The joy of motherhood is something that cannot be explained in words, but there are also times where all you want to do is pull out your hair and be left alone to get some actually SLEEP! My son was a great sleeper and eater until one day we noticed he was arching his back and refusing to eat and never seemed to settle when I placed him on his back to sleep. After a few days of struggle, I took to the internet and figured out he was suffering from silent reflux. This is the reason why he wouldn’t want eat, especially be nursed in the traditional cradle hold and never seemed to want to nap, let alone sleep at night. He was in pain! Seeing him in so much pain was just terrible, I cant even begin to describe it.
What is silent reflux
Silent reflux occurs when the acidic stomach content comes up the esophagus. Babies with silent reflux don’t spit up the stomach acid, instead, they swallow it. This causes a unpleasant burning sensation. Some babies may experience severe pain with silent reflux, others wont and may not even give any indication of pain or discomfort until they are a few months old.
Natural Reflux Remedies That Worked
- Nurse in a more upright position, like football hold or laid back position. This will help your baby dictate how much milk they are getting, especially if you have a powerful let-down. Also, before and after each feeding, make sure to keep your baby in an upright position for a minimum of 20 minutes. This will help promote healthy digestion and reduce the likelihood of reflux.
- Try an elimination diet. Eliminating such food irritants like, dairy, eggs, soy, wheat and gluten can simply be the trick. Try eliminating one at a time for a week to see if that helps. For me, it was dairy that was the trigger.
- Wearing your baby. In a previous post, I talked about the Baby K’tan, it’s seriously a miracle worker for me. Babies love to be worn! Having your baby in a upright position with limited pressure on the belly is the most ideal. It soothes my baby right to sleep if he is having an episode.
- Hazelwood therapeutic jewelry. This might make you go “huh”, but trust me, it helps. Hazelwood helps create a more alkaline environment in your body through direct contact with your skin, meaning it will help soak up the acidity from your body! I bought mine here.
- Elevate your baby while sleeping. Consider using a crib wedge to help elevate your babies upper body. I use this one. It’s a no brainer, reflux symptoms can become worse when a baby is lying down. This may lead to them spitting up more, or have increased discomfort from stomach acid creeping into their esophagus when laid down flat.