How to Stop Your Baby's Acid Reflux From Driving You Crazy

baby spit up acid refluxThere's a reason every nursery has a supply of burp cloths -- babies spit up. They have since the dawn of time, and will still spit up long after we stop discussing this very common phenomenon. But as parents hunger for more and more information on every single thing our babies do, acid reflux gets attached to a baby who might just be perfectly normal. Or, might just need mom to change up her diet a little bit.

I know, something else that's mom's fault. However, going natural instead of giving your baby drugs is always a good idea. Especially since the number of new prescriptions for babies has increased 11-fold from 2002 to 2009. Even though the number of babies who actually need medication has not.

So what the heck can you do to keep your baby's breast milk from coming back up a few minutes later?

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Cutting out dairy, soy, and wheat has been shown to do the trick on spitty babies. In fact, most babies can benefit from a diet change with the exception of very few who actually have serious problems like erosive esophagitis. This actually doesn't surprise me given that wheat makes me incredibly ill, and I know more than one person who can't tolerate dairy. I'm an even bigger believer as someone who eliminated wheat from my diet and watched all of my symptoms immediately disappear.

Of course, when I was a nursing mom, if someone told me to eliminate foods from my diet, I might have eaten their face off. It's hard to nourish a baby while denying yourself, but if you can avoid meds -- which aren't even formulated for babies anyway -- it seems like it's worth a try. Hey, nobody said you had to avoid sugar, right?

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