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Reflux in Babies: Understanding the Symptoms and Solutions with Craniosacral Therapy

Reflux can be a challenging condition for both babies and parents to navigate. As a parent, it’s crucial to identify the symptoms and potential causes of reflux in infants. In this blog post, we’ll explore the common signs of reflux in babies, examine various contributing factors, and discuss how craniosacral therapy can play a significant role in managing reflux symptoms. By understanding the underlying issues and considering holistic approaches, we can help alleviate your baby’s discomfort and promote their well-being.

Recognizing the Symptoms

Reflux typically emerges in babies around 3 to 4 weeks of age. While it’s normal for infants to bring up small amounts of milk, excessive spitting up or regurgitation can indicate reflux. In some cases, reflux may be silent, with the contents remaining in the oesophagus.

Other symptoms include fussiness, irritability, and disrupted sleep patterns. By recognizing these signs, you can take appropriate steps to address your baby’s reflux issues.

Understanding the Causes

Reflux in babies can stem from various factors. One common cause is the immaturity of the gut, as the sphincters responsible for controlling stomach contents may not have fully developed. This immaturity can contribute to the regurgitation of milk and stomach acid into the oesophagus.

Poor Digestion

Another potential cause is poor digestion, characterized by the baby displaying distress or an unhappy expression when bringing up milk. Dietary factors, such as formula or the mother’s diet, can also influence reflux symptoms.

Considering what goes into your baby’s system is also important. It’s worth examining whether the substances they are consuming, such as formula or items from the mother’s diet (including smoking, alcohol, spicy food, coffee, dairy, onions, and inflammatory foods), may not suit them, triggering reflux symptoms.

Role of the Nervous System

The role of the nervous system cannot be overlooked when addressing reflux in babies. If your baby is currently in a fight-or-flight mode, possibly due to the birthing process, they may produce excess adrenaline. Adrenaline’s main function is to contract the muscles around the arteries leading to the gut, redirecting blood flow to the arms, head, and legs. This decrease in blood supply to the stomach makes digestion more challenging.

The other part of the nervous system, responsible for inducing a state of calmness, plays a crucial role in digestion. It is influenced by a nerve that originates from the back of the head near the area where drainage occurs. By positively affecting this region, often through gentle manipulation, the nerve can function better, leading to improved gut functioning.

Additionally, the baby’s nervous system may play a role, especially if they are in a heightened fight-or-flight mode, which can impact blood flow to the stomach and impede digestion.

Finding Solutions for Reflux with Craniosacral Therapy

Jill offers Craniosacral Therapy as a holistic approach to address reflux in babies. By focusing on the gentle manipulation of the cranial bones and the release of tension in the body, craniosacral therapy can effectively address the underlying issues contributing to reflux. The therapy aims to optimize the functioning of the nervous system, enhance digestion, and promote overall well-being.

During craniosacral therapy sessions, the therapist will apply gentle techniques to address any restrictions or imbalances in the baby’s cranial and spinal structures.

This hands-on approach can help release tension, promote proper alignment, and improve the function of the digestive system. By working with a skilled craniosacral therapist, you can support your baby’s journey toward reflux relief.


Reflux in babies can be challenging, but understanding the symptoms and potential causes is the first step toward finding solutions. Incorporating Craniosacral Therapy into your baby’s reflux management plan can provide significant benefits.

By addressing the underlying physical and nervous system factors contributing to reflux, craniosacral therapy offers a gentle and holistic approach to support your baby’s comfort and well-being.

Remember to consult with healthcare professionals, including craniosacral therapists and lactation consultants, to create a comprehensive plan that meets your baby’s individual needs. Together, we can help your little one find relief from reflux and promote a happier, healthier feeding experience.

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