by Julie Ray
My refluxer doing tummy time at five months...and she's happy!
I thought reflux was something Mama's got in the last month of pregnancy before I had my second, Callie.
She stopped breathing in the delivery room and several times while I was in the hospital. The lactation consultant watched her start to turn blue, counting to herself with her hand hovering over the nurse call button one of those times. She told me that it looked like silent reflux. Again, I had no clue babies had this. Because we were gaining okay and she wasn't a spitter, it was dismissed. I was desperate.
At that time, BufferBabies was around (The product before TummyCare Max) and our friends had heard about Callie and literally had me over, gave me some of their ingredients and showed me how to compound it for her. They also helped me figure out the proper amount.
I don't know how or why, but she stopped refluxing all together after five days of being on the meds. She is a vibrant and happy girl of five. No more meds for her.
I remember one of the lingering thoughts when I found out I was pregnant with our third was that BufferBabies wasn't available anymore. The University of Missouri, where it was being made, shut down the project. I felt a slight panic at the thought of going through that again, but just prayed it was a one time deal. I remember nights I would just hold her while she screamed and would cry.
Josie was born and we quickly noticed the reflux symptoms. At that time, TummyCare Max was still not available. So I decided to try all natural routes I knew of. We had a lip tie/tongue tie procedure at 3 weeks and it helped with her latch. I changed my diet, started taking probiotics and digestive enzymes. We gave Josie probiotics, checked for possible thrush, used essential oils, put her bed on an incline and I wore her constantly. I even entertained the pediatrician giving us zantac and small doses of Nexium (which we kept having breakthrough flares at night).
Luckily, TummuyCare Max became available when I was at a breaking point. I was done with the docs not listening, done with watching her in pain. When you have two other children and have been living off two hour naps around the clock for months and are afraid that anything you put in your mouth will cause a flare, but you need your supply up... I was at the point where I was ready.
It took ten days to see full benefits after we compounded our first batch of Prevacid/TCM, but when we did, you could feel the tension in the house dissipate. I hadn't even known our oldest had sensory sensitivities until I saw how Josie's constant screaming affected him. He wore noise cancelling headphones to help him deal. Now, he is very hands on with her and adores her. She is such an easy baby. Loves to be in the middle of things and her two siblings make her light up.
LONG story, but it has a very happy ending.
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