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Old Sep 24th, 2012, 14:03 PM   1
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Feeling overwhelmed-reflux? Update-silent reflux


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My LO is almost 6 weeks- he is my first born by emergency section after a long labour. My recovery has been tough.

To start with he was quite windy so we switched to dr browns bottles and infacol which worked ok. Not perfect but fine. He is on aptamil first milk.

A few weeks ago we stopped using infacol every feed as he didn't appear to need it so much. He was managing to burp ok.

Anyway, this past week he has been a nightmare. Farting mainly, so powerfully it wakes him up screaming. He grunts and grumbles and cries from 4am til around 7am. Just wont settle in the morning.

The farting gradually got worse, seemingly very painful and he wasn't pooing very often.
We then noticed that when he was taking a bottle literally within 20 seconds of the milk being swallowed his tummy would grumble gurgle loudly and he would go red and contort. He would also scream so much his head goes all sweaty. It would then almost immediately push out lots of painful farts.

He gulps and gasps and coughs over his milk, only taking the first 80mls or so at a push then cry scream and refuse the rest. Horrible.

We have been trying colief for the past day or two which I thought was working but today has been awful. Crying all day. Hungry cries, he takes a small amount screams in pain, refuses the rest and evntually conks out from screaming. He is up again an hour later to restart the process.

We have also noticed he is bringing up small amounts of milk quite regularly now when he didn't before.

Today was my first day fully alone since my husband went back to work and I didn't have family visiting to help. I am a wreck and feel useless.

I called the HV who said it sounded like reflux- do you guys think so? I am going to the GPs tomorrow so fingers crossed things improve from there. I didn't think the farts and tummy gurgles sounded like what I thought reflux was. Does reflux just start like that or should it have been evident from birth?

Sorry for the essay I'm just at my wits end- today was so difficult!

Joy x



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Old Sep 24th, 2012, 14:10 PM   2
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hi hun first of all hang in there your doing great :-)
there are 2 types of reflux silent reflux and another type which my son has he scrreams constantly and is projectile sick after every feed not just a small mouthfull it shoots out everywere and if your not preared soaks him and soaks you and also the sofa we have to get surrounded by towels etc at feed times lol :-/
anyway sound like could possibly be silent reflux i dnt have no experience with this but there are some mommas on hear who have babies with it the mite be of help to you



 
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Old Sep 24th, 2012, 14:12 PM   3
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also my lo doesnt have painful wind :-/ not sure if that is a sign of reflux tbh
i know it sounds silly but are you winding him well after each feed till hes burped a few times :-/ do you think could just be trapped wind as this can make then sick



 
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Old Sep 24th, 2012, 14:12 PM   4
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Leah- thank you so much for taking the time to respond! Sorry you are going through reflux with your LO, I hope it improves soon. I suppose I should count my blessings that he isn't projectile vomiting on top of all this too!

Joy x

Edited to add- maybe we aren't doing the best job of winding him, we used to takes AGES over it to start with but as he seemed to be getting better we wait til we get one burp in the middle and one at the end and usually leave it at that. Hmm.

It's the almost instant reaction to the milk hitting the tummy that is puzzling me. Win two of three gulps of milk you can feel and hear his tummy go and hen these horrendous farts. It's odd.



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Old Sep 24th, 2012, 14:17 PM   5
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Hmm it does sound like it could be reflux..
At 2 weeks old my son started with colicy crying, arching his back and turning red during his feeds. He had lots of painful trapped gas and spent most of the day in pain straining. We later found out he also had silent reflux which I believe caused most of those problems.
I read that it is common for reflux to be caused by a dairy intolerance so I cut cows milk from my diet which has really helped a lot. He still has some bad days but at 5 months things are so much better.
Good luck I hope you find some answers!



 
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Old Sep 24th, 2012, 14:21 PM   6
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Thanks Fiona. Glad to hear there's light at the end of the tunnel!



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Old Sep 24th, 2012, 17:47 PM   7
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It sounds like reflux to me.. my son has it pretty bad here are some things that have helped: gripe water, having him sleep or sit upright for 30 minutes after every feeding, burping/winding him a few times during each feeding especially when he starts gasping, and using wide vent aire slow flow bottles when I give him expressed milk.



 
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Old Sep 25th, 2012, 16:42 PM   8
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Hi

My gp today diagnosed him with silent reflux. We have been given infant gaviscon and have done two feeds so far. It appears not to be making a difference. We have also switched to hipp organic from aptamil as I heard its kinder on tummies.

How quickly should the gaviscon work?
Would you increase a teat size as the formula is now thicker?

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Old Sep 25th, 2012, 18:07 PM   9
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Hey. Poor you and LO. Tbh it sounds like reflux but maybe caused by cows milk intolerance. Everything about the instant reaction to the milk suggests it. My LO was the same with farting and painful tummy cramps etc. I don't think gaviscon will help that much really but it's the first thing they'll give you to try. My LO is also the same with burps and we just can't seem to get it right, theyre always bothering her. Pm me if you want x x



 
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Old Sep 25th, 2012, 18:08 PM   10
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Ps meant to say we increased a teat size when using gaviscon. Also do you hear LO Refluxing and regurgitating inside often?



 
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