Weaning, 5 months, reflux, which foods?!(25 Posts)
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Me again! For anyone that hasn’t seen my million threads regarding little one, he’s 5 months old, has severe reflux and cmpa.
He’s been on baby rice and porridge for three weeks (advised by his nurse to wean early). He’s been on sweet potato twice daily for three days. This was going really well until tonight when he’s been severely sick, not good! So I’m thinking avacado next. I was going to try carrots or bananas but apparently these can be bad for reflux.
How’s everyone finding weaning a reflux baby?
We had this. DD was diagnosed with CMPI at ten weeks. Weaning was a nightmare. Turned out she was intolerant to loads of stuff, including gluten and soya, but also stuff like avocado, banana, grape, all orange fruits and veg, and loads and loads of other foods. We are starting to come out of it now at nearly three, and she can now tolerate foods she previously couldn't.
The best thing is to take it slow, only introduce one new food at a time, tiny amount on the first day and then getting bigger and bigger over 4-5 days. If no reaction you can start introducing a new food. If reflux worsens, stop the food and wait for the reflux to subside until you try something else.
Is your DS being seen by an allergy clinic? He really should be, and it will give you access to dietitians too.
We had the most luck with gluten-free oats, rice, potato and green fruits and vegetables. Apples, pears, raspberries, blueberries and prunes were all ok. Cauliflower, broccoli, peas, sweetcorn, green beans and asparagus were fine. All meats and salmon were ok, but sardines were not. The problem with orange fruit and veg seems to be a known thing, though not common. Avocados and bananas do seem to be a problem for some. Annoying!
Pear is known to have a low potential for intolerance. Cauliflower is very gentle. Lamb is meant to be the meat that is most widely tolerated. I would try them next.
I will try cauliflower next then, thank you!
Shovingleopard it sounds like you’ve really been through it, glad you’ve finally got there though with your little one. He has a feeding nurse that I see every four weeks. I saw his specialist a couple times when first diagnosed but haven’t seen her again and there’s been no mention of seeing her. She cancelled an appointment and hasn’t rearranged.
Green veg I’ve read causes bad wind, how have you found this?
I used to mix sweet potato with a little milk and baby rice to start which went down well. I did similar with apple, pear and parsnip early on with success too. Both my boys were weaned early due to severe reflux plus poor weight gain and got both of them it sorted the issue in just a couple of weeks. Hopefully you'll have a similarly positive outcome with it.
Normal potato is quite bland too so I may give that a try??
Pear is very good! My reflux baby had it from 3 months each time she took her omeprazole as recommended by our paediatrician. Butternut squash was an early one we introduced at around 4.5-5 months.
Sounds stupid but what type of pear did you try? The ones that have a bit of a darker brown skin or the more rounded pale green ones? Or does it really not make a difference?! 😂 bit worried with pear that it’s going to be acidy though.
Little one is on neonate milk and medication wise he’s having gaviscon in every bottle and losec mups (omeprazole) morning and night, 10mg total daily dose.
I don't think pear is acidy, it's quite gentle compared to a lot of other fruits. We usually have conference pears, only because I prefer them. I don't think the variety matters much.
Oh, we haven't found green veg to cause wind, it's been fine.
Do you have your DS on a probiotic?
No he’s not on a probiotic, it’s not been mentioned by anyone. Should he be?
I’ll nip to the shop and get him some pears, hopefully they will be fine!
To be honest he was doing really well with the sweet potato but he puked up so much yesterday after giving it to him it’s knocked my confidence.
Thought I’d give the avacado a try as it’s quite squishy and creamy so thought it would be gentle. NOOOOOOO! It’s nade him really sick
Seriously feeling like putting this weaning malarchy on hold his nurse is shit and won’t help and neither will the hv as he isn’t six months yet. But then I feel if I hold off all food then the last three weeks have been a waste.
Avocado can be problematic, and it is linked to latex allergy. There can be a cross-reaction, as they are similar. Also with banana and mango.
Could it be, though, that he is still reacting to the sweet potato? Reactions can last several days in my experience, so I would always make sure the vomiting had stopped before adding something else.
If the weaning isn't helping you then take a break. Our extremely vomitous boy brought me to despair, having breastfed him for 6 months and being assured that it would all improve once we started weaning. It didn't. It was just brighter colours that were harder to wash out. He did get there in the end though. But take it slowly and don't feel pressurised.
I’m going to hold off completely and wait a few days for the sweet potato and avacado to be out of him then see what happens.
Really frustrates me that I’ve been advised to wean him early but don’t actually get any support or help! I got a lecture from the HV when I tried talking to her a couple weeks ago and his nurse isn’t much help either even though it was her who advised early weaning.
Sorry to moan, just need to get it off my chest
Started him on pear yesterday, gave it to him once. He’s had it this morning with his omeprazole tablet mixed in (he’s been sucking his morning tablet up mixed with water for the last week). Anyway he kept that down. Given him some pear ten minutes ago and he’s sicked it all up after a few minutes.
I had a reflux baby weaned early.
I mixed everything with baby rice/ porridge initially (so added pear etc to it) and everything stayed down fairly well.
In my experience a reflux baby is going to vomit from time to time no matter what you give them.
We used to make my daughter two dinners because if she coughed at any point in the meal she would throw it all back up and be starving!
Good luck. It DOES get better I promise.
Also while I'm thinking about it finger food always stayed down better than spoon fed food 🤔
Last thing then I'll be quiet I promise. Avocado was a massive no here too.
Thank you for your advice he liked the taste of the avacado but he spewed it all up, it was like a fountain!
I now worry when I give him something and he’s sick that is he being sick because he’s not tolerating it or is he being sick because he’s a sicky baby. It’s frustrating and I feel sorry for him.
As far as I'm aware the NICE guidelines have changed so that early weaning for reflux shouldn't be recommended anymore. If it's not helping then to be honest I'd just stop and try again at 6 months. I saw someone mentioned finger foods, but make sure you're aware of the signs of readiness for giving those (just in case you're not already) e.g. sitting well with support to minimise choking risk.
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