Silent reflux and colief help

I wished that i could feed lying down to get more sleep – but honestly, this made things worse. Even holding Arthur in a cradle hold didn’t help. Feeding him in an upright position (and then keeping him upright) seemed to help with the reflux. As he got bigger he would straddle one of my legs, using it as a seat whilst feeding from the same side.

upright after feeding

This time round my little girl had it but at the moment through the day. I bought some Colief yesterday and was wondering if anyone has had success with it. I don’t want to keep Ivinghoe lots of different meds and formulas all the time so wanted to know before I start giving it. my oh is lactose intolerant,the gp said it’s not genetic but I’m wondering g if there is a link and perhaps my lo is too.

This meant that he was having fab long day time naps, especially his lunch time nap which would be 2-3 hours. He was also sleeping well at night time and waking for the two feeds I would have expected him to at his age (5-6 weeks). There I said it!

Other babies just need support to restore healthy gut bacteria that digest the lactose for us. Either way, your doctor should have these tools at hand. My baby is 5 weeks old.

All those things are common but not necessarily healthful or normal. Better strategies would be avoiding the meds, withdrawing dairy from your own diet, and skip the GMO soy formula, which can be as triggering as cow’s milk protein for many babies. I’d be glad to help – set up an appointment anytime, here.

Here is a list of the things we tried to help with colic and reflux – it may be helpful to you too…

Colief® Infant Drops can be used at every feeding until the baby is 3 to 4 months old, by which time the signs of colic should have disappeared. Colief® can then be withdrawn gradually from use, first by halving the drops per feed, then using at alternative feeds, then one feed per day before complete withdrawal. If at any stage the signs of colic return, revert to previous dosage. When babies begin taking milk treated with Colief®, there may be change in stool pattern.

A day and half in and my son is really constipated and the teats were getting blocked as the milk was so thick. so I read over both the milk and gaviscon instructions again and they both say other thickening agents shouldn’t be used when using one or the other product. During feeding your baby should be in an upright position (whether you are bottle feeding or breast feeding) to avoid swallowing more air, and after feeding you should wind or burp them to release this trapped air and reduce any discomfort.

Try to soothe your baby with movement such as gentle vibration (for example by taking a trip out in the car) or with white noise, for example by placing your baby in a seat in the kitchen when the washing machine is on. Gently massaging your baby’s tummy in a clockwise motion can help relieve symptoms of wind or gas too. The discomfort brought on by reflux and colic can have a negative effect on wider family life as well as your baby, and it’s not uncommon to feel helpless when you just can’t seem to soothe your baby’s symptoms and bring them the relief they are desperately craving. She dismisses the idea of colic, and crucially believes that it is detrimental – to parents’ mental health, if not the baby itself – to simply accept hours of crying as being “normal” and something to be endured rather than treated. Controversially, she rejects the Department of Health advice that babies should sleep in the same room as their parents for six months.

I’m sorry to hear this is so difficult. Possibilities that trigger this can include milk protein intolerance (even to your milk or something in your diet), poor tolerance of vaccinations, or exposures to antibiotics either for you while pregnant, during delivery, for you while breastfeeding, or directly for the baby. You might find some solutions in the first chapter of this book (available as kindle or paperback), which goes into detail about how to ease these symptoms for babies. Otherwise you can access my calendar anytime and set up a Skype appointment. You will receive an auto reply with instructions for the initial consult.

I have added Colief ( lactase enzyme) to his milk and that helps with the gas/ bloating. Some baby experts have suggested that you can relieve colicky symptoms by avoiding over-stimulation, so dim the lights and reduce noise wherever possible.

Silent reflux can affect sleep in not so obvious ways, unless you really know and have experience of how babies sleep. Day time sleep can often be awful, with the baby refusing to settle or having “cat naps” rather than nice long sleeps in the day. Of course, there are many babies who cannot do these long naps for other reasons (an ability to link their sleep cycles, self-settle, overtiredness), but I had helped Rupert learn all of these skills, and knew that he was never awake for longer than he should be for his age (1hr 30 minutes), so I just knew it had to be something else. -Day sleep went to pot! This was not a common “I feed or rock my baby to sleep” scenario where he was then waking up after a sleep cycle because he needed help again.

She then said that I could try a stay down formula (currently on ‘normal’ aptamil) to help with the reflux and then said we could try a comfort formula for the colic. After confirming that these are two different types of formula, I asked what I should do to be told that it’s a parenting decision and I should make a change and then discuss if with my HV when she comes out on Friday. She also suggested that I try an alternative for the colic and suggested herbal drops. I asked about colief and she said I could try that if I wanted and basically I could buy an alternative. O has had colic for a few weeks and we’ve been using infacol for about 3 weeks now.

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I haven’t lost hope, though, even as I have personally been diagnosed with PPD. There has to be something out there to make her life easier. Since the 13th (when her symptoms manifested), we have tried Zantac, gripe water, gas drops, leg exercises, belly massages, feeding upright, sitting upright for 30 minutes after feeding, new bottles, new nipples, changing formulas to supplement with, changing my diet for breastfeeding, and Babies Magic Tea (admittedly, this seemed to work, but I accidentally went a little too crazy with the dosage and gave it to her in three consecutive feedings–don’t ever do that, by the way. She was incredibly sick for a full day. I intend to try this product again soon, but this time I’ll space out tea time).

The pain and explosive poo are classic symptoms. It’s very common, my 3 babies have all had it. It’s really tough, but you will get it sorted. If you want to continue breast feeding you’ll have to go completely dairy free, check all your foods for hidden dairy. Alternatively have your gp prescribe a formula for milk protein allergy.

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