If your baby is having a poor growth and is suffering from frequent vomiting, having blood in stool and frequent coughing, there are high chances that he/she is affected by GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) just like adults.
The muscle between the oesophagus and stomach is not fully developed in infants, which sees the compounds in the stomach flow backward. This can be a frequent occurrence in babies.
Those affected with GERD often spit up more after feeding. If your baby is still doing healthy and showing a good sign of growth, acid reflux is not a concern and the intensity will only go down as your baby gets older.
Peppermint has a cooling effect on the digestive system and eases the acid reflux symptoms and gives relief from inflammation and digestion, which is associated with acid influx. Mix a few drops of peppermint oil with a tablespoon of olive oil and massage your baby's abdominal area gently. Do this twice a day. Lactating mothers can also drink peppermint tea two-three times in a day.
This also helps reduce the inflammation caused by reflux. Lauric acid in coconut oil makes it as good as the breast milk for babies. It helps their digestive system to function better. Expecting mothers should also consume two tablespoons of extra-virgin coconut oil to boost their newborn's immunity. Besides, by adding half a teaspoon of extra-virgin coconut oil to a warm drink or cereal for your infant, you can also rub a mixture of coconut and ginger oil on your baby's stomach.
Massage your baby regularly to improve the respiratory and digestive functioning. It stimulates the vagus nerve in the brain which is related with the respiratory and digestive systems. It also helps the baby's growth, which makes the body function better. Massage the baby's stomach with warm olive or coconut oil in a clockwise direction. Do not massage immediately after feeding.
Exercising Your Baby
Knee-pushing or bicycle legs reduce problems like gas and bloating. Make your baby lie down, hold the legs in a half-bent position and gently move the legs, as if he/she is riding a bicycle. But never feed your baby immediately after an exercise session.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This is a good remedy for children that suffer from the acid reflux. This also boosts the kids' immunity. Add some raw apple cider in a glass of lukewarm water and give it to the kid at regular intervals to treat the reflux problem. You can also add organic honey to it, but never give honey to a baby who is less than a year old.
This is another excellent remedy to treat acid reflux. The sedative properties of chamomile improve digestion, besides giving relief from colic pain. Mix half a teaspoon of dry chamomile flowers in hot water and after cooling it down, give your infant doses of the tea throughout the day.