I think my baby of nearly 5 months has reflux, although not diagnosed by a doctor as we live overseas. But has most of the symptoms. He has always had problems with wind but, since starting solids, his sleep at night and during the day has become disrupted.
I think my baby of nearly 5 months has reflux, although not diagnosed by a doctor as we live overseas. But he has most of the symptoms. He has always had problems with wind but, since starting solids, his sleep at night and during the day has become disrupted. Despite sleeping 11pm – 7am since he was 6 weeks old, he started waking up several times a night at 3.5 months, and will only settle back to sleep once he has been winded. He is feeding according to the times in the CLB. I noticed that some foods make him worse (apple, carrot). Are their particular foods that I should avoid, that would prevent him waking up with wind?
7.00am – breast feed, one side for 20-30minutes
11.00am – breast feed, one side for 20-30 minutes followed by 3 cubes of vegetables such as sweet potato, butternut squash, courgette or carrot.
2.45pm – breast feed, one side for 15minutes
5.45pm – breast feed, first side for 30minutes followed by 5tbsp of potato and leek flavoured baby rice or plain baby rice and 2 cubes of pear puree
6.45-pm – breast feed, second side for 15 minutes
Daily milk intake:Five breast feeds
Nap times: 9.15-9.45am, 12.30-2.30pm and settles at 7pm.
The most common symptoms for reflux are that a baby will arch his back and scream within minutes of being put to the breast or being offered the bottle. Also, he will rarely lay flat for more than five minutes before getting upset, and often brings back excessive amounts of milk after each feed. Some babies can suffer from silent reflux, when the baby does not bring back milk but does suffer all the other symptoms mentioned above. If your baby is showing any of the above symptoms it is essential that you have him checked over by a doctor. Babies suffering from reflux need to have special medication, to relieve the pain they experience and prevent the problem becoming more serious.
If your baby is not suffering from reflux, it is certainly possible that the pain he is suffering is being caused by certain foods that are disagreeing with him. Food intolerances can be very individual. As your baby’s problem seems to have increased since he was weaned, we would advise you to keep a detailed food diary to record his reactions when new tastes are introduced.
Introduce one new taste every three days. Unless you notice an extreme reaction after the first feeding continue to offer the new food over the next two days so you get a clear idea of whether or not he is able to tolerate it.
We would advise that you avoid giving your son apples and carrots for at least a week and concentrate on giving him the other foods advised during the first stage weaning. A full list of these foods is given in CLB book, and in the CLBW book.
We notice that you sometimes give your son potato and leek flavoured baby rice in the evening. We would suggest that, for the time being, you replace this with plain baby rice and a small amount of pear puree, or one of the more bland vegetables such as courgettes or green beans. At lunchtime you should alternate the food that you give him, for example giving him baby rice and vegetables one day then sweet potato and vegetables the next day. Avoid giving him baby rice and sweet potato at the same time, as this could cause some digestive problems.
We would also advise that you keep a diary of your own food intake. A baby with a sensitive digestive system may be affected by what you are eating and drinking. You may not need to cut out the following foods but, by keeping a diary of your intake, you will be able to see if there is any connection between what you are eating and drinking and the degree of discomfort or pain experienced by your son. The main foods which may cause problems if eaten in large amounts by a breast feeding mother are tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, garlic, vegetables such as cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, citrus fruits and strawberries. You should also watch your intake of carbonated drinks and caffeine.
If your son is diagnosed with reflux and you have not already elevated your son’s cot, try this by placing thick books such as telephone directories under the legs at the head end. If he is sleeping at an angle rather than flat he may be more comfortable. It is possible to buy from mail order nursery suppliers special wedge shaped cushions which can placed under the mattress.