12.5.15

Silent Re-flux and Us.

When Bubba was about 2 weeks old we started to see a change in him. He went from being our contented, sleepy little newborn to being agitated, screaming whilst being fed, taking around 30 mins to drink a bottle, grunting A LOT and getting hiccups A LOT! I know that these may just sound like normal newborn things to you but my Mummy instinct was telling me that something wasn't right.

To start with, I was told it was colic and I agreed and thought it was too. I tried infacol, baby massage, colif..basically anything and after 2 weeks, nothing was working. It got to the point where one night Bubba screamed for 2 hours straight. He wouldn't feed (he loves his milk), would sleep and just generally wouldn't be comforted by anything! As a brand new Mummy I was so worried that there was something wrong with my baby. That night we went to the out of hours doctors at the hospital and I remember that appointment like it was yesterday. I remember telling the doctor what was going on and he just looked at me like I was a total idiot and said that it was colic and to basically go home and deal with it. We got in the car and I just burst into tears out of total desperation that I knew there was something more wrong with my baby.

That night, I hit google hard. I came across a website (thesleeplady) that described Bubba perfectly...
  1. Very unsettled feeder, often from birth,bobs on and of breast or bottle. Squirmy and crying out while feeding. May feed for short burst then bob of teat or breast, reluctant to return to feeding.
  2. Feeding constantly, very little gaps between feeds.
  3. Rapid weight gain due to constant feeding.
  4. Lots of comments on how alert they are and what great head control your child has.
  5. Farting more than burping as often very difficult to wind.
  6. Prefers to sleep on you than to lie in crib, changing mat etc, screaming each time you try to lie them down.
  7. Gurgling, rumbling sounds coming from tummy, often just as you start to feed or when you pick up in the middle of the night.
  8. Explosive strong smelling nappies.
  9. You child looks like they are frowning and have a serious little face!
  10. Sneezing or hiccupping a lot!
The more I sat and looked at this list, the more I could relate it to Bubba. He was never sick (and I mean NEVER), had the most explosive nappies I had ever seen, was a proper little chubster (weighed 12lbs at 7 weeks) and had brilliant head control. He had silent reflux. I was sure of it!
Armed with my new found knowledge, off I went to see the HV and explained it all to her. She agreed with me (and I nearly fainted) and suggested that we try an anti reflux milk and if that didn't work to go our GP. Fast forward 45 mins later and I'm at home feeding Bubba a bottle of anti reflux milk and it was amazing! He was like a different baby. No screaming or crying or writhing around in my arms. He was happy, content and enjoying his milk again. Don't get me wrong, it did take a while to totally settle down and we had to get wider teats, tried some medicine at one point as it was really playing him up but once we knew what the problem was, we could tackle it.

Once Bubba had been diagnosed with this I did a little more research (with trusty google) to gain a bit more of an understanding. It seemed like silent reflux was called so because it didn't show any obvious symptoms. With reflux, a baby is normally violent sick a lot of the time so you can see they are suffering. They tend to loose weight as well where as silent reflux is the total opposite. It is where the milk is coming back up the oesophagus but not up enough for them to vomit so therefore no obvious symptoms.

What I am getting to with this is that you really feel that your baby hasn't got colic and that its something more then stick to your gun and keep going back to HV's, GP's whoever!! I was told by 3 different doctors that Bubba had colic (pretty sure Hubby would have knocked the last one out if it wasn't for the fact he was holding Bubba) and I was made to feel like a nurotic mother who just had an anxiety problem but I WAS RIGHT.

Silent Reflux is such an under diagnosed problem and when I have researched more since realising Bubba had it, it seems to be because it is not very widely understood by the medical profession. If you thing your Bubba is suffering with this then please go to your GP or HV armed with this information and rest assured that THERE IS HELP OUT THERE :)

If you think you Baby could be suffering from silent reflux you can find support on the following websites: (you can also tweet me but I am no expert..Just a Mumma who muddled along and found something that helped Bubba)

http://www.nct.org.uk/parenting/what-reflux

http://www.thesleeplady.co.uk/silent-reflux-tips/

http://www.reflux.org.au/how-reflux-presents/

Note:
This post is not associated or supported by any of the above links. I am also not a medical professional and am not giving medical advice, just sharing my experiences, so always seek medical advice before changing your baby's milk onto anti reflux milk or if you believe your baby is unwell. 

