The jury is still out on infant reflux. What causes it? What's the best course treatment? Etc. There are no clear answers.
What parents do know is that there are events that make a bad situation worse. Things that either cause the symptoms to worsen and/or the effects of treatment to lessen.
These include, but aren't limited to:
I personally wouldn't argue some of these with a doctor; I tried. There may not be a lot of evidence to support that one is making the other worse, or vice versa. Teething is a big one here (my kids did get fevers and runny noses and more, I swear!)
However, things like this are simple truths and part of the reality of caring for an infant with reflux.
You will spend countless energy trying to isolate common triggers for your child and what will exacerbate the situation. Then, your child will grow, or the situation will change, and you'll face a new set of factors.
There's a flip side too. Not everything that happens may be tied to the reflux, even though that's the main concern when you wake up each day.
I know there were times where I thought an issue was from reflux, when it was actually another issue. I was so caught in managing the reflux that I lost sight of possible other causes for the distress, ex. an ear infection.
What's important is to stay closely in tune with your child's symptoms and behaviors: daily, weekly, yearly and with your parenting sixth sense. It's also important to forgive yourself if you've missed something along the way or didn't make a connection.
You are only human taking care of another human, and you're not alone.
What have you found that amplifies your child's condition?
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