Stress in the mum triggers reflux
Amazing scientific research to help you!
So often I come across some research that I absolutely love. And it’s just that moment of this is amazing. It makes everything that I’ve been seeing make sense.
And what I mean is that when I’m seeing babies and parents coming in, I can start to see a pattern and I’m starting to adapt how I help the mother and the baby to that pattern. But of course, science is everything at the moment. People love a bit. Science has got to be backed by science.
Otherwise, you can’t do this and you can’t do that. So when a bit of science comes along and shows me that what I’ve been seeing matches, it’s really good, because then it’s like, okay, we got the science behind it. And this amazing bit of research is about stress and anxiety in the mother and reflux in the baby and why it’s also so great is that reflux is quite a tricky one to help the babies, but it’s horrible for the parents as well.
When you got sick all over you and you’re worried about your baby. So this research was done in Australia and they actually had over a million babies in it. And 1% of the babies had reflux when they were admitted to the hospital. And this is what they had in common.
They were the first child. They were born by the C section. And you’ll see that in the other sections here. So check out the C section.
If you’ve had a C section, they were an early-term baby. I’ve spoken about that in one of the videos on here. They had spent time in the intensive care.
That could be something to do with the altering bacteria, but also quite stressful. So mothers will be stressed, babies will be stressed. But guess what is the most significant trigger or association of a baby having reflux?
It was five times more likely if the mum had anxiety. So they actually questionnaire them, gave them a score. And if the mum was anxious, it was five times more likely that the baby had reflux.
This is about the best bit of research I found for reflux. It’s totally amazing. So here’s the tricky part. Bear in mind that every week I explain this to some mum at some point and you kind of approach it gently.
But is the mum’s stress part of the baby’s reflux? It could be the case. Just take it on board. Obviously, there’s no finger-pointing here but take that on board.
Is there some stress now, obviously reflux? Any baby is really stressful. So the stress from a mum could make the reflux in the baby worse.
But having a refluxing baby is stressful. So you’ve got this cycle going. And what’s so good in this research?
And I’ll read the quote, A cycle of anxiety in the mother, and unsettled behavior in the baby leads to more anxiety in the mother and therefore a more unsettled baby. Bingo. We know that okay, that’s obvious.
So it becomes this difficult situation of saying to you and asking you, do you feel stressed? Now, I do approach this with mums all the time and they are appreciative of understanding this. So this is one of those videos where if you understand this, you might be able to take some actions to make your baby less refluxing.
So here’s a scenario that comes up. Have you got other children? Are there other children running around? Are you rushing around whilst trying to feed your baby? Is the worst time when your partner comes home from work perhaps, and they come home and they want to see the baby, you’re trying to make dinner, you’re trying to feed the baby and there’s just all of this stuff going around, which is stressful.
And then that happens to be the most reflux feed for your baby. So that’s the commentary. But there might be a lot of other causes as well. And I’ve seen this help.
I’ve seen mums take this on board and relax and go off into a more calm environment to feed their baby. Not in the coffee shop with everyone around when they’re a bit nervous and uptight, but taking themselves off, getting it chilled out. And then the baby feeds better and has less reflux.
And in this course, there is a nice relaxation technique. So have a watch of that. Okay. And in this research, they covered that as well. But it may mean that the medical issues are exacerbated when the mother is not coping.
So they put this big focus on here’s a reflux baby and you’re trying to treat them with medication, but should the treatment be towards helping the mother, relaxing the mother, helping the mother coping. So they took this as showing that there wasn’t enough support for the mother, amazing because that’s what this course is about, supporting the mother, mother’s help, and baby’s help. So if health professionals delve a little deeper, they will find that it may be the mothers that actually need help.
And sometimes there may be better ways to deal with the issues without the need for anti-reflux medication. So again, see your GP, see your doctor. I’m not telling you to not take medication or anything, but that’s just a quote from this bit of research and only you know whether you’re finding lots of stress. Okay, another quote.
The medical community needs a rethink on this complex issue and take a more holistic approach. Okay. This is what this course is about. It’s all holistic. I love this. We propose a new way of approaching reflux issues that consider the impact of early birth, cesarean section, and maternal mental health and anxiety.
Isn’t that exactly what this course is about? Looking at the gut microbiome, looking at your delivery, looking at everything. And that’s how you help colic, reflux, and upset baby. You got to look at everything.
Okay, so this is one of the longer videos, but it’s such a good bit of research. Do you understand any of this? Is there a way that you can relax a bit more? Have a look at the relaxation method which is included in this course and fingers crossed, but that is a part of your baby’s reflux getting better.