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Reflux revisited

Michelle

I recently met a lovely lady called Emma who had 6 week old baby twin girls who were utterly adorable! Emma had been told that one of the twin girls has reflux and a milk protein intolerance (which means no dairy or soya), which is not an easy task for a new mummy who is breastfeeding. I had to stop eating dairy and soya when breastfeeding Charlotte ( for 14. Months) so thought I would use the opportunity to revisit and share the information I have learned over the years. Charlotte still has bad reflux at 3; however this is controlled by medication and a change in our eating habits and timings.

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The following recommendations may be helpful in reducing symptoms:

1. Avoid hard candy (and chewing gum) They increase the amount of swallowed air which, in turn, leads to belching and reflux.

2. Do not lie down immediately after eating. Avoid late evening snacks.

3. Avoid tight clothing and bending over after eating.

4. Eat small, frequent portions of food and snack if needed.

5. Elevate the head of the bed six to eight inches to prevent reflux when sleeping. Extra pillows, by themselves, are not very helpful.

6. The following foods aggravate acid reflux, and should be avoided:

  • fatty or fried foods
  • peppermint and spearmint
  • whole milk
  • oils
  • chocolate
  • creamed foods or soups
  • most fast foods

7. The following foods irritate an inflamed lower esophagus and may need to be limited or avoided:

  • citrus fruits and juices (grapefruit, orange, pineapple, tomato)
  • coffee (regular and decaffeinated)
  • caffeinated soft drinks
  • tea
  • other caffeinated beverages

8.  Spicy or acidic foods may not be tolerated by some individuals.

 

NB: for Adults it is also recommended that you stop using tobacco in all forms. Nicotine weakens the lower esophageal muscle and Lose weight if overweight. Obesity leads to increased reflux.

These are the links to two articles I shared in the early days..

Reflux

Reflux Continued

Dairy-Free 

I hope these tips help Emma!

I will share some more dairy-free tips soon.

Love Michelle x

 

My baby girl is 8 months today

Michelle

My baby girl is 8 months today: My baby girl is 8 months today & I feel it's time for celebration as Charlotte really is finally SO happy. We had a difficult start with reflux & a dairy allergy, as you have probably read in the blog it was a very testing time for us all but especially my darling daughter who was just desperately unhappy & very uncomfortable.20140703-225855-82735125.jpg We are still dairy free & have been recommended to remain so until Charlotte is one. The reflux has significantly calmed since Charlotte started sitting up, although she is still taking daily medication. Charlotte did have a bariam scan & luckily only reflux was detected so are just waiting for her to hopefully outgrow the reflux. 20140703-225854-82734403.jpg Charlotte is now sitting up, trying to crawl although just currently shuffling backwards, clapping her hands & squawks along when we sing songs. Lottie is obsessed with her brother Oliver who can make her erupt with laughter just by jumping up & down, she loves our dog Oscar & is in complete awe of her Dadda & yes.... She spends ALL day saying it, Dadda, Dadda, Dadda!!! 20140703-225853-82733675.jpg I could say SO much more but will let these pictures speak for themselves. 20140703-225855-82735907.jpg I'm off for another giggly peekaboo game, Michelle X

A precious gift of Craniosacral Therapy

Michelle

A precious gift of Craniosacral Therapy: As many of you will know Charlotte has suffered with reflux since she was born & although the transition to a dairy free diet & medication has significantly helped, I still felt that she just wasn't happy. My sister told me about her friend Tracey who's two boys with reflux had been treated with Cranio-sacral Therapy by a wonderful man called Richard Davison in the local village of Balcombe. Richard is so committed to helping babies that he treats them for free, for the first & sometimes the only session that is required. 20140120-215933.jpg I took Charlotte along for the Craniosacral Therapy last Tuesday & was met by Richard, a very calm & friendly man who I instantly felt relaxed with. Richard welcomed us into his home & I was surprisingly at ease despite Charlotte screaming throughout the entire treatment & vomiting all over him. The treatment is very gentle & Richard was very reassuring, talking to me about previous cases similar to Charlotte & telling me the wonderful success stories. He did warn me that Charlotte would gradually improve over the next few weeks & things would more then likely get a little worse before they got better. I was pre-warned about the pending huge nappies & told to expect lots of wind. Thankfully I was pre-warned as the nappies were explosive & the wind too, who would have thought such a gentle treatment could stir up so much activity!

I returned this week for our second treatment and have to say, what a remarkable difference. Charlotte was happy, smiley & even giggling throughout the treatment. It was so very lovely to see my daughter looking so happy, the pained look finally removed from her face. Charlotte is SO much happier her skin is clear & she just seems so much more settled. Richard is delighted with Charlottes progress & said unless she's still uncomfortable in a few weeks there is no need for more treatment. As I am writing this Daddy is playing with Charlotte & the two of them are giggling away. Thank you SO much Richard for donating your precious time to help our daughter, such a selfless act of kindness & a precious gift!

20140120-214951.jpg If you would like to find out more about Craniosacral Therapy click here, Michelle X

Silent Reflux

Michelle

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.20131205-215113.jpg 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