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.
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“𝒀𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒃𝒂𝒃𝒚 𝒊𝒔 𝒈𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒘𝒆𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕 𝒔𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒚 𝒅𝒐𝒏’𝒕 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒓𝒆𝒇𝒍𝒖𝒙.”
Babies with reflux can gain weigh perfectly, gain weight excessively and lose weight depending on how their reflux is affecting them.
𝐓𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐞𝐱𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐰𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭, 𝐰𝐡𝐲 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐞𝐧?
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.
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.
𝐈𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐚 𝐛𝐚𝐛𝐲 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐥𝐮𝐱 𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭, this happens because they cannot keep enough of their milk down to gain sufficient weight.
In both instances, the answer lies in figuring out the 𝙪𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙧𝙡𝙮𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙘𝙖𝙪𝙨𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙞𝙧 𝙧𝙚𝙛𝙡𝙪𝙭.
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.
Then baby isn’t gaining sufficient weight, the answer lies in figuring out 𝘞𝘩𝘺 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘊𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘒𝘦𝘦𝘱 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘔𝘪𝘭𝘬 𝘋𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘈𝘥𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴. Not changing the consistency of their milk to make it more difficult to vomit out.
Yes, this helps some babies, the side effects of thickening agents are threefold:
Our 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.
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗲 & 𝗖𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗥𝗲𝗳𝗹𝘂𝘅 𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗸𝘀𝗵𝗼𝗽 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.