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Treating Reflux in Babies with Homeopathy

Reflux in babies is the process of backing up of the stomach contents into the esophagus or food pipe (a tube that carries food from throat to stomach). All babies have some level of reflux. For some babies, the reflux may be more severe, or they may be more sensitive to the effects of reflux. Infants are more prone to reflux due to physical factors. Aethusa Cynapium, Chamomilla, and Natrum Phos are the top homeopathic remedies for reflux in babies.

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Homeopathic treatment for reflux in babies.

Homeopathic Treatment of Reflux in Babies

Homeopathy helps in treating acid reflux in babies in a safe, gentle manner. Medicines for reflux in babies prescribed in homeopathy are all of natural origin and babies tend to tolerate them well. These can help resolve the condition in a very mild and gentle manner without causing any side effects, which is often a point of concern when it comes to medicines for babies.
The top grade homeopathic medicines used to treat reflux in babies include the following:

Aethusa Cynapium – Homeopathic Medicine for Reflux in Infants who Vomit After Intake of Milk

Aethusa Cynapium works very well to treat reflux in babies. It is prepared from a plant commonly named ‘Fool’s Parsley’ belonging to the natural order Umbelliferae. Aethusa Cynapium is useful for treating vomiting in babies soon after taking milk. The child tends to throw up all the milk immediately after its intake forcibly. The character of vomiting is like curdled milk or cheesy matter, but may also look like frothy white matter. The child may get drowsy after vomiting. Another attending symptom is repeated hiccoughing.

Chamomilla – Natural Medicine for Reflux in Irritable and Restless Infants

Chamomilla is a natural homeopathic remedy prepared from the plant Matricaria Chamomilla. The natural order of this plant is Compositae. The child who needs Chamomilla has wind colic and regurgitation of food. Colic in babies causes pain in the stomach due to obstruction of wind in the intestines. The baby tends to vomit out whatever has been drunk or eaten, and this vomit is usually slimy and sour smelling. The abdomen is distended, full and tensed.
Along with these symptoms, hiccough and foul smelling belches may be present. The child becomes very irritable and restless and may be experiencing stomach problems. The child cries, screams, groans and asks to be carried around.

Natrum Phos – Homeopathic Remedy for Acid Reflux in Babies with Vomiting and Colic Abdomen

Homeopathic formulation Natrum Phos is highly beneficial for acid reflux in babies. This remedy works by neutralizing the stomach acid and promotes healthy digestion. It is indicated for children who vomit out curdled milk or cheesy masses. They may also experience abdominal colic. The child may experience several attacks of acid reflux during the day, along with vomiting. The abdominal colic is usually very intense and can lead to restless sleep. A characteristic yellow, creamy coating on the back of the roof of mouth and tongue usually indicates the need for this medicine.

Robinia – Homeopathic Treatment for Reflux in Babies that is Worse at Night

Robinia is prepared from a plant named Robinia Pseudacacia. This plant belongs to family Leguminosae. It is very helpful in treating acidity in babies. It is used for acid reflux in babies when there is a regurgitation of stomach acid with sour vomiting. The child tends to have a rancid odor all over the body. The symptoms get worse during the night time and disturb the child’s sleep. Abdominal distension is well noted, and burps may be present. Burping can bring temporary relief, but the child may cry with colic after eating.

Calcarea Carb – Natural Treatment for Gastric Reflux in Babies with Sour Smelling Vomiting

Calcarea Carb is used to treat reflux in babies. The key indication for the use of this remedy is sour smelling vomit. Whatever has been eaten gets vomited, and in some cases, curdled milk or milk in the form of cheese may also be vomited. Stomach cramps may appear along with vomiting. The abdomen is hard and tense, and there are frequent hiccoughs and belching. Calcarea Carb is also indicated for vomiting in infants during the teething period.

Carbo Veg – Natural Cure for Acid Reflux in Babies with Excessive Burping

Carbo Veg is indicated for acid reflux in babies with excessive burping. Violent belchings that are foul-smelling are a common symptom that indicates the need for this medicine. These offensive belchings occur after eating or drinking, along with gagging and vomiting. The child feels very uncomfortable after eating even the smallest amount of food. Pain in the abdomen may arise with much flatus. The stomach is distended and seems full to bursting with trapped wind. The release of gas brings comfort to the baby.

Sanicula Aqua – Effective Homeopathic Medicine for Reflux with Vomiting of Food or Milk Soon After Consumption

Sanicula Aqua works wonders in cases where the child vomits food or milk soon after its consumption. Vomiting of food arises shortly after eating. All the food comes up with a gush immediately after eating. The child usually tends to fall asleep after this. It is prominently indicated for vomiting of milk soon after nursing. The vomiting looks like large and tough curds. Abdominal bloatedness may be present with gurgling sounds.

