Altoona & Eau Claire, WI–

Just like 40 is the new 30, acid reflux in babies is the new colic.  I don’t know if you have noticed at all, but babies are getting “diagnosed” right and left with acid reflux.  I use the term “diagnose” loosely as a typical pediatrician will not actually test the baby to see if it is truly a valve issue in the digestive tract, but just do a trial of medication (scary!).

Let’s start with some basic definitions.  I did not come up with these on my own, so I’ll give props where it is due.

The following info in italics was taken directly from a research article from Joel Alcantara, DC  and Renata Anderson, DC and this article was accepted and published in the The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association in 2009.

Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) is a digestive disorder consisting of reflux of gastric contents into the esophagus 1. GER is also more commonly known as acid reflux and is considered a normal physiologic process that occurs in healthy people of all ages and affects approximately 50% of healthy, full-term newborns 2. The acid reflux occurs as a result of transient relaxations of the lower esophageal sphincter or when the sphincter tone adapts inadequately to changes in abdominal pressure 3. The acid reflux becomes known as a disease process (i.e., gastroesopahageal reflux disease) only after the acid reflux becomes symptomatic or causes pathological consequences for the patient 4.

Gastroesopahageal reflux disease (GERD) may be present in infants with initial signs and symptoms of frequent vomiting, poor weight gain, and persistent irritability. Regurgitation is also a common manifestation of GERD in those younger than 12 months of age 5. Some less common signs and symptoms of advanced GERD in infants include hematemesis, anemia, persistent cough, recurrent ear infections and torticollis 6.

The incidence of GERD in infancy has been estimated at approximately 18% and becomes more common as children become older. One possibly for this may be due to the ability of the older patient to report symptoms more accurately 7.

Given the growing pediatric incidence and prevalence of GERD, multiple treatment options have been proposed, from both allopathic and non-allopathic clinicians. Debate continues regarding non-allopathic approaches to the care of pediatric patients, particularly the use of chiropractic pediatric care. In the interest of evidence-based practice for chiropractic pediatric, we present the successful care of a pediatric patient with subjective complaints consistent with GERD.

The article goes on to state that the patient in this case study had resolution of GERD symptoms.  Plenty of chiropractic research is needed to really make this evidence, but chiropractors see it all the time in their offices, they just don’t have the time to publish the information.

The most common medical treatment for acid reflux in babies is medication (smaller dose) that is intended for adults.  Zantac is the only FDA approved (which means nothing basically…I can ground up my big toe, do some biased research on the product and say that it heals cancer and the FDA will approve it and if the side effects are too great…meaning thousands of deaths, then they may consider pulling it off the market.  The FDA is another blog topic!).  Zantac has been studied in infants, but it’s a drug and is dangerous!

This next bit of information makes me sick and I pulled it off a website that favors medications:

“While it is true that Zantac is the only FDA approved reflux medication for babies under one year, it is very common for pediatricians and pediatric GI to prescribe PPIs such as Prevacid to babies who do not respond to Zantac. In fact, there is a lot of research that shows that PPIs are just as safe and more effective than H2 blockers like Zantac and Axid (see The only reason that they haven’t been approved by the FDA is because the drug companies themselves have not conducted the research to get the approval for use in children under 1. It is difficult and expensive to conduct research on infants and most drug companies choose not to do it.”

Really???  We are willing to put toxic chemicals into our little babies by using a “best guess” about dosing and we definitely don’t know the short or long term consequences of such.

Meanwhile, chiropractors have been adjusting babies for over a hundred years and the only side effect is good health!  It blows my mind that parents want to do medications first as the chiropractor’s work is “unscientific”.  Really?  False!  The medication given to children that age is not only unscientific, but YOUR CHILD IS THE TRIAL!

Chiropractic offers a NON-INVASIVE AND NATURAL form of healthcare.  Parents, please!  I’m begging you for the sake of a generation to consider a check-up with the chiropractor FIRST!  If we can’t help, then move onto other options.  What we do does NOT harm the baby.  We allow the body to function better.

I’ve seen many children at my office.  Many with reflux-like symptoms.  Parents are amazed at the results they see in their children.  I’d love the opportunity to help yours!

Naturally Restoring Your Health,

Dr. Gunderson