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Jul 30, 2008
kirbyg
Am I crazy???
HI. My lo has just turned 1 and still has silent reflux. She is currently on losec twice a day and has Ulsanic 3-4 times a day. We tried her at the max dose of losec a few months ago and she seemed to get cramps. Recently she started to nap twice a day and everything was going pretty well. She generally sleeps 40 - 45 min, but suddenly she started sleeping less than 30 min at a time. She also has been waking up really upset. At night she goes down at about 6.30 and has started to wake up about an hour after going down. We are co-sleeping with her as that is the only way she sleeps. The last few nights have been terrible! It is almost as if she just can't settle and has been fussing through most of the next and then waking up really early. I have been told to try to cut out the night time breastfeeding as she isn't eating much at all. My gut tells me that she is breastfeeding at night for comfort and that she isn't eating because she is in pain. Is this a picture of a baby with reflux that isn't being controlled? Or am I just being a neurotic and my child has "bad habits" ie sleep associations etc.
Jul 30, 2008
lorenzomama
Lorenzo b.4/25/07 1 week in NICU w/ aspirate pneumonia from a reflux episode; diagnosed GERD at 9weeks; Used Zantac for 5months. Currently using Chinese Medicine and Craniosacral Therapy. GERD, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Sensory Processing Disorder. Ask me about breastfeeding a refluxer! Pic: day 5 in the NICU.
We co-sleep too, and when things are going poorly, it is so easy to doubt yourself because there is so much pressure against co-sleeping in our culture. How is she during the day when she isn't sleeping? Are you seeing signs of lots of refluxing? Is it possible she is teething, which can also exacerbate reflux? Teething pain is said to get worse when they are lying down because the blood flow is greater to the mouth when you are lying down, and so sore teeth and gums can begin to throb. Excessive drooling and stress can make reflux flare up, and the combination can mean a real nightmare (if you got enough sleep to actually dream :) )for everyone. If you ever need co-sleeping moral support, feel free to email me at cristina@mothersupportnetwork.com -- it's really hard to feel isolated when your doing what feels best for your child and others disagree. Believe me, I've been there...
Jul 30, 2008
kirbyg
Thank you so much for your support. I am sometimes almost ashamed to admit that we co-sleep (particularly to my m-i-l). Isabella is teething at the moment and her reflux has definitely flared up recently. I had a suspicion that teething made reflux worse. When she is up and awake she starts of fussing, but her mood improves. She is her most chirpy after an hour and a half of being awake. I suppose the reason I think that it is the reflux acting up with her lying down is because she seems to almost writhe at night and certainly has been arching her back when she wakes up fussing after her naps. Also I feel like a permanent pacifier at night as she breastfeeds constantly at the moment. I thought teething made breastfeeding painful? If only they could tell you where they were hurting!
Jul 30, 2008
slimfast13
This is our dd, Alessandra. Dx with GER 10/07. Ran the gamut with meds and now done with them (crossed fingers). Using magnesium, probiotics and prebiotic supplements. With the exception of teething and general sassy attitude, all is well now. They really CAN grow out of it!
Is your lo on any H2 blockers? Sometimes it helps to add those, though I'd ask your ped or GE. We also use Maalox for breakthrough pain at night, especially if she's in a growth spurt and may need the meds upped. HTH
Jul 30, 2008
mollysmom
Connor 11/22/02
Grace 7/2/04 reflux free now!
Molly 7/10/07 the reason I'm here!
Have you added anything new to her diet? My daughter also just turned one, and we had been introducing whole milk. It made her reflux horrible. She was spitting up again, waking up at least 4 times a night, and not napping more than 30 minutes and waking up miserable. Since we stopped giving her all milk products she has been much better and sleeping through the night again. Everyone was telling me to let her cry it out at night, even my husband. But I also just felt like something was bothering her so I didn't let her cry, and brought her into my bed, or soothed her however I could. And now that she is feeling better she is sleeping much better, and waking up happy instead of screaming. I am so glad I did what I thought best and didn't listen to what everyone else was telling me to do.
Jul 31, 2008
mom2coy
Coyle Eagan. One Year Old. Doing well on Cow's Milk flavored with juice :) Drinking two bottles of Go&Grow daily. Eating solids better but still have rough days. No More Silent Reflux-that I can hear anyway.. but puking again. Zantac 2ML 2X daily.
hi there. my little guy wakes up a lot too. he used to wake up happy now he just wakes up crying most of the time.. sometimes when he wakes up in my bed he smiles tho. some days are better than others. monday, he went to his crib awake both times and slept 1.5 hours for both naps..tuesday was horrible! so, i do what it takes sometimes to make it work, kwim. i think many of us have broken a few "baby rules" around here due to the issues our little ones have-many more than just "reflux" it could be a combo of seperation anxiety and worsening reflux as she eats more solids maybe?

what is her schedule, if i may ask?
Aug 01, 2008
kirbyg
Thanks for all of your help, don't know what I would do if I was alone in all of this! We have thus far worked out that Isabella is allergic to milk, soy and egg white. I have a sneaky suspicion that there are more allergies lurking. Apart from an elimination diet, I don't know how one goes about testing for them? Her schedule is pretty flexible as she can wake up anywhere between 5 and 7 am (tends towards 5 tho). She woke up at 5 today so her schedule will be something like this... 5am Wake up - BF & losec 6.30 am breakfast 7.30 - ulsanic & wind down 8-9.30 nap (will prob help her link after 30-45min by BF) 11.00 sollids 12.30 ulsanic & wind down 1 - 1.45 nap (unless I help her to link with bf) 3.30 solids & ulsanic 4.30 bath 5pm losec 5.30 bed 6.15 - will probably wake up crying bf or rock back to sleep 7.15 - wake up again at this point I might give up and go to bed She will then bf avery 2 hours until she wakes up again. We have tried "gentle sleep" training methods (rock to drowsy and then put in cot with hand on back while she cries) during the day. It helps for about 2 weeks and then she starts seriously protesting when I put her down, also much less happy during the day. I have a back problem and so have relied on bf her back to sleep as rocking is a HUGE problem. Now she isn't eating much at all and my paed thinks it is because she has too much breast milk. So we have to look at weaning her. Tho I know that part of the reason she bf so much is because of her discomfort. She doesn't link her sleep cycles during the and never has - 45 minutes is it for her. So in effort to give her a "normal" pattern I have resorted to helping her go back to sleep with bf. Sorry have rambled on a bit.
Check with your
doctor first!