Last night he started to choke and gag and stopped breathing. He would recover in 20-40 seconds, I think. This kept happening all night long. One time he spit up a pretty big glob of mucousy milk, but after that there was just some bubbly milk in his mouth. He slept on my chest while I was propped up on pillows; that seemed to help. I also held him completely upright for half an hour after each time he nursed.
He is exclusively breastfed (except for a little fortified formula in the hospital when his blood sugar dropped).
So, is this reflux? He doesn't really spit up, like my colicy dd did, and he doesn't cry a lot. I am increasing the amount of time I wear him during the day, I am eliminating dairy and chocolate from my diet, and I am going to try catnip tea. I will also take him to a craneo-sacral therapist and/or chiropractor. It doesn't seem too severe, and I would like to go the natural route before I try drugs.
Any thoughts or experiences would be appreciated.
My son (32 weeker) was and still is a bad refluxer. We didnt treat it until he was 2 months old and started to have episodes of choking and turning cyanotic spells. He was started on prevacid and it made all the difference in the world. He too was (still is) breastfed. Prevacid works well and its easy to give and rarley has side effects. Reflux is painful, so I wouldnt hesitate to try the medicane!! DS was on Prevacid until he was 22 months old, he still refluxes (he is 2 years old today!) but no longer needs the prevacid.
Good luck in finding something that works for you. Reflux stinks!
FYI- refluxers don't always spit up. He could have silent reflux, where the stomach contents and acid only reach the throat or the mouth. Your baby could be gagging trying to swallow everything back down. When this happens, you may want to suction his nose because some of it may make its way in there and can cause congestion.
Ways to help:
1) Smaller feeds but more often
2) Elevate baby while sleeping
3) Keep baby upright 30 minutes after meal
4) If gas or stomach pain becomes a problem, put a towel in the dryer to heat, fold and wrap fairly snuggly around baby's belly.
5) Watch weight gain or loss very carefully
6) If all else fails, see a doctor.
This is about all I can think of right now.
I had 4 reflux babies 3 of whom were also preemies. All 4 of them had severe reflux which required medication. Our oldest dd's reflux was so severe that she ended up being FTT. All of them took Prevacid.
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We are going to our family doc today to make sure his lungs are okay since this cold has hung on so long. I will ask him about reflux too.