I have an almost 12 week old baby who has reflux, although it doesn't sound as bad as some of the mum's who have posted here on bub hub. Its still bad enough though to mean that he isn't sleeping at all during the day anymore - sometimes he might have a good day and we'll have a couple of 45 min sleeps but it seems like those days are now gone. Today it was 30 mins x 2, and he obviously would like more sleep as he is grumpy and wanting to go back to sleep but can't seem to. Nights are okay, usually two feeds per night but if he is feeling sicker than usual then it is more. Weirdly he seems to just go straight off to sleep after his bath and a feed (which is sometimes pretty token) and sleep really well - why can't he do this during the day?
He is on Losec and we are going to start him on Zantac also on the advice of his dr. We also have been lucky in that both the dr and the paed have said reflux from the beginning.
However, I also have a 3 year old to look after and am getting exhausted emotionally and mentally if not physically at looking after the family (although my husband is really great, I should mention!). I am wondering about the likelihood of being able to get some assistance with my baby's sleep at the Ellen Barron Centre. Our first child had lots of sleep issues and we ended up there (when it was Riverton) and it was a lot of controlled crying back then, which I think has now changed. However, I believe it caused a lot of separation issues for our first and I'm not convinced it really worked actually. I had to work very hard to get his sleeps right but I don't have the luxury of doing that this time.
Also I had quite severe PND after child No. 1 and was feeling very proud of myself for not succumbing this time - I'd put in place a whole lot of things to ward it off. However, all plans are rapidly becoming unravelled and I'm feeling a bit like I must be the most boring person on earth because I'm so tired all I seem to talk about is the sleep situation for baby no. 2. And cry.
So, what is the general feeling regarding attending somewhere like the EBC in terms of managing the reflux and getting sleeps in, particularly if you don't want to hear them cry for hours on end? I've rung Karitane (a few times) who have been very sympathetic and said it can takes weeks to get results. Ouch.
Thank you, I would value your opinion.