Reflux and Baby Carrying
Updated: Apr 29, 2019
Reflux can be upsetting for both the child and the parents. While the NHS reassures that this is common, and they will grow out of it, it doesn't make it any easier, when you're changing your child for the 5th time, they're upset and you are too.
Reflux is the reason I personally became a baby carrying consultant. My first son had reflux - the classic type of lots of bringing milk back and very little weight gain. But it didn't bother him much - he would happily bring up a whole feed and carry on chatting away and playing. Thankfully the medications prescribed worked wonders for him, and quickly too.
My eldest boy - had countless numbers of baths and outfit changes :)
Sadly my second son had a much harder time. He had Silent Reflux, so no bringing milk back - instead he didn't gain weight, and cried, for most of the day. I'm talking 7am -5pm straight. It was so difficult, especially with a toddler around asking me why he was still upset. The only things that helped were keeping him upright, and carrying him upright while pacing... and so the many hours of research began.
I've also put a picture of him sleeping below... He's slept like this since his reflux got worse and it's a helpful indicator - if you have an unsettled baby who chooses to sleep with their head this far back get in touch with your GP or health visitor. There are lots of options to help babies with Reflux.
When I meet parents now whose baby has suspected reflux my heart goes out to them - It's still so vivid remembering how hard that 'common' issue was, and yes he did grow out of it by a year... But the first few months especially were really tough.
Tired but relieved mum as her poor boy finally sleeps after hours of being upset.
Carrying is a lifesaver. The NHS recommends as treatment for Reflux (alongside medication), winding your baby frequently, and holding your baby upright, and carrying does both simultaneously, as babies are often gently winded as you walk, and the upright position is the recommended position for carriers.
If you're struggling with Reflux, please get in touch with someone. Your GP and Health Visitors will be able to help medically, and your local baby carrying consultants and sling libraries will be able to help you find a carrier to make your life a wee bit easier.