The information provided on Crying Over Spilt Milk is designed to support, not replace the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her existing physician. Please do not change your child’s medical treatment without first consulting their health professionals.
Babies with uncomplicated reflux are often described as “happy chuckers”. These babies vomit or spill frequently, but are otherwise completely happy, sleep well, gain weight and have no other obvious reflux complications.
|Try a dairy-free diet for Mum for up to 2 weeks*.||Try an alternative to standard cow’s milk based formula for one week**.|
|Check latching/feeding, flow of milk and position|
|Not working?||Not working?|
|Karicare Aptamil Food Thickener or Baby Rice***.||Try these thickeners/formulas: AR Formula, Karicare Aptamil Food Thickener, Baby Rice***, Cornflour (cooked).|
General Management Techniques
Winding/burping regularly (preferably high on the shoulder with a nice straight body to allow the wind to escape more easily).
Avoid pressure on tummy except for during “tummy time”. (Tummy time is important and newborns should have this at least once a day: http://www.plunket.org.nz/your-child/newborn-to-6-weeks/play-and-learning/)
Sleep pattern in place.
Avoid “crying it out” as crying worsens gastric reflux and is distressing to family. Bad sleep behaviours do not develop and sleep patterns are easily established once gastric reflux is adequately controlled.
Pacifier/dummy? (This is only an option if LMC and Parents are comfortable with it. Consider latch and milk supply issues.) Sucking gives comfort but feeding continuously may exacerbate or encourage more GOR episodes. See Dummy or no dummy? by Pinky McKay on Essential Mums for pros and cons.
|All happy chuckers will outgrow the vomiting/spilling with time. Many parents make a decision just to “ride it out”. There may be long term benefits to these babies for doing this.|
- If you have a child who gets both pain from reflux and vomits/spills, you will need to refer to the charts showing treatment options for both “GORD” and the “Happy Chucker”.
- However, an important point to note is that with babies who get pain from reflux as well as vomit, it is important to control the pain and acid first before considering the use of thickeners or thickened formulas. When the pain/acid is under control with appropriate acid reducing medications, then try the options on the “Happy Chucker” chart. Babies who get pain due to reflux may have some degree of oesophagitis (inflammation/ulceration of the oesophagus). Studies have shown that although thickeners and thickened formula may reduce the number of episodes they prolong the length of time of the remaining episodes as thickened fluid does not drain as well from the oesophagus. It is these prolonged reflux episodes, when they contain acid that can do the most damage. However, with the move away from prescribing for GORD by many Health Professionals unless there appears to be significant pain, severe complications, growth issues or difficulties feeding it may be appropriate to discuss thickeners with your Health Professional (doctor, Well Child Provider or dietician).
*The time frames mentioned for this diet is the length of time that the diet should be trialled for by the breastfeeding mother before deciding that it is not helping and before returning to a normal diet. The dairy free diet needs to be a complete removal of these foods as cheating does matter. A positive response may be seen earlier than the time frame indicated. If the baby has started solids then these also need to be free of dairy. If the diet is successful in resolving symptoms then it needs to be continued or another form of feeding considered. Breastfeeding is nearly always best for the baby with gastric reflux but the mother’s health is also important, so consider this decision carefully with the help of a paediatrician for future feeding options.
**For advice on an alternative to standard cow’s milk based formula, please discuss which formula to choose with your Health Professional (doctor, Well Child Provider or dietician) or phone Nutricia on 0800 258 268 to speak to a Dietician. If the baby has started solids then these also need to be free of dairy.
***Please check the ingredients as some brands of rice cereals, contains milk products.
NB: Raising the head of the bed is no longer recommended and studies have shown that “head elevation may not always be of clinical value“. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2011/10/12/peds.2011-2284.full.pdf and http://www.changeforourchildren.co.nz/files/docs/infant%20positioning%20and%20reflux.pdf Some health professionals still recommend raising the head of the bed and we would advise that you should only do this after discussion with your own health professional.
