GRSNNZ & Crying Over Spilt Milk are funded by NZ Lottery Grant Board.
Alternative Therapies 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:
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.
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.