Symptoms of Reflux in Babies

The most common symptoms of reflux in babies include:

-Spitting up or Throwing up / Vomiting.
– Refusal to take feed or eat anything.
– Difficulty swallowing with gagging or choking during feeding.
– Crying, irritability, fussiness or being uncomfortable soon after eating.
– Arching back after eating.
– Gas and colicky abdominal pains.
– Sour breath, burps, and hiccups.
– A frequent cough, breathing difficulties and wheezing.
– Poor or disturbed sleep.

Causes of Reflux in Infants

Infants are more prone to reflux. There are various contributing factors for reflux of stomach contents in babies as given below:

Underdeveloped lower esophageal sphincter ( LES )

LES is a muscular ring at the junction of the lower end of esophagus and stomach. It opens when food has to enter the stomach from the throat. It remains closed at all other times to prevent the backflow of stomach contents into the food pipe. In babies, this LES is not entirely developed and can lead to a frequent backflow of stomach contents.

– A baby lying in a horizontal position during feeding or when placed horizontally soon after feeding is more prone to reflux since the muscles relax and make it easy for the contents in the stomach to reflux into the esophagus.

– Short Length of the Esophagus: Infants, being small, have a very short esophagus.

Congenital Hiatal Hernia: a Hiatal hernia present at birth can cause gastric acid to reflux from the stomach into the esophagus. In a hiatal hernia, the upper part of the stomach bulges into the chest through the hiatus opening in the diaphragm.

Overfeeding: Feeding the baby too much food in one go puts pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter.

Certain foods including citrus fruits, tomato, fatty food may contribute to acid reflux

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  1. Laurie Dent says:

    Hi, my 6 month old has silent reflux, we have aethusa cynapium 30C tablets for her but don’t know what how much, how often and how to actually give her them. Can you help please?

  2. Good evening Dr. Sharma. Hope all is well. We have a girl baby of 2 months with heartburn that makes her cry and not sleep well. Is there any remedy for infant heartburn? where could we buy it? Baby is breastfed of course.

    Thank you so much for your help

  3. Hi. My 3mnts. Baby girl has Big problems with reflux. We tought it was maybe from Milk alergy or its acid reflux but thats not the case. I dont brestfeed anymore and shes on hypoalergenic formula but reflux is getting worse. She has hickups, caughing, pain from swaloving and its getting worse at the afternoon and night. She cant sleep well because of arching her bach and arm twisting and crying. We tryed camomilla, licopodium, aethusa and natrum phos AMD dint work. She spits up right after eating and also later curdled milk. She od getting weight well.

  4. Lynn Ellen Straughn says:

    My grandchild wa born at 34 weeks gestation
    And now is 7 weeks old
    He is doing well with the exception that he does not sleep well and seems to be experiencing discomfort after eating especially at night
    He is almost frantically continually wanting to nurse in th night
    Arches back and has gas
    But does not spit up much

  5. My baby is 5 months old now. She’s had reflux. She will spit up sometimes after an hour or more. She will be sleeping and she wakes up from her sleep crying and sometimes when you pick her up she will spit up cheese like or curdled milk like stuff. During feeding she gets restless sometimes. She doesn’t cry during feeding like she used to before getting tongue tie released. Which medicine is good for her symptoms?

  6. Bipin Kotak says:

    Doctor my baby boy is 40 days old and he is suffering from two issues which are first he has latching difficulty secondly he has gastric issues and his motion doesn’t get cleared because of which he doesn’t sleep well. Kindly advise.

  7. Shafali chopra says:

    My baby use to spit out milk while drinking as well as after drinking too, she use to take burp after that spit out curdled milk and get restless also which medicine will be suitable for her .
    My baby age is 3.5 months.

  8. Rashmi chaurasia says:

    sir my 9 months baby is throwing off just after taking formula milk.and watery yellow stool passing.i have given her bio combination 8 for loose stool.but hers vomiting is not stopped.plz suggest some treatment

  9. Laura waldner says:

    I have a 12 week old baby boy with reflux. Dr has him on Zantac 2x a day but I feel it’s not working like it should plus he’s got side effects. He’s spitting up a lot and I am feeding him smaller amounts at a time also holding him upright 15 minutes after feedings and sleeping elevated. Right now he’s constipated, he’s arching his back so bad sometimes I feel like I’m holding a piece of wood. Also he fusses a lot and refuses to nap like he should (I don’t know if that’s due to reflux because he does spit up a lot when I put him down.) he has trouble burping sometimes and other times he’ll burp and hiccup without relief. I have some bc25 homeopathic tabs from India. I’m reluctant to use them

  10. Chockalingam says:

    Can we give China and acid sulphur for 6 weeks baby for acid reflex

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