Correlation or Causation?
We search for certainty all the time. It’s a human dilemma. When babies who are not following the path of ‘average’ development or become unwell, we look for certainties even more. When a health professional diagnoses a disease, they inevitably are involved in questions of cause and effect with the patient in the sessions leading up to the diagnosis. A […]
Guide to playtime with reflux
Tummy time is important for all infants as it contributes to their motor development and reduces the risk of infants developing flat spots on their head from laying on their back, in the same spot. However, for a baby who is very sick, tummy time can cause fluids to come up. For this reason, the best time to offer tummy […]
Weaning: Solids, how much to give?
Solids can either help or make reflux worse when introduced. It is best to start with a small amount and increase this very slowly. Puree the foods very smooth. Perhaps start with half a teaspoon to 2 teaspoonfuls per meal in the beginning and keep a note of the quantities your baby is consuming. If your baby turns the solid […]
Foods that may cause a Reflux flare up
It is always best to offer solids when your baby is most relaxed and happy. Giving their milk feed first is very important so that you can give any medication with the milk (at least until your baby is 8–9 months old) and then offer solids as a ‘top up’. Try 1⁄2–2 teaspoons first and gradually increase the amount until […]
Early introduction of solids & allergy
The EAT Study group suggests that the window of opportunity to prevent food allergies developing may be very early in life. Emerging information from the LEAP study (looking at Peanut Allergy) reveals that infants are sensitized to foods that can cause allergies far earlier than previously realized. 10% of infants under 6 months of age who were otherwise eligible to participate […]