Just a word on Paracetamol for babies....one of my twins is allergic to Calpol...he had a very bad reaction to it so we now use soluble Disprol. We add it to a little bit of water then either syringe it or give it in a doidy cup. His twin brother can tolerate Calpol but it's full of additives and unnecessary ingredients....I think that so many parents use it just because it's the most obvious choice and I, myself, didn't even consider that there alternatives. For this baby, we give him Disprol suspension because his gut is less sensitive than his brother and because he doesn't like the water soluble version from the syringe (he splutters). Hope this helps anyone looking for an alternative as it has less unnecessary ingredients that Medinol and the soluble version is the most basic and less likely to set off a reaction.
You can buy Disprol at the chemist and some bigger supermarkets. I know just how you feel about the confusion. We used to wonder (and still do to some extent) whether the screaming is reflux, intolerance, teething, behaviour etc. It has driven us mad over the months. But now, Ché is that bit older (7mths) and we seem to be able to read him better. When he teeths, he bites everything, rams a teether in his mouth and shakes his head back and forth. He shouts more than screaming but he can get very upset and agonsises. But it is very different to his reflux/allergy symptoms. When it's reflux, he arches and throws himself around the cot. At night, it is still much more difficult to understand. And all babies are different. His twin brother, Leo, grizzles and screeches with tummy pains (he has colitis and digestive problems when he reacts to foods) and is very unhappy all day long. However, Leo cut 2 teeth without us even knowing. He gave us no indication other than rubbing his gums and shaking his head from side to side with teethers (I think that's a signal that it's teething rather than reflux in a lot of babies). Leo has had no symptoms at all since he was put on Neocate in November but this week he's back to his old screeching and tummy pains....we know it's his tummy because he's constipated but it used to be much more difficult to tell without the constipation. We think he's reacting to something in his diet so have cut him back to his safest foods (pears and Plum 4 grain porridge) and will reintroduce foods once his symptoms clear. Yes, the symptoms go by themselves within a few days to a week. Leo takes well to a lot of foods but Ché has reacted to everything other than pears and the 4 grain porridge....whenever he reacts, we put him back on the pears and porridge (along with his Neocate) and wait until he improves. He is a happy, content, normal little baby on this restricted diet (we have him on it now after a reaction last week and although he's grumpy with teeth today we know it's just teeth as he's shouty and ramming everything in his mouth). As soon as we introduce a new food he screams, is unsettled day and night, is in pain, gets reflux (silent) and throws himself around. Because we've had some confusion over what he's reacting to, we've decided to introduce a new food every 7 days instead of 5 days but I have to stress that Ché is reacting to loads of low allergen foods such as vegetables....so that's why we're taking it over a longer time so we can be sure that it IS a reaction. I really hope you make some headway in working out what's going on with you LO. It can so frustrating and is a guessing game a lot of the time :(