain that controls various regions of the respiratory and digestive systems. It also helps the body to develop more quickly so that each part of the baby’s body can start operating more effectively sooner. Do not massage the baby immediately after feeding.
- Apple cider vinegar is also a very good remedy for babies who are experiencing episodes of acid reflux as it helps in balancing the acid level in the stomach and makes digesting food easier. It can also help in boosting the baby’s immune system and prevent the baby from frequent illness. You just need to add ¼ teaspoon of raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar to a glass of lukewarm water and give a few spoonful of it to the baby at a regular intervals. For babies older than 1 year, adding organic honey will give additional flavour and nutritional benefits.
- The lauric acid which is a powerful antimicrobial fatty acid in coconut oil protects the immune system of newborns. To use coconut oil effectively, add ½ to 1 teaspoon of extra-virgin coconut oil to a warm drink or cereal before feeding it to your baby. Do it 2 or 3 times a day.
Avoid putting the baby immediately after eating as it might cause gastroesophageal reflux disease. Never try to feed the baby any kind of solid food without consulting the doctor and make sure not to overfed the baby.