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Are possetting and gastric reflux the same thing?

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runnermum2 Thu 23-Dec-10 20:09:44

Or are they 2 different things. If so what's the difference?

Hazeyjane Thu 23-Dec-10 20:20:11

I believe possetting is something that a lot of babies do, where they bring up a small amount of milk at the end of a feed.

Reflux is when they projectile vomit a large amount of milk, or lots of curdled milk seems to leak out of them.

Ds has 'silent reflux', which means he doesn't vomit a lot of milk, but he screams in agony because of the acid that comes up from his stomach, and which he then swallows.

Hazeyjane Thu 23-Dec-10 20:21:52

By the way, there are a lot of other symptoms that can accompany reflux, there used to be a support thread on the feeding topic, where people listed all the various symptoms - I found the thread very helpful, if you do a search maybe you could ressurrect it!

TruthSweet Thu 23-Dec-10 20:30:54

Sort of the same thing just one end or another on the scale....

possetting is a bit of milk brought up, maybe after a burp, but that is not distressing to baby nor causes pain or weight gain problems, it is a 'laundry problem not a medical problem' (to quote someone or another)....

gastric reflux (GERD/GORD) is milk being brought up, possibly in large volumes or with force, which causes pain, with baby perhaps contorting themselves (called 'dolphining' in my house due to the postures DD1 made whilst in pain'), baby may cry inconsolably, with poor weight gain, or conversely, excess weight gain due to comfort feeding, constant feeding or feed refusals, baby may sneeze or hiccup a lot (many times a day not once or twice) as well.....

silent reflux is all of the above but minus any milk (or very little) being brought up....

Reflux is distressing for a parent to deal with but possetting just means you have to carry a muslin/bib with you.

DD1 had reflux and was in extreme pain, cried and fed constantly (feeds lasting 1.75 hrs with gaps of 5-10 mins between feeds at it's worst), she needed medication to keep milk down her long enough to gain weight. DD2 & DD3 have possetted occasionally and it's a completely different experience as a parent.

Hopefully that wasn't too much ramblings blush

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