Baby Reflux

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.

Online booking is only available for our practice in Belgravia, near Victoria station. If you wish to be seen in another practice, please call our office or request a call back.

If you are an Axa or Bupa patient, you cannot book online. Please call our office with your authorisation number.

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 and at our Clapham practice between Clapham South Station and Clapham common near Battersea.

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.

Our physiotherapy and osteopathy treatments are covered by most health insurances and are Bupa registered & recognised (BUPA Global and BUPA UK), Axa registered & recognised (AXA International, AXA ppp), Cigna registered & recognised and WPA registered & recognised

For appointment with our London physiotherapist or London osteopath call : 0207 125 0262 – 07824 553765

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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