Baby Is Gaining Weight So Doesn't Have Reflux

It really is time to call time on so many myths about reflux, colic and food allergies in babies.

I believe that these myths are more doing far more harm than good. They let the medics off the hook for treating babies properly, they allow longer term suffering to continue and they completely ignore the knock-on effects to a mothers mental health, the emotional health of her partner and the stress this introduces into relationships that can ultimately damage the family unit.

This is the first in a series of BULLSHIT posts. Keep tuned for more, and please share these as far and wide as you like on social media, email, etc. This knowledge needs to be shared so that treatment of our most vulnerable little ones can be changed.

“๐’€๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’ƒ๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’š ๐’Š๐’” ๐’ˆ๐’‚๐’Š๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’˜๐’†๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’• ๐’”๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’š ๐’…๐’๐’’๐’• ๐’‰๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’“๐’†๐’‡๐’๐’–๐’™.” โฃโฃ
Babies with reflux can gain weigh perfectly, gain weight excessively and lose weight depending on how their reflux is affecting them.โฃโฃ
๐“๐š๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ž๐ฑ๐œ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐ ๐š๐ข๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ, ๐ฐ๐ก๐ฒ ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง? โฃโฃ
Babies with reflux experience pain and discomfort of stomach acid burning and irritating their oesophagus. They learn very quickly that the act of feeding washes this acid back into the stomach and so they ask for more milk to soothe the pain. โฃโฃ
Additionally, if baby has trapped gas or constipation, they instinctively know that the act of feeding and swallowing stimulates peristalsis in their entire digestive system and so they drink more to move this along to be more comfortable. Hence, baby can be asking for food a lot, and feeding a lot, and gaining plenty of weight, with or without vomiting some of the milk.โฃโฃ
๐ˆ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐š๐ฌ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐š ๐›๐š๐›๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ซ๐ž๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ฑ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฐ๐ž๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ, this happens because they cannot keep enough of their milk down to gain sufficient weight.โฃโฃ
In both instances, the answer lies in figuring out the ๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™™๐™š๐™ง๐™ก๐™ฎ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™˜๐™–๐™ช๐™จ๐™š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ž๐™ง ๐™ง๐™š๐™›๐™ก๐™ช๐™ญ. โฃโฃ
When baby is gaining weight perfectly or excessively, the answer lies in understanding why baby is uncomfortable all the time and what is causing this discomfort. When we resolve the discomfort, baby doesn’t need to ease their own discomfort and so starts to ask for milk on a hunger basis.โฃโฃ
Then baby isn’t gaining sufficient weight, the answer lies in figuring out ๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜บ ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜Š๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜’๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜”๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฌ ๐˜‹๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฅ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด. Not changing the consistency of their milk to make it more difficult to vomit out. โฃโฃ
Yes, this helps some babies, the side effects of thickening agents are threefold: โฃโฃ

  1. 1 they continue to absorb fluids as they pass through the digestive system and can contribute to constipation;โฃโฃ

  2. they are complex carbs that many babies cannot digest properly so they ferment in their gut causing trapped gas, bloating etcโฃโฃ

  3. the thickened milk now holds more air bubbles within the milk which are not released in the stomach to be burped out, so go into the gut contributing to more trapped gas and abdominal discomfort.โฃโฃ

โฃโฃOur doctors do not apply this approach because the WHO does not tell them to. In fact, there is no recommendation to ever understand the cause of reflux.โฃโฃ
๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ & ๐—–๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—น๐˜‚๐˜… ๐—ช๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฝ is about 2 hours of content (text, video and observations of your baby) that walks you through the process to understand what is causing your baby’s discomfort and pain and what specific action you should take to help them. โฃโฃ


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