Your baby seems to scream a large percentage of the time and is vomiting often and in large volumes, or not vomiting but making swallowing noises in the throat, sleeps in “cat naps”, often looks uncomfortable when feeding, wants to be carried all the time, and wakes up frequently at night.
This has been going on for days, weeks or even months and you are desperate to find something to ease the pain, stop the screaming, get some sleep and really cherish and enjoy your baby. But what is it that is causing this behaviour? Is it Colic, which seems to be the “catch all phrase” to explain screaming, fussy babies? Or could your baby be suffering from Reflux?
Remember that all babies spit up every now and then in the first few months of life, and this is known at Gastro-oesophageal Reflux (GOR). If your baby spits up a few teaspoons full of milk on the odd occasion, but seems to experience no pain, and continues to thrive and gain weight, it is unlikely that your baby is suffering from Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD).
The information in this article was reviewed for medical accuracy by, Paediatrician and Allergy Specialist, Dr Claudia Gray (MBChB (UCT), MRCPCH (London), MScClin Pharm(Surrey), DipPaedNutrition (UK), PostgradDipAllergy (Southampton), Certified Paediatric Allergologist (SA))
Dr Gray works at the allergy clinic at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, and has a private practice at Vincent Pallotti Hospital in Cape Town, contact 021 531 8013.