Children can also suffer from acid reflux because the muscle between the stomach and esophagus is not fully developed yet. This allows the contents of the stomach to flow backward more easily.
Acid reflux can make your kid spit up more than usually after eating and makes him fussier. Acid reflux should not be a cause for concern as long as the baby is healthy and grows well. There are several natural remedies that can help ease the symptoms and reduce the episodes of acid reflux.
Exercise improves digestion and targets bloating and gas. Lie down the baby and hold the legs in a half bent position. Move the legs as if the baby would be riding a bicycle for about 10 minutes. Do this several times a day.
- Adjust His/Her Sleeping Habits
Children suffering from this condition have trouble sleeping, which makes them fussier. Try to elevate the head of the bed or crib about 30°, placing some towels under. Having the body elevated will prevent the stomach contents from going up into the esophagus. Never feed your child in a sleeping position and don’t lay him/her down immediately after feeding.
Massage can improve the functioning of the digestive and respiratory systems, promotes sleeping and reduces crying.
Put the baby in a lying position and apply some warm coconut or olive oil on the stomach. Gently massage in a clockwise direction for 3-4 minutes. Also, massage the legs and feet with firm strokes. Repeat 2-3 times each day.
- Use Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties which reduce inflammation caused by reflux and keep the digestive system lubricated for better functioning.
Add 1/4 teaspoon of coconut oil to your baby’s cereal or into a warm drink. Do it 2-3 times daily. Breastfeeding mothers should also ingest 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil to strengthen the baby’s immune system.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar balances the acid level in the stomach, boosting the immune system and making the digestion process much easier and faster.
Add 1/4 teaspoon of vinegar to a glass of lukewarm water and give your baby a few spoonfuls at regular intervals.
The antispasmodic and soothing properties of peppermint can ease acid reflux symptoms and calm the digestive system. Mix 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 2 drops of peppermint oil and massage the baby’s abdomen with this oil, twice a day.
Chamomile has sedative and antispasmodic properties which help relieve colic pain, improve digestion and induce relaxation. Add 1/2 teaspoon of dried chamomile flowers to a cup of hot water, cover and let it steep for 5-10 minutes. Strain the tea, let it cool down and give this tea to your child throughout the day in 1-2 teaspoon doses.
Remember to feed your child small amounts of food at regular intervals and do not expose him/her to tobacco smoke. Do not dress your child in tight clothes while sleeping. If you suspect any intolerance or food allergy, consult your doctor as soon as possible.