Baby R was 13 weeks old when he was admitted to St Joseph’s late 2020. When he was born, a lack of oxygen resulted in brain damage and this affected his ability to swallow.
He had a tube placed through his nose down to his stomach to help him get the milk that he needed to grow. The muscles and valves involved in keeping the milk down in his stomach were also affected, and as a result he has severe reflux which caused all his milk to reflux out almost immediately as he was fed. Despite receiving medication to help control this response, he struggled to grow and put on weight.