As the weeks went on, the evenings got worse and I was sleeping for maybe 2 hours at a time before my son would wake up screaming.
Being a first-time mum is hard. Add to that being a single mum and it becomes a little more difficult, but nothing could have prepared me for my son having Silent Reflux.
When my son was only a few weeks old, I noticed that he was very fussy in the evenings. He would writhe in pain and refused to sleep anywhere but on me unless we were in the car and the movement would put him to sleep. I would have to carry him in the baby carrier if I wanted to get anything done around the house as he never wanted to be put down.
I was given lots of advice from friends, family and the health visitors who suggested that his symptoms might be down to colic. I was encouraged to try a variety of medicines such as Infacol, Dentinox, Gripe water and I also tried Dr Brown's bottles, but to no avail.
As the weeks went on, the evenings got worse and I was sleeping for maybe 2 hours at a time before my son would wake up screaming Ė and itís a scream like no other; it was heartbreaking.
One day I was watching a video on YouTube and I couldnít believe that there was someone listing off my son's symptoms.
Never slept for longer than a couple of hours at a time.
Writhing in pain.
A cry that quickly turned into a scream.
At points he was inconsolable.
Would only sleep independent of me if he was being propped up.
Finally, I had an answer and could see the light at the night end of the tunnel.
My first point of call was the health visitor but she said she didnít have much knowledge of Silent Reflux and advised me to make an appointment with my doctor. After explaining the symptoms Iíd noticed, she agreed with me and decided that the best course of action would be to prescribe Infant Gaviscon.
After only a couple of days my little boy was being sick after every feed and although this is a symptom of reflux, it is not usually conducive to Silent Reflux. So I made another appointment with the doctor and she prescribed Ranitadine. The difference was almost immediate and finally, I was able to enjoy my little boy.
When my daughter started daycare, I spent a lot of time trying to find the right fit for her and our family. I did a lot of research and asked a lot of questions. Over and over again though, the answer to my question would come back the same, "she'll be fine."
I want hours upon hours of delicious sleep followed by hot cups of tea, reading my book and nothingness. But I'll have to get up now to comfort, feed, clean, dress, entertain, love, laugh, play, and repeat.