I’ve had a few messages, comments and emails recently asking how L is getting on with his silent reflux and if it’s gone, so I thought I’d do a quick post on it. Spoiler alert: unfortunately it hasn’t gone.
Silent reflux is a strange beast. Often, when you think you have it under control, it completely changes direction and you are back at square one with no idea how to deal with it all. I have a feeling this might be what has happened to us, again, through the night.
In terms of medication, L is now solely on omeprazole. The dissolvable type that you syringe into their mouth. He used to be so good with it but since he has turned one (and has gotten a lot stronger) he finds it quite amusing to fight you while you try to give it to him, or spit it straight back out. It’s hard work!
He is also still dairy free and isn’t due to start the milk ladder until he sees the nutritionist at the hospital in January. So I’ll keep you updated on that, as and when we cross that bridge.
The reflux seems to be under control during the day apart from he often has a persistent cough and can sometimes react to certain foods. Sometimes tomato based sauces and eggs cause him to have a flare up.
Night time is when the fun starts these days. We’ve mastered bed time so he will go down at 7pm (awake) with little or no protest and will usually sleep until about midnight. Once midnight hits though, it just feels like we are on a countdown to him waking up. Again and again and again and again. Sometimes he is utterly inconsolable and writhes about in what looks like pain. And then other times it’s almost like he is just waking up for the sake of it, rather than for a particular reason, such as being sore.
It’s so hard to judge and although I don’t hear his tummy fizzing and gurgling much, like it used to, he does still display classic silent reflux symptoms sometimes, which makes me really sad. It’s such a horrible thing for babies to go through.
I thought sitting up would help, and it did a bit. I thought weaning might have helped, but it hasn’t really. I really did think by the time he was one he would have grown out of it and wouldn’t be intolerant to cow’s milk, but that hasn’t happened.
I guess it’s just a case of waiting it out until he grows out of it. I CANNOT wait for that day. In the meantime, I think I’ll take him back to the doctors (we haven’t been in ages) to get the omeprazole reviewed. I really don’t like him being on long term medicine.
Have you had any experience of silent reflux? What (if anything) made your little one better?