Reflux and wind problems

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My little girl was born on 25th April so is 2 months old today and was diagnosed with reflux a couple of weeks ago. We started her on anti-reflux formula and this seemed to help. I took her to the paediatrician and he has given me a few options one bing putting mylanta (only 2ml) in each bottle. This has worked really well because she was getting constipated as well with the thicker formula. My concern is she seems to keep wind in a lot, hardly burps after feeding and she farts a lot but she will wake up about 2-3 times a day screaming in pain even if she is just trying to fart or when she is doing a poo. To me it shouldn't be this hard or painful to do just a fart. Has anyone experienced this problem?

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well i'm happy to inform you all that my little girl is finally getting better. She's 3 months now and i am finding she doesn't scream like she used to. I've also worked out what her cries mean which helps. Hope you all have some luck soon too!

Stacey - posted on 07/07/2010

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My little girl was diagnosed with reflux at a month old she was exactly the same with her wind and struggled 2 drink her bottles. I took her 2 the doctors who prescribed infant gaviscon which I just had 2 add 2 her feeds. I found it worked wonders and by the time she was 12wks old it was gone and haven't had 2 use it since. She still has alot of wind but doesn't struggle 2 bring it up as much. Now I just use infacol at every feed.

Myriah - posted on 07/01/2010

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Our son too has acid reflux and a very sensitive digestive system. Because we don't believe in medication, we have done the following with great results:
1. Infamil A.R designed for acid reflux
2. After each feeding we position him upward either in his boppy, swing or bouncer. In fact, he sleeps in one of these since I noticed even hours after feeding that he was spitting up.
3. Gripe Water is also a great solution for this, but after doing the top two we no longer needed it.
Good luck. :)

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Kirsty - posted on 12/23/2013

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My son is 2 month old and been given gavescon but now he constepated and he is really struggleing what can I do he on doctor brown bottles and cow and gate first milk

Katie - posted on 09/27/2012

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Dr browns bottles are excellent for a baby not burping my little boy was having to be winded foe well over an hr and now just 5 mins!! But hes got reflux also and 9 weeks..hes been on cow and gate anti reflux milk for 3 weeks and was ok for the first week now his symptoms are back and really constipated..do i change his milk back and use gaviscon or keep him on this milk??

Elisha - posted on 07/28/2010

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my little boy is the same way he's on soy, zantac, cereal, the being proped up after eatting and nothing is helping

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seems a lot of babies are like this my little girl is the same. aned is an absolute nitemare to feed when her reflux is really playing up. she is also very colicky and canot tolerate normal baby milk. tried lots of differnet milk ended up with soya as the pepti_junior milk which is suposedly milk free made her worse than ever.i think few babys with reflux do have a problem with constipation. my little girl is on gavisoc but its not really doing a great deal for her. waiting for hospital appoimtment so can get her perscribed something else. if sje needs a poo then she wont drink till she done it and like urs she screams when needing to pass wind.

Sarah - posted on 07/06/2010

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Hi, I had a similar problem with waking seeming to be pain farting, i was told to try and cut out foods that give me gas (thins did seem to help), and also changed from Mylanta to gaviscon as it can be more baby friendly.

Emma - posted on 07/06/2010

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tummy time we found putting our little on on her tummy for a while helped her get her wind up without the reflux causing to much of a problem she often falls asleep that way but we turn her over once she is asleep also would only do this if baby can lift/turn its own head

Tammy - posted on 07/05/2010

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Our oldest (he is almost 4 now) was diagnosed with reflux. I don't believe babies actually have reflux. Doctors are all about giving you a diagnoses when in reality babies spit up. Their pyloric sphincter is not as strong as an older babies yet and this causes them to spit up and projectile. We elevated the head of our son's bed and things got a lot better. Gas drops, tummy massages, back massages and bicycling your baby's legs will all help as well.

Nicole - posted on 07/04/2010

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My daughter has acid reflux as well and was born 4-30. She is on soy formula and zantac twice a day. The zantac really seems to help her. Burping has become much easier since she has been on it. You may want to ask your ped about zantac I know it's worked well for my baby.

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Thanks everyone, i'm going to give some of these things a go, will let you know. She does seem to be a bit better lately so i'm hoping she's getting better.

