Reflux Care & Natural Remedies:
Learn more about how chiropractic can help with Acid Reflux in Infants.
Diaphragm Lengthening Massage for Reflux
Massaging the diaphragm creates space in the lower esophagus and the stomach to help relieve acid reflux naturally.
Football Hold for Reflux in Babies
Utilizing a football hold for babies is a great way to implement many of our favorite stretches and natural techniques! The reflux remedy specifically places the baby's left side down. Left side-lying places allows gravity to help the stomach keep it's contents, helping acid reflux in babies!
Diaphragm Release for Reflux
The final technique also focuses on the diaphragm, but in a prone [tummy down] position. You can apply gentle upward pressure below the middle of the rib cage and massage outward. Tummy time is a great position to utilize for babies with reflux! The pressure on the tummy typically feels good, and it allows for the tense tissues/fascia to relax. If your babe isn't loving tummy time, watch our Tummy Time Alternatives.
Colic VS. Reflux
'Colic' is the a widely used term. The word 'colic' comes from the word 'colon' and references GI issues, particularly in infants. Colic can be diagnosed using the 3:3:3 Rule-- an infant crying for more than 3 hours per day, more than 3 days per week, and longer than 3 weeks in an infant who is well-fed and otherwise healthy. Therefore, some babes that suffer from reflux or silent reflux may have colic, but not every colicky baby is suffering from reflux. Colicky babies may be battling any type ambiguous gut issue such as : constipation, tightness, gas, etc.
Tongue and Lip ties are often key causes of both colic and reflux. To learn more about the Connection Between Tongue Ties & Reflux, read our blog.