I think my 8 month old has gastroesophegial reflux (GER). How can I help him?

Justine - posted on 10/11/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My 8 month old son cries every time i lie him down when i nurse him to sleep, even if he was sound asleep in my arms, he pushes his stomach out like its hurting him, he always has the hiccups, he wakes up crying, and he has started spitting up his real food (not just breastmilk). I read a little about the symptoms and most of them fit him. What can I do for him until i can get in to see our doctor that wont hurt him in case thats not the problem? I already raised his bed on one end, and I have to nurse him to get him to sleep, he wont go any other way.

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Carrie - posted on 10/12/2009

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It is quite common for babies to have a hiatal hernia (according to my chiropractor). She just rubs on the baby's chest, and it moves the part of their esophagus that's causing the problem. I don't think they necessarily have to specialize in babies either. Mine doesn't. So much better than meds.

Aniesha - posted on 10/11/2009

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Apparently there are certain chiropractors that specialize in this sort of thing. I don't know personally, but I was talking to a pregnancy yoga instructor, & she was telling me about a guy that she used to work with that helped a lot of babies with reflux, something about just moving their stomach to a better position! Of course, I guess you'd have to make sure that they specialize particularly in that field.

Tinsley - posted on 10/11/2009

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my daughter has acid reflux. heres what u do after every 2 ounces of milk the baby drinks sit him up and rub his back. use the palm of your hand and rub the left side of his back. start from the bottom up and you will rub his back in a circle motion and he will burp so easy, you will hear and feel the relief. never lay him down right after hold him for 20-30 mins. you can lay him on his back if you trust that he can turn his head and roll over. if not lay him on his side so if he spits up in the middle of the night he wont choke. (since you're breast feeding after every 5mins stop and burp him.) note: that when you pat babies back you suffer from acid reflux the patting jumps the acid and other foods right back up. always elevate the baby when he lays down. oh and my daughter takes zantac liquid medicine but i prefer previcid pills which i had to disolve in water. these meds are for adults but they give small dosages to the babies. previcid minimized the amount of times she vomited. good luck and if you need more info i can be reached at 917-312-6638.

Kathryn - posted on 10/11/2009

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2 kids, 2 lots of silent reflux (no vomitting) get a refereal to a baby doc, can cause serious problems with the esophagus. mine were both on losec a medication to prevent i, wokred wonders with my first who was on it fo about 4 months until he grew out of it, eating solids and sitting up. my second was just taken off it as we now may think its just bad wind but losec can cause wind. but it was a god send with my firswt good luck

Renee - posted on 10/11/2009

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My daughter had reflux and it helps to burp the baby a few times while nursing especially when you get done nursing even though he's asleep you need to get a burp out of him. Getting the air out helps keep the milk down. There is no medicine that can be given. Also with my reflux baby the doctor told me to lie her on her belly to sleep on an incline. Reflux babies are the exception to babies always being put on their backs to sleep. I hope this helps and make sure you get in to see the doctor asap.

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