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14 comments:

  1. It's good to get the info out there. My littlies didnt ever have silent reflux but a friend of mine's baby did. I wish I had come across your post a few months ago and I would have forwarded it on to her, for comfort. xx

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. It's not spoken about enough and I honestly believe it could help so many more mummy's out there if more people knew about it xx

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  2. Great post, very informative & will be helpful for a lot of parents! It's so hard when things aren't right with your child, it's good you kept on top if it and tried to figure out what was going on. You definitely have to push with doctors, so glad you did and got things sorted out! #wineandboobs

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  3. My first had this and it was hard hard hard. She had colic which was just flat out screaming from 6pm - 10pm every night. But then around 8 weeks she started screaming around the bottle. By 12 weeks she screamed when she saw the bottle as she began to realise that that was what was causing her pain. Luckily I had a brilliant Doctor who two of his kids had had silent reflux so he knew what it was straight away. He suggested to wean early waiting until 17 weeks when their body can handle it and said a bit of food in her tummy would help.....and it did. It was the best thing we ever did. I'm not sure how old your little one is and obviously seek the advice of a health proffessional first but weaning stopped my little girls pain almost overnight. We started with puree then moved to finger food at 6 months.

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  4. I'm so glad the milk change helped. Your post resonated with me so much because my daugher had silent reflux and at one next week is still diagnosed with cow's milk allergy which aggravated the reflux. Things got so bad for a while and I was averaging 3 hours sleep because she would scream so much. My HV was useless but a fab GP helped us with a complete diet change for me (I was breastfeeding) and ranitidine for my daugter's reflux. She gained weight for a while then went through food refusal and crashed from 98th centile and has now stabilised between the 25-50%. Such an under diagnosed and misunderstood condition. I too got the colic thing at first too. #wineandboobs

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  5. great post for anyone who's suffering sometimes its just a relief to know your not going mad and there is something Lottie had a reflux was sick so much in the first few weeks luckily she grew out of it pretty soon but those nights were so tough, glad you had a supportive HV who listened and you got the right help and advice needed, thanks for linking up to #kidscorner x x

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  6. I went through this and so know the nightmare you were facing. I am glad google gave you the answers and so glad people listened to you. Thank you for sharing in #KidsCorner x

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  7. Great post! Logen our middle child had it! We are fortunate to have a great GP and she knew what was going on after we explained and that was that! he settled down and was content and happy :) Thank you so much for linking up on #wineandboobs

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  8. I always wonder now whether my eldest had silent reflux as a baby. I always put it down to colic (which was hellish - screaming non stop between 5 & 9pm each day) but I tried all the usual remedies and even paid £120 for two sessions of cranial osteopathy which I'd heard people raving about as a cure but it just made him even more unhappy and I felt horrible for putting him through it. On the other hand I don't really remember lots of screaming around feeds, but then I was breastfeeding and this is going back over 5 and a half years! I'm just glad those days are over but nice post to give others out there in the same situation the heads up hon - thanks for linking it up to #thetruthabout Xx

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  9. Wow. That list basically describes my baby's first few months perfectly, especially the rapid weight gain which meant EVERY lactation consultant I went to told me everything was obviously fine despite me being in horrific pain. We made it through but I'm still checking out those links!
    This is exactly why I started #fromtheheart, thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. Thanks so much for commenting and for hosting such a great linky :)

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  10. Great post!I actually think EmJ may have this as it sounds so much like her! She also makes sounds as if she is going to be sick but then doesn't bring any up. If she is breastfed do you know of anything we can do to prevent it?x

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    1. I think you can. Maybe take her to the doctors as they maybe able to prescribe infant gaviscon that you can then give to her before she feeds. Might help it stop causing her so much issues. Apart from that just try feeding her upright and holding her up (or laying on you upright) for 20 mins or so after a feed. But if you think she has a bit of silent reflux then the first place I would suggest is the health visitor or doctors as they can give you proper medical advice xxxx
      Hope it helps and things get easier soon xxx

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  11. Ooh that diagnosis list is really interesting, I actually know of a couple of babies that were like this and I don't think their mothers ever considered this. #fromtheheart

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