I am a mother of two. I have a daughter who will be 3 next week and a son who is 9 months old. My son suffers from severe reflux. It began in the hospital right after he was born. He cried his eyes out and arched his back like it was his job. He barely slept, and I was told that "some babies are just that way". The nurse in the hospital assured me that his back arching was due to gas.
When we got home from the hospital, his stools were tiny and petrified, not the typical mushy infant poop. It lasted for about two weeks before I said something about it to the pediatrician. She recommended that we give him watered down prune juice. This did nothing except make him vomit and scream all night long. She recommended this over and over and finally, when my son was 2 months, I had enough and made an appointment with a Gastrointestinal specialist. It took two long months to see the specialist, and throughout that two months, we continued to deal with a baby who cried constantly and barely slept at night.
When the appointment with the specialist finally came, he evaluated our son through a series of questions and a couple of small tests. He determined that my son had reflux. It was the last thing that I suspected since he did not spit-up or vomit. He told me that he had "silent reflux", which is when the food comes up and the baby swallows it. It is still very painful and disruptive for the baby. The reflux was also the cause for his hard stools, because little did I know, inconsistent stool patterns can be a sign of reflux.
My son was put on a regimen of Zantac and hypoallergenic formula, which worked well for a couple of months. He has been on Prilosec and the same formula for three months and is doing great. If I did not take initiative and see the specialist, I would be pulling my hair out and my baby would have suffered all of these months. I thank God every day that I took matters into my own hands.