On May 13, 2019, the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health published the results of a case study that documented the resolution of gastroesophageal reflux (GER) in a 6-month-old baby.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, “Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) happens when stomach contents come back up into the esophagus causing heartburn. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a more serious and long-lasting form of GER and may prevent an infant from feeding.” GER is also commonly known as acid reflux, acid indigestion, or heartburn.
In this case, the mother of a 6-month-old girl brought her daughter to a chiropractor. The girl’s mother’s chief issue was that her baby was suffering from GER which was made worse when her daughter ingested milk, soy, or bananas. The GER was somewhat better after the girl’s mother switched her food to hypoallergenic formula. Because of this ongoing issue, the infant’s mother was concerned about her baby not getting enough food and nutrients.
Upon examination, there were no abnormalities noted while inspecting the child. Palpation however, did reveal an abnormal position of the top bone in the neck called the atlas and in the mid-back. A local thermal heat reading at the upper portion of the neck showed temperature variations from one side of the baby’s neck to the other. Passive range of motion of the baby’s head showed restrictions in the motion of the girl’s neck.
Based upon the examination, it was determined that subluxations were present. With the consent of the baby’s mother, specific forms of chiropractic adjustments appropriate for a baby this age were started.
After the baby girl’s 4th adjustment, her mother reported that her daughter was no longer spitting up after feeding. From that point forward, the girl had not had any issue with GER and had continued chiropractic care on a wellness basis.
In their conclusion for this study the authors wrote, “This case report provides supporting evidence that children suffering from GER may benefit from chiropractic care.”