I just recently learned about silent reflux, and because our daughter doesn't spit up much, it never occurred to me that reflux might the the cause of some of her discomfort. We have our one-month well baby check tomorrow (well, today), and I want to try to be as informed as possible. We love our doc, and she's very BF friendly, but I'm concerned that because our daughter is gaining weight well and not spitting up much, we'll just be dismissed. Her symptoms:
- Grunting and writhing while sleeping on back. I originally thought this was just the way she started to wake up when she was hungry, but it can last an hour or more before she'll accept the breast.
- Liquidy sounding burps and hiccups. She also has hiccups constantly--12+ times a day.
- Hates (HATES!) being burped. No matter the position, she screams and wriths and arches her back while we do it.
- Falls asleep at the breast, but only for a bit. She'll doze off for 5-10 minutes, but then wake up screaming after eating. She'll immediately fall back asleep if I put her up on my chest/shoulder or put her upright in a carrier (and sleep for hours).
- Has some gulping/gasping/raspy breathing sometimes.
- Occasional spitting up (maybe once or twice a day, if at all). But when it does happen, it can be hours after a feeding.
- And, if it's possible it's a genetic issue, her dad has severe GERD.
- In general, it just seems like she can't get comfortable during and after feedings sometimes. This is particularly bad at night. She seems to have a love/hate relationship with the breast. We've never had the "milk drunk" thing going on after eating. If she's still awake after eating, she generally just squirmy and a bit fussy.
Does it sound like I'm on the right track? I know doctors hate it when patients come in with pre-diagnoses from the interweb, but I figure going in informed is better than not!
After tonight's rough night, I'm going to try cutting some of the common reflux allergens from my diet (dairy, chocolate, caffeine) and see if that helps. Any other remedies I can expect my doctor to suggest?