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Reflux - when to medicate? Did weaning help?(3 Posts)
DS2, 20 weeks, EBF, has reflux. It seemed to settle for a few weeks but has flared up again over the last couple of days. No healthcare professional is interested because he’s mostly happy (albeit quite clingy but I think normal for his age) and gaining weight well (91st centile). We were prescribed Gaviscon at 9 weeks but it doesn’t seem to make much of a difference and is a faff to administer.
As I said, he’s mostly happy and gaining weight well. But on bad days, the vomiting is....well, bad. He doesn’t show obvious signs of discomfort during the day - he’s happy on his back on the baby gym and in his pushchair - but is windy and will not sleep unless in his buggy/sling/car seat or being held. He won’t sleep on his back (strong preference for his side, with head raised) and won’t be transferred to a crib or basket once asleep - or even, usually, another adult. We have to cosleep or I’d never get any sleep.
How bad does this sound? Should I push for more medication? Or hold out for another few weeks and start weaning, and see if that helps? I hate the thought of him being in pain or uncomfortable, and I would probably have gone back to the GP if he was a grumpier baby. Equally, I don’t want to medicate unnecessarily.
If your baby had reflux, how long did they need meds for? Did weaning make a difference?
Thanks in advance
It won’t be considered a problem while he’s gaining weight well - some babies are just vomity babies. Early can help but it’s only recommended for babies who are struggling to gain weight, so if I were you I’d just keep going as you are
Oh, if we get to six months without him snatching food out of my hand, we’ll be doing well! But plan to wait in absence of medical advice.
Thanks - my main concern is whether he would sleep better if it was under more control. But I guess that’s a great unknown...
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