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8 wk old with reflux and won't sleep anywhere but on me!

(7 Posts)
PK1975 Tue 09-Apr-13 13:49:20

I'm tearing my hair out and would appreciate any advice.

I dont know where to start! My 8 wk old dd is bf (never had any problems) and given a bottle at night to settle (we have the night time fussing). We think she has reflux. She sleeps in her crib at night and was unsettled (lots of wriggling and noise) until we put a wedge under her mattress. She seems to sleep better.

During the day she will not sleep anywhere other than on me. I've tried a dummy, patting her back and rocking her in her pram but she ends up screaming. She feeds almost constantly and we don't get much happy awake time. She vomits a lot but is putting on weight. The doctor prescribed gaviscon but this didn't help and I noticed a difference in her poo so was conscious of constipation. We're going back to the docs tomorrow and I'm wondering about trying the reflux formula?

Any tips on getting her to sleep in her pram and on the reflux?

Many thanks.

nananaps Tue 09-Apr-13 13:55:54

Nightmare, sympathies as mine is a bit like this.
How about wedging in the pram too?
I put mine down in his chair in the day, its kind of sitting slightly upright.
Infacol has helped us with wind too.

Consider that she is having a growth spurt hence the constan feeding at the mo. She probably needs the extra. (although i feel like a human dummy at the mo with mine)
You just cant get anything done can you. I have considered a baby carrier to be able to get stuff done, but he kills my back as he is about 10Lbs now.
Im sure there will be better suggestions ont he way. x

Twattybollocks Tue 09-Apr-13 13:58:24

Ask for rantidine, it has saved my sanity. Dd has been on it two weeks now and is a different baby. She is only sick when she is due to have the medicine presumably because the effects have worn off, and she is so much more comfortable, she can now lie on her playgym thingy and play without crying, she settles straight after her feeds where before we would have an hour of grunting gagging and screaming even if she was upright in a sling. We are having a bit of a wobble today but I think she may have a tummy upset :0/
The only downside to the ranitidine is that we have found it makes her very windy from the other end, so she has a couple of hours a day when she is a bit grumbly as it works it's way out.

Twattybollocks Tue 09-Apr-13 14:00:10

Should add dd is also bf, trying to get gaviscon down a bf baby at that age is not really feasible I don't think, certainly wasn't for us!
I also found cutting out caffeine helped enormously so am now on decaf tea and coffee

sparklingsea Tue 09-Apr-13 14:17:51

I so sympathise as I had one of these. He was permanently glued to us and we took it in turns to sits up with him on the rocking chair as it was the only way he would sleep. We used to syringe Gaviscon in at the same time as BFing, poking it in at the corner of the mouth. He vomited so much and had poor weight gain so we had to persevere with the Gaviscon. I used to find frequent but smaller feeds helped as large ones came straight back out. I never tried the reflux formula as was advised that breast milk is absorbed more quickly than formula so battled on with that. am sure the GP will have some suggestions, good luck with it all!

stargirl1701 Tue 09-Apr-13 19:28:24

Ask the GP for Ranitidine. The dose needs to change as the baby's weight increases. Keep going back if it doesn't get any better.

PK1975 Tue 09-Apr-13 20:35:02

Thanks for your replies. It helps to know we're not alone smile.

I will ask the doc for ranitidine tomorrow.

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