I remember bringing Pie home from the hospital, this gorgeous little pink bundle, so content and so perfect. Well yes, that lasted all of about 3 days! Unknown to me poor little Pie had reflux. He squirmed uncomfortably after feeding and was constantly sick on people. It became a bit of a family joke that you could always tell who had been holding him due to the splatter pattern down their back. Every room in our house had multiple muslins in varying degrees of grossness. Luckily it never affected how well he grew and he did start to grow out of it at around 6 months, and once weaned the problem was gone. But it was a tough time for both of us.
The folks at SMA Nutrition have put together a really handy infographic ‘6 ways to help your baby’s reflux and constipation’ which covers common baby feeding issues. These simple ideas may help ease the discomfort of reflux in newborns. We certainly found keeping Pie more upright and feeding him smaller quantities more regularly helped reduce our washing load as well as making him happier. SMA Nutrition have also got some more useful information regarding Reflux in Babies on their website.
I have to say it wasn’t a lot of fun being covered in white congealed gunge for those first few months. I didn’t know too much about reflux when Pie was born, everyone told me he was just a ‘sicky’ baby. Now I realise what we were dealing with I wish I had known sooner, because there were things I could have done to make life easier for both of us. Not to mention the amount of money I could have saved on washing powder!
Please remember that if your baby appears to be in pain or you are concerned for any other reason, always seek the advice of a healthcare professional such as your GP, health visitor or public health nurse.
*DISCLAIMER – this is an advertorial feature in collaboration with SMA Nutrition, all opinions expressed in this post are my personal experiences as a mother and are in no way connected to my nursing background*
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