My son is 8 weeks old and suffers from reflux. He wants to eat all day. He cries a lot and I know I am feeding him plenty. Sometimes 2oz every hr but never more. I dont know what to do to make him comfortable.
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Tips To Make Reflux Baby Content
Do yo suspect that he is actually hungry? If so, is there any way you can feed him just slightly more or slighlty more often? I know reflex babies can’t eat full bottles, but you need to somehow help him stop being hungry. He is growing increadibly fast, so it isn’t strange if he in hungry. His growth rate will slow down at around 3 months old.
You could also try giving him a pacifier. That is a great help for some little fellows with a huge suckling need even when not hungry.
A baby with acid reflux may also be in pain due to the stomach fluids travelling upwards. Keeping him in a more upright position may then help. For example, you can elevate the head end of his bed a bit and also place him in a baby bouncer to vary his position. His is old enough to start enjoying toys placed so that he can see them and try to reach them.
In addition to being hungry or in pain, his crying may well be something else. At 2 months of age, crying is a baby’s main way of communicating that they need some kind of change. It can be a new diaper, that they are tired or simply need a snuggle. The latter, a need to be closer to mom or dad, is very common at this age. The baby has barely adapted to being outside the womb, and they are still usually the most comfortable when in body contact. Try carrying him in a baby carrier Babybjornis my favorite
or a baby sling. Studies show that babies that are being carried a lot cry a lot less. (Actually 75% less on average!)
You should be aware that there is also medicine available, although usually only giv en to babies that have so severe reflux that they don’t gain weight as they should. But it is still an option that you can discuss with a doctor.
Hope this helps!
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