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When my son was born with a rare birth defect called Esophageal Atresia my whole world changed. I didn’t know about this condition and what is worse, didn’t even have time to educate myself about it (my baby needed to have surgery to reconnect his esophagus  right away). For the full story, you can see my post My Story-Esophageal Atresia.

After three weeks in the NICU, we finally came home. We were also told he would probably suffer from reflux his entire life (more than half of esophageal atresia survivors battle with acid reflux).

When my son was about 6 months old is when we started to notice his reflux worsening. Spit ups with every feed, even when he was sleeping. We inclined the bed, fed him smaller amounts, even put cereal in his milk (pediatrician’s recommendation at first, but after I researched about it, I discontinued it). It was exhausting! I started looking into other alternatives because my son had to take anti-reflux meds (Prevacid) daily and according to the GI for life! I certainly didn’t want that for him if I could find natural alternatives.

After days, weeks and months of research,  I started learning about natural remedies to improve my son’s acid reflux problems. I also switched from using cans and boxes to cooking from scratch using fresh ingredients.  I bought a Vitamix blender to make smoothies (blends everything in seconds with a super smooth texture) and later on an Omega juicer. Two essential tools in our kitchen today!

When my son was about 1 year old and was able to tolerate all kinds of foods, I started giving him green smoothies. I will add the natural remedies to help him with his reflux. Adding lots of raw vegetables also helps. Please see my Green Smoothie Recipe. I could see him sleeping better and spitting up less at night. When he turned 2 his reflux was less severe and improving every week! I also learned that apples and bananas help with reflux and are great for combining it with lots of veggies.

At his 2 year old checkup, the GI  didn’t want to wean him off the meds even when I told him his symptoms were improving. So I went to see his pediatric surgeon and got approval from her to try taking away the medication. I did, and made sure my son was taking probiotics, and the natural remedies.The acid reflux symptoms disappeared and about a month after taking him completely off Prevacid he was doing great. He is being monitored by his pediatric surgeon and so far he is meds free! A great way to get him to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables was making ice pops. Check out my post: Great Snack Idea: Ice Pops.

So these are my top 5 natural remedies for acid reflux :

5-natural-remedies-for-acid-reflux1.- AloeVera.- Aloe is a plant used to soothe burns, heal wounds, and help with the digestive system. Aloe Vera is also anti-inflammatory and helps with acid reflux by soothing the esophagus. It contains vitamins and minerals that  also are great for digestion.  You can find Aloe Vera at a health food store or buy the 100% pure juice.

 

 

5-natural-remedies-for-acid-reflux2.- Ginger.– A flowering plant that has been used for medicinal purposes for many generations.  Ginger is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory .  It is commonly used to treat nausea and vomiting, symptoms  that are common with acid reflux. Find ginger at a health food store, grate it and add it to your smoothie blends or as a spice in meals. Ginger tea is also great for morning sickness.

 

 

5-natural-remedies-for-acid-reflux3.-Probiotics.- One of my favorite natural cures for reflux and to help boost the immune system. I love probiotics and swear by them! Did you know that an estimated 70% of our immune system resides in our gut? Probiotics help improve digestive health.  My favorite probiotics are in raw form.  Please see Tula’s Cocokefir Probiotics.

 

5-natural-remedies-for-acid-reflux4.-Turmeric.- Used as a powerful anti-inflammatory medicine, turmeric helps reduce reflux symptoms. It is a plant in the ginger family and used in many curry dishes. Turmeric helps with digestion and prevents acid build up. Add a teaspoon of turmeric to your meals in powder form or buy it fresh and just grate it.

 

5-natural-remedies-for-acid-reflux-95.-Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.- It cleans the bacteria out of the esophagus because extra virgin Coconut Oil is antimicrobial. It is also one of the best fats you can eat to support your health. A tablespoon of coconut oil each day is also a great way to help with acid reflux. It will help heal the damage in the esophagus too. Incorporate it in your smoothies and use it as your cooking oil as well.

 

We try to maintain a healthy diet and constantly add our natural healers to keep his digestive system under control. Our favorite homemade recipes are: Broccoli Cauliflower Nuggets and Kid Friendly Raw Pesto Sauce.  I think those recipes are great ways to add more vegetables to a kid’s diet.  My husband and I also changed our eating habits to set the example and as a result, we make better choices and feel great too!

Taking medications is sometimes necessary, but if you can find natural ways, then you can avoid the long-term side effects. There is some trial and error when using natural remedies to find what works best to treat your acid reflux, but in the long run, it’s well worth it.

Remember each acid reflux case is different and what may work for some, may not work for others.  If you have other natural ways to help with acid reflux, I would love to know.  Just leave a comment below with what works for you.

Thank you!

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6 Responses so far.

  1. Kathy Sellenriek says:

    Avoid hydrogenated oils such as shortening and margarine. They are prevalent in many commercial baked goods.

  2. Simone says:

    I couldn’t agree more that some trial and error may be required. However don’t give up – keep on trying things and with patience you’ll likely find a few natural remedies that work for you. It seems like ginger is the one many people I know swear by.

  3. Angela says:

    My daughter also has EA/TEF. I’m curious about trying to wean her off Prevacid, as well. So do you make sure your son has intake of all 5 of these things everyday or is it a variety each day? When your travelling or not at your home for few days, how do you make sure he’s getting what he needs?

    • Hi Angela, My son’s reflux was pretty bad the first 2 years of his life. Then little by little it improved. By the time he was about 2.5 years old I took him off Prevacid completely. I was then making sure to include the natural remedies in his daily diet. Now, he is almost 6 years old and I don’t give him these remedies daily anymore. I try to keep him on a healthy diet and add the remedies often. A good probiotic helps. I give the probiotic for a month then take a few weeks break and then start again. We have a scope scheduled this year to check for reflux. He doesn’t have any symptoms but the GI wants to make sure the esophagus looks good.

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