Whenever babies spit up and regurgitate, the medical professionals identify this condition as acid reflux or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Parents find that feeding babies who are suffering from GERD is very challenging. This disease also affects their growth. In addition, they suffer from chronic lung disease, wheezing and coughing. For young babies, death is possible when they experience apnea.
One of the common medications for acid reflux babies is Zantac. However, it doesn’t prevent or cure acid reflux. Babies who take Zantac may experience some side effects. Many parents notice that their babies lost their appetite during the course of this treatment.
Some parents have turned to probiotics and used them to treat acid reflux babies. Probiotics have proven its effectiveness as a reliable treatment for indigestion in many studies. This means that they can help babies to digest their food better.
Population of probiotics in infants can be reduced in two ways. First, the administration of antibiotics into their bodies will destroy both good and bad bacteria. Second, when babies have acid reflux, it will decrease the population of probiotics.
You can correct the balance of flora in babies by giving probiotics to them. When the balance is restored,the incidence of acid reflux usually decreases. Can you see now how important is probiotics especially for babies with GERD?
Infant acid reflux is responsible for most cases of colic. Both of them share a similar trait which is crying. A recent study on probiotics involves 83 babies. They give Lactobacillus reuteri, a form of probiotics to half of the babies while the other half are administered with standard infant drops. Those on probiotics cry significantly lesser than those on standard infant drops.
You can give probiotics directly to your child. Alternatively, if you are breast feeding your baby, then take probiotics for yourself and allow the breast milk to pass the good bacteria to your baby.
Clinical studies demonstrate that Lactobacillus reuteri is safe and effective for everyone even babies. It also builds a protective layer along gastrointestinal tract as a shield against bad bacteria.
Given the right quantities, probiotics can help acid reflux babies. They also relieve the inflammation especially for babies who are lactose intolerant. Without probiotics, their digestive system will be compromised.