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14/07/2013 at 10:41
I'm sure O has silent reflux. He cries and groans all the time. He is reluctant to wind, and when he does he cries after he burps. After feeds there is a lot of back arching and writhing around. He constantly pulls faces like he has a bad taste in his mouth and he swallows lots after and makes chewing actions with his mouth.
C had Gaviscon for his reflux but he was sick with it. I've heard that Gaviscon only works to prevent them being sick as it only acts as a thickener for the milk to make it harder to bring up, so this won't help O will it....as he isnt being sick. I need something to deal with the acid don't I.
what were your lo's symptoms and what did your dr give you for it?
So after more screaming from O I decided sod it, and took him to the OOH GP service. The GP there was none to impressed that I took him for ?silent reflux and told me I should see my own GP. Ironically enough she then wrote out a letter for referral to our local A&E department. Go figure that one out peeps!! I was fuming. She also told me that he couldn't have reflux as he wasn't being sick. This nearly sent me over the edge!!!
Anyway....we went to A&E and were admitted to see a paed. The were fantastic and listened to the whole saga of him being constipated, our GP advising me to give him orange juice etc. So we came away from hospital with lactulose for his constipation and ranitidine for his reflux. They think it may subside once the orange juice is out of his system but I'm not sure, he was showing signs of reflux before then, only giving him OJ just made it worse. He is so so much more settled, and no screaming in the past 12 hours. Fingers crossed a sympathetic GP when I go and ask for more!!!
14/07/2013 at 10:52
We had Gaviscon for discos suspected silent reflux, it seemed to help (although a pain to give a breast fed baby) that said by the time we got any help he may have been growing out of it so who knows.
Other things that seemed to help him were
Propping up crib so it was slanting, same with carry cot if he was sleeping downstairs in the day.
Keeping him up right on us or in bouncy chair after feeds for 20 min half an hour
being in the sling also seemed to help
14/07/2013 at 10:54
as for symptoms, much as you describe he often had non lovely breath
screamin inconsolably after a feed (even) after bringing up wind
The thing that finally got someone to listen though was he was becoming fussy at feed time.
14/07/2013 at 11:09
Thanks hun, it's frustrating isn't it. I think I'm so much more aware of it with #2, C took bloody ages to diagnose. I feel like I'm goon insane with all the crying from him, he is always miserable!
14/07/2013 at 11:11
Ethan had terrible silent reflux - similar symptoms with back arching, screaming etc. We used the usual stuff like tilting the crib, keeping him upright after feeds, using a dummy. Gaviscon helped a little initially (it does stop the acid pain), then ranitidine which was rubbish. The best thing for us though was switching his formula to enfamil ar. The go was very reluctant to prescribe as he didn't have any weight loss, so I bought a tin over the counter - within 2 feeds he was a different child. After that the go prescribed 20 twins at a time up til he turned 1
14/07/2013 at 11:23
Thanks Snidge that's good to know. Ill make a gp appointment tomorrow and fight it out when I get there lol. I think I will have the same battle as you as O is putting on weight despite a rocky start. I don't know if its good weight gain, he was. 6lb 1oz at birth, dropped to. 5lb 8oz and now at 6 weeks he is 8lb.
14/07/2013 at 11:27
Or there is a walk in dr surgery in the next town...should I go there out of desperation or just wait. I can't never get an apt at my surgery on the same day as I call??
14/07/2013 at 17:37
If you want to try enfamil I'd be inclined to buy a tin at the chemist (its about £8 for a small tin) and book a Dr appointment. By the time you get round to appointment you know if it works or not x
14/07/2013 at 18:04
P has silent reflux and her symptoms were grunting, not burping, lots of farting, back arching, inconsolable crying after some feeds, bubbling at the mouth, lots of dribble, choking on feeds, coughing, wheezing, wet hiccups. Gaviscon has worked a bit for us and she doesnt get as much pain but still other symptoms. We are on Aptamil anti reflux which you can now buy off the shelf in Asda and Sainsbury. Symptoms about the same as when on Gaviscon but it lessens the choking episodes.
O had silent reflux and we really struggled to get anyone to listen. They kept fobbing us off with colic. He eventually started arching his back and crying during feeds and they have us gaviscon. Really hard to give to a bf baby though. We switched to formula shortly after x
14/07/2013 at 19:32
I would book an appoinment and make sure you go armed with all the symptoms and everything you have tried hopefully that way they won't send you away to try something different before they suggest any medical relife
14/07/2013 at 20:21
Big S had silent reflux, it was awful. He was clearly so uncomfortable. Rubbish gp gave him gaviscon which did nothing, luckily we were under paediatric care so got ranitidine and domperidone which helped. Eventually we were advised by paeds to wean early which helped massively. Little S started out with silent reflux and then started being sick too. First gp prescribed gaviscon to which I just laughed and told her I'd be back the following week and we were. 2nd gp has had both of his own children suffer so was very sympathetic. He's now on the same as his brother was and is much better. He's also had cranial osteopathy which I think has helped his wind.
My advice would be to be adamant at the doctors. You've had one with it so make sure they know you're not being neurotic!
Are you bf or ff?
15/07/2013 at 09:53
Updated in OP xxx
15/07/2013 at 19:28
Only just spotted your update munchkin. What a useless OOH Dr - hopeless! Glad they were good in a&e though. Are they going to follow you up?
15/07/2013 at 19:33
No follow up is with the gp, only I can't get an appointment for over two weeks so I'm glad I went via OOH/A&E now or if have had a long wait ahead of me!
15/07/2013 at 22:59
What a nightmare. You definitely did the best thing - it is what they are there for xx
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