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08/07/2013 at 18:40
E is just over 3 weeks and for the last 2 days has started to throw up his milk after each feed. Each time he is sick its quite a bit and looks fairly curdled if that makes sense?!
I am EBF and I have a feeling that my milk flow is very fast as he gulps very quickly and loudly and has milk all over his face by the end of the feed!
He frequently hiccups but then he did that a lot in the womb and before being sick these last two days, had some difficulty in burping when I went to wind him.
This afternoon he has refused to sleep and has been non-stop crying.
Have given him some infacol at his last feed which seems to have helped a bit but am concerned that this may be the start of reflux or colic.
Any advice or experience?
08/07/2013 at 19:00
My son had this. We gave him Infacol every feed from when he was about 5-6 days old and didnt stop it until the feed we started weaning. He was FF not BF. the Infacol seemed to take a few days, but I could be wrong as I only really remember being very sleep deprived! As for the being sick, we found my son fed better if he wasn't flat, or cuddled. We would support the back of his head and hold him in a more upright position to feed him and then whenever he needed winding, we would just flip him forward a bit, support his neck and wind him. I hope that makes sense!
08/07/2013 at 19:06
Colic wouldnt make him sick and is usually just crying in the evenings. Could it be a virus? Have you checked his temp?
If not a virus i hate to say it but it sounds like reflux. I would say go to your GP as there are meds to control it if thats what it is. P is on Gaviscon which kind of helps but there are better things out there if that doesnt work.
08/07/2013 at 19:15
I did wonder if it was a virus as its so unlike him to be so unsettled but have just checked his temperature and its fine. He has still not been sick since the last feed when we have him infacol but is crying loads. H is trying to settle him. Will see how we get on tonight and if its the same I will make an appointment with the GP. Feel so horrible as nothing I can do is making him happier
08/07/2013 at 20:16
Is he too hot? Sometimes the heat makes them throw up. Try skin to skin if he wont settle x
08/07/2013 at 20:35
Have managed to settle him now and he is finally asleep! Have been making sure to keep him cool all day but its very hard in this heat. Hopefully he was just having an off day and tomorrow will be better but if not I will definitely ring the Dr. I suspect though that the heat is responsible for a lot of his agitation (and mummy's!)
08/07/2013 at 21:03
3 weeks is about usual time for reflux to rear it's ugly head. Is he arching his back, writhing around etc? Some babies are 'happy pukers' but how much is he bringing up?
08/07/2013 at 21:31
I haven't particularly noticed him arching his back. He has always been very wriggly and has been no more withery than usual. The amount he has bought up has varied though the day from a small amount to quite a fair bit although we havent had any more sick since the feed I gave him at 4pm. Any other signs I should look out for?
08/07/2013 at 22:35
Your description sounds like an exact description of Florrie - she followed an identical pattern. We were helped by infacol initially, but unfortunately for us it was the beginnings of reflux. The gp was very quick to treat - first with gaviscon which we didn't even get through a dose of, now she's on ranitidine which keeps her much more comfortable. Other musts for us have been keeping her upright (I use a pillow, but keep her up for 30 mins post feed) and using a dummy
Good luck x
09/07/2013 at 01:58
It sounds more like reflux than colic to me but hopefully E is having an off day rather than the start of it. Sam had colic / trapped wind before his reflux became obvious and we used infacol which was great for bringing wind up but aggravated his reflux. The HV said winding needs to be done really gently with reflux babies, gentle rubbing, no patting, upright after feeds (Sam is currently sleeping sat up on me!) now I make sure I wind very regularly but am gentle and don't use infacol, which has helped the sickness some.
Other signs S showed were noisy when feeding - big gulpy sounds, coughing in between feeds, noise in between feeds - working hard called it a sheep noise which describes it well, and making painful faces - just like he had swallowed a lemon - this was his acid coming back and him swallowing it back :( he also isn't comfy laid flat on his back and propping up our crib seemed to help him, this will also help if he's windy.
S is on gaviscon now but it has made little / no difference so far so think ill have to head back to the Gp soon. Fx it's nothing and E is better tomorrow. If not though there is lots of experience on here that have been a great help to me, it's unfortunately very common :(
09/07/2013 at 05:27
Thanks so much ladies. Lamby, E sounds very similar to S in that he gasps when feeding and also makes scrunched up faces.
We have had an relatively ok night - E has woken every 3 hours for feeding and then settled back down without being sick. He has been grunting in his sleep a lot more though. The infacol seems to have worked for now. However, taking into account the above I think that a visit to the doctors may be in order if symptoms persist today.
09/07/2013 at 05:59
Sorry to hear that he sounds similar Ferbs. It's all still new to me but looking back, I can now see S was refluxy before the sickness began, but the sickness alerted me. I thought his feeding noises were just hunger and cuteness! The Gp told me most babies grow out of it quickly, FX that's the case for all these LOs. If I can find the thread I posted about it, I'll link it below as there was some good advice from people.
Glad E had a decent night and wasn't sick - if it is reflux it doesn't sound too severe. Again, similar to Sam he isn't vomiting every feed, thank Goodness, probably 1-2 times a day, and now I know I can make changes, like keeping him upright and treating wind and hiccups really gently etc.
Hope he has a better day.
BTW - I think most reflux babies are probably fine with infacol, it just didn't agree with Sam!
09/07/2013 at 08:54
09/07/2013 at 09:02
Thanks Lamby, lots of the symptoms you describe seem to fit E. Am taking him to be weighed tomorrow so will speak to health visitor then
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