Silent Reflux: As the song suggested on yesterday's Facebook post 'Insomnia - Can't get no sleep'. After having a Charlotte it took about five days for my milk to come in probably due to the c-section so I was happy to nurse Charlotte through the night & assumed she didn't want to be put down as she was hungry. I took some fenugreek tablets as I was worried about my milk supply & expressed to ensure I had plenty. When we lay Charlotte down to sleep she screamed with discomfort so we picked her back up but after nearly two weeks of this happening I was convinced it was something more than fussiness. I had spoken to various midwives who assured me that most new born babies behave in this way, colicky but I was sure it was pain or discomfort. My friend Marie came to visit she has two gorgeous children, an older boy Harrison & younger girl Sophie with the same age gap as Charlotte & Oliver so I was excited to see her & get a few tips for managing with two. We had a wonderful afternoon, the children payed nicely & gave us time to catch-up. Marie agreed that Charlotte was clearly uncomfortable, Sophie had suffered with a similar issue & so she recognised the symptoms as silent reflux.
I'm not sure I had ever heard of it but started searching on Google that evening. I read a few descriptions of the Silent Reflux but it wasn't until I read an article on the Daily Mail written by another mummy that I really recognised the symptoms. It was probably a mixture of hormones & exhaustion having not slept for two weeks but I cried reading the article, it really explained what I had been experiencing with Charlotte. Screaming when lay down on her back, drawing her knees up, periods of screaming, constant hiccups and generally an uncomfortable, unhappy baby. I felt terrible that she had been suffering for two weeks & I had listened to the midwives who had said newborn babies often behave in that way, i.e it was normal! I know Oliver was a good baby (we had to wake him up for feeds), but I'm glad I trusted my instincts & had Marie to help me recognise the symptoms.
I called the out of hours GP and as it was a Sunday they suggested taking Charlotte to the Royal Alexander in Brighton if we couldn't wait until Monday, I was convinced she had suffered enough so decided to go to the hospital. The paediatrician was very reassuring & was confident that Charlottes obvious discomfort was due to a silent reflux, just as we'd suspected. He prescribed some baby Gavisgon initially as she was so young & we noticed an instant result . For the first time in two weeks Charlotte slept for two hours in her mosses basket with the head elevated, thank goodness!
Symptoms The symptoms to watch for are persistent crying, arching of the back, crunching up of the knees, and vomiting if the reflux is not silent! Read more details about reflux on the NCT website. If you think your baby has similar symptoms book an appointment with your GP
I was disappointed to find limited information on the NHS site about reflux, so will continue the post tomorrow to share some additional information about Reflux... Michelle X