Childhood Diseases

Posted by: jana | 2012-02-09


silent reflux?

Doc, my 8th month old is not sleeping well at night. Sy weighs 9.5kg, eats healthy during the day, drinks her bottles (and juice/ tea/ water) well but wakes every 2 hours at night. I then offer her water (took away the night bottle), she takes a few sips, sleeps for an hour or 2 and awake again. Last night she was awake from 11 to 3 o''''clock, I eventually offered her milk but she only took a few sips, did not really want to drink! She''''s lately also crying when she wakes, in the past this was not the case, could give her water, put in her dummy, turn her around and she would sleep again. She''''s not hungry, her nose is not blocked, nothing "  wrong"  that I can see. I read about the "  silent reflux"  , could this be it and if so, how do I identify this? I would not like to change her milk, is there a medicine that I can give for this if this could be the problem?? But why is she sleeping 4 hours in the day without any hassle? She "  sleeps"  for at least 10 hours per night.

Expert's Reply



It does not seem likely that your baby girl has reflux. Her weight is good for her age. Also she sleeps well for 4 hours during the day. The most likely cause of her frequent waking is that her formula is not satisfying her. She should improve a lot on a more satisfying formula for her such as Novalac SD (Sweet Dreams) formula.

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