As first time parents there are so many unknowns and questions that you aren’t sure about. That is why when our first born was diagnosed with acid reflux at 6 weeks old we took to looking everywhere for answers and tips to help her.
Here I will compile the best tips and tricks that we found to work with our daughter’s reflux. I am not a Dr. or trained in infant reflux but just wanted to share what worked best for us.
How did we know ourbaby had reflux?
There were many signs and symptoms that our little mini had that helped the Dr. to diagnose her with reflux. As a newborn she was so congested to the point where it would be hard for her to sleep and breathe when she was lying down.
At times she would begin coughing while sleeping and then make gagging/choking sounds (which as first time parents would terrify us). She would also spit up and arch her back during and after her feedings which I assumed to be normal with infants. What I didn’t realize was that she would spit up way more than most other infants and the arching of her back was a sign of discomfort.
My little mini was a very fussy baby but we just figured that this was how newborns were and that we just had a fussy, spitty, baby. We were so in love and soo tired and we didn’t realize that something just wasn’t right.
One morning our baby girl woke up and proceeded to be inconsolable the whole day. When this happened we knew something was up. She was normally very fussy but this took it to a whole different level.
We called our pediatrician and got her in to be seen the next day. After the pediatrician checked her over and we talked about all her symptoms he determined that our 6 week old had a terrible ear infection caused by reflux backing up into her ear/throat and a bad case of acid reflux. He prescribed her with ranitidine (which isn’t prescribed anymore – they give you a different medication) and an antibiotic and sent us home with some tips and tricks.
Using these and a few others that we heard about we were able to keep her reflux at bay and give her some comfort until she got older and outgrew it at around 8 months. Here are some of the things aside from the medication that we found worked best for our baby’s reflux: