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silent reflux in 5 month old infant

I am writing to seek additional help in dealing with GERD in my 5 month old infant.
From the beginning, my son has never been a good sleeper - typically taking only 30 min naps during the day. He would sleep for about 5 hrs at night and then wake to eat and would wake again every hr to 2 hrs after that. He would wake screaming, kicking his legs, arms clinched at both ears and arching his back. We tried mylicon and bubble-b-gone, with no success. He was exclusively breastfed the first 3 months, but due to lack of growth, was supplemented with formula after that. In an effort to help with what I thought was gas, I had changed my diet and cut out dairy and other irritants (chocolate, beans, etc.) and my body simply stopped producing enough milk. Due to not getting enough sleep and my son still waking in pain, at 4.5 months, he was weaned and was put exclusively on formula. He is on an milk-based hypoallergenic formula, with no change.
Also, at 2 months old, he went from having one daily bm to having a bm only after putting karo syrup in his bottle for 2 days. His BMs were typically every 4 or 5 days. They were green/brown and tar-like.
After reading many posts on this forum and talking to friends, I decided that my son probably had GERD/silent reflux. I started him on Nat Phos and Arnica per Joe's 'prescription'. My son's morning naps are better (typically around 1 hr now and wakes happy), but his afternoon naps and night are still horrible. His fussy time is around 3 pm....where he wakes screaming, arching his back, and violently rocks his body from side to side. He then stays up until 7:30 pm when he goes to bed, exhausted.
His feeding/nap schedule is as follows:
7:30 am wakes and eats 6 oz
9:00 nap
10:00 up from nap, 4 oz and cereal
11:30 or 12:00 nap
1:00 up from nap, 6 oz
2:30 nap
3:00 to 3:30 - wakes up screaming
3:30 eats 4 oz
6:00 eats 4 oz
7:30 eats 4 oz
8:00pm - goes to bed
3:30 / 4am - wakes screaming, takes about 30 mins of keeping the pacifier in mouth to calm and get back to sleep. Wakes every hr until 7:30 am.
When he 'wakes up' screaming, his eyes are closed, and he acts like he wants to go back to sleep. I have also tried to feed him at 3:30 am and he doesn't finish the feeding before falling asleep....so I don't believe he is waking up hungry.

I have tried adding more cereal, more formula, but nothing seems to help the afternoons.
My son is happy all other times.
The only foods I have given to him other than formula are: organic brown rice cereal, organic oatmeal cereal, prunes and green beans.
After 1 week of Nat Phos/Arnica, he has 2 or more BMs per day (no use of karo or prunes).

Please let me know what else I should/can do to help the afternoon naps and sleep at night.
  rockhousemom on 2013-01-28
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
I note that you have been using the therapy I have prescribed for many infants and you report that they were not able to help your son.

You state;

'I have tried adding more cereal, more formula, but nothing seems to help the afternoons.
My son is happy all other times.
The only foods I have given to him other than formula are: organic brown rice cereal, organic oatmeal cereal, prunes and green beans.'

I believe that the real reason for his distress is the fact that you are giving him solids which are best given to a baby twice his age. You should find that if you stop the solids and stick to Formula with your own breast milk when possible, he should most likely get over his current distress.

For the record I shall copy below my default therapy for Baby GERD

It is very likely that your baby suffers from Gastric Reflux aka GERD (Gastro Esophagal Reflux Disease)

The remedies that have proved to be very effective for Baby GERD are:

Nat Phos 6x dose half tablet dissolved in milk given immediately after a feed

Arnica 30c in the Wet dose given twice daily. Half teaspoonful is a dose.

The Wet dose of any Homeopathic remedy is made as follows:

Order the remedy in the Liquid pack in Alcohol, also referred to as Liquid Dilution in a bottle preferably with a dropper arrangement.
Get a 500ml bottle of Spring Water from the nearest supermarket.
Pour out about 3cm of water from the bottle to leave some airspace.
Insert 3 drops of the remedy into the bottle and shake the bottle hard at least 6 times before you sip a capfull of the bottle or a large teaspoonful which is the dose.
Shaking the bottle hard is homeopathic succussion and this enhances the effect of the remedy on the user.

You will STOP all other drugs prescribed for baby which as you have already seen have not done any good.

Please confirm that you burp baby immediately after each feed.

You will avoid eating all food that can cause any distress to baby.You must know that they are passed on to baby through your breast milk.

You (the mother) will take Nat Phos 6x dose 2 tablets after each of 3 meals daily and Arnica 30c in the Wet dose taken twice daily. The idea is that your milk will pass the effect to baby. You may like to know that this remedy will also help to reduce your weight by 1kg per week very safely.

Report progress in 24 hours .
Joe De Livera last decade

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