can anyone tell me are there telltale signs of a baby with reflux - and once diagnosed how do you treat it? Thanks..
with our DD it was when burping she was screaming in pain. Others can be bringing back up their feeds and not thriving re: weight gain. Not sure what other signs there are. There are a few babies here thoguh and their mums will no doubt post soon.
I found both of those websites very good in helping me "self diagnose", my baby and some natural remedies in there too. Everyone kept telling me it was Colic but I knew it was something else. My little one had silent reflux which meant she didn't puke an awful lot. My telltale signs were that we had desperate problems trying to feed her. She used to take 5 oz bottles at 2/3 weeks then went to only taking 2/3 oz. She was irratable at irregular times during the day. Cried when put horizontal. Craned her neck when being fed. Regected the bottle. Was absolutely starving but when you'd put the bottle in her mouth you'd swear the milk had burnt her throat. Wet burbs. Grunting during night. Bad sleeping patterns. Colic symptoms. But above all, she always seemed like she was crying for a reason, like she was in pain. Got her checked out in Temple St today and it turns out that I was right. Only Gaviscon was prescribed as she's not too bad with it lately. HTH
Sorry, also. Feeding baby upright and keeping baby upright for 30 mins or more after feed helps. Burbing more frequently between ounces. Consultant said Omeo Comfort is best food for this condition. Thickening feed with Carobel, Infant Gaviscon (but I'd check with GP before making food changes). Holding baby more (I know its a pain) but less crying the baby does doesn't aggrivate the throat. Smaller frequent feeds too. Anyway I'm not expert, I've just been doing some research myself lately!
Donport that is gret you got a diagnosis today. I found though they are treating DD they kind of fobbed me off saying they all have wind and cry. DDs in my mind is silent and though not as severe as it could be she displays alot of the signs you mention... particularly the grunting. I didn't know that one. I just thought she was a grunter, which I found unusual as DD1 didn't do it.
I hope Emmas_mum you get it sorted.
Cheers again Donport.
Have been reading the sites... have to say thanks again. I don't feel like a mad woman. Back to Paediatrician today so will have a chat to them.
I know, those websites made me realise she definately had the reflux. When I said to GP & PHN that I thought it was that they said no, definately Colic... especially because she wasn't puking alot.... when I'd mention silent reflux they'd say well it could be, but I've never seen anyone with silent reflux... I was like... maybe thats because you keep telling people they have Colic!
Temple St were brilliant. They listened to my story, checked her out (ears, tummy, wee, weighed her) then peadiatrician on call saw her... explained my story again... took out my notebook saying I thought it was reflux because she had this that and that (had the signs listed) and he started laughing and said yes, you were right, it is reflux... but because she's not loosing weight and it is getting better only Gaviscon was prescribed. Funny this is she laughed, smiled & was in great form but they listened to what I had to say. I've to put half a sachet in each feed. Normal dose is one sachet under 10lb & 2 sachets over 10lb. I'm happy its not the full amount he's prescribed. He also told me to stop her on the Colief drops as both weren't necessary. I don't know if its a fluke but this morning she's had 2 five oz bottles and polished them off, she hasn't done that in a long time!
The grunting I noticed would stop if I put her up on a pillow beside me, she'd have a sleep right through til morning if she was beside me raised on pillow. On one of those websites they show you how to make a cot up to raise areas up so baby won't roll over for a more comfortable sleep for her.
Anyway, good luck to you both. I'm off to my GP to tell her she's talking to the first patient with silent reflux!!
FYI - I'd tried to get a private appointment with Mr Hensy in T St but he didn't have an app til July! The child would have grown out of it by then.
DS had vomiting reflux, vomited projectile from the moment the botte was in until the next bottle. It wore me out, the washing of clothes, the stress of changing maybe 5-6 times before heading out the door, not to mention the endless supply of strealised and prepared bottles! DS could never relax, always awake from the first hours. We saw a pead and he put him on Motillium, Infant Gaviscon and to give him babyrice to make the formula heavier. (there was no staydown or enfamilAR on the market then)
On DD, I never realised it was silent reflux. She would cry for hours on end, would want her bottle, then when given it would be screaming with fright to take it. We initally thought it was colic. Again it was stressful, I guess any baby crying fro hours is. Anyway, it took two hospital admissions and bearium meals to diagnoise the the food was going up and down the gulet causing a wear in the ospahugus, giving her heartburn but not having the strength to come up as a vomit. She was put on EnfamilAR and after a few bottles she began to heal inside and became easier to feed again. She still has a phobia of food, mad I know!
Hope things get sorted for you,
Went to the Paed today and he is happy with the Losec. We ended up in casulaty when I self-diagnosed it two weeks ago, after two hours solid crying and pain endured after each burp, and they agreed and she was kept in for 3-days. because of birth issues we are seeing a consultant paed anyway. Have to say he is great. Puts us at our ease and even entertained the string of questions I had gathered from the Internet. He was laughing at me with them all but was so nice about answering them all. I really enjoyed the visit..... mad thing to say but he was just gret about DD.
I would never have known about silent reflux except for this site. I am eternally grateful for that or I'd have been like you Chris.. totally unaware and persevered through the crying. Thanksfully she was eventually disgnosed for you. Poor little things. Imagine heartburn at their age.
Funny DD is the same and will sleep much longer and more contentedly on a pillow beside us or on her tummy on our chests. We have the bed raised but for a good night's sleep I teend to bring her back in after the first night feed.
Delighted to hear they grow out of it.
Chris, 2 babies that went through Reflux! You poor thing.
I'll put our next child straight onto Omneo and hopefully that will help things.... well after I make another attempt at the bf again!
Pip & Pop... can't believe they kept your little one in for 3 days... must have been serious... and stressful for you. I'm glad you got your diagnosis. Its really important to be prepared when you see these doctors because sometimes its not obvious by checking out the baby, they need to know their habits from the babies mother too. Because I'd be so tired and cranky myself from the hands-on looking after dd I had to write everything down cause by the time I'd get to the GP my brain would be fried and I'd end up leaving her saying... damn why didn't I tell her about this and that.
Have to say, I don't know where I'd be without these type of websites too.