Jen Reichert, owner of Baja Baby Skincare Products shares her experience with her daughter Reese (pictured above after her reflux was being treated) when she started exhibiting reflux symptoms. At the time, Jen had no idea what was going on. This was her second baby, and her first baby experience had been smooth sailing. Reese seemed unhappy and uncomfortable all the time in those first few months.
5 Reflux Symptoms
1. Baby cries with discomfort when awake, instead of sitting contentedly.
Whether you are a first time Mom, or not, you have an instinctual feeling that something isn't right. Babies cry when they are hungry, tired, wet and when they're uncomfortable. Your Mommy instincts will fire off an internal alarm to let you know that something is up. For our family, our baby was crying because her stomach hurt during and after a feeding. We didn't know it at the time, but it was the first sign of reflux symptoms.
2. Baby chokes, gags, vomits excessively and finds feeding uncomfortable.
First I thought it was my abundant milk flow that was causing Reese to choke, and then I thought it was her feeding position. Maybe that was why she seemed so uncomfortable during an after a feed? But once the Exorcist-style projectile vomit was in full swing, I thought she was either showing reflux symptoms or perhaps pyloric stenosis.
3. Baby arches his/her back and sticks her tongue out.
We used to giggle when Reese would stick her tongue out, in those few moments of the day when she wouldn't be crying. We thought she looked adorable. Luckily for us, she did it during a visit to our pediatrician - who swiftly announced that was a classic reflux symptom. Who knew?
4. Baby breaks out in unexplained rashes frequently and suffers from bad diaper rash.
Unfortunately, allergies and reflux can go hand in hand for certain kids. This was definitely true for Reese. In addition to these other reflux symptoms, her weight plummeted as my anxiety soared (see photo beneath - she had done from 8lbs 6oz to almost 6lbs in her first month). When you find yourself in the grips of this type of situation, then go see the doctor!
5. If your gut is telling you that something isn't quite right, then trust it.
Visit your pediatrician, get second opinions, go see a homeopath. Do whatever you need to do to get the answers you are looking for. Reese was born in 2013 and there really wasn't a lot of information about reflux symptoms online. Now I'm sure there are videos and blogs that will show you what the symptoms look like. Use this information as reinforcement to get yourself and your baby the support you need if it does turn out that he or she has reflux.
Baja Baby Owner & Mom Jen Reichert says dealing with her newborn baby Reese back in June 2013 was one of the most challenging times of her life. In fact, Baja Baby Unscented Body Lotion was inspired by Reese and made for all the children out there who have the most sensitive of skins or allergy-based skin conditions.
How many parents out there have inherently known that something wasn't quite right with their little one? How many of you are reading this now, completely sleep-deprived and feeling like you're at your wit's end because you just KNOW something isn't quite right?
“Our firstborn Wyatt was a dream baby. When Reese arrived, we were expecting more of the same. But it wasn't quite as easy the second time around,” says Jen, a business owner and mom of two whose simple but quality skincare line for kids is the perfect addition to any parents daily routine.
“Having Reese be so miserable literally brought me to my knees on many occasions. I knew something was wrong because she cried so much. And no matter what I tried, nothing I did stopped her crying like her heart was going to break and nothing would stop the rashes breaking out over her body for no apparent reason."
"Baja Baby skincare products are the end result of a tough learning curve as a Mom and as a business owner,” she says. “I'm proud to stand behind a safe, organic line of skincare products that all kids can use."
The products come in family-size white bottles. The most important feature of the label is the shiny silver stamp that Jen & Kelly created. This stamp represents not only the quality of the product inside the bottle, but it's a nod to all the Moms in the world that get up every day and do their best for their families. "Life with babies is tough and I wanted the stamp to feel like a badge of honor to our clients. We want to say "We see how hard you work, we honor your commitment to your kids by putting the best products that we can on the market."."
Jenni, who launched Baja Baby with her business partner and BFF in 2014, is just a typical Mom. She is as busy as the next Mom, dealing with a toddler and juggling school activities for her older kid while growing her business. "I am 100% committed to being the best Mom I can be while producing a premium quality skincare line for even the most sensitive of children."
“To know that you don't have to be concerned about the lotion you are applying to your child's skin is, quite frankly, a relief - and one that I am honored to provide,” she said. "If just one Mother out there can enjoy a moment with their sensitive baby knowing the product they are using will feel great and do its job right, then I am more than satisfied with that result." After growing up in Northern Ireland, Reichert traveled extensively, then went on to settle full-time in Mexico, where she has resided for the past 15 years. She married Nelson and started her family 7 years ago.
“I never paid attention to what we as a family ate, or the products that we used before we had Reese,” she says. “But that's all changed now. Since Reese's arrival, we know which ingredients to avoid, and which foods may be irritants." People who see Reese now say: ‘She's so much happier and healthier now’, and that makes me so happy.”
“I understand deeply how tough being a Mother is, and how difficult it is to know what is going on with your baby when he/she can't speak. I wholeheartedly encourage all Mothers to be your babies advocate; give them the best start in life by choosing only the safest products to use on their precious skin."
Mid 2014, she and Kelly launched Baja Baby - a 100% natural luxury skincare line. “After my second child was born with a sleuth of reflux symptoms, allergy and health issues, I knew I wanted to create a product line that was safe for the most sensitive of children. When our first product was launched, it was incredibly satisfying. "
“When somebody says to us, ‘Wow, it really doesn't have any chemicals in it!’ That’s when I knew what I was producing was going to make a difference.”