Little Routines, Gillian Stewart

Reflux Awareness Month
Gillian Stewart, Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Reflux affects many babies with symptoms presenting in a number of different ways. No two babies are the same with their symptoms or how they respond to medication.

For some babies it can mean constant vomiting but for others, it can mean painful and fussy feeds.

It is important to seek medical advice if you think your baby is suffering with reflux. Information regarding reflux can be found at Living with Reflux.

Reflux cannot be cured but it does improve as your baby gets older and for most children, has completely gone by the age of one.

My best tip for you as a parent is to remain really calm, not to fight it but be relaxed and patient. These babies need careful handling, leisurely feeds and lots of cuddles. They also need routine and good sleeping patterns. It may take a little longer to set the correct patterns but your baby can sleep well during the day and at night time.

Take your time when feeding your baby but try to finish all feeds within an hour. Have lots of little breaks during the hour and wind your baby well.

Do not worry too much about the sick. Your baby should still be able to take on board enough for his/her needs.
Have lots of bibs and muslin squares to hand.

Try really hard not to put every little hiccup down to 'reflux'.

Keep smiling! Everything will be alright. You may not ever forget reflux but take comfort from the fact that your baby won't remember a thing!