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After three exhausting weeks and a pH test in the gullet, the diagnosis was ‘hidden reflux’.
I realised that I had to hold Elena upright as much as possible, especially after feeds. This isn’t that easy with a bay of just a few weeks old. I walked around for hours to make her feel as comfortable as possible.
I got to know the anti-reflux bed a little later.
At first it was strange to see Elena ‘hang’ in the reflux bed, it seemed so unnatural. Remarkably, she fell asleep after 10 minutes. I was given the opportunity to do the housekeeping again. Knowing that the cot was designed especially for this and that it requires time to do its work gave me peace of mind.
After a few weeks I noticed a remarkable improvement: Elena cried a lot less and regurgitated less.
Using the anti-reflux bed made my baby cheerful and made me happier as a mother!
Els, mama of Elena
“I’m sending you this e-mail with the wellbeing of our daughter and my despair in mind”, was the first sentence received by MULTICARE, designer of the anti-reflux bed. Our search into how to treat a reflux baby began after our daughter Lot had been diagnosed with reflux (the content of the stomach streams back into the mouth via the gullet). Lot suffered from projectile vomiting and if she didn’t vomit, you constantly heard her swallowing. She barely slept, cried very much and was overtired and over-stimulated. Her reflux was a huge problem, not just for her, but in fact for everyone in our family.
We became desperate and insecure about all contradicting advice: whether or not to thicken milk, whether or not to give medicine, whether or not to wear a baby sling, whether or not to start solids early.
We so much wanted our girl to feel better and have the rest she so dearly needed.
The situation was gradually becoming unbearable…..
…..until a colleague pointed out a recently published article on the internet on the MULTICARE Anti-Reflux bed, a bed where the baby could sleep at an angle of 40 to even 50 degrees, so gravity could do its work and the stomach content stayed down.
I didn’t hesitate for a second and decided to send an e-mail to this Belgian company, because of which we had disposal of the anti-reflux bed after a few days.
We soon saw Lot change from a crying baby into a little girl who was able to enjoy life; she regurgitated less, slept better and barely cried.
The anti-reflux cot did not just give her, but everyone in our family, the rest we had been looking for for so long because, although reflux is considered a washing problem and not a medical one, we can say from experience that it really took a lot out of us emotionally.
Lot is now seven months old and doing well. Her reflux has not gone (yet), but her symptoms have decreased considerably.
Thanks to MULTICARE and an alert and considerate colleague who pointed out the article, we managed to get through the first difficult few months of a reflux baby, our reflux baby!
Lot’s reflux changed from a huge problem to no problem!”
Marike, mama of Lot
Parents often ask you for advice about their baby, especially if it cries a lot, regurgitates often, etc. Doctors are increasingly prescribing anti-acids; in 2009 over 15 % of all babies under the age of one had been prescribed a proton pomp inhibitor at least once. Nevertheless, not a single study was carried out in the age group that shows efficiency. The book written by Caroline Bouckenaere titled “SOS reflux”, informs parents of this problem and tries to provide temporary reassurance. The author questions giving medicine too fast, too frequently and especially too long if it does not aid recovery, and also discusses alternatives such as positional therapy in a slanted position with the Multicare AR Bed and food therapy (correct volumes, calm circumstances, thickened milk). We are convinced that many parents will recognise their own story when reading the book, which should provide reassurance.
Professor Y. Vandenplas