Can I Give Apple Cider Vinegar And Cumin Seed Tea To My 6 Week Old Baby With Reflux? If Yes, What Is The Correct Dose?

When a newborn baby suffers from any aches and pains the parents suffer along with it. This is because the baby cannot express itself and all it will do is cry. Acid reflux is a common problem that many newborns face. It is a condition when your baby spits or vomits its feed. This happens when the food and acids in the stomach are thrown back up in the esophagus. The esophagus is a tube that connects the mouth to the stomach. This can happen even when the infant cries or coughs. Many infants experience this problem in the first three months and it goes away with age. But this should not be taken lightly as severe acid reflux can lead to other serious health problems.

Some common symptoms of acid reflux in newborns would include; irritation while feeding, spitting up and vomiting frequently. Constant crying, wet burps, frequent coughing and hiccups, disturbed sleep and bad breath are some of the other symptoms of acid reflux in newborns. Another one of the symptoms of acid reflex in newborns is that Sometimes a baby will arch its back and pull up its legs while feeding. There are a few precautions and home remedies that will help take care of a baby with acid reflux. You should never feed your baby for a long time at a stretch. Take small breaks while feeding the baby as it helps relax the digestive system. Give your baby few sips of warm water between feeds as this will flush the extra acid formed in the stomach while feeding. After feeding your baby do not let you baby lie down immediately instead hold him/her in an upright position for at least 30 minutes after the feed to make them burp. You could also place a pillow under the baby's head in order to keep it in an upright position as this will stop the acids in the stomach from rising. Apart from these precautions some good home remedies are apple cider vinegar and cumin seeds for conditions of baby gastro esophegal reflux.

  • Apple cider vinegar helps by balancing the acidic level in the stomach which ultimately makes the digestion of food easy. You can mix two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a small glass of water and give it you your baby two times a day; this will give the baby a lot of relief.
  • Cumin seeds are also another good natural remedy for treating gastric reflux in babies. You can boil some cumin seeds in a glass of water. Once it cools give your baby one or two teaspoons of this twice a day.

answered by G M

Acid reflux is a very common problem in new born babies. This is because a baby's digestive system is not yet accustomed to milk. Acid reflux causes the acids from your baby's stomach to wash up into his esophagus and this can cause serious damage to his esophageal tract. It is therefore important to take steps to prevent or at least minimize this condition. In most cases, babies take a few weeks or months to outgrow this problem but since your baby is six weeks old and still suffering from this condition, it would be wise to use a few simple remedies to get rid of this problem. It has been seen that mothers with a high-fat diet have a higher risk of having their babies suffering from this problem. If you are breastfeeding your baby, it would be wise to ensure that you follow a healthy diet.

You can also ensure that your baby does not have long feeds and instead has many short feeds. This is very helpful as it ensures that your baby's system is not overburdened with digesting large amounts of milk. Your baby will not appreciate being limited in this manner but it is important that both of you get accustomed to this new schedule as quickly as possible. You can also give your baby a little warm water in between feeds as this will help to flush out any excess stomach acids that may be present in the esophagus. In addition to this, make sure that your baby does not lie down for a nap immediately after a feed as this will encourage the stomach acids to reflux. Instead you can carry your baby about for at least 30 minutes or so after a feed to ensure that the risks of acid reflux are kept minimal. You can also use a small bolster to make sure that the mattress in your baby's crib is at an incline. This position prevents the stomach acids from rising. A regular schedule has been seen to be very effective in regularizing a baby's system and helps to prevent acid reflux. If your baby has been vomiting or has diarrhea, make sure that you visit your doctor as soon as possible as it is also possible that your baby may be lactose intolerant. A baby has a very delicate digestive system, so avoid foods that are very spicy as this will affect breast milk and in turn have a very negative impact on the baby.

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