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05/06/2013 at 11:24
My HV has just been out for a home visit and we discussed P's now huge list of symptoms and feeding issues. She is of the opinion its probably silent reflux with possible milk intolerance. P now blows milky spit bubbles, comes on and off the breast constantly during a feed, sometimes screams in pain, pauses in breathing a lot, has explosive diarrhoea at times, farts a lot but hardly ever burps, chokes on feeds a lot, gets a lot of hiccups, breaths noisily and often seems very squirmy and uncomfortable after a feed.
I have my 6 week check on Fri so will discuss further with GP. HV seems to think milk intolerance or allergy is fairly unlikely as the symptoms come and go and the rash she had is being controlled well with Epiderm. It also turns out i should have been giving Gaviscon 6 times a day but the GP said to only use it 3 times so will try that again.
P is tracking the 50th centile so no abnormal weight gain or loss.
Will let you all know how Friday goes.....
05/06/2013 at 11:56
*sigh* I hope its as simple as Gaviscon doing the trick. But they match Henry's symptoms to a tee.
05/06/2013 at 12:05
I thought of you as i was writing that thread.... i think all i can do at the moment is try all the reflux medicines and if they dont work try and get a prescrption for different formula. If the GP wont do that all i can do is ditch the formula and exvlusively bf without dairy in my diet.
With H was he in pain all the time? Were his symptoms constant? Last night P screamed after a formula feed for half an hour but she had formula this morning and has been totally chilled. She seems to get more pain at night but if she had milk allergy wouldnt she be crying all day after every feed? The suspect rash has also nearly gone.....
05/06/2013 at 13:27
No not all the time but most of his awake time he would cry inconsolably. He seemed a bit worse at night which I put down to a build up in the day. He would often thrash about and scream for hours at a time. You're doing the right thing. His peaked at about 9/10 weeks, gradually worsening and feeds decreasing till we got the neocate.
05/06/2013 at 14:05
The HV did mention something interesting - apparently the stomach valve that isnt working properly with reflux often matures and corrects itself around 8/9 weeks so doctors will often try and get parents to hold out until then to see if it settles down. Apparently Aptamil do an anti reflux milk too that you can only buy in Boots (not the comfort milk, another one) so i might try and get that on prescription.
P thrashes and screams sometimes but i would say at the moment its been less frequent rather than getting worse. Time will tell.....
05/06/2013 at 20:47
Good luck for friday, I do hope it's better for both you and P soon
07/06/2013 at 12:55
So we just had our 6 week check. All ok except this reflux issue. GP is also of the opinion its more than likely reflux. As i was told to give her too low a dose of Gaviscon by the other GP we are trying it again. Not going to be easy as i just made her a top up formula bottle with it in (4oz) and she only had 1oz so had virtually no Gaviscon. I will have to try mixing with water and syringing it in next feed but its 15ml which is 3 calpol syringes which is going to be hard to get in. We struggled getting 1 syringe of gripe water in last week. The only other option is giving either EBM or all formula so she will take a whole bottle each time. Not sure i am ready to stop bfibg though but if it means she gets her mexicine with less distress perhaps i might have to... will see how she gets on with the syringe later.
If the Gaviscon doesnt work we will try Aptamil anti reflux milk but the GP said that might only work if i am not bfing as most of her milk would be breast milk rather than the ar formula.
Tough decisions and not sure what to do. If she wont take Gaviscon in syringes i could give her a 4oz bottle with it in then bf her but then my milk supply would drop massively az most of her food would be formula. Gah this is so hard!!
07/06/2013 at 13:08
Don't forget there are other medications that can be prescribed for reflux by the GP if gaviscon isn't working out for you. We were a bit naughty with the gaviscon and sometimes we made it up with water than added EBM and gave in cup or syrige in the day (he didn't really like it in just water). hope things settle down soon, I think time worked best for discos reflux in the end and a lot of time in the sling between feeds.
Fingers crossed your little one is feeling more comfortable soon.
07/06/2013 at 16:18
The GP said reflux often resolves itself around 12 weeks.
Well P wanted more food just after my last post so had most of that bottle but then cried inconsolably for an hour!! Does Gaviscon have to build up? I know when i had the adult stuff it worked instantly but i would say P crying this afternoon is the worst she has ever been!
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