Leona - posted on 07/03/2010

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With burping my little girl. I jiggle on my shoulder and pat fairly hard and this seems to work. Otherwise rubbing her back with a jiggle. Seems to loosen it up. And it can take ages before she burps but we get there. She also gets the koala hold over the knee over the shoulder and laying on my chest. Good luck

Leona - posted on 07/03/2010

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My little girl spent her first few weeks screaming. It took me a little while to get on top of her tummy aches. Now she is 8 weeks old and doing much better. SHe is getting Karicare AR thincken formular (topup from breast feeding) which spaces her feeds out as it is thick. This gives her longer to break down the wind. She sleeps on her tummy on a heat pack this help break up the wind and makes her feel better. She also gets a natural herbal wind mixture before each feed. Its from the thomsons pharmacy in toowoomba. Its doing a great job. She gets pretty rough burping in lots of different positions. Also she gets brown sugar water to help her poo and burp. Use brown or raw sugar 1 tea spoon to 60 mls of water. The malasis in it helps the tummy. We are doing all of these things and she has settled heaps. Hope some of these things help you

Emma - posted on 07/02/2010

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I had a little boy on the 22nd April and he has the same problem with his wind. I give him infacol and it really helps, they are wind drops. I find his wind is worse when he doesn't burp after a feed because i think it builds up. Have you tried burping your little girl in a different position? I burp my little boy sitting up on my knee and gentle pat his back. It can take awhile, maybe 5 mins but he always burps. Hope this helps :)

Samantha - posted on 07/01/2010

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my little was born april 19th 2010 and she was early so she has acid reflux real bad and we were having trouble but her dr put her on zantaz twice a day along with 2 teaspoons of cereal per 0z and she has to be up right 30 min after eating and she seem to being doing alot better with it all. i

Micha - posted on 07/01/2010

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I would call your pediatrician. My son has acid reflux, too. He's on Nutramigen with 3 teaspoons of cereal/oz. My son's doctor also put him on zantac to help with it.

Shannon - posted on 07/01/2010

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we had the same problem with Jasmine.... I give her a little bit of warm water after her bottle n that seems to help her bring up wind n also helps with the hard poos... Our Dr suggest Prune juice diluted as its a natural way to help her poo

Cindi - posted on 07/01/2010

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my now 2 year old was on nitramigin (spelling) for refulx and taking mylanta and another reflux med. She did that a lot and gas drops don't help a whole lot but you can bike pump her legs. Sometimes this helps them pass it, another thing is to put her on her belly, i know most parents don't want to do that but the weight on her belly will help her feel better and fart as well. my ped told me to do this himself and it worked for us. i would call your ped because it may be that formula isn't working and there is a bunch of other options out there. good luck to you!

Kiley - posted on 06/30/2010

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my 11week old little girl found it hard to burp and was also screaming when doing a poo. i took her to the doctors as i knew something was wrong and they said she had a tummy bug but never gave me any advice just sent me home empty handed.
she was screaming in pain over a weekend so i rung nhs direct and they advised that i take her to child accident and emergency, which i did and they keot her in hospital with suspected meningitis but after 2 days of being on a drip they just said it was just a normal viral infection, after we got home she was still finding it hard to burp and screaming whilst inpain trying to poo so i rung the doctor again saying that im not taking her to the hospital again as i cant bare the sight of her being hooked up to a drip and being quarantined to a room on the ward where a few mummies by this stage said that there babies went through the same but it was colic, so i went to the doctors and told him this and he wasnt sure what to do but prescribed colief, which helped ease the colic and lying my daughter belly down over my legs and rubbing and patting her back. all of this helped and the only thing bothering her now is the heat. so i give her a little bit of PURE juice diluted in 150ml of water and this stops her dehydration but doesn't cause any digestion problems and she can burp and poo a lot easier

Melaina - posted on 06/29/2010

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My little one's reflux is mild, thankfully. She's still exclusively breast fed, so I don't have a clue about the different feeding options, but I have to pump and feed in order for her to be comfortable at all. The breast just doesn't seem to work for some reason, no matter what position we use. She has to be sitting up to eat from the bottle, and then she's ok, although not great. Gripe water helps her somewhat. My firstborn was the one with constipation and gas problems. Pumping his legs helped a lot, as did stomach massages (massaging the bowels downwards). I hope some of everyone's suggestions work for you! A fussy baby is no fun.

