My DS is 9 weeks old and has gotten increasingly fussy over the last 2 weeks.
For several weeks, he has been uncomfortable on his back. Also, he has always hiccuped a lot, coughed somewhat frequently and had some congestion....SO I am thinking he has reflux. I called his pedi and talked to his nurse who recommended the usual things (keeping upright after eating...elevating mattress...)
well, it's been getting worse and worse, especially at night when we try to sleep!! 2 or so weeks ago I was so happy because his sleep stretches started lengthening. he slept 4 hours, then 2-3 for the rest of the night. Well last night he awoke every half hour to 1 hour, with the exception of one sleep stretch that came close to 2 hours
Ok, so I read that caffeine can make reflux worse. I had been drinking two cups of home brewed each morning...yesterday was my first day to not...However, stupid me made brownies late last night (yummy!) duh caffeine, wasnt thinking...
So do you think it was the brownies that led to such a torturous evening for us?
Also, I of course had the brownies with a glass of milk...and a couple hours before I had a bowl of cereal with milk...For breakfast every morning i have oatmeal with butter and milk...and the more i think about it, i am realizing that a TREMENDOUS part of my diet is dairy. That and cereal, and maybe a turkey sandwhich is sometimes all i will eat in a day! especially this week because my bf was the one who went grocery shopping and didnt even buy a single fruit or veggie!!!
So is it the dairy that is our problem??
OH man, the more i read the more lost i become...because then I came across a list put out by PAGER with all kinds of foods that are supposedly bad for reflux...here it is:
VEGETABLES (due to high acid or belching)
FRUITS (due to high acid or lots of fiber and seeds)
Apple (especially peels)
Bananas (notorious for constipation)
Milk (lactose intolerance can provoke reflux or hyperactivity in some babies)
Coffee (even decaffeinated)
Beans (gas producing)
Oats (rolled oats OK)
Tofu (avoid large quantities)
Barley ( OK if pearled barley is cooked 10-15 min)
Fatty or fried Foods (fats take longer to digest)
Meat with connective tissue/ gristle (take longer to digest)
Chocolate (high in caffeine, which keeps baby awake)
Peppermint/ Spearmint (Wintergreen is unrelated)
Foods with "air" such as fluffy baked goods, meringues.
Swallowing air by sucking on hard candies or drinking from straws
Black Pepper (white pepper is OK)
Creamy Foods/ gravies (high fat content)
Rich Pastries (high fat content)
Simple sugary foods
Excessive fiber (increase very gradually as tolerated)
High energy foods (digest slowly)
MCT Oil (medium chain triglycerides, digest slowly)
Guargum (thickener, digests slowly)
So i'm really confused as to what exactly i should try eliminating...and how to go about doing it. Please Help!!! thx!