I hope im not just reading things and taking it that this is what my baby has but..
For the past few nights she has been really hard to settle after a feed, she will only sleep lying on one of us, therefore on her side or on her tummy while im sitting up with her on my chest.
She wakes up hungry so i feed her then she begins to wrestle with the bottle and arms going everywhere. She then starts to scream and her face goes bright red. At first I though it may be wind/colic but try to wind her and nothing happens. She goes rigid and arches her back now and again too.
She gets hiccups several times a day and they sound like her stomach contents are coming up with them!
I spoke to the chemist today but she cant give gaviscon without a prescription at this age.
We have now taken to holding her up as long as possible after a feed, and have elevated the moses basket at the head end. That along with white noise and a dummy seems to be all that will settle her.
Am i jumping the gun and taking this as reflux when it may just be wind? It is awful seeing her look in pain and then her to be so tired from it all and cant sleep!
Sounds like it could be silent reflux, take her to the doctors and explain the symptoms and see what they say.
My LO would be unsettled after feeding, she fed well and was never sick, but she would cry constantly for hours on end after feeding, arching her back. No amount of comforting would help she would just cry herself into exhaustion and then sleep, I felt useless as she wouldnt even let me cuddle her.... we thought colic at first so did the dentinox/gripe water thing...no joy I was tearing my hair out every day for the first 2-3 weeks.
When we saw the doctor and explained that she would cry always after a feed and wouldnt sleep for the crying/pain she diagnosed silent reflux. We got gaviscon and shes been on it 3 weeks and is a different baby. We have occasional episodes where it re-appears but she eventually calms down.
As for poop, our LO didnt poo every day, mainly every 2-3 days. Since shes got a bit bigger we have more regular poos (the gaviscon does make them more solid but shes not been constipared)
Thanks, she did a poop after the bath yesterday and hasnt screamed during feeds since!
She is still slightly unsettled after feeding but not as bad as it was. I'll keep an eye on it, maybe it was a touch of reflux but was just bad as she was having a growth spurt and eating lots and often?
From our experience you know when shes having a 'reflux' moment as she will scream about 45 mins after her feed. This has all stopped now but she does have fussy times which arent as bad but still frustrating when you know shes hungry and wont eat.
sounds as though poor bubba was just really constipated. If you want to give water by the way just boil the kettle, leave it to cool right down and then put about 3oz into a bottle and let her take as much of it as she wants to.
If shes going red whilst feeding... maybe she needs next stage up teat? if shes sucking a lot and not getting it out as fast as she wants it then shell be taking in a fair bit of air.. which could cause the tummy pains.
Good luck hun and i hope she stays settled for you xxx
It wasnt so bad that it was hard poop coming out or anything but I def think she was backed up!
Good advice about the teat sizes, as it happens we have occasionally used the no3 teats, which i thought was way early but i think avent teats are pretty slow. Anyway she gets on fine with it so im going to phase out the no2's - seems such a waste to have these early teats for the sake of a few weeks!
I reckon we will be on the no4 before we know at as she still seems to be sucking really hard on the no3's !!
Its annoying that some of these things only last a few weeks, we put our LO on size 2 teats last week and think she'll be on no3 soon, although she doesnt seem to be taking more milk just drinking it quicker (always leaves some)....I may try an extra oz soon.
My LO is exactly like this and she has reflux. Why can't she have gaviscon? I thought it was from birth? My LO had it at 10 weeks but didn't help her, she is now on raditine (sp) and seems a bit better, only been on it for 2 days tho. Also switched to cow and gate anti reflux milk which helps alot with the sickness!
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