Kate chats to The Baby Reflux Lady, Aine Homer, about the importance of understanding the causes of reflux, and addressing them, so our babies can enjoy better health and development outcomes in the long term.
You can find out more about Aine on thebabyrefluxlady.co.uk, on Instagram and Facebook.
“Reflux” itself can be a very broad definition, and the biggest problem is that there is no set of symptoms. Many babies get labelled as “reflux”, many labelled as “colic” and some mothers will even be told that reflux is normal. While some, are told that their babies just cry, and this is just something parents need to get used to.
There is always a reason for reflux. Children are always telling us everything we need to know from their symptoms and their behaviours. Research that looked into infants in pain showed that infants have a lower threshold for pain, which means they experience more intense pain from a similar stimulus. So, if you think that reflux during pregnancy that doesn’t feel good, a child may be experiencing reflux at a more intense level. Anytime a baby doesn’t want to lie down, they are telling us that they don’t want to lie down. When we understand the root cause, there are always specific ways to address it. Once we take the correct course of action for any individual child, we can completely resolve their reflux 95% of the time.
There are potential dangers and lifelong risks of ignoring reflux and believing that reflux is normal.
Birth history can have an impact on a baby’s physical comfort and ability to feed comfortably. Forceps and ventouse assistive birth involve physically squeezing the baby’s head, which puts on extra pressure on baby’s head. This may have impact and bruise a nerve and can cause asymmetrical in facial muscles. If everything does not go back to perfect alignment, the jaw may move sideways while the tongue might not be moving symmetrically as well. This may cause the baby to take on air and if the baby is drinking up too much, their stomach contracts and forces milk (with or without acid) into the oesophagus because there is no other way to go. This contributes to being one of the causes of reflux.