Most of the information in this area has been provided by Vicki Martin, Nutrition and Herbal Technical Consultant, Healtheries of New Zealand Limited.
Some is suitable for use by infants or children, but others may only be suitable for adults. Please check the product information or consult a practitioner for more personalised advice. If you are unsure about using a product don’t use it until you have checked its safety with a reliable source. Please do not change or stop any treatment recommended by your paediatrician or doctor without consulting them first. Herbal and natural remedies for digestion, calming, breast-milk supply, depression etc, can be very effective in some cases, but a possible interaction with mainstream medications is often overlooked and can be harmful. Effectiveness of medications can be reduced or enhanced with unpredictable consequences. Please ensure all medications, natural or mainstream are prescribed/recommended/approved by a registered practitioner and administered using prescribed instructions. When discussing yours or your infant’s needs with your practitioner please ensure to mention all other treatments already being used.Other natural and homeopathic products, information and links:
Obviously this list is not complete. Let us know of any other natural or homeopathic products you have found useful.
- About Herbs - Find out lots of information on specific herbs, botanicals and other products.
- Alcohol - Alcohol use by the breastfeeding mother may increase GORD in the infant but also is not recommended.
- Aloe Vera Juice - I can’t find any medical studies recommending this. Consult a registered practitioner. See http://www.mskcc.org/mskcc/html/69116.cfm#ProfessionalPurportedUses for some more information.
- Dairy free diet - About one third of infants with gastro-oesophageal reflux also have a cow’s milk protein allergy or intolerance.
- Digestodoron Drops - Some have found this helpful. “Regulates digestive processes, helping e.g. chronic constipation or diarrhoea…”
- Iberogast - This has been found helpful in same cases of GORD. I think it needs to be obtained through a practitioner. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iberogast, http://www.flordis.com.au/pages/products/iberogast.php
- Milk Supply - Fenugreek, Blessed thistle, Nursing Tea
- Naturo Pharm- another range of homeopathic remedies and information on homeopathy. The remedies that may be particularly useful for babies with gastric reflux include Calm-med and Colimed Relief.
- Positioning - Upright positioning helps decrease reflux after a feed. Crying Over Spilt Milk’s Medical Treatment section - Managing Uncomplicated Reflux and many other pages.
- Rhuger - Is a natural rhubarb and ginger medication for the treatment of reflux and colic in babies. There is a little more information about it on the Balmac Pharmacy website as well as contact information.
- Slippery Elm - Is something I often recommend. It is meant to coat the gut and reduce inflammation as well as being nutritious. See http://www.mskcc.org/mskcc/html/69381.cfm
- Smoking - Smoking may worsen GORD. – Heartburn, Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER), and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/gerd/#3.
- Weleda Baby Colic Powder - This is helpful for some infants and contains chamomile which is particularly good for gastric reflux.
Written by Roslyn Ballantyne (RN), National Coordinator and Jennifer Howard (Dip. Nat. Therapies) National Coordinator 2001 – 2013 & Community Educator for © Crying Over Spilt Milk Gastric Reflux Support Network New Zealand for Parents of Infants and Children Charitable Trust 2004. Updated by Roslyn, May 2013.
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Hi Ladies, my 12 week old has silent reflux, was put on neocate with suspected milk intolerance but symptoms never went away untill we suspected reflux was put on gaviscon, helped alot, still wouldnt sleep in the day would wake crying so was put on losec, been on this for three weeks and stil no improvement. And he has started to spill now with every feed. Im wondering if the neocate isn't right for him and considering normal formula. Or would that make things worse?? Any ideas :) Thanks
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Hi, im after some advice/help. I have a 7 week old son that has been diagnosed with servere reflux and colic.( he also has a upper lip tie and doesnt feed well anyway) We were prescribed infant gavison to help with the reflux but it has blocked him up horrendously. we were told to stop it and have been given a laxative to help clear him out. yesterday the doctor was talking about prescribing him an entensively hydrolysed formula (pepti Junior) and trialing before we can look at the Neocate as she thinks he may have a cows milk allergy. Today she has rung and said there is a new formula out from Karicare. Its called Karicare Plus comfort which is partially hydrolysed. And that i need to pick one and trial it. Im so confused and googling all this info has confused me even more. HELP PLEASE
Hi ladies, is it ok to give a reflux baby infacol wind drops?? Or will it make his reflux worse??? Thanks
The most efficient way to speak to one of the Gastric Reflux Support Network NZ staff is to text a message to 022 585 5935. Include your name, phone numbers or email and a brief explanation of why you are contacting us. We will contact you as soon as possible. Gastric Reflux Support Network NZ for Parents of Infants and Children Charitable Trust (GRSNNZ) appreciates your donations so that we can continue to support families coping with gastric reflux. http://www.givealittle.co.nz/org/GRSNNZ
Can you get samples of Neocate or similar from anywhere?