Edel - posted on 06/29/2010

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my little girl was born on april 28th and has had a few really bad weeks with reflux. initially she was puking more than she was feeding in the hospital. she then was losing wgt and when we went home the health nurse visited every day to see if she was improving. i was feeding her cow and gate premium but she would take 2oz and vomit 1 then cry looking for a feed again. she was never getting enough to sleep and was a complete nightmare. my doc told me to change to thicker stay down formula and if no improvements to try infant gaviscon in the feed. i tried this and whilst the formula cow and gate comfort she was puking less but her stool was green and very mucousy. she was having a lot of wind and like you was very difficult to get wind up when feeding. the gaviscon didnt seem to do much at all. i was at my wits end and because of the green stool i decided to put her bak again on her original feed but almost 3 bottles into it the puking and reflux started again. i looked into it and the ingredients showed that the comfort had reduced lactose in it. i asked my pharmacist and she suggested trying a lactose free milk such as soya or goats milk. i tried cow and gate infasoy. the first day or two i had very little change but thankfully from then on she is a new child. a week into it now and she is taking 5oz bottles and sleeping in between feeds. she is comfortable now and the puking has stopped. she is almost sleeping the nite 8hrs anyways. sometimes she is a little constipated but i just give a little cool boiled water and thats easily sorted.... it mightened work for everyone but thankfully my wee doll is smiling away and mum is happier too. good luck

Divya - posted on 06/28/2010

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My son was born on April 4th, he has the same issues. A severe case of acid reflux and gas. He was put on Zantac a month n half back which seems to help his gas problem but not much with the reflux. He is so agitated when he breastfeeds I feel like crying. Nobody should suffer so much just to eat :(. I also supplement him with Enfamil AR, the formula for spit up but not much of help. His doctor says she cant figure out why Zantac isnt helping . He is constipated too, I dunno if its because of the formula though apple juice seemed to help with it. Any more ideas are welcome

Katharine - posted on 06/27/2010

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Same here! My son was born April 28th. He has reflux and is on zantac. As far as wind goes...it is intense! Docs suspect a food allergy...and I have cut out milk soy and eggs from my diet since i am breastfeeding...but...there is still something else he is allergic to. I have started him on Neocate, the amino acid based formula....and still give him some breast milk along with it (I am hoping to be able to go back to just breast milk when i can figure out the issue). But...so far...hardly any gas!

Shay - posted on 06/27/2010

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Ohh yes I have....
My daughter was born on April 29th. She has had reflux since birth, she is on the baby zantac.
She also has a bit of trouble burping and will get constipated alot and had major trouble passing gas. The pediatrician told me to give her Mylicon drops and Gripe Water. I have been. It seems to help a little and thats all.
If you find something that works for you..please let me know. I am out of ideas!
I have even tried karo syrup in her bottles for constipation and that hasn't helped.
I was told by a friend to try putting a little bit of the babyfood sweet potatoes because they are a natural laxative...but, I haven't tried that one yet.

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Thanks everyone, i'm going to call the doctor tomorrow and see what he says. I've tried the baby massage before and pushing her legs up but it's hard to tell if it's helping as she's naturally a farter anyway lol Audrey i used Coloxyl Drops when she was majorly constipated and it helped but i also had to give her maxilax which is like an enema was horrible. She doesn't appear to be constipated anymore as her poos are runny like they should be now but it's the pain she goes through to do it doesn't seem right. I will let you know how i go and thank you everyone for your support. I'm a first time mum so it's all very new to me.

Stacy - posted on 06/26/2010

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I know exactly what your going through. My son Logan was born 4/10/10. He has acid reflux and spits up every bottle and has a really hard time going poo. My doctor says that this will eventually get better. He says around 4 or 5 months old they start to grow out of it! So hang in there, it will get better. I'm going to try the Mylanta thing. My doctor didn't give me anything for Logan's reflux. He said he was too little for medicine. Bologna!

Audrey - posted on 06/26/2010

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My daughter is also 2 months old and also suffers from reflux and has recently started a anti-reflux formula her Dr gave her a prescription for Gaviscon and Also we give her Gripe water to help her bring up her wind but she was also getting constipated so my Dr told me to use Coloxyl Drops to help with the constipation and she has been alot better since starting with them. Cooled Boiled water can help with wind aswell..

Melanie - posted on 06/25/2010

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My baby has reflux and we have him on a prescritption called Axid. Works great for reflux. Also about the constipation, if you're on soy that causesconst. I just switched back to milk and that relieved all problems along with the Axid. Good luck, let us know!

Sara - posted on 06/25/2010

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I have a friend that has a baby about the same age as ours. She gives her baby gas drops, but it still doesn't help much. It could be colic? I would give your pediatrician a call to discuss available options. Other things you can do that I know of to help relieve gas pain is leg exercises, push one leg up towards the belly while extending the other one down & then alternate and push both legs up at the same time. You can massage her belly in a clockwise motion (the same direction the large intestine follows) If your baby likes tummy time, it might be comfortable to put her on her tummy with her legs under her belly so her bum is in the air. Good luck to ya.

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