Originally Posted by ChiropractorThor
I am surprised for a Naturally focused website, the amount of people suggesting medications before many other natural remedies or solutions that are out there.
For a list of the side effects of this medication have a look here.http://chealth.canoe.ca/drug_info_de...d=38&page_no=2
(NOTE - not to be used for less than 1 years old!!!) - all meds have a toxic effect on the body, simply numbing or blocking the symptoms.
I am a wellness focused chiropractor. I have helped many children overcome many different severities of reflux. Chiropractic focuses on restoration of balance to the nervous system. The nerves that supply the stomach and digestive system can become irritated or interfered with by misalignments in the spine. By removing this interference, correcting the balance in the body, NATURALLY, the body begins to respond naturally, perfectly.
My second suggestion would be to monitor mom's diet. Many foods can "disagree" with baby; dairy, wheats, sugars, soy, certain proteins, spicy, coffee, to name a few....
Just a few simple suggestions....hope this helps.....
I agree, that natural methods should be tried first, but having been there with two babies, I can say they usually don't work for severe reflux. First thing I would try would be an elimenation diet to see if baby is reacting to foods in the diet. Taking dairy out of the diet can be huge. Continue to breastfeed because that also helps a lot. probiotics are awesome and fish oil for mom is great as well. For my third baby we tried a kinesologist and that actually fixed his problem, but he had mild reflux. The chiropractor didn't really help my lo except for his constipation issues. Although I do believe in chiropractics. I think if I had to do it all over again I would try kinesology first.
As for medications if nothing else works, a good ppi works best for most babies. Like Zegerid, prevacid, or prilosec. My favorite being zegerid. If you use prevacid or prilosec, you need to give it on an empty stomach and wait 30 min after to feed baby to get it to work best. With zegerid you don't have to wait at all. As for as h2 blockers like pepcid and zantac, they are very weight sensitive and so do not work well for most babies. There is some advice on marci-kids.com. Marci-kids has some great new research. I would highly recommend checking them out. Had it not been for them, I would have pulled my hair out. I didn't have the research of marci-kids with my first. It wasn't until my second that I found them. My oldest son cried about 20 hrs out of a 24 hr period. He was in severe pain. We didn't sleep and I actually started seeing things that weren't there. Sadly he was on prevacid, but not the proper dose. His teeth are now ruined. Hopefully his adult teeth will be okay. All that to say I would never recommend just letting baby outgrow reflux. My second son also had reflux, but I contined to bf him and that helped. I also found marci-kids and got him on the proper dose of zegerid. It was an amazing difference. He didn't sleep well either, but at least he was happy most of the time. He has beautiful teeth thankfully. With my third son we did kinesology and for him that worked like a dream. I'm not sure if it would have worked for my older two, but it is def. worth a shot. It is most definantly less expensive in the long run that medication. My son only had to go for 2 adjustments and he was better. He still spit up a ton and we eventully went back to the kin. for that and after 3 visits he would spit up like a normal baby if at all.
Having a babe with reflux is much harder than most people understand. Until you are there, it is hard to give advice. I think one of the most important things is to find other parents who are also dealing with it for support. There is a great site called infantreflux.org and those moms are super supportive. They are not normally natural minded, but they are great at just listening when your having a bad day.
I hope this helps someone.