- Dr. DeMers
10 Things Your Pediatrician Might Not Explain To You, Part 5
If your infant has reflux, there are other options besides giving them prescription medications like Zantac or Prevacid.
Western medicine’s model of care is to treat the symptom instead of addressing the root problem. But medications do not come without side effects; some of them are even dangerous. All infants have reflux to some degree that is why all babies spit up. It is normal as long as they are gaining weight and they will outgrow it. But if your baby has discomfort or pain, there are alternatives that may address the issue without the side effects of H2 antagonists or proton pump inhibitors (PPI’s) that may interfere with nutrient absorption. Many moms see a huge improvement with removing certain foods from their diet if they are breastfeeding, or switching to a hypoallergenic formula if bottle-fed. Probiotics may be helpful as well. You can also see a chiropractor skilled in infant care.