Naturally Treat Your Baby’s Acid Reflux

Those who experience acid reflux know just how debilitating it can be. It causes severe chest pains that can get so bad that sometimes they can mimic symptoms of a heart attack. Acid reflux can also cause coughing, gastrointestinal problems, esophageal pain and nausea, among other things. In adulthood, these symptoms can be enough to put you out of commission for hours, so you can only imagine how crippling this would feel like to a child or an infant.

Acid reflux is a common condition many babies experience, causing them to cry hysterically for hours, lose sleep, reject feedings and feel pain all over their little bodies. Most doctors will prescribe acid blockers or gas drops, however, not all mothers want to put their babies on medications so early on in their lives. For those who want a natural alternative treatment, chiropractic may be the answer. 

Chiropractics may seem like a harsh treatment for an infant, but the reality is that chiropractic is low risk and appropriate for virtually any age group. In 2008 a study reported in Clinical Chiropractic was done on infants with colic. The results showed that babies who received chiropractic care cried less and slept more than babies who did not receive treatments. Another study tracked infants with colic for three months and results showed that 94 percent of the infant’s mothers reported that they saw an improvement in symptoms after only three adjustments within a two week period. 

Chiropractic therapy helps soothe the acid reflux symptoms by removing subluxations from the spine through manipulation techniques. Subluxations are dysfunctions in the spine that are caused by stress that is applied to the spinal nerves. The subluxations affect the nervous system, disabling its ability to transport information between the body and the brain. Chiropractic adjustments remove the blockage, allowing the body to heal itself at its optimal ability.

When the nervous system is not functioning properly, then all the bodily systems are affected, which in effect can have a negative impact on your health. When the subluxations are removed, then the systems are improved, including the immune system. When a child’s immune system is at its peak, then the acid reflux and colic may be reduced. Chiropractors who work on infant’s use special techniques that are gentle enough to safely treat a baby. Chiropractic is a natural, drug free, non-invasive therapy that may help soothe your child and finally offer them the relief they deserve. 

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