Reflux is often missed among the medical professions and understandably so, it portrays similar symptoms to many minor ailments that a baby can normally go through such as trapped wind, minor tummy ailments, adjusts to feeds, constipation and overtired restless babies as they adjust to their brand new surroundings after birth.

My own son went through a very tough time for the first year of his life. The Doctors just diagnosed colic and he just screamed from feed to feed.

What is reflux?

Reflux occurs when food is brought back up from the baby’s tummy, resulting in acid travelling up the oesophagus. This means that baby will inevitably be sick quite a lot (referred to as ‘active reflux’), or in some cases will experience pain and discomfort during a reflux episode. Babies who are not excessively sick are sometimes harder to diagnose, and this is often referred to as ‘silent reflux’.

After many years working with babies, it became a passion of mine to read the signs and to very quickly pick up when babies were showing the signs.

Some things you might see if your baby is suffering from painful reflux:

  • Spitting up and vomiting associated with pain
  • Difficulty being soothed/constant crying
  • Becoming fussy following feedings
  • Outright stretching and arching backwards away from the nipple or bottle
  • Refusing Feeds
  • Constant frantic feeding
  • Frequent coughing or congestion in the absence of illness
  • Wheezing or trouble breathing
  • Irritability during feedings
  • Poor weight gain
  • Difficult and disrupted sleep

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There is a light at the end of the tunnel

Most infants grow out of reflux without an issue and its generally unusual for babies over the age of 18 months to continue to suffer. That said, it does happen and for some unlucky babies reflux never really disappears.

Very rarely, reflux can be indicative of other digestive issues. Always speak to your doctor if you are concerned, and follow relevant medical advice.

From my years of experience working with infants with reflux, I can help pick up and diagnose infants with reflux and guide the parents on getting the help that they need. I can also teach parents the tools to make progress on sleep skills AFTER reflux pain is well controlled.

It is very important to treat the pain of reflux and ensure adequate caloric intake before beginning any sleep training program.

Once your baby’s reflux is being treated, I can help you sleep and routine train with confidence.

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