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20/07/2013 at 10:44
Hi, long term lurker hoping someone has some tips to help my little boy.
Bit of background, he was eight weeks old yesterday, was diagnosed with silent reflux at three weeks following a horrific day of screaming, put on 5mg of omeprazole and changed to anti reflux milk. This seemed to keep the reflux under control but he had other symptoms which had been getting worse since birth - trapped wind, straining and crying when pooing and baby acne turning to eczema on his face and body. He was put on Nutramigen 1 and within a couple of days was like a different baby. It's now been almost three weeks andy his symptoms are all coming back, the reflux is terrible, he seems to be in pain with his throat all the time, we have switched to the AA formula to see if it makes any difference and his dose of omeprazole has been increased to the max he can bear without being up all night. Fingers crossed something helps. While we are waiting to see, I can't bear to see him so uncomfortable, and so my question, does anyone have any tips on how to sooth their little throats while you search for a solution? I can't believe there is nothing which they can take for instant temporary relief like adults can. I don't want to be comfort feeding him all day because that will just result in more reflux episodes
20/07/2013 at 10:55
So sorry to hear your little chap is in so much pain. Reflux is horrible. My GP said the best thing to help their throat is trying to not let them cry i.e. feed them at first cue rather than waiting for them to cry, making sure they get lots of sleep etc. Hope it gets better soon x
20/07/2013 at 21:07
Thanks Maisie. Hopefully things will improve soon!
20/07/2013 at 22:22
Obviously I'm not a doctor but I have done an awful lot o research when my baby was struggling with this. Your case sounds pretty similar. With Henry (and something like 1 in 3 reflux cases) there was an underlying cause. Omeprozole didn't even touch it it was that's severe. We tried various different formulas too. After many trips to GPS and eventually A&E where we saw paediatricians ( and I would highly recommend you do this as a referral can be months and GPS are crap) we were put on neocate formula. They suspected it was a cows milk protein allergy.
Nutramigen and the like are still made of cows milk, although it is extensively broken down so a lot of babies guts don't recognise the cows milk present. These didn't work for Henry but neocate is the only formula with NO cows milk, it's made from amino acids. It's uber expensive to prescribe so GPS are a pain in the *** with it. But with two weeks he had changed. All hos symptoms vanished with no drugs. A few months down the line he is such a happy boy.
22/07/2013 at 09:25
Glad to her H is much better now MissusS.
Is there much difference between Neocate and the Nuttaramigen AA which is also amino acids?
His reflux seemed better yesterday, we were out all day and he slept all day and seems much happier. He is however constipated, probably from the change of formula!
One of the GPs from my surgery seems clued in so I will make sure I see him in future.
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