Acid Reflux in Newborn Babies: A Western and Chinese Medical Perspective
What is Acid Reflux?
Acid reflux is a common condition that occurs when stomach acid flows back into the esophagus. This can happen to anyone, including newborn babies.
In Western medicine, acid reflux in newborn babies is caused by the underdeveloped esophagus and digestive system. This means that the lower esophageal sphincter, a muscle that prevents stomach acid from entering the esophagus, is not yet fully functional. Symptoms of acid reflux in newborn babies include spitting up, vomiting, and irritability.
From a Chinese medical point of view, acid reflux in newborn babies is related to the Spleen and Stomach systems. According to Chinese medicine theory, the Spleen and Stomach are responsible for digesting food and transforming it into energy and nutrients for the body. When the Spleen and Stomach are weak, food cannot be digested properly, leading to acid reflux. In Chinese medicine, the Spleen and Stomach can be strengthened through proper diet, acupuncture, and herbal medicine.
Parents can help their babies experiencing acid reflux at home by implementing the following natural remedies:
Feed your baby in an upright position: This can help prevent the stomach acid from flowing back into the esophagus.
Burp your baby frequently: Burping your baby after every feeding can help relieve the pressure in their stomach.
Avoid overfeeding: Overfeeding can cause your baby's stomach to produce more acid, leading to acid reflux.
Use a pacifier: Sucking on a pacifier can help soothe your baby's digestive system and prevent acid reflux.
Elevate your baby's head: Elevating your baby's head while they sleep can help prevent acid reflux.
Massage your baby's stomach: Massaging your baby's stomach can help stimulate their digestive system and prevent acid reflux.
Use natural remedies: Chamomile tea or gripe water can help soothe your baby's digestive system and prevent acid reflux.
Avoid spicy and acidic foods: If you're breastfeeding, avoid spicy and acidic foods that can cause acid reflux in your baby.
Try probiotics: Probiotics can help improve your baby's digestive system and prevent acid reflux.
Consider acupuncture: Acupuncture can help stimulate your baby's digestive system and prevent acid reflux.
If your baby is experiencing acid reflux, it's important to consult with a healthcare professional.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Esther Levy-Bremer today to learn more about how acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help your baby's acid reflux.
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