Help is Here! Infant Reflux: Support for Gerdlings
Does your baby have colic or reflux?
If you’ve found this forum and are reading this, you most likely believe that your baby has reflux. You’ve poured over your baby’s signs and symptoms and searched for what possibly could be causing this.
There is a wonderful book called Colic Solved, by Bryan Vartabedian, M.D.
He discusses how colic can be seen as a catchall term to categorize babies, when in fact, many can have ‘real’ issues such as protein intolerances, allergies and/or reflux.
Here is a link to an archived article, from Wondertime, in which Dr. Vartabedian is interviewed.
Here is a quote from the article:
Wondertime: Okay, do you think we should just throw out the word “colic” altogether?
“Colic” as a diagnosis should be thrown out, absolutely. Colic as a description of behavior is probably okay, if we’re describing a baby as having colicky behavior, that’s probably reasonable.
I never use the term at all in my practice. The term doesn’t even cross my lips, really, at any point, unless I’m quoting someone else. The word “colic” shouldn’t have much of a role in modern medical practice.
This is supported by other people as well. Like Dr. William Sears, who is a pediatrician author and many would consider the modern-day Dr. Spock. He doesn’t use the word “colic.” He describes babies in this situation as “hurting babies.”
We both share the same view on colic. He’s a little more forceful with it, though. He suggests the parents should camp out at their doctor’s office, if they’re given the word “colic,” and demand an answer! He’s a little more, believe it or not, passionate about it than I am. But with my book, I tried to strike a middle ground and be balanced, you know.
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