The Signs Your Baby is in Discomfort when Weaning

Weaning has long been suggested as ‘the’ magic cure of reflux for many babies. You’ve probably heard it from at least one well-meaning family member or less-than-informed health visitor...

The truth is, if weaning your baby is not approached with the immaturity of their digestive system taken into consideration, introducing solids to your child can make reflux symptoms worse!

For that reason, it’s vital we are on the lookout for the common signs of discomfort when introducing food to a baby.

Here’s a look at what those signs are:

  1. Crying between spoonfuls
  2. Acting like they cannot get enough, especially when you think they have had loads
  3. Excessive excitement about food
  4. Excessive crying after a meal soothed only by milk
  5. Stretching their head or neck upwards
  6. Arching in their chair, like they might be fighting against the straps
  7. Hiccoughs
  8. Rash
  9. Hives
  10. Wheezing

As you can see, signs 1-6 are signs that could be interpreted as “my baby loves their food”. However, in a reflux baby (ie, a baby who is often unsettled and who has already been pinpointed as experiencing the symptoms of reflux) these signs are more often that not signs that a particular food is causing pain or discomfort.

If your baby has reflux, these symptoms can be a sign their oesophagus is raw from the acid regurgitating from the stomach. If this is the case, certain foods will cause further irritation and burning on raw skin.

Any time you observe these behaviours, stop feeding that food immediately. Offer baby milk, as this often soothes the burning, then give your baby a day or so to recover and try a different food.

If your baby is suffering with any pain whatsoever when eating, do not force them to eat. This could cause a food aversion. Rather, take it slowly at this stage and be led by them.

Hiccoughs are a sign that your baby is eating too fast as they have gulped air. Hiccoughs are an effective way of the body getting rid of excess air. Slow things down or take a break so as not to increase discomfort later in the day.

If you baby is choking on their food regularly, there is something that needs addressing and causing this, make sure you get immediate support as they should not choke (if your doctor doesn't help, a Baby Reflux Lady can help).

The World Health Organisation’s guidelines on weaning are that foods are introduced as a ‘complementary’ addition to milk, which means taking things slowly is always recommended. Let your baby have fun, explore new textures, new tastes, and learn how to start eating solids - it’s all new and exciting to them!

For step-by-step support to ensure weaning your baby is as joyful as possible, the Reflux Free Weaning course was developed to hold your hand as you approach this important milestone with your baby. You’ll discover how to safely introduce foods causing minimum discomfort and exactly what to do if a certain food does impact your child’s reflux.

Find out more about the Reflux Free Weaning course now or see the Reflux Free Solids course for those babies who have already started solids and are seeing an increase in reflux discomfort.

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