I am very pleased to see a website on infant reflux.
1/2 month old son Willem is currently struggling through
the problem. It breaks my heart to watch him in so much
pain! He's been to doctors about it since he was not
even a month old. They started by telling me he had
colic and that there was basically nothing I could do
about it. It was so frustrating to be sent home
with "your son is fine - he'll grow out of it",
or "babies are just fussy sometimes," when I knew very
well he was NOT fine. So for the first three months I
just held him all day and the two of us would cry
together. Soon it got so that he couldn't even nurse -
he would go for a few seconds and then stiffen up and
straighten out his body, arch his back and scream. Then
he'd nurse again, only to repeat the process over and
over. Finally he just stopped eating. I took him to my
clinic, and he saw a different doctor who recognized the
problem right off. She didn't put him through any tests,
fortunately, she just wrote me out a prescription for
Prilosec, as well as another drug called Metoclopramide,
which supposedly speeds up his digestive process. The
Prilosec seems to help very well - I give him a dose
each night and he usually sleeps. I'm excited to hear
about this choco - base you refer to. I know that
Prilosec tastes nasty - so much so that I feel guilty
trying to force it down my son every night. (I always
make my husband do it.) I'm not so sure about the
Metoclopramide though - it doesn't seem to be making
much of a difference.
Though he sleeps ok most nights (probably because that's
when he has his Prilosec dose), Willem rarely naps
during the day. I end up with a very cranky, tired baby
by bed time. I notice the reflux a lot during the day,
and lately he's been vomiting, which is something he
didn't do much before. I'm going to take your advice and
ask my ped to recommend a specialist. I'm also very
happy to know more about the [...] Reflux Wedge - I had
heard of crib slings, but had never seen one in any baby
supply stores. Willem currently sleeps in his carrier,
which doesn't help him much. I'm nervous about him
growing out of it, too - then what do I do? And by no
means can I lay him flat in his crib, which leaves me
with little alternatives, especially if it's early in
the a.m. and I'm too exhausted to rock him for an hour
until the reflux subsides.
Like your son, mine also improved dramatically at three
months. I don't know if it was due to the medication, or
if there really is something magical about that 3-4
month mark they talk about. He still has problems,
though, or I wouldn't be checking the net for advice.
I'm starting him on solids now - I have a gut feeling
they might be making him a bit gassier, but he seems
hungry for them nonetheless. Perhaps the specialist may
have some advice for me.
Thanks again for a great site!
Jamie (first-time mom with a reflux baby)
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