Bub is now 3wks2days old. Got given gaviscon to try for 3-4 days by gp after suspecting silent reflux.
Bub stays up longer than 4-5hours at a time sometimes, arches his back through a feed, pulling off and crying, stiffens his legs, goes extremely red in the face, has a husky coarse voice when sleeping, and gets upset and comfort sucks half way through, as soon as he's put down after a feed showing all the tired signs (spacing out, yawning etc.) even if he is limp and asleep from being on the boob, (feeds are at least 45mins-hour) 5mins later he wakes himself up with a mighty blood curdling pain scream and this continues through until his next feed 2 hours later and so on.. he spits up alot but doesn't vomit, and you can hear him swallowing alot of the time, then screaming more. He's burped often, and without a bloated tummy still screams away when put down. He seems better if he's held upright, and we've elevated the head end of the bassinet for him to help.
It was a big hassle finally finding a good gp for little one that actually listens!! We went to first gp and as bub was screaming for a feed he wouldnt listen and just kept suggesting to take bub out of the room cause he 'couldnt think'.. Because bub has been putting on weight (300grams a week!) he didnt think reflux simply from that fact and him not vomiting.. But in my opinion he does ALOT of comfort feeding/sucking, not swallowing properly but 'chomping' so to speak, other than that latch is fine etc. The only thing he suggested was gripe water and this didnt help a smidge! Neither did colic relief (braurers brand), so all seemed hopeless..
But then we tried the gaviscon and oh my god it seemed to be like magic! His face wasn't as red all the time, he went straight to sleep when we got him down after a feed and didn't rewake, he generally seemed like a happier bub!
But as of yesterday morning on the third day of using it he seems to be getting back into his old shoes again. He's not as red in the face still, and when he eventually goes to sleep he stays to sleep so it Is doing SOMETHING but when we go to put him to bed he wakes up again 5mins later still in pain.. And he's not hot/cold, not dirty/wet, not bloated... Seeing the gp again tomorrow for a follow up, she said if it seemed like the magic elixir that she will prescribe something else for him, but with him 'relapsing' so to speak I don't know how keen she will be?
Does this happen to alot of refluxers? The gaviscon stops working properly after a few days? Am I right with thinking he has silent reflux? The gaviscon did do something to begin with.. I don't want him on meds that change his stomach acid if he doesn't have it but I feel strongly that it is silent reflux....
Help and opinions appreciated!!