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Signs and indications:
Excessive feeding or seemingly hungry baby.
Back arching while been held.
Excessive hand chewing with ”teething like” behaviour.
Sour smelling breath.
Inconsolable crying or moaning constantly.
Impossible to settle.
Irritability during or after feeding or regurgitation and choking or blue spells.
Refusing feeds when clearly hungry.
Vomiting more than usual spit up, or projectile vomiting.
Significant wind issues.
Very poor sleeping habits.
Being placed in the car seat for journeys caused huge issues for us, the old cliché of ‘’bring the baby for a drive to get them to settled ’’ certainly didn’t work for us or thousands of other reflux parents I have spoken to. The curved position of the car seat seems to create more problems for a reflux baby.
In my experience, I have found that many medical professionals feel if a baby is thriving and gaining weight there is no cause for concern. I remember the comments about my baby during this stage and how people said she was a “fine big healthy child!” I now recoil when I hear the term “thriving.”
‘’It’s not ok for your baby to be in pain even if they will grow out of it and never remember’’
What’s the difference between (Reflux) GOR & (Reflux disease) GORD
The following will be a crucial tool in your reflux survival kit. When I discovered this information I had a huge aha moment! Previously to this point I just couldn’t understand why nobody seemed to take us seriously. People would pass blaze comments like ‘’Oh my little fella had reflux, it was terrible’’ but they never displayed that look of sheer terror in their eyes when they said it. They didn’t seem to possess that look that only a parent of a Gord baby displays.
Gord parents seem to have this strange connection, they will lock eye’s with you when reflux is mentioned, combined with a pitiful empathetic look upon their face.
Then it starts, the exchange of reflux related war stories! They can talk about this for days because you get it; you know what this is really like! It’s like being in private members club that no one willingly wants to join.
During our reflux journey, I learned that there are many severities of reflux, ranging from mild reflux known as ‘GOR’ (gastro-oesophageal reflux) to the more severe type known as gastro-oesophageal reflux disease ‘GORD’. There are many differences between the two.
GOR can correct itself when a baby is roughly three or four months old and can be managed by using lifestyle changes such as adding a thickener to feeds, not overfeeding, holding in the upright position for 30 minutes etc. This kind of reflux is tough going. I can still remember the constant screaming, floor walking and poor feeding, as well as a lack of any proper routine with my first child who had GOR. Nevertheless, it rectified itself when he turned three months old.
GORD however, is a totally different ball game. The severities of the attacks are more severe and prolonged. Normal coping mechanisms and techniques of keeping the baby upright after feeds and stay down formula will not work. Medication is needed and the child can display symptoms for well over a year and in some instances, a lot longer. I really hate to be the bearer of bad news here, but GORD continued here for us for over two years. Some parents have children with reflux disease right up to the age of four or five and older who may still display symptoms. GORD is an illness, disease; the child may need ongoing medical care and investigations. It can also cause a multitude of other health problems.
This information is crucial for any parent or caregiver dealing with this problem. Unfortunately, GOR and GORD get thrown into the one pot that is called “Reflux.” This is extremely frustrating for parents, as it is like comparing the common cold to pneumonia. Often parents struggle with this awful disease unsupported and misunderstood. The majority of family and friends and the wider community are completely unaware that there is a difference. I now tell people my baby has reflux disease or GORD. It saves me from hearing a lot of the preconceptions that people may have about the disease and that there is certainly a huge difference in the pain of the baby and the struggles of the parents and is certainly not just some spitting up or a laundry issue!
Food Allergies, Intolerance and Reflux