Meh. Reflux.

I'm feeling 'meh' about Ethans reflux. It seems to all of a sudden have got worse. He's four months and some websites suggest that reflux can reach it's 'peak' at around 4-6 months. So maybe this is why.

Tuesday, he spent the whole day screaming. Yes, the actual whole day. I don't know that it was his reflux upsetting him for sure. I just know that the amount he was bringing up got worse. I had been trying him on baby porridge, so I wondered if this was perhaps not helping. But Wednesday he didn't have any, and though he wasn't as upset, he threw up more than I'd ever seen. So I know it's just reflux from his bottle.

I'm not talking a bit of 'spit up' or one sick per bottle. I'm talking 4-5 MASSIVE amounts of sick per bottle. That is, Ethan, me, the sofa, the floor, anything and everything getting soaked in sick each bottle. 

If you have read my blog for a while you may be aware that we put 1 infant Gaviscon sachet in each bottle, this had semi been helping. Not stopping it, but certainly helping. If we ever forget it, we know straight away because the sick is ridiculous. 

I took him to the Doctors on Tuesday and among other advice got 'He'll grow out of it', this is fine, I'm sure he will, but it's really starting to distress me. Seeing him throw so much of his milk up, for want of a better word, sucks. The last couple of days I've really dreaded bottle time. I don't want to feel like that. 

Things could be worse, I know. He could be in a lot of pain with it, he could not be gaining weight, he could be unhappy. But he's not unhappy, he's generally such a happy little guy and his weight is fine. 

The Doctor didn't want to look at the medication route because of this. He's not suffering with it as such. And if I'm honest I don't want him on medication. I just wish it wouldn't get worse. I'm going to explore upping his Gaviscon as he is actually allowed 2 sachets per bottle, I just need to be careful with how many times per day -- it's a bit confusing. 

I know I'm lucky that Ethan is otherwise healthy, but I can't help but feel a little bit down as we both sit there soaked in thrown-up milk whilst he is still chucking up more. I feel bad and I feel sorry for him. I guess that's just part of being a Mum. 

I'd be interested to know if anyone else has had or has a baby with severe reflux?

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  1. Oscar has recently started with reflux. I was surprised to be honest as we'd had no problems before. I really feel for you as it's not nice is it?

    My HV mentioned that sometimes babies are more sicky when they're ready to be weaned but, despite recently trying him with baby food, it doesn't seem to have made a blind bit of difference to how much bottle he brings back.

    Unfortunately I don't have any advice but I just wanted you to know that you're not alone!

    Louise xx

    Confessions of a Secret Shopper

  2. I really feel for you - both my sons have had reflux and it's horrible. I also got really frustrated with the doctors and midwifes who don't seem to care as long as they are gaining weight.

    I know it doesn't really help but they do just grown out of it. My second son is nearly 7 months and he is so much better now - only really being sick with a burp. really hope you see some improvement soon.

  3. My friends little boy had this, they thought there was something very wrong because it was happening still at one. He had tons of tests, including a camera in his tummy.... Turned out he was just allergic to milk. Took them all that time, when it could of been a simple test! Crazy, maybe worth suggesting xxxx

  4. Oh that sounds horrible. We are lucky that Isabelle has very little, but even when she does throw up a little it's horrid. I can't imagine how hard it must be for you to see him have that every single day, and for him to be so upset. I hope that you find a solution soon Sarah xx

  5. Aw poor little man, what a shame. Really hope you find something that helps soon xx

  6. Oohh bless him! Boo to the reflux. Rio's ever really been like this because of thrush and swollen glands..horrible!

  7. Oh poor boy :-( I've heard a few people say ranitidine is good but has to be prescribed so not sure the reason why the dr didnt want to prescribe it? hopefully he will grow out of it really soon but it cant be nice in the meantime.

    I get reflux myself when I eat soup haha!! I don't think my body likes me eating the same texture every mouthful! weird!

    Louise xxx

  8. Noah had gaviscon which constipated him and is near on impossible to give to a breastfed baby so then he had ranitidine which did help to some extent, but it tastes foul and my poor boy would get so upset. And if I got the timings wrong it would make him more sick. It's awful, I feel for you I really do. Seriously, find a cranial osteopath that specialises in children. Worth every single penny xx

  9. A close friend's son is now 9 months, but he had awful reflux as a baby, She mentioned the other day that bizarrely she was advised to turn him upside down after he had fed! You'd think it would have exactly the opposite effect, but apparently it really helped! x

  10. Aww that sounds so horrible :( Poor Ethan. I don't know what to suggest as I've never experienced it, but it must be horrible for both of you.

    Sparkles & Stretchmarks - UK Based parenting blog

  11. It's shocking the doctor wasn't interested in pursuing this! Reflux can be indicative of so many things, like allergy (as K Burgess mentioned) and should definitely not be ignored. Obviously, it's best to avoid medication but that depends on how much the reflux is bothering him. I'm sorry you're having a tough time and poor Ethan!

  12. Yes I have been there! with my boy of the same name! We went for medication as he was exclusively breast fed and gaviscon was not possible...I had all the don't worry, will grow out of it comments, but when you smell it everywhere and its not just a bit you kind of want something else. I found it was made worse by porridge, yoghurts and any cow milk products. The medicine made a huge difference, and the only issue was weaning him back off it at about 18 months.
    Just keep asking your health care people for help and find out what is on offer. I have heard baby rice can help settle tummies, and I hope you find a solution that suits you.
    Although it doesn't seem it at the time they do grow out of it!