Babies cry, especially during the first few months of their lives. It is their way of communicating. Whether they are hungry or lonely or have a full diaper, crying is how they let us know that they need us.
Some are also plagued by gas in their tummy, which is painful and upsets them. Others suffer from reflux and spit up a lot.
Livi did not have an easy start in that regard. As a high need baby, she already cried a lot more than other babies. But she was also unfortunate enough to struggle with a gassy tummy and reflux. Both seemed to upset her more than other babies and perhaps this was also due to her high need nature, I am not sure.
To complicate matters, Livi suffered from silent reflux, which meant we did not discover it right away. Thankfully, we have a pediatrician with a lot of experience. When we noticed a change in Livi’s behavior and described it to her, she knew right away what was going on.
Livi would cough a lot and her burps were unusually wet. She was drooling excessively and she suffered from lots of hiccups and gagging. But the most telling change we noticed was that she would cry during and after feedings. She also could not handle tummy time at all.
According to Livi’s pediatrician, with silent reflux Livi did not spit up as much but rather swallowed the acidic stomach contents back down, which hurt her a lot.
There were a few things that I tried in an attempt to make it a little easier for Livi. At the suggestion of our pediatrician, I went on an elimination diet since I was breastfeeding Livi. I excluded any and all dairy and acidic foods like citrus fruits and tomatoes. I also excluded leafy greens and other bloating foods to help settle Livi’s tummy troubles.
I tried holding her up when I fed her and burped her a lot during and after feedings. I would also keep her upright for at least thirty minutes after each feeding. The Boppy Pillow was such a huge help at that time.
Unfortunately, my efforts were mostly in vain and Livi was often miserable. Eventually, we had to start giving her medication. Things got a lot better when she started sitting up at around seven or eight months but it still took about four months until we could completely stop the medication.
She still has some trouble from time to time but now she handles it like a pro. And she can finally enjoy eating again.