Infant Reflux is a condition we see every day here at the clinic. What our years of experience has shown us is that there are many different levels of Reflux and no one solution that works for all babies. Some babies have a positional reflux, where keeping the baby propped up can alleviate the symptoms. Other babies have a mild acid reflux where a change of formula and perhaps an antacid will be the answer. And then there are the babies with severe acid reflux! This is a completely different story. Caring for these babies causes a significant amount of stress. Treatment can include formula changes, medication and constant revisions and sometimes with very little success! Every day can be a challenge. With this in mind we have listed a few tips for these parents specifically.
- Don’t expect to have all the answers at the beginning as it’s a really steep learning curve.
- There are no right or wrong answers for babies with reflux, as what works for one baby may not work on another. Take advice from your medical practitioner and ask as many questions as you need to understand your baby’s condition. It really is trial and error until you find something that works for your baby.
- Accept you are doing your best and focus on what’s going right rather than what you feel is going wrong.
- Believe in yourself and trust your instincts. Reflux is a medical condition; it’s not in your head!
- You can drive yourself crazy trying to figure out why one day is better or worse than another! The simple fact is that reflux can be cyclic and some days may just be worse than others for reasons you may never know.
- Look after yourself and accept any offers of help. Please ask for help if you need it. Talk to someone – talking to someone can often relieve the strain and often helps you to see what you can do about the problem.
- Many parents have reported that reflux can flare up when a baby is stressed or sick. Hot weather, teething, over-tiredness all can affect baby. However knowing this can help as any changes make more sense.
- Recognise that there will be times when you’re more able to cope, and more positive while other times you will feel quite low and overwhelmed. This is normal. Take each day as it comes and just maybe it helps to know that things will get better, no matter how hard it is right now. Remember though, that if you aren’t coping, please ask for help and seek medical guidance.
Frank Kelleher Osteopath
The Children’s Clinic
Model Farm Road