Many babies suffer from acid reflux and many parents do not even realize that they have a treatable health problem. If your baby is constantly spitting up or you are noticing that your baby is up all night and doesn’t get a good night’s rest, they may have a reflux problem. You can learn more about this common problem in the article that follows.
To help your baby sleep through the night you may need to balance out hydrochloric acid amounts in their body if you want to reduce acid reflux and its symptoms. You can do this, for instance, by using sea salt rather than table salt. Sea salt has chloride and minerals that are good for the stomach and prevent acid. For babies, especially newborns, it is important to contact your pediatrician and work out a plan.
Your babies diet may be a factor with their acid reflux! If you’re breast feeding, what you’re eating may be a factor as well. Make sure your baby is not overeating, limit the amount of spicy and/or fried foods you eat. Drinking a lot of soda or beverages with high amounts of caffeine could also be a factor. If you are giving your baby formula, read labels carefully when choosing a baby formula. Unlike adults, babies need to gain weight and in order to do so they need to eat. However, like I mentioned above, make sure they are not overeating. The ingredients in formula could be a factor with your babies acid reflux. Again, work with your doctor if symptoms worsen and/or do some homework on the different baby formulas. If the sysmptoms do not seem to be getting better after taking some precautions with different formulas work with your doctor.
When you feel symptoms are at their worst, there are some over-the-counter remedies that may help. Here is a list of ones that we recommend:
You could also try to mix 1 teaspoon of regular baking soda with eight ounces of water. Drink this slowly, one sip at a time, until your symptoms subside. Do NOT do this every day as baking soda contains a great deal of sodium which can lead to a myriad of other health problems.
After your baby eats, try to see how much saliva is produced. Saliva production is increased when you chew; however, with babies their food is liquid which makes saliva production tough. The benefit of saliva is that the stomach’s acid can be neutralized. Give your baby something to chew on. Chewing also causes a person to swallow more often, which cleans the throat of acids that come up from the stomach. Flavored chewing toys can be used as well. Do not, however, let them chew with mint in it. Mint can actually cause acid reflux, so you may just be making things worse. Another way to help your baby with acid reflux, is to use a crib wedge/incline pillow. A crib wedge helps the baby by elevating its head while it sleeps.
The information provided to you in the above article should help you determine if your baby may be suffering from acid reflux. If they are, use what you have learned to assist in decreasing the negative effects it has. Soon you will be enjoying life as you did before.