How long does reflux usually last in infancy?

Lorissa - posted on 11/06/2008 ( 12 moms have responded )

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DD is almost 3 months old, and her pedi just started her on prevacid a couple of days ago. I was just wondering how long reflux usually lasted in babies.

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Alisha - posted on 11/14/2008

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My baby had reflux, but now it is not as bad and she is 4-months-old. The doctor prescribed Ranitidine and now I don't have to give her as much. Also, he said that 2 teaspoons of cereal for every ounce will thicken the milk and help it stay down a little better.

DaddyB - posted on 01/17/2014

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I think I might be the only dad here. =) My son is 13 months and has silent acid reflux. It got so bad at 12 months that we switched all of our doctors. Oddly enough I know more about this than most doctors. Please keep in mind that not many doctors are up on the knowledge of this condition. My son had a stool sample and was shown to have a intolerance with either cow's protein or carbohydrates in general. We tried him on Prevacid and then put him on Elecare at about 6 months. We thought it was normal for babies to cry all the time and never sleep... most people would support the idea. It's almost like a badge of honor for other mom's to tell war stories about their baby not sleeping. What I'm here to tell you is that any war story a mom has about a baby WITHOUT acid reflux or silent reflux is a fairy tale to parent's who have children with reflux. My son still will not eat solid foods, he gags it up. He doesn't spit up (unless he throws up his attempts at solid food) he spits up in his throat and swallows it. He will only sleep as long as 3 hours, and usually between 1-2 hours. I actually had to a quit a job because my employer (the company was owned by two men) who had zero empathy for men with baby issues... not to mention only having a week off when he was born. Back to the babe... we've raised one side of his bed by about 7", and we are more hardcore about keeping him upright at night after a feeding. The baby desperately wants to lay down, don't let that happen. We just had a barium induced upper GI and no abnormalities. My biggest fear is that he will have this forever. It's hell.

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Angela - posted on 11/15/2008

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my baby still sleeps ina swing (5 months now) when I tried putting him in the crib, even with a wedge he started gagging.. but he doesnt puke anymore. Not since the zegerid

Beth - posted on 11/14/2008

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My son had reflux and was on zantac for about 6 months. I also kept him upright after feedings for about 15-30 minutes, and that helped drastically. My doc said LOTS of babies have it, but only the more severe cases get diagnosed. I agree, they usually grow out of it by a year or so.

Ana - posted on 11/08/2008

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I feel for you. It took 10 days for Olivia's Prilosec to kick in ,but now she is soooo much better. Her GI doc had us swab her stool for milk allergy which thankfully was negative (blood in the stool may indicate allergies in some cases). Now she is finally pacing on the punds....Reflux starts to improve at 4-6 months and usually is gone by one year.

Summer - posted on 11/08/2008

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My son out grew it around 6-8 months, he was never on any medication, we just dealt with it. One of my daughters was on Zantac which didn't help much and omeprazole which she couldn't keep down AT ALL. I took her to my chiropractor at 6 weeks and I don't know if it was the adjustment or if she just outgrew it, but within a week er symptoms GREATLY improved and now at 3 months she spits up less than her twin, who never had reflux.

Denise - posted on 11/07/2008

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They will outgrow it, usually by the one year mark. My little guy was a huge puker but my dr. explained that the sphincter muscle in-between the stomach and esophagus is just weaker on some kids and takes longer for it to stay closed when it is supposed to. My son never had discomfort from it but I think he slept in a car seat for the first 3 months! My dr. suggested he sit up for at least one half hour after every feeding, it seemed to help. the soy formula also helped a bit. My only advice is dont were a shirt unless you have to, LOL. It saves on laundry, ha ha ha.

Angela - posted on 11/07/2008

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My baby has reflux too but he is on Zegarid now and we have not had an incident in weeks. Our GI dr. even feels that we may be able to wean off the medication soon YAY! Reflux is really common in babies and many outgrow it.. so I am told

Lorissa - posted on 11/07/2008

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Thanks for the help ladies! I don't think it's dairy because I've been off dairy for over 6 weeks now because DD's pediatrician found the food intolerance to the milk in my diet early on. But she did have me add cheese back in about a week ago...maybe that's it. I'll try taking it out again and see what happens. Hopefully she'll get over this hump in just a few more months. I also talked with another friend and he said that his son had reflux too. But he said the prevacid cleared it up in less than a month. We'll just have to wait and see! Thanks again, this is so helpful to have access to!

Mary - posted on 11/07/2008

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Hi Lorissa, Brenda has a good point, try giving up dairy for a week and see if it makes a difference. A week is all you need to get it out of your system and notice if there's a change. If nothing happens, go back to dairy. If there is a dramatic difference, stay off dairy til baby is 6 mo or so and slowly add it back into your diet. I had to do that with one of my babies due to colic.

That said, I looked it up because my neice's baby has the same thing, and the research says that it should start getting better from 6 months on. It has lasted closer to a year with my neice's baby though, and like Natalie, once she switched to formula it only got worse. He is just over a year and it is finally easing up as his little body develops and that valve fixes itself.

Brenda - posted on 11/07/2008

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My friend had the same problem. Projectile reflux at that! She went off all dairy products, I think, giving it a week's try. Within 3 days the reflux stopped. She is the mom of 6 boys and only one had this problem. As a toddler he tolerated dairy products just fine.

Most babies, as the one mentioned above, can tolerate cow's milk and products at about age one. But some are so sensitive to it that traces in their mother's milk sets off a reaction. Other high allergens such as eggs, shellfish, nuts, etc may cause similar responses in the nursing baby.

All 8 of my kids "spit-up" but none had the large reflux. I feel for you.

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My second child who is now 18 months had problems with reflux. It lasted about 14 or 15 months. I breastfed her until she was 6 months old then switched her to formula to find out that the formula seemed to enhance the reflux, I didn't want to go back to breastfeeding, so I switched her to soy formula which really seemed to help and she was also put on meds for her reflux. But it wasn't until she was a yr old and I started her on whole milk that the reflux started to really clear up for good. So by 14 months old or so she hardly spit up and I'd say by 15 months it was totally cleared up. My pediatrician said that some cases last until the child is like 18 months though sometimes, so it will just depend. If you find when you switch her to regular milk that she has problems you could always try soy milk. My friend had to do that with her son and he had no problems with the soy milk. Hope this helps and sorry it's not the best news with your daughter being 3 months old. It evenutally will get better. In the meantime, I found oxyclean to be my best friend for getting all the stains out of the clothes!

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