Silent reflux

(9 Posts)
debbie1412 Fri 28-Dec-12 21:35:15

Hey guys really need some tips on silent reflux. I know my dd has it she's nearly 8 weeks old. It's not every day but she has it maybe once a week and she just can't settle she's prob been awake 6 hours straight now she's totally wired. She's combination fed but I have a feeling it's all the rich food I've eaten over the past few days.
Hate seeing her in this misery and she's so good with it doesn't cry much just swallows alot hiccups and is restless.

sharond101 Fri 28-Dec-12 22:27:05

The only thing that settles my DS is a warm bath, he can be screaming in pain and as soon as he goes in he is happy and playful every time.We add gaviscon to every feed and use Dr Brown's bottles. He is fed expressed breastmilk.

debbie1412 Fri 28-Dec-12 22:40:27

Does the gaviscon constipate him, I have infant gaviscon but I've been told it can cause havoc with their bowel movements?

sharond101 Sat 29-Dec-12 09:00:04

His motions are of a totally different consistency but he is not constipated. Reflux needs treatment or the acid will damage the windpipe. The gaviscon has made a huge difference for my DS.

coughingbean Sat 29-Dec-12 16:25:59

my dd had reflux and was prescribed gaviscon at 3 weeks.It did make her constipated so then was prescribed lactulose and this helped, I gradually weaned her off both and she now poops and eats happily (18 weeks old) IMO it was well worth her being on two sets of medication as it made her a much happier girl

KenDoddsDadsDog Sat 29-Dec-12 16:28:23

Gaviscon didn't constipate DD. Tummy massage helped as well as feeding in as upright a position as possible. We also bought her a Swedish baby pillow that helped.

Jac1978 Sat 29-Dec-12 22:40:34

Keep her upright for half an hour after feeds and see if you can elevate the head end of her cot or basket a little eg put towels under it. It's about encouraging the milk not to come back up. If these things don't work after a couple of weeks then see your doctor about infant gaviscon. We found that our DD grew out of it a little after three months and things were even better after she started solids - I know it's torture now but this will all be in the past soon I promise.

CurlsNoMore Sun 30-Dec-12 00:54:00

Have you noticed a difference if you've had milk/dairy? I realised at 12 weeks my daughter's reflux/general discomfort was much worse after I had milk/dairy to eat. I cut it out, following a discussion with my GP - it really helped. Some babies do have trouble digesting dairy - even NHS direct website talks about CMP (cows milk protein) intolerance. Might be worth a go. However, do speak to your GP as the formula will be based on cows milk, so you may need to be prescribed a non dairy (and importantly due to the baby's age an non-soya version) formula. Good luck

debbie1412 Tue 01-Jan-13 15:40:58

Yep I've concluded it's the dairy I'm eating that's causing it. I've switched to goats milk and limit other dairy rich foods but it was more the chocolate and cream and pastry that made it worse. She seems ok with little quantities. X

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