Joy of motherhood is something that can’t be explained in words. And there comes a time when all you want to do is pull your hair and be left alone so that you can get SOME sleep. My Son has been an amazing sleeper since day 1 so I expected something similar with my Daughter but I was so wrong. My Baby Girl would not want to sleep at all. I had to use Homeopathy to get her to sleep when she was in extreme pain. After a few days of struggle (I was also looking after a Teething 20 month old with his First Cold) I figured out that she had an Acid Reflux. This is the reason why she would vomit after almost every feed. Seeing her in pain was so painful that I can’t even describe. My Son had a mild colic for the first few weeks which got cured by Homeopathy and my diet change but he never had Reflux or GERD so I wasn’t even prepared for this.
I knew what to give her but since I was not already prepared with the remedies that were required I had to see her suffer for a few more days because the remedy that helped her took a few days to arrive.
Before revealing this amazing remedy I would like to briefly explain Acid reflux and its Symptoms.
What is Acid Reflux?
According to Dr. Sears “Gastro-oesophageal reflux disorder (GERD) or Acid Reflux is one of the most common infant feeding problems, with around 25 percent of all babies experience some degree of it. GER can cause a range of conditions, from the mild (frequent, painless spitting up) to the severe (colic, abdominal pain, and frequent night waking). In fact, GER is one of the most common causes of so-called colic.”
Signs and Symptoms Of Acid reflux or Infant Reflux
Frequent Spitting Up: (while its not uncommon for newborns to spit up to some extent but frequent spitting up could be a sign of Infant reflux)
Projectile Vomiting: This is more than a spit up where a Baby vomits immediately after a feed with some force.
Fussiness and lengthy crying duration: Your Baby might be uncomfortable, fussy and cry for 2-3 hours a day which might look like colic.
There is something called Silent Reflux when your Baby does not vomit or spit up but will have all the other symptoms of acid reflux including pain and crying spell. If you suspect that your Baby might have a Reflux issue you can try giving her the same remedy.
Natural Remedy For Infant Acid Reflux
This Magic Remedy was nothing but a Homeopathic Remedy called Natrum Phosphoricum or Nat Phos.You can buy it here.
Yes, this is the Remedy that acts like a charm! I didn’t have it in 6x Potency so had to order it online and wait for a few days for it to arrive. I gave her Nat Phos 6x after every feed for a week and stopped it when I felt that she was getting better. I also gave her Nux Vomica 30c (buy here) 2-3 times to help her sleep better when the pain was unbearable. That’s it! Her Reflux is a history now and she is a happy 4 month old 🙂
Dosage: 1 Tablet dissolved in a tsp. of breastmilk (or water if you are not breastfeeding) after every feed for 1 week or until all the symptoms of Acid reflux or GERD disappear.
Nat Phos is the same remedy that is used to cure adult acidity and it can be used for Pregnancy heartburn too. Nat Phos is sodium phosphate and is one of the 12 cell salt remedies.Nat Phos because it has no side effect. You might just have to give it to her for a week or 2. Long term usage helps with weight loss in adults so you might notice that your Baby is not gaining much during that week or two and will start gaining once she is off Nat Phos.
Apart from this remedy make sure that you maintain a good balance between acidic and alkaline food. Eat more alkaline foods like cucumber, dandelion, spirulina etc. If you are a Coffee or Tea drinker you can take Nux Vomica 30c whenever there is a caffeine overdose so that it doesn’t trigger your Baby’s colic or reflux.
Keep your Baby upright while feeding. Keep her upright for 15-20 minutes after feeding and make sure to BURP her every time you feed. Do not try to nurse her while lying on bed until her reflux is cured, trust me it doesn’t work!
Offer frequent feedings rather than one large feeding.
This remedy is safe for newborns.
Edited October 14th 2014: I am adding these 2 remedies to this post so if you have tried Nat Phos and it didn’t work you might want to try this-
Aethusa 30c: (You can buy it here) Give Aethusa 30c 3 times a day for 3 days and stop. This remedy is for babies who forcibly vomit after every feed. It can be given along with Nat Phos.
Silicea 6x: (You can buy it here) Give Silicea 6x 3 times a day until all the symptoms clear. Babies who need Silicea usually vomit milk immediately after brestfeeding and the vomit looks like thick Yogurt instead of milk.
Will you use this Homeopathic remedy? Let me know your feedback, would be happy to hear some positive stories 🙂 Good Luck Mama!