Can starting solids trigger reflux?(4 Posts)
DD is 29 weeks. We started solids with puréed fruit at 25 weeks, 1 meal per day. After a couple of weeks I added another meal, so now she has breakfast and lunch. She's not really interested and doesn't really like to be spoon fed, so we're trying BLW. Mainly she's has cream cheese on toast, cheese triangles, buttered toast, peach slices, hummus on pitta, tiny bit of fruit purée from a spoon.
The thing is, her sleep is now awful, awake 5 or 6 times a night. I thought it could be the solids, and spoke to HV on Weds who said to UP the solids, lots of carbs and protein. But I've just read something that's made me think it could be silent reflux.... DD is breast fed, has always gained weight well, but does suffer with hiccups a lot, is very dribbly even though no teeth yet, does puke up curdled sick (sorry TMI), coughs quite a lot in the day, but not at night. Since solids started she's had very fitful sleep, sort of semi wakes up crying, will settle for 10 mins and then wakes crying again. Feeding her settles her for an hour or so, then she's awake again.
Does anyone know if starting solids could trigger reflux? Or perhaps she has always had it mildly and the solids have just made it worse.
We have contacted a sleep consultant and are about to embark on some sleep training but if course I won't do that if there's any doubt she's in pain or discomfort.
I don't have any answers, my DS similar age, also a few weeks into soilds and also not sleeping great with lots of crying, he seems a bit in pain with it. He doesn't dribble loads and rarely spits up but has hiccups at least daily and always has. I have been thinking its his bowels getting used to the change/ constipation, although he had been very chirpy in the day, as he has some teeth and cried differently at night when they were coming through. Today and yesterday he has squeezed out a food poo for the first times, with much crying and obviously in pain, so I am hoping that it will settle down now ( but that's me being optimistic, as no reason to think this really). Apparently it's common when they start solids to be constipated,especially with eating things like bread, although no one has mentioned the night thing that is just my guess.
My dd was an awful refluxer and solids made it far far worse for the first few months. You could be onto something.
Try to avoid acidic foods for a few days to see if anything changes. My dd had reflux and my dietician said avoid things like tomatoes, pineapple etc. I wonder if pear triggers it..?
Why not try a puree of chicken and sweet potato? Maybe she doesn't like to be spoon fed if it's triggering discomfort? Or stick to finger foods like chicken strips etc?
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