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Stiffening up.. LayLu 17 kids; Virginia 4007 posts
12th Sep

So for the last week or so when I'm giving DD her night time bottle, she does this thing where she'll be eating it fine, she'll be nice and calm, then all of a sudden she starts crying and stiffening up her whole body (throws her head back and sticks her legs out), then she'll stop and continue eating then go at it again. What the hell is this? The only thing I could think of was maybe she's trying to poop but why would she only do this during her bedtime bottle? Could she possibly just be fighting sleep? It's so frustrating because I know she's hungry, I know she's tired and she does fine then suddenly get all cranky and stiff. :?

.Christin. 1 child; Florida 1351 posts
12th Sep

How old is she?

mommy2lilbean TTC since Aug 2013; Japan 146 posts
12th Sep

My son did the same and it was from reflux. I think its called silent reflux, because he never spit up from it.

LayLu 17 kids; Virginia 4007 posts
12th Sep

I meant to put that in there.. she's 3.5 months (she'll be 4 months on the 26th).



And I've never heard of "silent reflux." She never spits up.. I guess I should ask her pedi about it.

mommy2lilbean TTC since Aug 2013; Japan 146 posts
12th Sep

http://www.justmommies.com/babies/silent-reflux-in-infants-laryngopharyngeal-reflux



I just found that link, I wasn't sure if it was silent reflux or not, couldn't remember but it is.

LayLu 17 kids; Virginia 4007 posts
12th Sep
Quoting mommy2lilbean:" http://www.justmommies.com/babies/silent-reflux-in-infants-laryngopharyngeal-reflux I just found that link, I wasn't sure if it was silent reflux or not, couldn't remember but it is."


Thank you! Those symptoms sound like some of the stuff DD has.. wet burps, noisy breathing, frequent hiccups, inhaling her bottle, sudden bouts of crying, I think that's what this could be. But why would this only be happening at night..? Hmm..



I didn't see it in the article, but don't they normally recommend cereal in the bottle for reflux? I have some cereal but I don't normally put it in her bottle, maybe I should start doing cereal bottles more often.

mommy2lilbean TTC since Aug 2013; Japan 146 posts
12th Sep
Quoting LayLu:" Thank you! Those symptoms sound like some of the stuff DD has.. wet burps, noisy breathing, frequent ... [snip!] ... for reflux? I have some cereal but I don't normally put it in her bottle, maybe I should start doing cereal bottles more often."


With ds the last two feedings of the day were the worst. It was to the point that I dreaded feeding him. He would arch his back, turn red, scream, push the bottle away, and then calm back down and want his bottle again and this happened 4-5 times per feeding, it was awful. His pedi recommended 1TB rice cereal per ounce of formula and put him on Zantac. I ended up stopping the cereal because he was gaining a ton of weight from it, and switched his formula from sensitive to Similac spit up. The formula change made a huge difference and he eventually outgrew the reflux around 8 months.

3/3/13 1 child; Indiana 290 posts
12th Sep

could be reflux...my daughter did the same thing, and it was as simple as her getting mad because the milk wasnt coming out fast enough. she only did it at certain bottles too. then it stopped when i moved her bottles up to medium flow nipples

LayLu 17 kids; Virginia 4007 posts
13th Sep
Quoting 3/3/13:" could be reflux...my daughter did the same thing, and it was as simple as her getting mad because the ... [snip!] ... out fast enough. she only did it at certain bottles too. then it stopped when i moved her bottles up to medium flow nipples"


I just moved her up to the three month nipples, so I wonder if that has anything to do with it. I'll try putting cereal in her night time bottles and seeing if that helps. She has her four month check up in a week and a half so I'll ask about it at the appointment too.