Colic and reflux in older babies

I am writing this after two months worth of hardly any sleep. Well I have had some sleep but every night me and Master A have been getting up anytime between the hours of 11:30pm and 4:30am. The reason? Master A has trapped wind at night time. This wakes him up and he refuses to go back to sleep in his cot. I am not 100% sure whether it is colic AND reflux. He is sick a lot still but I think the thing that wakes him is the trapped wind. Master A is now 7 and a half months old so this started when he was five and a half months. Happened right after he developed chicken pox. The doctor is adamant that the two are not connected.

So for the past two months, I have been back and forth to the doctors. I have tried all of the over the counter remedies for colic and gaviscon for the reflux but none worked. I have since been prescribed dicycloverine, for the wind and ranitidine for the reflux but I could not get either in to Master A. He spat it all out every time. Dummy dispenser or syringe didn’t work either. Then Master A got poorly with a bug, so he was on antibiotics for a while. After this was over, I was determined to get him sorted as he still had the same issues with the wind/reflux.

One telephone consultation to the doctor resulted in me putting both medicines in with a fruit pot or his breakfast cereal. He ate the lot. I previously discussed this with another doctor and she said that this would not be good as it dilutes it making it not work. Well I am happy to say that it does work. For the past two out of three nights, with only one wake up, Master A has stayed in his cot until 5:30am! Plus he isn’t screaming so much any more. He must of been in constant pain with whatever it was that was causing him pain. His reflux has decreased and he farts really well now.

The reason I am posting this is to basically tell people that colic can happen in older babies and reflux is very much a big thing. Both of mine struggled with it. For more information about reflux visit https://www.livingwithreflux.org/. Also remember that there is such a thing as silent reflux. Miss A suffered with it. It was horrible to see and hear her scream with pain.

Luckily Miss A’s reflux was due to a cows milk allergy. Master A’s reflux isn’t but his symptoms have decreased and the other symptoms (dodgy tummy, wheezing etc.) have gone due to the milk change (Pepti Junior).

I hope that there are many more nights where I can stay upstairs and Master A stays in his cot until morning. That would be good for all of us!

2 comments

  1. Jennifer says:

    I’m so glad that you’ve seen some improvement! My children both screamed at night when they were little, my son sometimes for several hours every night up until he was at least 18 months and it was awful. I’ve no idea what was wrong with him, even when I lay down in bed next to him he wouldn’t settle. Perhaps we had something similar going on. Fortunately he grew out of it in the end. Fingers crossed for more sleep for you all!
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