I am so frustrated with reflux issues. Dd has silent reflux, meaning she doesn't spit the stomach acid up with her formula, the poor thing swallows it back down. Hubby and I didn't want to immediately go to meds if we could manage it other ways so her pedi told us to try thickening her formula. Well, the cereal really does do wonders for the reflux but it makes her constipated compounded by soy formula because she doesn't tolerate cows milk! She's such a happy baby, idc that the nurses at the peds office say "it's normal", it is not normal for her to be crying and whining in pain trying to poop hard balls, nor is it okay.
So we have tried switching to a more gentle soy formula but there is no huge difference. We also switched cereals to one that has probiotics. Surprise surprise, the probiotics are helping the constipation but it doesn't thicken very well at all so her reflux just seems worse! It just defeats the whole purpose of the cereal.
I feel like I have to choose what issue is more important to me, the reflux or constipation and they are BOTH big deals to me. I am not going to watch my wonderful happy daughter all of a sudden be in pain for any reason. I just don't know what else to do. Thankfully her appt is in about a week and her pedi is great about listening and addressing our concerns but everyday of going around in circles is like torture. I have serious anxiety about it because my daughter almost chokes at times with the reflux but will start to refuse bottles with the constipation. I am at my wits end. Thanks for listening if you survived this whole post!