New parents have plenty to deal with just learning how to properly care for an infant. Between figuring out how to feed, change, and even hold your baby; the learning curve is pretty steep. However, you may be understandably concerned if your baby is coughing, wheezing, and vomiting regularly.
These could all be signs that your baby is suffering from acid reflux, a digestive disorder whereby food is regurgitated into the esophagus. In babies this is often due to the simple fact that the brain, nerves, and muscles are still learning how to coordinate in order to digest breast milk or the Lebenswert Formula being ingested.
In other words, the condition will eventually clear up on its own in most cases. Still, this problem could last up to a year or even longer. During that time your baby will suffer a lot of discomfort and perhaps even lose weight. This is why it’s a good idea to speak to your pediatrician about testing, diagnosis, and treatment.
If it turns out your infant has acid reflux, there are steps you can take to try to alleviate the problem on your own. Whether you’re considering changing your own diet, switching to organic baby formula, or taking more drastic measures, it pays to understand the ways in which you can help your baby to more easily digest food and gain necessary nourishment. Here are a few strategies to try.
Acid reflux isn’t necessarily caused by the content of your baby’s diet, but it can exacerbate the condition. If you’re breastfeeding you may find that changing your own diet helps, especially if it turns out that your baby is intolerant to certain foods.
You could also try swapping in Holle Formula to see if your baby has a better reaction. Goat milk could also be helpful if it turns out your baby is lactose intolerant. In some cases, finding ways to thicken milk is productive because it doesn’t creep back up into the esophagus as easily.
Before you make any changes, talk to your pediatrician to make sure they are safe and advisable for your baby. The last thing you want to do is cause more harm than good when your infant is already having a hard time keeping food down.
Adjust the Feeding Schedule
When you feed your baby is just as important as what you feed him when dealing with acid reflux. Your infant may prefer breast milk, goat milk, or Hipp Formula, but if you’re feeding on the wrong schedule, the contents of the bottle may not matter.
The main recommendation seems to be more frequent feedings with less food. This can be difficult for harried parents already trying to adjust to a truncated sleeping schedule, but if you can’t get your baby to sleep because he’s suffering from the discomfort of acid reflux, this might actually improve everyone’s rest.
If you breastfeed, try cutting feeding time short, stopping your baby before he has his fill. As for bottle feeding, simply put less milk in or use a smaller bottle. Then wait for your baby to show signs of hunger instead of feeding him on a schedule.
When you offer less food more frequently, it may be easier for your baby to digest properly instead of overfilling and regurgitating each time. This will keep your baby more comfortable and potentially allow for more restful sleep.
Positioning after Feeding
In adults, acid reflux can be attributed to a number of things, but it’s often linked to eating immediately before lying down to sleep. The same issue could be to blame for your baby’s condition.
To see if this is the case, try holding your baby upright for up to a half hour following feeding. You might also position him in a crib or carrier so that his head is propped up (rather than lying down flat). Gravity can help to keep food in the stomach, where it belongs, long enough to begin digesting.
Check Your Bottle
Acid reflux could be caused by something as simple as using the wrong bottle. Make sure that you’re not overfeeding with a bottle that’s too large and don’t forget to check the nipple size. If the contents are coming out too quickly, your baby could be gulping and getting a lot of air in his stomach, filling him up even more and leading to burping, regurgitation, and acid reflux.