Naturopaths, Massage, Nutritionists, Acupuncturists & Osteopaths in Brisbane

Baby reflux & colic

Newborn babies are naturally prone to digestive discomfort as their body gets used to the process of "learning to digest." But some babies experience digestive problems to the extreme spectrum, resulting in silent reflux, colic and much distress for baby and the whole family.

Reflux occurs in babies when the sphincter to the stomach fails to close fully, allowing milk and stomach acid to come back up the oesophagus and occasionally into the mouth where vomiting can occur. Vomiting is not always the case, which is why some reflux (silent reflux) can go undetected for an extended period of time. Reflux in babies may cause increased irritability, poor sleep, excessive crying, changes to or poor feeding habits, frequent spit-up or projectile vomiting amongst other symptoms.

Digestive issues that might present in your baby besides reflux include colic, constipation, trapped wind, and vomiting. osteopath_brisbane_baby_colic_reflux

The Osteopaths at Vibe Natural Health in Brisbane are experienced in assisting newborn babies and their families.

When a baby with colic, reflux or digestive problems comes to see our Osteopaths, our treatments would aim to address any structural imbalances through the diaphragm, abdomen, thorax, neck and pelvis as tension in these areas may worsen reflux and contribute to other digestive changes. Treatment may help in calming the nervous system which might assist in reducing pain and discomfort.

Colic and wind pain are common occurrences in infants. Often times, if your child is suffering from colic or wind pain, you may notice that their abdomen is quite bloated or hard, they have difficulty bringing up and passing wind, seem to bring their legs up, clench their fists and generally move their limbs more, or they cry for extended periods of time for no identifiable reason. Osteopathic treatment of babies with colic will most likely focus on the pelvis, abdomen and head, with the aim being to calm down the nervous system as this can triggerred into a high cortisol "fight or flight" state after the prolonged pain of colic in babies.


What to expect during your baby's osteopathic session

Initial Osteopathic consultations for babies at Vibe Natural Health in Brisbane are for up to one hour, where we really get to know you and your child. We take a comprehensive health history before doing any hands on work to ensure that we assess your baby and his / her unique situation in a holistic manner.

Dr Emma then uses a series of very gentle techniques that balance the nervous system and address any areas of imbalance in the musculoskeletal system. This may have a flow on effect to asisst colic and reflux in babies.

Follow up consultations are for half an hour. Emma enjoys working as an Osteopath treating babies and children and has joined the team at Vibe Natural Health in Brisbane so she can work alongside a team of family focused team of Naturopaths, Nutritionists, Chiropractors, Acupuncurists and Massage therapists, dedicated to looking after the health of you and your children.

Click here to find out more about Osteopathic care for older children at Vibe Natural Health in Brisbane


Book your an Osteopathic session for your baby online:

We're located at 210 Days Rd Grange in inner north brisbane, very close to the aiport link tunnel and lutwyche road.

Our Osteopath Dr Emma Kopcikas looks forward to meeting you soon.