I've been a bit quite lately as Gabe's reflux has been violently upsetting her like it did when she was much smaller. My 2yr old has now become ill & trips to the Dr & ER haven't made any difference. I'm almost feeling blessed that Gaby has silent reflux as there's no vomit to clean up after & I'm really tired from Camryn's vomitting, moaning & constant crying with the infection she has. I just love it when you get desperate enough to go to the ER when your child has had vomitting & a 40+ temp. for 3 days & the Dr has the audacity to ask, "Why are you here?" Suffice to say I wasn't very impressed & my husband stormed out of the place! It's just another reflection of the chaos I'm currently surrounded by as we're extending so Gaby fits in, have no kitchen sink as the builder smashed the pipe, my laundry is gone so the machine is draining into the bathtub & we have it hooked up to the front yard hose set up through the bathroom window, the machine has now gone on the blink & I've got vomitty clothes & linen piled high, & to top it all off Camryn hasn't left my side for 4 days now as she's distraught!
Anyhow, enough whinging, it's not fixing anything! I used Heinz formula with Camryn when I stopped expressing and went back to work. Most of the girls in my Mother's group used it too which is why I got onto it. It worked well for Gaby initially as she just couldn't keep down the breast milk & once she went onto formula she changed into a silent reflux baby (our paed. actually doesn't believe that formulas make much difference to reflux babies but we changed to Karicare AR anyway as we were desperate enough to give anything a try).
I have heard her reflux from day one & it breaks my heart when she snuffles, burps, coughs & swallows constantly with it. She drops her bottom lip & whinces when she has it. It took 9 wks before we could entice smiles from her as she was such a sad, sad baby. The nurse at the day stay I visited said it was better for reflux babies not to have a monitor as the parents became too on edge listening to their general noisiness. It has been recommended that I allow Gaby to sleep on her stomach during the day but I'm to stay with her to monitor her breathing. Unfortunately with a 2yr old, this hasn't been possible but she doesn't mind sleeping on her left side so I have a bed roll to help keep her from rolling onto her stomach.
I've been told that most babies grow out of their reflux by 1yr & I'm hoping this is true as a friend's 3yr old still vomits up to 3 times a day. Gaby still doesn't sleep well through the day but at least we have the tears mostly under control. I think the Zantac has only had limited success with her but I know there are at least a couple of other drugs out there we can turn to. Even though she should take it before food, we have come to putting it into 50mL of her formula & then giving her the rest of the feed as she is terrible giving medication to. We use Zantac on feeds 1,3 & 5 and Mylanta on feeds 2 & 4. We are also lucky she is a thriving reflux baby as she was 4.86kg born & now weighs 8kg at 3mths.
I have to go as Gaby is stirring & Cam has just woken up in my arms.
P.S. I go to the chiro at the end of the week.
Peta, NSW, mum of 2 gorgeous girls