We have been living with severe reflux since my daughter was six weeks old. She started to show improvements at 12 months old but by then we had learned how to manage her symptoms. She has mostly outgrown reflux now she is 16 months and is no longer taking any medication for it. This list of tips and tricks have all been personally tested and have worked for us. If you are not sure if your baby is suffering from reflux take a look at Does my baby have reflux?
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Check out this practical guide for dealing with sleep, weaning, leaving the house and helping your baby to improve their symptoms.
21 Practical Tips and Tricks
Tips to help with Feeding
- Give frequent small feeds throughout the day, so the tummy does not get too full
2. Try to get baby to keep still and quiet after a feed
3. Keep the baby upright for about 30 minutes after a feed to keep the milk down
4. If you are breastfeeding avoiding certain foods such as caffeine, spicy, dairy and citrus may help.
5. Wind your baby regularly during their feed – we were stopping to wind after every ounce
6. Don’t let baby get too hungry or they guzzle their feed too quickly
7. If you’re bottle or combination feeding choose your bottles carefully to avoid colic. I love Dr. Brown’s bottles and have used them with both of my children. I share more about different bottles you can use here.
Tips to help with Comfort
8. Dummies can reduce the amount of comfort nursing your baby wants to do and the sucking can help alleviate some pain. Try a variety of dummies to see which one your baby takes to. My babies really liked the Philips Avent soothers or the Tommee Tippee soothers and soothers with a toy attached are easy for baby to find when they drop it.
9. Try sitting baby in a breastfeeding pillow or a chair rather than laying them on a mat. My daughter loved to sit in her Ingenuity swing as it could be changed into just a seat if she was uncomfortable with the swinging motion.
10. Sitting in the car seat can put pressure on their tummy so time feedings with this in mind
11. I found using a baby carrier like the Babybjorn really helped as it keeps them in an upright position. You can carry them like this for walks or around the house to give your arms a break.
13. Propping up the mattress in your pram or using a pushchair on a tilt also reduces vomiting. I used the Quinny Mood pram and pushchair as the seat of the pushchair has a good reclining position.
14. Prop up your changing table or changing mat so that their head is raised
15. Think about how you are carrying baby, don’t put any pressure on the tummy or carry them lying too flat
Tips to help with the Mess
16. Have a supply of muslins and bibs to hand. These are much easier to replace than stained clothes or carpets. My favourite types of bibs are Funky Giraffe bibs and Tommee Tippee big bibs – they are often soaked on the front but it doesn’t go through to the clothes. My favourite muslins are the aden+anais muslins as they wash so well and last a long time.
17. Dress baby in clothes that are loose around their tummy
18. Wear clothes that are easy to wash and dry and layers so you can remove any stains quickly.
19. There are different ways to thicken feeds which help to stop the vomiting. See your GP to discuss this. We tried Gaviscon for about 4 months but it didn’t make much difference. Then we used Carobel and it really made a difference.
20. The GP can also prescribe medication that reduces the amount of acid your baby vomits which stops it burning their food pipe and throat.
21. Using hypoallergenic formula can really help if your baby has a cow’s milk protein allergy.
I hope you find these tips useful and some of them work with your baby. Living with reflux is really hard and can be exhausting but remember it will get better.