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infant reflux

Our 8 week old foster daughter is having a lot of reflux problems. My guess is that if we bring her in to the clinic this week the way she is now she'll be put on drugs, which we were trying to avoid.

Since she was born, she's been waking up in pain in the early morning (somewhere between 3 and 5am). Recently we propped her mattress up slightly which has helped. Other than this, most of her reflux symptoms were disguised by her constipation and gas symptoms from her soy formula. We've tried five formulas, the reflux got worst on the cows milk formulas, and the pediatrician just put her on the Alimentum (super digested) stuff five days ago.

The reflux symptoms are still around, though! She gags on spit up, cries while eating, wakes up in the early morning needing to be vertical to be comfortable.

I got her Nat. Phos. 6x 10 days ago after reading other posts on this forum. We gave her one pill crushed or dissolved in her formula. Occasionally I gave her two when the first didn't do anything and she was in lots of pain. She's been getting this three times a day for over a week with no real improvements.

Last night around 7pm I dissolved a pill in 8 oz of water, stirred until dissolved and gave her a little bit (less than a teaspoon). It seemed magic--we suddenly had a calm, happy baby. She happily sat in her carseat and watched us for an hour or so and then drifted off to sleep--usually she needs to be carried non-stop and is always fussy.

At 3am, we repeated the dose. After that she screamed in pain and started gagging on spit up while she slept. Really scary! We're glad her bassinet is right next to our bed so we could hear.

What should we do? Is the Nat. Phos. making things worse?
  bluegreen on 2010-03-13
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If the infant is of mild disposition you should give pulsatilla 30c to her. 3 doses daily at a gap of 4 hours for 2 days. If she is of irritable disposition you may give her Nux Vomica 30c in the same way. One dose means 2 pills or 1 drop.
kadwa last decade
Thank you for the suggestions. I'd like to understand why those two remedies. I had gone to the Nat. Phos. because so many people recommended it for infant reflux in many other threads. Why one of these?
bluegreen last decade
Generally two remedies work for infants. If the infant has a mild disposition and others like to cuddle him he responds well to Pulsatilla. If the infant has irritable disposition and he irritates others his remedy is chamomilla. Nux has also mental symptoms like Chamomilla and it works well for the conditions you have reported. As the infant grows and becomes an adult homeopathy presents him thousands of remedies to choose from. A very detailed case taking is needed to choose such remedy. Natrum Phos and Natrum Sulph also work well for reflux. These are Schuessler';s tissue salts.
Another prominent remedies for reflux are Aethusa and ipecac.
kadwa last decade

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