acid reflux in babies

October 14, 2010

Acid Reflux in 3 Month Old Babies

Is your 3 month old baby recently become very gassy, spitting up a lot after feedings, constantly fussing in pain and spitting up all over you?

Were you hoping at the three month mark things would get easier, but instead you got stuck with a terrible toddler at three months old?

Have you been giving medicine to your child, but nothing seems to get better?

You’re not alone gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) is hitting babies in untold number. Babies even younger than 3 months old are struggling with acid reflux symptoms sometimes lasting for 1 to two years, often causing irreparable harm.

More than 25% of children being born recently are being diagnosed with gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD). If the acid reflux is excessive it triggers health complications which can become pathologic.

Pathologic acid reflux can increase risk of choking due to reduced throat clearance from inflammation, also weakening mucosal resistance and harming the upper esophageal sphincter (UES). The tubular esophagus is about 10 inches long in an adult and has two specialized sphincters, the upper and lower esophageal sphincters.

The Upper Esophageal Sphincter (UES) is made of several long thin muscles, creating a valve which is designed to prevent air from entering the gastrointestinal tract.

The Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) is made of smooth muscles and is designed to stop gastric acid reflux from entering the esophagus. Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) can do damage to both upper and lower esophageal sphincters.

Often a child subjected to prolonged bouts of acid reflux symptoms will end up suffering from under-nutrition, sleep apnea, hoarseness, respiratory problems, neurological disorders, Esophagitis, Barrett’s esophagus and even throat cancer.

Many people are jumping to powerful drugs like proton-pump inhibitors, alginic acid compounds, cisapride and omerprazole. Others dive into surgically repairing the lower esophageal sphincter to stop acid reflux from enter the child’s throat.

Assuming drugs will cure the acid reflux is a mistake; they can only reduce or block some acid reflux from doing further damage.

It is best to seek the advice of an integrative medical doctor or a doctor who is wise to cutting edge alternative health care.

Sometimes vaccines and antibiotics can trigger digestive imbalances of natural flora and even prevent natural immune system development in children. So your child may not even have an over production of digestive gastric acids, the problem may be an inability to digest food, an allergy or even asthma.

Also make sure your child isn’t having an allergic reaction to formula. Many formulas have harmful soy (phytoestrogens) , high lead content or even artificial additives like aspartame or MSG.

Bottom line is you don’t want to expose your child to unnecessary vaccines, drugs or surgery, get “genuine healthcare” from a health practitioner that looks at the whole picture and isn’t just prescribing drugs as a knee- jerk reaction.

Remember when doctors don’t know how to find the cause; they treat the symptoms, leaving your child with the root cause of acid reflux, unaddressed.

You were born to heal,

Todd M. Faass?

Health Ecologist

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