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Conventional treatment of infant reflux typically involves decreasing the acidity of the stomach acid. The reflux still occurs, but it no longer causes any pain because it’s less acidic. It’s important to consider the reasons why we have stomach acid though. By the time babies begin eating solid food, their digestive systems rely on acidic stomach acid to properly break down and digest food.
In regards to colic, it’s important to rule out all possible causes for pain or discomfort. If you’re unsure about a diagnosis of colic, it’s completely fine to seek a second opinion from a different health care practitioner or request a follow-up assessment and additional testing. For most babies, making some adjustments to feeding techniques will help ease discomfort until they mature and the symptoms begin to subside.
Quick tips for reflux and colic
- Keep baby elevated where possible, for 20min after milk feeding and during feeding (consider babywearing)
- Elevate for sleep
- Burp after every feed to decrease the amount of air building up in the stomach. Try ‘wonky winding’ to effectively move trapped wind
- Symptom diary
- If bottle-fed may benefit from a slower flow nipple
- Apply warmth to the belly area
- Carminative herbs (chamomile, fennel, dill), carminatives may worsen symptoms for reflux babies