Altoona & Eau Claire, WI–

If you haven’t read my previous blog on this topic, please do!  You can read it here.  I’m addressing a little more information in this blog especially for my MomsEveryday.com followers.

I hope the two blogs that I have written on this subject will inspire some conversation on this topic.  I don’t claim to know all the answers, but just share what I’ve learned and see in my practice.  The diagnosis in babies of acid reflux, and the subsequent medical treatment, is going through the roof.  Lets get a few things clear to start off.  I don’t think you, as a parent, are making intentionally bad choices for your child.  I also don’t believe that pediatricians are intentionally hurting babies.  I think it all boils down to a lack of understanding.  In this case, ignorance is NOT bliss!

I’m glad to point out that I think my generation (The Millennials) are starting to do “healthy questioning” of society and western culture medicine norms.  I encourage that!  I don’t want to be a person that says you must do this or you must do that and do it because I told you to.  I encourage research, discussion, and questioning.  After that, your decision as a parent is based on a great analysis.

With this said, I think parents really need to question why there has been such a rise in the diagnosis of and drug treatment of acid reflux.  And, is what we are doing actually working and effective?

Lets review some facts about babies and reflux:

Reflux (spit-up) of ingested contents, whether breast or formula fed, occurs normally in 65% of infants aged 1-4 months and usually resolves from 6-12 months of age.  At 1 year of age, 1% of babies have reflux.

I understand that a fussy baby that has colic/acid reflux is no fun for the baby or parents.  Parents are exhausted, tired, and feel hopeless!  I don’t ignore that!

HOWEVER, there ARE alternatives to the medication route (I wrote more about medications in the other blog post referenced earlier).  There ARE natural means to help your child, and YOURSELF!

Two recommendations:

1. Chiropractic-You might wonder how chiropractic works to help an infant with acid reflux.  Many times during the birth process, spinal trauma can occur.  If the spinal trauma occurs to the upper neck, which is the most common site in infants, or to the mid back, we know that the stomach and other structures nearby do not work at optimum.  Chiropractors find and correct those spinal problems and allow the body to function closer to normal.  With that, many times the reflux symptoms get better or disappear.  See this wonderful study on chiropractic and infants.  Also, check out this study about reflux and fussy baby.

2.  Nutritional-Recommendations for the mom and baby can be endless, but I thought I would pass on this webpage on a natural thing you can give your child.  Again, in conjunction with chiropractic, I would recommend this.  Addressing mom’s diet is also very important in helping calm down a fussy baby.  That is a discussion for another day.

I hope you have found this helpful!  Let the discussion begin:)

Naturally Restoring Your Health,

Dr. Gunderson