Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Reflux

Himself has acid reflux, which is interfering with EVERYONE's ability to sleep and leading to daily laundry loads from the astonishing quantities of spit-up. The pediatrician has him sleeping on an incline, which Himself is convinced is cruel and unusual punishment. (On the plus side, he's getting very good at scooting.)

My mother suggested that baby arms should come as an aftermarket add-on available after six weeks, because all they do until then is flail and get in the way. This sounds about right. Himself likes to get his fists up in his face when he's excited or mad or wound up, which is pretty much every time he's about to eat, and then he gets mad that he can't get the bottle or breast into his mouth because THERE ARE FISTS IN THE WAY, so he parks his fists more firmly in front of his mouth and gets madder.

11 comments:

Diane Vespa said...

Are you swaddling him?
I am an expert on all baby excrement.

Jenny said...

drop all dairy from your diet...my hope for you is that it will make all the difference for your little guy. check out www.kellymom.com great info
take care.

Eyebrows McGee said...

Yes, we're swaddling. But he won't eat swaddled (in fact, he mostly only will eat lying FLAT ON HIS BACK with his head at a 90 degree angle and he gets mad if I attempt to mess with this position).

I don't think I've had any dairy since we got home from the hospital.

Jenny said...

Well bummer. I wish it was that easy for you. Not that avoiding cheese ice cream and other dairy foods is easy. Well I have had friends with babies that took reflux meds Zantac) which seemed to help very effectively. It must be tough to have a baby that is crying and sad. I'm sorry you both are having to work through this. It does sound like he is a good communicator..telling you what he wants :). Take care.

Diane Vespa said...

"A good communicator". Now that is taking a lemon and calling it lemonade. Too funny ;)

JC said...

Both my kids had reflux. It's not fun at all. Does your baby like his bucket/carseat? Or a swing that he can sit "up" a bit in? We used both a LOT with the kids in the early days. If you're nursing, take out *anything* from your diet that could exacerbate the situation: garlic, onion, acids (like orange juice, etc.)...it does help! Good luck!

Josh said...

All 3 of our kids had reflux. The first two only slept in a swing. We went through 3 swings because we wore them out. All 3 of them ended up on medicine and a big thing that helped was going to formula and mixing one tablespoon of cereal in with every ounce of formula. If you do that, you have to cut the nipple opening so he can get the food out.

By the way, you can't mix cereal with breast milk for this purpose. If I remember, they said the breast milk will break down the cereal so the baby doesn't gain anything from it.

Anne D. said...

My baby boy (c. 1992) was just like that. Lots of flailing, lots of flatulence, lots of scrunching up his eyes and squealing, and scads of reflux vomitus. I went through a 12-pack of cloth diapers (a.k.a. burp cloths and spit-up wipes) every day, meaning I did a wash every night.

Sometimes their little tummies are just immature and can't perform as we'd wish. Our pediatrician told me to get pure simethicone drops (active ingredient in Mylanta) to help break up baby's gas bubbles; it did seem to help a little. (Look in pediatric section of drugstore.)

Also, our baby did better in an upright position as much as possible -- meaning we walked around with him a lot, his little head lolling on our shoulders.

Hang in there. This too shall, um, pass. :-)

Anne D. said...

P.S. I love your sweet new icon pic on Consumerist (where I am known as ElizabethD).

Andrea said...

All 3 of my children have had reflux as well. It has typically taken about 1 year for it to go away completely. Reflux is extremely frustrating and hard on everyone, and I feel for you. Each of my 3 boys have had different things that ultimately helped them. Unfortunately, it took a ton of experimenting, a gastro. specialist, and a lot of laundry to find the "right" fix. Zantac worked for the first one. Prevacid and Nutramigen formula on the 2nd child. So far, my 6 month old has responded to prevacid and putting Simply Thick in his formula to thickening it so it stays down. Good luck!

Andrea said...

PS If you don't already know, keeping your baby upright for at least 40 min. after the feeding, burping between every couple ounces, and laying them at an incline really does help. Our specialist told us carseats are not good to put them in for sleeping because their little legs get bunched up and it puts pressure on their tummies. We ended up getting one of those baby papasan chairs for our last son to sleep in until he was able to lay down. Hope this helps!