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Over half of all infants experience the effects of acid reflux disease during the first three months after they are born. The symptoms they exhibit can include vomiting, spitting up, irritability, coughing, bloody stools, and not wanting to eat. The majority of infants do not experience anything more then mild symptoms and fortunately most infants begin to grow out of it at around 12 to 18 months.

For those infants who are not fortunate enough to outgrow the effects their symptoms may become more severe over time. Many times if GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disease) does not go away in an infant it is the result of some other disease or disorder which needs to be evaluated by a doctor. More severe symptoms of GERD in infants includes slow or stunted growth, refusing to eat or failure to keep food down, and even blood loss from the burning of the esophagus.

Be on the alert for projectile vomiting that is green or yellow in appearance. Also check to see if it looks like there are coffee grounds or blood in the vomit as well as your child having difficulty breathing or finds it painful to swallow. These are all the signs of reflux and need the immediate attention of a doctor.

The first thing any good pediatrician will recommend for an infant with acid reflux is a change in diet and how the baby is being fed. In fact just holding a baby in a more upright position during feeding can make a big difference. Over feeding also needs to be avoided as it will exacerbate GERD. A smaller amount of formula fed more often through out the day is the best way to avoid symptoms in infants.

Here’s a quick tip you can try when feeding your infant: Take one tablespoon of rice cereal and mix it with 2 ounces of baby formula or milk in your baby’s bottle. After this is fed be sure to burp the baby and hold the baby in an upright position for up to 30 minutes after burping.

In addition to dietary changes your child’s pediatrician may also prescribe medications to further treat the symptoms. These medications are available either over the counter or through a prescription and come in two forms; H2 blockers and proton pump inhibitors. The primary goal of using acid reflux medications is to reduce the amount of acid in the stomach.

The good news as stated earlier is that most infants will outgrow this disease. Acid reflux in infants is usually short lived with very few carrying their symptoms into their adolescent and teenage years. The best place to start if you suspect your baby has acid reflux is a visit to your pediatrician.

To learn more about the symptoms of acid reflux in babies please visit the website Acid Reflux Disease by clicking here.

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A great many people who find themselves suffering from Acid Reflux would prefer not to have to rely on medication to provide them with relief from this condition. Certainly there are numerous holistic remedies for acid reflux that one can now use and will offer a great level of relief from this particular condition.

However although we list a number of holistic remedies below for the treatment of this condition you need to be aware that they may not be as effective in treating as they are in treating other peoples. In fact when it comes to the treatment of acid reflux it is a case of trial and error and you may need to try several different treatments before you find one that is effective in treating yours.

Also even though these holistic remedies for acid reflux can help to relieve the symptoms associated with this condition. Should the symptoms become more severe then you should be seeking medical advice as soon as possible.

Remedy 1 – Drink a Glass of Milk – Some people will recommend you drink a glass of whole milk whilst others recommend a glass of skimmed. But either way there are certain properties within the milk that help to provide immediate relief from heartburn as they help to neutralize the acid in the stomach.

Remedy 2 – Drink Water – Again like milk, water will help to dilute the stomach acid and also help to wash down anything that may be regurgitated. It is best if you drink a glass or two of water immediately after each meal.

Remedy 3 – Almonds – If you chew a few almonds each morning or after each meal you will often begin to feel some relief from the effects of acid reflux.

Remedy 4 – An Apple a Day – Eating an apple after a meal has been found to be another one of the most effective holistic remedies for acid reflux that sufferers use today. It is important that you opt for organic apples to eat and make sure that you chew each bite of them apple well. Again there are properties contained within the juices of the apple that help to actually reduce the levels of acid in the stomach.

Above we have shown you just a few holistic remedies for acid reflux that sufferers of this condition have found to be effective. However a quick search online and there are plenty of others worth considering trying.

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by T.D. Houser

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