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There are many children who suffer from gastroesophageal reflux problems (when food rises back up from the stomach to the mouth through the esophagus) and although there are medications specially designed to alleviate these symptoms, it is something that can be solved through home or natural remedies .
We are going to know all the possible options that can help our son feel more relieved and the problem of gastric reflux gradually disappears.
Gastric reflux is not a serious problem. More than half of children under one year of age suffer from it, so there is no need to be alarmed at such a problem. This problem occurs because the lower esophageal sphincter, which are the muscles that allow food to pass into the stomach and that when contracting prevent it from returning upward, has not yet matured and lacks the strength to stay closed.
We offer you some tips for you to try to relieve your baby's reflux:
- Fattening food: In very young children who suffer from reflux, it is advisable to thicken the liquid to be ingested since it helps to lower the food towards the stomach by making it more dense. Cereals or pharmaceutical preparations can be used.
- Bottle frequency: There are children who do not tolerate large amounts of food in a single feeding and it is the excess liquid in their digestive system that causes the expulsion of the liquid into the mouth, so a good solution would be to give bottles with less quantity, but with higher frequency. The feeding will remain the same only less spaced out in time.
- Do not over-beat the bottle: One of the mistakes parents make is shaking the bottle excessively when the preparation is made with porridge, since this will generate air bubbles that will complicate the baby's digestion of food and favor the appearance of reflux.
- Posture at bedtime: Bedtime is one of the black spots in gastric reflux, since by placing the child in a horizontal position we are favoring the appearance of the dreaded reflux, so it is advisable to place the crib or bed with an inclination of 30º that will facilitate digestion and relieve heartburn. This can be accomplished by placing a pillow on your back.
- Time between eating food and sleeping: Another thing to keep in mind is the time that elapses between when the child eats and goes to bed. It is advisable to wait between 30 minutes and an hour in an upright position after each meal, since laying it down or shaking it while playing or jumping, would only favor the appearance of reflux and even vomiting.
- Pass gas after every meal: Children need to expel excess gas and air after each meal, and there are children who burp more easily than others, but it is very important that they do so to avoid gastric reflux later on. So if your child has a hard time passing gas, try to do everything in your power to help him, such as regulating the flow of air that the child swallows with a sucker for the slower-flow bottle.
Daniel Fernandez. Editor of our site
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