Acid Reflux?? How can you tell?

Jamie - posted on 01/02/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Does anyone have any experience with acid reflux? How did you know what was going on? What were the signs that made you question it? Is spitting up always associated with it? If so - how much spitup? What did you do or did the doctor do to help?

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My son has reflux. He rarely spits up, but when he does its clear. (Stomach acid I am told!) I can tell when the reflux bothers him, because he makes these chewing motions w/a somewhat pained look on his face. What tipped us off though was when he was a newborn he was very fussy during and after feeds, and was miserable when we tried to burp him.

Things that have helped him: We keep him upright for about 20 min or so after feeds. We put rice cereal in his bottle (per his specialist's orders!). He is on the Similac Alimentum formula, which seems to help. He also is on both Axid and Prevacid.

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Coleen - posted on 01/05/2010

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Im not too sure in the treatments involved but I knew a girl quite some years ago with the same problem. I was a couple of weeks off having my first and hers was about 2 weeks old. I went to visit her, she just had fed her little boy, she picked him up to bring up his wind, he had one small burp then an absolute projectile. It was scary,he basically just sicked all that he was fed. She had no idea the poor girl,and she grinned and said he does that a lot..Well Im no doctor but I knew that THAT was not ordinary. It highly normal in alot of babies but they soon grow out of it with mild antacids I believe. If one of my children had done that I would have had them to the doctors as soon as possible. She said he's a bit whingey when its feeding time, then I feed him and he sicks it all up everywhere.I had an idea it was reflux,but I had never seen a baby projectile like that before. I took her and her baby to the doctor as she didnt have a car and that is what he said. Im sure he told her to add a little rice cereal in his bottle and gave her some mild antacid prescription and eventually he grew out of it.

Lindsay - posted on 01/05/2010

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My daughter has mild reflux, It started when she was born,I started nursing but could not produce enough (due to her always puking after every feeding) she would puke up formula every time I fed her, I switched her formula many times and the only one that helped was the similac r.s, I voiced my concerns to my doctor and he sent her to our local hospital to have an upper g.i (it's a non invasive procedure,they make the child drink barium cream and take x rays of the cream going down) she has slowly grown out of it and rarely spits up now

Kelsey - posted on 01/03/2010

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My daughter has it, Im pretty sure. She has been this way forever but since she started teething its gotten much worse. She really doesnt spit up much, but she gets alot of tummy aches and arches her back and lifts her legs up after her bottles. She used to take them just fine, but lately shes been refusing them, and needing to sit up after them to feel better. Its really getting bad so Im going to the doctor tomorrow to get an ant-acid script. I tried one before, I think it was zantac, and it made her tummy hurt worse and she spit it all up. That was a few months ago though, so hopefully it works this time. Good luck! :)

Jamie - posted on 01/03/2010

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we went to the doctor and he did say that he has GERD. He's prescribed cimetidine (tagamet) and said to put thicken his bottle with cereal or to just thicken the formula, keep him upright, and cut back on the amount per feeding. I've looked into the side effects of cimetidine and i'm not thrilled with them. Has anybody had any luck with just thickening the formula and keeping their baby upright shortly after feedings? I don't know why he prescribed tagamet and not zantac or pepcid. The stuff tastes aweful too...

Bobbie - posted on 01/02/2010

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Quoting Jamie:



Quoting Bobbie:

My baby had acid reflux. The first thing that I noticed was she would refuse her bottle. When she did take it she would arch her back like it was painful to drink. When she spit up it was not like a normal spit or it did not seem to be she would spew like a fountain. I took her to her pedi and they put her on zantac. He also suggested putting a tiny bit of cereal in the bottle to keep the milk in the stomach instead of coming back up. I know some people will say no cereal but it did work for her and I only put a little bit. The zantac helps for the burning not for the spews.






Did your daughters breath sometimes smell like vomit? Sometimes our son's breath will smell as if he just threw up. And - sometimes when he spits up, there are chunks of white...I'm assuming its formula.






Yes sometimes her breath did smell like that and she too had the chunks of white stuff which I think is formula also. Also like Candice was saying my daughter had the choking spells too.

Candice - posted on 01/02/2010

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for my daughter, the smartest thing i ever did was take notes. lots of notes. every feed, every screaming episode, every puke, every choking episode (choking when laying down in also a sign of reflux) times, dates...and do it for WEEKS if you have to. give all the notes to the doctor, but look for patterns in them. That's how we figured it out. no matter what formula we tried, she would cry about an hour after she ate...scream in pain. she didn't sleep well for more than 20 minutes at a time...ssometimes she wouldn't sleep for days. At its worst, she cried all the time. Feeding actually helps it temproarily because the milk going down is soothing, but within an hour, it starts up again. There are differences in severity. my daughter didn't puke every feed, but sometimes would throw up the entire bottle (or what seemed like it). take notes...and keep in touch with a doctor. Once my daughter was on the right dose of Zantac (it was quite a high dose- it was increased when we took her to the hospital for not sleeping for 3 days) she stopped crying so much. she still had gas issues and constipation sometimes, but started sleeping WAY better, stopped throwing up, and stopped choking when she was laying down. She's off the meds now, and is fine. they do grow out of it.

Tiffany - posted on 01/02/2010

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I have acid reflux and i get about a mouth full of puke with it a couple times a day and i get frequent heartburn.... and a sore throat due to the other symptoms

Jamie - posted on 01/02/2010

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Quoting Bobbie:

My baby had acid reflux. The first thing that I noticed was she would refuse her bottle. When she did take it she would arch her back like it was painful to drink. When she spit up it was not like a normal spit or it did not seem to be she would spew like a fountain. I took her to her pedi and they put her on zantac. He also suggested putting a tiny bit of cereal in the bottle to keep the milk in the stomach instead of coming back up. I know some people will say no cereal but it did work for her and I only put a little bit. The zantac helps for the burning not for the spews.



Did your daughters breath sometimes smell like vomit? Sometimes our son's breath will smell as if he just threw up. And - sometimes when he spits up, there are chunks of white...I'm assuming its formula.

Bobbie - posted on 01/02/2010

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My baby had acid reflux. The first thing that I noticed was she would refuse her bottle. When she did take it she would arch her back like it was painful to drink. When she spit up it was not like a normal spit or it did not seem to be she would spew like a fountain. I took her to her pedi and they put her on zantac. He also suggested putting a tiny bit of cereal in the bottle to keep the milk in the stomach instead of coming back up. I know some people will say no cereal but it did work for her and I only put a little bit. The zantac helps for the burning not for the spews.

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