How should you treat a baby with reflux?
Having done everything the GP and midwife have suggested, do you have any alternative thoughts on how to treat a baby with reflux?
Infantile reflux occurs when food or acid spills back into your baby’s
oesophagus during or after feeding. Before you try over-the-counter or
prescribed medications, make sure that you have given some simple measures a go
to see if you can minimise this problem. Breast milk is best for many reasons
and is easier to digest than formula milks. Easier digestion speeds up the
passage of milk through the digestive tract and there is less likelihood of
gas. Try different feeding positions − angle your baby at an incline rather than
flat to avoid curvature/hunching of your baby’s back during feeding − this will
allow milk to pass through more easily. Avoid tight nappies or clothing, wind
thoroughly and try to keep your baby upright or on an incline for 20 minutes
after each feed. Some mums have a more than adequate flow of breast milk and
some babies will be vigorous feeders −both can cause the baby to gulp and
swallow air. Try expressing a little of the fast flowing fore-milk or allow your
baby to feed on and off in the first few minutes. Finish one breast first before
you go onto the next. Your baby may want to comfort feed, even though they may
be becoming full. The suckling process at the end of a feed also encourages the
passage of milk through the digestive tract. Try more frequent, smaller volume
feeds to avoid overfilling the baby’s stomach. If things don't settle or you
have concerns about your baby, speak to your health visitor or GP.