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What is reflux?

Reflux is a condition where the contents of the stomach can come back up the throat without actually vomiting (silent type) or with vomiting. This can cause inflammation of the oesphagus. It is common in infants since the sphincter (valve like ring of muscle) at the end of the stomach is underdeveloped.

How does osteopathy help reflux?

An osteopath can work on the diaphragm which can be tense in babies with reflux. This will reduce pressure on the stomach and oesophagus. It is quite common that the base of the head can need some treatment since it can get compressed during the delivery. One of the nerves to the stomach and sphincter muscle passes through there and this can get irritated as a result. This can contribute to reflux.

Does it hurt the baby?

No it is very gentle. However the baby may cry since the head and neck can be quite sensitive.

How many treatments will it entail?
That depends on the case history and examination. Generally babies respond quite quickly.



Symptoms of reflux

• Hoarseness / Chronic cough

• Asthma

• Noisy breathing or pauses in breathing

• Refusal to feed/difficulty feeding/spitting up/inhaling

• Difficulty gaining weight

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