By Colleen Brown (Retired Plunket Nurse)
YOUR BABY MAY HAVE COLIC IF:
• She cannot settle after her late afternoon or early evening feed and starts screaming as soon as the feed is over, or she falls asleep but wakes crying within half an hour.
• She does not just cry – she screams, drawing her legs up to her tummy, and appears distressed.
• Everything you do seems to help for a minute. She will suck, but then the screaming starts again. Often, wind will stop the screaming momentarily – but it starts again. Being rocked interrupts the screaming for a few seconds. Having her tummy rubbed produces miraculous silence – but it does not last.
• When you interrupt the screaming, the baby remains shaky and sobbing until it starts again.
• The whole episode lasts one to four hours, then it is over for the day.
• A similar pattern repeats itself every day at about the same time, but not at any other time in the 24-hour period.
YOUR BABY DOES NOT HAVE COLIC IF:
• He cannot settle after his late or early evening feed, but cries and grumbles on and off for quite a long time before finally going to sleep. Grumbling never means colic.
• His crying is ordinary crying, even if it is hard crying. Drawing his legs up to his tummy is not necessarily a sign of colic – young babies always do that when crying hard
• Something you do brings the crying spell to an end within half an hour. If a feed or a dummy does the trick, the baby was obviously hungry or needed to suck – either way it is not colic. If bringing up wind enables him to sleep, then he had a windy attack, not colic. If rocking and rubbing soothes him, he may have been lonely or tense.
• The baby is calm while you are comforting him. He may cry when you put him to bed, but he is not distressed.
• The episode ends within half an hour and baby sleeps or stays happy for at least 15 minutes before he cries again.
• Occasional screaming spells at any time of the day or night. They may be hard to bear but they are not colic.
YOUR BABY MAY HAVE REFLUX IF:
• He has continual spilling after feeds, with or without distressed crying.
• There are signs of spilling on his pillowslip or sheet.
• When you pick your baby up from the prone position, he spills a mouthful of milk over you.
• Your baby may grizzle a lot and arch his back in discomfort.
Excerpt from the © TREASURES® BABY BOOK. Used with permission.
Has anyone had experience with lactulose ? I have been using on and off but I'm not sure if she's worse on it , seems very farty and uncomfy ! 4 month old 5.5 kg and she's on 2 ml per day , any advice or alternatives appreciated ; she is on losec and gaviscon
Hi. Just wondering if anyone has a similar situation to us. Our daughter was born 8wks premature and was a very unhappy baby. Once her reflux was diagnosed at about 4 months old and she started on losec, she improved instantly. I discovered going dairy-free helped her tolerate breastmilk. We have had to increase her dosage as she has grown. She is now 4years old and her symptoms have changed. She used to wake up screaming in pain but now it just affects her personality, sleep, etc. I have tried gradually weaning her off losec but she becomes anxious, tired and just can't cope with life. We've been to Dr Ford and he suggested going gluten-free which has helped. She has had an endoscopy but no answers. Our paediatrician doesn't believe in food issues and thinks if the medication works - use it. She is now up to 30mg losec each day. I would love to hear from anyone who has a young child still on losec or who has successfully got off it.... Cheers.
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Hi there, just wanted to say that this page and your website has been a huge help! It has provided ideas, helping me and my 8 week old son cope with his reflux. He was diagnosed @ 4 weeks old, and has been on gaviscon since. I have also gone dairy free, not sure if it's helping but he's definitely settled over the weeks. Hopefully he 'grows out of it' as the Dr says, grateful for all tips and advice from other parents experiencing the same...'I'm not alone'....this is a photo of our son in his Happy Place, where he goes from crying to smiling straight away!
Hi, Just wondering if you could help me with a question please. I got given Losec Suspension today. Since it's in suspension form and not the granules how long before a feeding should I give it to my baby or can it be given at the same time?
My baby has been diagnosed with reflux, her dr prescribed her ranitidine 150 mg/10 ml. It says 1 ml 3x a day, shes 5.7 kgs, does this sound right? That seems alot to me...
Hi there. I've been reading your website and Facebook page with interest over the past few months and it's been really helpful. My daughter is coming up 4 months old and her reflux seems to be improving. We tried gaviscon but it didn't make much difference. Main thing for us has been that I cut dairy out of my diet. I now have food with dairy in it but just don't do the core basics like cheese, yoghurt, milk etc and although she still spills often, the associated pain seems to be almost gone. Am hoping she's growing out of it but the dairy still seems to have a bit of an effect. Anyway, in two months time I have to go back to part-time work and will need to start using a formula on those days. I usually used karicare gold with my kids but have no idea what options would be best for my reflux baby. Can you make some suggestions? I'd like to try some out to see how she reacts etc before I go back to work but don't know what brands to try. Thanks.
Hi, I have a wee girl Matilda, 3.5 months, who has been diagnosed with gerd and is currently on Ranitidine and Domperidone. We have tried Losec and gaviscon infant too, and after trying pepti jnr and neocate we are now on elecare formula. Also have done the usual, raise cot, chiro, upright after feeds etc. We don't seem to be making much progress and its really heart-breaking to try all these medications on such a wee person! We do seem to have 3-4 great days when she is happy and contented but then have 3-4 terrible days with constant crying, not much drinking, so much vomit and terribly unsettled, not much sleeping etc; my question is, is this 'normal' ?! Is gerd cyclonic? Thanks, Amanda :)
My four month old son has recently been diagnosed with reflux after his feeding has become worse and worse over the last month. He will cry before and during a feed and constantly turns his head from side to side. It takes alot of coaxing to get him to drink. He has also started waking almost hourly through the night. We have tried gaviscon which gave him terrible constipation and now ranitidine. After reading the dosages on the spilt milk site we realized the dose we were given was far too low so have now been on a high ish dose for a week with little change. How long should it take to see a change? We also have a script for omeprazole so can try that next. Anyone else with a reflux baby also had these sleeping issues? Any tips welcome, we have raised the bed and keep him upright after feeds. Thanks in advance
Anyone recommend a good paediatrician in Auckland, son has reflux and looking to get some help!
How can I give my omeprazole granules to a 5 month old? I have been putting in pear puree but now want to introduce food and think this is putting her off wanting to eat!
Our membership form is now working again. Sorry for the delay. We are looking forward to meeting some new members. http://www.reflux.cryingoverspiltmilk.co.nz/grsnnz.../ Joining Gastric Reflux Support Network NZ for Parents of Infants and Children Charitable Trust gives access to our Newsletters and Private Local and National Support Networks. Membership is free, and this gives you opportunities to discuss gastric reflux related issues with others in a safe and confidential setting.
hi i have a nearly 8 month old girl, she is on ''Kari-care anti reflux AR'' now they say by six months the reflux or spewing up heaps of milk should be fine now. but im scared to put her on normal kari care cause she use to vomit like crazy, what formula should i be going on? thanks :)