© Gastric Reflux Association for the Support of Parents/babies (GRASP) and Crying Over Spilt Milk Gastric Reflux Support Network New Zealand for Parents of Infants and Children Charitable Trust (GRSNNZ) 2004. Used and edited by GRSNNZ with permission. Last updated March 2015.
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Thank you Linkage!
Something to live by....
Hi I have an 8 week old prem (6 weeks early so 2 weeks corrected) suffering from reflux. She is exclusively breastfeed and the dr has prescribed gaviscon. I am having real difficulty in getting her to take it. I have tried syringing it and also tried to feed via a bottle (she had never had a bottle for anything before) but she is just refusing it or spitting it back out. Does anybody have any tips for getting bubs to take the medicine?
Gastric Reflux Support Network NZ shared Plunket New Zealand's event.
There might be some of you who are interested in joining Plunket's Chat on Toddler Sleep. Please head over to Plunket's Event.
Join our PlunketLine nurse Carla for our 'Toddler Sleep' chat on Wednesday the 26th of August from 8-9pm. Post any questions you have below or private message us and we'll be sure to answer your question during our chat. The chat will take place on our timeline with a 'chat open' post at 8pm.
Wow yesterday Gastric Reflux Support Network NZ had 5 new members in one day! I think this is a record.
If you want to join also: http://www.reflux.cryingoverspiltmilk.co.nz/grsnnz-membership-confidentiality-agreement-form/
I haven't processed most new members from this week as my middle daughter has been very sick with glandular fever. I'll do this as soon as I can.
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Hi there, im new to this page and I've just found out my 12week old has gastric reflux.
We are currently going through a growth spurt and she appears to be in more pain from the extra milk intake, has anyone experienced this?
I'm thinking about taking her to the hospital to get some pain medication....
Hi all, Just wondering if any of you have had a similar experience. My 7 month old is on omeprazole 2ml morning and night. For a few nights we have accidentally forgotten to give it to him... And then the last 2 nights he has screamed blue murder for hours. He would go down ok but then wake and cry for hours like he is in pain. Nothing will console him. Its the only thing we have done differently - has anyone has a similar experience??? Thanks! Bec
Hey! Day 4 on gaviscon for our 4 week son and he's constipated any suggestions to get him going?
Hallucinations on Omeprazole!? ... Forgive me if this has been discussed recently or at all (probably not I'm guessing) I was active on this page when my daughter was just a baby with terrible reflux. She was on omeprazole back then until about 8-9 months old. She is back on it as of a week and a half ago just to trial whether her frequent cough and waking in the night could be reflux back at age 3.5!!!!.... Anyway, for the last 4-5 nights she has woken terrified that there are worms in her bed and on her body. (It is not a nightmare or a night terror) last night was the worst night yet! Awake from 1-5am with the most frightening hallucinations yet. Worms and flies all through the bed, on the ceiling and even as I consoled her she screamed that they were all over my face :( it was heartbreaking. Even with all the lights on she could see them. I could go on describing this but I won't. My question is has anyone's child or you yourself experienced the very rare (but documented) side effect of hallucinations? Needless to say I am stopping the meds today.
Please tell me someone is in the same boat...
Our son can't sleep for longer then a few minutes at a time without gagging on his reflux and waking himself up. Normally the only way for him to get any sleep is to sale him and hold him vertical against our chests.
He is on Gaviscon, Omeprazole (losec) and we've just dropped Ranitidine (Zantac) and added Domperidone. Nothing so far is helping to resolve this sleep issue. His bed is on a steep incline but often the moment you put him in it he starts spluttering and throat clearing loudly until he wakes.
He's 9 weeks and I've been dairy free breast feeding for about a month. He has now started Neocate formula.
Anyone else have a baby who can't stay asleep because of reflux? Any tips?
There is a new post to the page asking for any feedback on experiences around surgery for reflux.
