Unfortunately, nearly 7 in 10 babies will experience reflux at some point. Reflux isn’t just a little spew here and there, it’s gut wrenching!
It's endless screaming, never sleeping, holding baby 24/7, constant feeding, changing of spewy clothes and the overwhelming feeling of helplessness. Although it feels like it, it won't last forever! We promise.
We’ve compiled 7 top tips to help soothe your baby’s reflux symptoms.
Avoid clothing and nappies that are too tight. Apart from bub being more comfortable in looser fitting clothing, it will help reduce the amount of pressure put on your baby’s tummy. Pack a few extra changes of clothes for bub when you are going out and a Wet Bag to place the spewy clothes into. Try and wear white, whites won’t show milk stains as harshly and are a clever way to hide spit-up or spew.
Consider changing bub's nappy before feeding. This will avoid the necessity of lying your baby down when he has a tummy full of milk. Give smaller, more frequent feeds with bub upright. This will be easier on bubs stomach and will help decrease reflux as there’s less to regurgitate. After feeding try and keep your baby upright for at least 30 minutes, it will help prevent the food from travelling upward into the oesophagus.
By frequently burping your baby, you will keep the air that is gulped into the stomach during a feed to a minimum, thereby reducing the volume of milk that may be vomited. Laying a Spewy™ over your shoulder whilst burping will stop the spew from going all over your clothes.
Keep your baby quiet after feeds and avoid bouncing them around. Instead, think about reading them a story or having sensory play.
Massage can be soothing to babies and children, and it can also aid digestion. You can't directly contact the organ that causes reflux, however the massage stimulates baby's nervous system including the Vagus nerve which controls many aspects of the digestive system. Check out your local area for baby massage classes.
If you formula feed, consider using a thickening agent to help decrease the amount of milk coming back up the oesophagus. If you're breastfeeding, it's best to avoid eating foods that may pass through your breast milk and upset your baby. These can include: spicy foods, caffeine, fatty foods, dairy products.
You are your baby's world! And they are bloody hard work! So you need to remember to look after you, so you can look after them. Take time out for yourself, whether it’s hoping in the shower for 5 minutes when your partner gets home or asking for help from family and friends when you need it. Remember to take one day at a time.
MUST-HAVE FOR REFULX BABIES
HOW CAN THE SPEWY™ HELP?
With the constant changing of spewy clothes and the mountain loads of washing that come with a new baby, let alone a reflux baby, we have you covered! Literally!
The Spewy™ will help to reduce your washing load, allow you to spend more time with your baby and will give you peace of mind. It works by absorbing up to 2 litres of liquid and has a waterproof backing, so nothing will leak through onto you, the car seat or bedding! Place the Spewy™ between you and your baby when you’re holding them and let the Spewy™ do the work.