Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Sharkey | 2008/08/20

Q.

baby and GERD - Reflux

My child is only 2 weeks old and i am sure she suffers from GERD.

She only sleeps in her baby chair and when she sleeps she moans and groans like she is in pain, her little body is never relaxed, always pullled up into a ball.

The doctor (GP) said it' s normal and that I must just give her Buscopan and Panado Syrup but it' s not helping and i fear because on the lables it states for babies 3 months and older she is just two weeks old.

She spits up a lot when she feeds and she will drink and then suddenly let go of the breast and then pull her body tight and let out a cry like she is in pain and then look for the breast.

She drinks like she has been starved, I joke and say she looks like she is attacking the breast but I think she is so hungry. SHe never feeds for to long because she falls asleep and then suddelny awakes with a cry and a lot of groans.

She will fall asleep but wake up crying and moaning. I have tried feeding her at a 30 degree angle this helps a bit. even after feeds and spitting up lots of milk she will suddenly get hick ups and it sounds like she swallows back the spit as she hickup' s. It sounds like someone swallowing back their puke.

She will also be asleep and then she starts moaning/groaning sometimes crying and I can hear her pushing. It sounds like she struggles to pass stools, her poo is always runny and yellow but she really struggles and then after she does pass stools she then falls asleep immediately.

because she is my first child I am not sure whether I am just being over cautious or whether she has a real problem. My husband thinks I am " mothering "  her and that she is acting up because she knows I stress. My GP keeps saying it will go away but it seems to be getting worse.

i have gone and read up about it and there are so many different views.

As money is tight after the birth and my unpaid maternity leave I go to the GP as he is cheaper but should I get her to the pediatrician immediately so he can diagnose or should I wait a few more days?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

I agree with you that your baby certainly has the symptoms of reflux and as they are so obvious and worry her so much it is unlikely that simple measures will assist her. As she is breastfed using a anti-reflux formula is not an option. The best would be to see your paediatrician. Explain your finacial situation when you see him/her.

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