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Ask Meg: Battling reflux & colic


 Meg please help. My little 9 week old has reflux which is under control now but also has terrible colic. Used to spend every night 2 hours screaming but now for the past 2 days refuses day time naps and by the evening he is inconsolable. I’m exhausted and so is he. I have tried everything: calm environment, dummy, swaddling warm bath all… I’m lost.

Meg Faure answers:

That is so tough! You are having a difficult time.

Firstly on a medical or organic level, do just have him checked by your doctor – specifically for milk intolerances (limit dairy from your diet if he is breastfed) and also try probiotics – they do sometimes really help.

Secondly, it is useful to understand colic in the context of over stimulation, make sure to read up on the ‘Low down on Colic’

Then- you are mentioning the right things but maybe need a little guidance on them:

  1. Calm environment – do not bath him in the evening. Limit stimulation after 5pm and for 15 minutes before each day sleep.
  2. Dummy – persist with sucking – it helps a lot if you have a very irritable baby.
  3. Swaddling needs to be very tight and containing – otherwise if won’t make a difference.
  4. White noise can also help him to sleep better.

Day sleeps as you mention are certainly linked to evening colic – if a baby has no day sleeps, the evening colic can be severe. So watch his awake times and try to settle him by 45 minutes so he sleeps after an hour of awake time. Don’t worry if you have to use sensory strategies such as rocking or holding – he is still very little.

Finally, know that this stage does pass. If he is not much more settled by 12-14 weeks, do seek advice from an OT.