My post today is very targeted (sorry fashion friends) so all you mummas and specifically mums who have dealt with a baby with silent reflux, or think their baby may be struggling with it, this is for you.
Firstly, I am not a doctor. You obviously, all know this, but I am stating the obvious, as I am not claiming I am an expert in the field.
I am a first-time mum that struggled with Aston, and I actually found the most help and comfort from reading personal experiences online, chatting with friends and reading blog posts.
I first started writing this post in June last year (yes, yonks ago) but I kept putting it off, going back and forth in my head if I should or not. I don’t want it to come across as a whining post or that I am complaining that he was a difficult baby. It’s not his fault. He was in pain and the only way for him to express himself was to cry. I am beyond grateful to have him, he is my special boy, but I think it is important to share my honest story and feelings.
Listen: Mamamia caught up with Nadia Bartel to talk about just how she does it.
Before having Aston, I had no idea what ‘reflux’ or ‘silent reflux’ in babies was. I thought it was just like the reflux us adults get when we eat spicy food. You know the type that causes a little discomfort and then it passes. I think back to conversations I had with girlfriends of mine years ago, they struggled with their babies or told me about their friends’ babies having reflux and at the time I remember thinking how horrible that must be, but I had no idea what it actually meant.
Aston was a really fussy baby from day dot. You know how a lot of babies are in that sleepy ‘unawaken’ newborn phase in the hospital and they just sleep a lot? Our boy never went through that stage.
It started from that second night in the hospital, screaming all night long and this continued for months and months. Our baby was the one you could hear in hospital screaming on the top of his lungs during the night while Jim and I walked his bassinet around the hospital corridors trying to get him to sleep.