I would love some feedback from parents who kids that have had a fundo. Our daughter (6) has been suffering all of these years with reflux combined with eating disorder (avoidant restrictive food intake disorder, basically associates food with pain) and now docs have suggested a fundo so I'd like to hear people experiences
We are being kept up to date with this, so will make sure this is added to the website links when it is available.
Breastfeeding mums and pregnant women will soon have useful tips and advice at their fingertips with the launch of a new, free, breastfeeding app.
Has anyone found that omeprizole made a reflux baby worse??
Ds is the worst he has ever been since starting losec, but I'm unsure whether its the losec causing it or something else.
Has anyone seen improvement after stopping losec?? He's 4.5 months
There is a new question if anyone wants to share their experience. Remember no medical advice! :-)
I'm interested in chatting to anyone who may have been, or is, in a similar position to me. I have a beautiful 3 month old son, exclusively breast fed. I think he's suffering from silent reflux. He looks like he is going to vomit, sounds like liquid comes up, but doesn't spit anything up. He flicks quickly between happy and unhappy baby. He seems to want to feed a lot and doesn't seem to have an off switch when he is full. I'm worried I'm making him worse feeding him. He's always gained weight well until more recently. We had been using a dummy but stopped because I got sick of him waking wanting it in the night, but starting to use it again in desperation. He's thankfully a very good night sleeper. He is starting to get bottom teeth now to make things worse! He has a lot of dribble at times. He doesn't really spill a lot, and doesn't cry that much but just doesn't seem happy. Currently trying homeopathic wind drops, weleda colic powder and I take a tea that was made up for me with multiple herbs including fennel. I've also got an amber necklace on him. I am not a hippy but like the idea of natural solutions more than giving him meds if I can find something that works. Happy to use medication though if needed. He has no signs of any allergies so I don't think it's that. Interested in any suggestions or thoughts! Thanks!
Just for some fun. You have to watch the clip.
Thinking back two years prior to pregnancy, this couple recalls how they thought they had everything about parenting all figured out. But they quickly realized all of their aspirations were not very realistic when their precious little one was born into the world.
Gastric Reflux Support Network NZ shared Judy Arnold - Infant and child Consultant's photo.
It is about time for another Coffee together and to ask Questions Thursday morning, 9.30-11. Looking forward to catching up.
Just wondering - is gaviscon like a fast acting relief - like for that feed only- or is it longer lasting ?
I haven't used gaviscon for 3 days and my 10 week old has been good for 3 days so thought maybe he was getting a bit better - but then tonight spewed up quite a bit. Is that because the gaviscon was still working in his system and now has worn off ? Or does it have a shorter term effect ?
We have also just started trying formula. 50ml yesterday and today and it was after that he spewed- so also wanting to rule out the fact that it's the gaviscon wearing off...to see if the formula is making him spew.
I'm pretty sure he's reacting to the formula but just curious how long gaviscon relief works also.
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Hi there, my daughter has been on omeprozole granules (5mg, twice daily) since 6 weeks old. I've talked to our GP about how and when to wean, his advice was to go cold turkey "whenever we felt like it"..!
I'm looking for some advice from other families on how they went about weaning - Would like to take a gentle path.
Are there signs of readiness?
What age did you start?
Did you drop one dose and see if there was any effect before fully weaning?
Or is cold turkey the right thing to do, after all?
Does anyone know if its okay to mix kiwiherb stuff with losec to mask the taste if you stick to the correct dosages? Eg .5ml each of kids calm, echinature, and chest syrup mixed with 3.8ml of losec?
10 day old baby showing signs of reflux already. Similar to his brother (who is now 22months).
He has the "breath that smells like stomach acid", looks like he's got a bad taste in his mouth, the "cottage cheese" spit up at times and obviously a very sore tummy after feeds.
I am babywearing to keep him upright which is helping.
I suppose what I'm asking is at what point do I go to gp and ask for a paed referral? My husband says don't go looking for trouble until it becomes a much more obvious issue.