The start of our reflux journey

At 4 weeks old, Max was diagnosed with reflux.
Now, I was fairly certain that was what he had, as we have been here before with Jacob. But for those who haven’t come across it before, the symptoms that alerted me to it were:

  • Vomiting after feeds – not just the usual posseting common with babies, but what seems like an entire feed, this starts from as soon as he has fed, right up until his next feed.
  • Being unable to tolerate being laid flat on his back – Max HATES being laid on his back. He screams, draws up his legs and is generally very unhappy. We have had to prop his moses basket up at an angle to allow him some respite.
  • Regular hiccups – another symptom of reflux, I am not sure why but it seems a common complaint.
  • Discomfort during feeding – Max will often latch on, have a few sucks then break off crying – this can happen several times before he settles down to a feed.

A trip to the doctor last week confirmed my suspicions and Max has been prescribed infant Gaviscon. So far this does seem to be helping (touch wood), and we have another review next week to discuss the next step. I am hoping that this will be all he needs to settle his symptoms and get some relief from the pain.
I will keep you all updated on his progress as we go.
For now, it’s a case of muddling through, snatching sleep when we can and allowing Max to do what he needs to do to feel comfortable, which at the moment is to sleep slightly propped up and on his side, and we are learning to accessorise every outfit with a muslin cloth!

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8 Comments

  1. saz carvy
    June 11, 2013 / 9:48 pm

    You should chat to my friend Leanne. Her little boy is 8 months and she has had a rough time with reflux
    Hope it gets sorted xx

  2. June 11, 2013 / 9:15 pm

    Poor Max.

    I know exactly what you are going through, I had reflux as a baby and so did Cameron.

    Unfortunately the Gaviscon did not work on Cameron so he was put on ranitidine as well. We also had to wean Cameron at 11 weeks.

    I hope Max finally gets some comfort with the Gaviscon.

    Thank you for linking up with The Weekend Blog Hop

    Hope to see you again this weekend

    Laura x x x

    • June 12, 2013 / 9:01 pm

      Thankyou, it’s a horrible illness isn’t it? Will be over again at the weekend 🙂

  3. Anonymous
    June 11, 2013 / 11:46 pm

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  4. June 13, 2013 / 11:47 am

    Ez had horrible reflux which carried on until he learned to walk. It was not fun but we stocked up on muslins and now it’s just a dim and distant memory (thank goodness). Hope the Gaviscon carries on helping x

    • June 13, 2013 / 11:51 am

      I might take out shares in a muslin company….

  5. June 26, 2013 / 8:28 am

    Poor poppet my middle son had reflux as well as all the symptoms as above he also had explosive dihorria, and had to change clothes anything up to 6 times a day, he was infact dairy intollernat (not just lactose but also dairy) , he finally grew out of it at 2, but even at 5 he cann not have anything less than whole milk (semi and skimmed have different whey/curd make up one has more than the other)

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