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Tough to see baby in pain

AMANDA-KATE BEAUCHAMP
Last updated 05:00 07/06/2014
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Our first baby was a challenge.

Not only did he have colic, he also had reflux.

I realise, in hindsight, we got off fairly easily. He did sleep, after battling through feed times, and the worst was over by about 5 months old.

But from 6 weeks to 4 months, it was really rough.

He would wake screaming, and I don't mean crying or fretting, I mean SCREAMING, with capitals.

We would rush around getting his bottle ready and then try to get it into his mouth to quieten him down.

However, all that screaming meant that he got more air than milk sometimes, and we would have to stop half way through to burp him, accompanied by more screaming.

Once his bottle was over, there would be the inevitable spill, messy and stinky, and sometimes so big you'd wonder if he'd kept anything down at all.

Then he would continue to fret. We couldn't put him on his back, so would prop him up in a bouncy chair or highchair.

It was tough, so tough, to see my baby in obvious pain and discomfort.

It was also tough when other mothers would say, and I quote, 'what's wrong with him?'.

I very much envied babies who ate, slept, and cried at a level less than a 747 at takeoff.

I wondered what my husband and I had done wrong.

We had to put Gaviscon in his bottles, and anyone who has used that knows it has a very distinctive smell on repeat.

We also found that a dummy was essential to keep him calm before and after feeds. It was a great comfort to him, and I quickly learned to ignore the anti-dummy league.

We were fortunate though. At about five months we discovered that our little boy was quite fun, and even though feeds could still be tough, there was light at the end of the tunnel.

We used Gaviscon until he was about 8 months old.

He stopped spilling at about 1 year old.

Now he's about to turn 14, he has no problems whatsoever with food!

He's not an only child, but his brother is only 19 months younger than him - if we had had another reflux baby, we wanted it over and done with. Fortunately, number two baby was only a spiller, but impressive all the same.

It could have been a whole lot worse, some children need operations for reflux.


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