So your baby has infant reflux and you want to know when will it improve? You have read all of the advice and tips on how to manage the symptoms. You might have medication for your baby to take or a special diet to follow. What happens next? You have lots of questions and nobody seems to have a definite answer.
Will my baby outgrow this? When can she come off her medication? When can she eat a normal diet? Will the vomiting stop completely? Will it get better quickly or slowly? This is our journey with severe infant reflux from the beginning to when it finally improved.
When did Infant Reflux Start?
For my baby reflux started at 6 weeks. Read Does my Baby have reflux? to find out the symptoms she had and how we had reflux diagnosed. The reflux was severe and she wasn’t gaining weight quickly enough. It was a really tough time as we were really worried about her health. After lots of medical appointments, she was diagnosed with a cow’s milk allergy and severe infant reflux. She started a milk-free, soy-free diet and took medication to reduce her vomiting and discomfort.
When did reflux start to improve?
There are lots of different things that worked together to improve the symptoms of reflux. Around 3 months her symptoms reduced and became more manageable because we started to make these changes:
- Having a cow’s milk and soy-free diet
- Avoiding foods that made her symptoms worse
- Taking ranitidine to reduce the acid
- Using Carobel to thicken the formula
Around 6 months old she started to improve further as she started to physically mature. She became able to sit up unsupported and started to stand up and move upright. This reduced the amount of acid rising upwards. Weaning on to solid food also helped. We did have setbacks when the symptoms worsened. Usually when she was unwell, teething or ate something that triggered her symptoms.
When did reflux go away completely?
It wasn’t an overnight fix and the improvements were gradual over 12 months. She stopped using Carobel when she finished having formula feeds at 12 months old. We also trialed taking no ranitidine but she became very acidy and he discomfort returned so we were advised to put her back on it for a few more months. This gave her digestive system time to develop further and become stronger. By 16 moths she had stopped taking all medication and was no longer suffering from any of the symptoms of reflux. She is still on her cow’s milk and soy-free diet and we are now starting the milk ladder to try to reintroduce that.
Check out Reflux The Essential Guide for Parents. This contains information, advice, and personal stories on everything to do with having a reflux baby:
- Diagnosing and treating reflux
- Breastfeeding and weaning tips
- Tried and tested tips and hacks
- Sleeping advice
- Link to cow’s milk allergy
- Getting out and about with reflux
- How we survived a year of reflux
If you have a baby with infant reflux and want to know when it will improve then I am here to tell you it really does get better. Most babies outgrow it by 12 months and some before this. If you need support or advice on dealing with reflux take a look at my guide to infant reflux.