Silent reflux at 10 weeks
My son Archie (now 2.5) was diagnosed with silent reflux at 10 weeks. I spent 10 gruelling weeks trying to breastfeed him for him only to arch his back at every feed and scream with pain. He gained weight but that was because he fed little and often, every 1-2 hours. Laying him on his back caused him to fling his arms out with pain and almost convulse. It was heartbreaking knowing he was in pain.
He went on to Infant Gaviscon at about 11 weeks along with formula and within 48 hours he was a different child. He started to sleep better (an hour was the most we could get out of him at best before) and was a lot more settled. We also used a wedge under his sheet (which he still uses instead of a pillow) His erratic eating patterns continued though out his 1st year with never taking a full feed (4 oz at best at any one time – he definitely had the association between feeding and pain), and still do today. He’s never keen to eat a proper meal and prefers to graze.
I was lucky that my GP was supportive and trusted my instincts that something was wrong. We weaned him off the gaviscon at about 18 months as I was worried about long term effects of using it.
I can completely sympathise with any parent that has a child with reflux. I know that it affected the bonding process with my son and as a subsequent, I ended up with PND. I felt I had failed him in not being able to breastfeed, despite hanging on with it as long as I could.
My advice to anyone would be to trust your instincts and don’t be afraid to seek advice from your GP or HV. Insist that a treatment is tried, you never know, it might work.
Corrinne, Falkland Islands