Baby Reflux osteopathy treatment London
Osteopath for baby’s digestive disorders in London
Baby Reflux Treatment in London
If your baby is suffering from reflux, there are ways to ease the discomfort. Excellence Physiotherapy London offers treatment by our experienced paediatric osteopath who specialises in digestive issues in babies. Tensions in your baby’s abdominal area caused by the delivery process can make reflux worse. The osteopath will assess your baby to find and release these tensions, using the extremely efficient but gentle cranial and visceral osteopathy technique, which is usually performed through a gentle external massage on the abdomen and head of the baby.
Our osteopath can visit you at home in London to carry out the treatment, so your baby can be comfortable during and after our baby’s digestive disorder treatment and you can avoid the hassle of transport.
However, if you prefer for your child to be seen at the practice, we offer sessions at either of the two Light Centre practices: Belgravia near Victoria station. If you need more information about our baby reflux treatment or want to talk to our London Physiotherapist or osteopath about your baby’s condition, feel free to contact us.
What is Baby reflux?
Baby reflux affects about half of new born babies and his a digestive disorder. It happens when the milk that the baby was fed comes back up, causing them to bring up small amounts of milk (called possetting) or vomit. It feels similar to heartburn in adults and it is quite uncomfortable.
What Cause baby Reflux?
The cause of reflux is that the baby’s digestive system hasn’t fully developed yet. When the baby is born their stomach is very small and it gradually grows bigger and stronger. The valve that opens to let the milk in and closes to keep the milk in the stomach (called the sphincter) might not have fully developed yet and therefore not work as efficiently as it should. When their stomach is full, milk and acid can come back up the food pipe, causing possetting or vomiting. A small percentage of babies experience severe and persistent reflux, which can be related to allergies or intolerance to cow’s milk.
Tips for parents to help with baby reflux
There are a few things you can do to prevent baby reflux, if it is mild:
- Feed the baby in an upright position as much as possible.
- Try to feed the baby is smaller doses, but more frequently.
- Have breaks during the feed and let the baby burp before you continue feeding.
- Hold the baby upright, over your shoulder or sitting supported in your lap, for 20 to 30 minutes after each feed. If you are using a bottle to feed, make the sure the hole in the teat isn’t too large.
Article by James Turgis, chartered physiotherapist
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