Medicines normally used for adult heartburn can be prescribed ‘off licence’ for babies if standard infant antacids don’t control symptoms. However some GPs may prefer a specialist to do this.
Any advise will be taken greatly. Thank you.
He’s still being sick and I hold I’m up as long as I can after a feed but the minute I lie him down (to change him) he’s sick 2 or 3 times which ends up all in his ear and over the changing mat. He then gets quite bad hiccups which can sometimes make him vomit again. Were still using the colief and if nothing else it seems to help him poo at every feed which I did worry before that he was struggling to go and perhaps this was giving him a sore tummy, although his poo was never dry which was all the HV was worried about in terms of constipation, she didn’t think it was a problem otherwise.
Your pediatrician may not agree, so prepare for that as you like (you can learn about your right to this choice here) – but vaccines can disrupt the immune – gut interface in such a young infant. Your daughter is also more vulnerable now that she is so far regressed for her growth pattern, so prioritizing her gain is key. If your milk is a struggle, there are options for non-GMO, organic, partly hydrolyzed formulas that give different probiotics and/or pre-biotics, from either goat milk or cow’s milk. There are advantages or disadvantages to these various options depending on your baby’s presentation, and this is what I sort for families in my pediatric nutrition practice. If your pediatrician isn’t familiar with the details of their ingredients and how to choose the right one for your girl, let’s set up an appointment to work together (remotely or in person).
I spoke to GP about silent reflux as am also worried about that too as she does gag and want to suck a lot but he is not keen to treat it as weight gain is ok so just got HV keeping an eye on that. Maybe its worth speaking to your GP about the reflux/colic and see if you can get prescription for the colief/gaviscon if they think little one does have reflux.
Raising Awareness About Silent Reflux & Colic – Helpful Tips
Babies with colic often respond well to being held. Being close to you is comforting.
They can signal malabsorption, imbalanced bowel microflora, inflammation, infection, milk protein intolerance or allergy, or any combination of these, especially when they persist for weeks on end. These problems can worsen reflux if a baby already has it, or trigger it to begin with. Giving reflux medication can give a quick reprieve from symptoms, but using it longer than a few weeks may set a downward spiral in motion.
She has not spit-up or refused feedings once and we’re not sure if she has reflux. My first experience was that my ds used to hate feeding when he was a baby. he used to cry and arch his back and never enjoy a feed which didn’t seem normal. Infant colic affects 1 in 5 babies within the first few months of life, and usually ends at 6 months old. It affects both breastfed and formula fed babies.
- All babies cry, but colicky babies cry more than usual.
- Once reflux was diagnosed we stopped using Infacol (on GP’s advice) as we believed that what we had initially taken to be colic symptoms were actually all part of the reflux and he wasn’t colicky at all.
- This time round my little girl had it but at the moment through the day.
- But they need to be experienced in it for babies & colic.
Discomfort from a milk protein intolerance or allergy may also be partly responsible for your baby’s colic, though this is uncommon if crying or fussiness is the only symptom. Infant rice cereal can be added to either breast milk or formula as a thickening agent. Some doctors recommend this as another way to try to help reduce acid reflux episodes in babies with GERD.
If you formula feed then a GP can prescribe dairy free milk for your baby. 5am they could see he was in pain and administered him calpol. 20 mins later he was asleep and out of pain. He looked relieved.
The pain and explosive poo are classic symptoms. It’s very common, my 3 babies have all had it. It’s really tough, but you will get it sorted. If you want to continue breast feeding you’ll have to go completely dairy free, check all your foods for hidden dairy. Alternatively have your gp prescribe a formula for milk protein allergy.
Her spit up also came very thick and mucus-like. We started mixing her formula half Alimentum and half Similac for spit up. She was happy again and feeling relief and back to talking and thriving like she was when she first started alimentum.
A day and half in and my son is really constipated and the teats were getting blocked as the milk was so thick. so I read over both the milk and gaviscon instructions again and they both say other thickening agents shouldn’t be used when using one or the other product. During feeding your baby should be in an upright position (whether you are bottle feeding or breast feeding) to avoid swallowing more air, and after feeding you should wind or burp them to release this trapped air and reduce any discomfort.
I guess I ruled out reflux because he doesn’t posit his milk but then again, he does throw up quite spectacularly on a fairly regular basis, especially when we gets really upset about the discomfort he is in. My little boy is one and we are dealing with the same issues – tonight didn’t get to sleep until 10.15pm after spending the last 3 hours crying and arching his back, arms and legs so he was stiff as a pencil.
He is arching his back when feeding or trying to throw himself back when I wind him. Hes having wet burps and crys when burping as though ita painful for him. He has hiccups after every feed, strains and just generally fidgety and crys alot whilst and after feeding. Eventually, a private paediatrician diagnosed silent reflux and prescribed an antacid, after which Caitlin screamed 90 percent of the time rather 100 percent.