Does anyone know if there is any kind of parents support page for kids with allergies? Sorry not entirely reflux related but since they often go hand in hand thought id ask here. Thanks :)
The most efficient way to speak to one of the Gastric Reflux Support Network NZ staff is to text a message to 022 585 5935. Include your name, phone numbers or email and a brief explanation of why you are contacting us. We will contact you as soon as possible.
Hi there, I have just today searched for & found your page as I am desperate to find some relief for my 7.5 week old who is in pain & discomfort. My 7 week old was born 4weeks early via c-section & we are seeing a cranio-osteopath for a number of the interventions she needed during & post birth. After the last 2 treatments she has what seems like reflux symptoms, last time (3 weeks ago) was for 6 days, this time we are on day four. She screams for hours after feeds in pain, no holding position really works better than others, we just fluke a good position which may only offer a few minutes relief or she goes into an exhausted pained sleep. She can't sleep on her back in bed during the day (have tried propping it) so I either put her on her tummy (works sometimes) or hold her upright tummy to tummy at varying degrees on me in the ring sling, we need to sleep like that at night sometimes too. She used to wind well & was spilly at times but it didn't seem like an issue. Now she often doesn't burp or spill at all, gets tense & upset instead. Also her saliva gets so thick & it sounds like she's choking & struggling to breathe past it in her throat. I have tried shorter feeds more often but it doesn't really help - and how does this work if she is screaming for 2-3+ hours (more feeding makes it worse) then going to sleep? How will she get enough if every feed is smaller? I don't want to wake her as it all starts again & we both need to recharge too. Any advice much appreciated, I don't know what to do for her & it's so distressing!
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/812388?nlid=35583_2047&src=wnl_edit_medn_peds&uac=76049AV&spon=9 :-) - Conclusion is also that it is likely to do no harm either.
Studies vary too widely in products and dosages used to permit definitive conclusions, investigators say.
HAMILTON people - how many of you are out there and reading this post??? I'm just replying to a message regarding our COGS Funding Application for the Hamilton area. As our Trust has just moved from the Hamilton area to the Canterbury area, they want to know how many people we are supporting in Hamilton on a weekly basis. I know how many members we have in Hamilton, but of course we support more via our website and this Facebook page. Please LIKE this post if you are in Hamilton and reading this BUT only if you are in Hamilton. :-) Many thanks for your help. Roslyn National Coordinator Gastric Reflux Support Network NZ for Parents of Infants and Children Charitable Trust
Constipation with infant gaviscon...just wondering if baby's system "gets used to it"?
Sorry but need to vent...my daughter who is now 18months had a pre-op check today for her grommet procedure on Monday, met with another new doctor today who obviously only briefly read her file and noted reflux she then proceeded to check her arms and state how chubby she was and that would make inserting a drip harder and because she is reflux there is a chance the mask could make her sick - she then stated 'obviously she hasn't got bad reflux because she is still quite chubby!' um, well obviously you haven't been her doctor for the last 18months and have no idea of the ordeal the reflux actually has been fir her or our family...this made me wild! Anyone else encountered this attitude??
To my Gastric Reflux Support Network NZ email address "I am interested in buying some of your products for our clients in Manila Philippines.While surfing for some purchases online,I came across that your company stocks some of our required goods and could help provide this items..." LOL what do they want to purchase??? Screaming sounds, vomit, curdled milk, preloved stained carpets... ;-)