Reflux...

Candace - posted on 12/22/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My son is 7 weeks old. He has maybe only spit up 10-15 tmes since birth. Last week he had an episode of projectile vomiting that was a pretty large amount. I didn't think much of it because he fell asleep taking his bottle prior to this episode and wouldn't burp. But I have noticed that he tends to swallow a lot throughout the day and "chew." He also grunts a lot and has hiccups frequently. Sometimes he fights his bottles like they are hurting his stomach or something but he is hungry and wants to try to eat. When he was 4 weeks old I switched him to Enfamil Gentlease because he was having a lot of gas and would fight bottles before I switched hi,. This seemed to help with his gas. I think he may have reflux and was wondering what you other moms think. He goes for his 2 month well check-up next week and I was going to discuss this with the Dr. then but I just wanted some opinions. Also you moms who have children with reflux what do you recommend...switching formulas or taking medication for reflux?? I really had even giving him gas drops.

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Candace - posted on 01/09/2010

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Thanks everyone for your suggestions and advice. We've been on Axid now for almost 2 weeks and it seems to be helping greatly. I can tell he is still refluxing some (I'll see him chewing or swallowing) but it doesn't seem to bother or hurt him like before. I know with reflux they can have some apnea. I haven't noticed him having any episodes of apnea (and I'm a Registered Nurse so I have a little more medical knowledge than the average person) but he seems to lose color when he's sleeping. Sometimes even looking a little grey to me. My husband doesn't see the grey but he has also noticed him being a little more pale when he's asleep. Has anyone else noticed this with their babies? His breathing remains even and unlabored but I wonder what his oxygen saturations are when he's sleeping.

Melissa - posted on 01/09/2010

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HI I m not sure if you are still having issues ith vomiting after or during eatting but yu may want to have your doctor check for piloric sinosis. not sure if i spelled it right. my son had the same issues and we ended up in sick kids so he could have an operation to fix it. its a block between the stomic and intestants. the food isn't being digusted right and there stomics are just overflowqing

Barbara - posted on 12/29/2009

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Your son is identically going through what my daughter did. She was considered full term (even though she was really a week overdue) but because of poor feeding/nippling, they admitted her to the NICU two days after birth. First, they thought she was having a hard time adjusting to having to eat on her own instead of relying on in utero nutrition via placenta, but it wasn't that. Then, they thought her brain was telling her that she couldn't breathe and eat at the same time (she has Binder's Nasal Malformation which flattens the bridge of her nose and causes the nostrils to be a little smaller than normal but still open), but that wasn't the problem either. A few days later, the DRs tell me that she may be lactose intolerant. They tried Similac Lactose-Free formula and Enfamil Lacto-Free but no noticeable improvement. Finally, They decided to transfer her to a Children's Hospital NICU with Specialists that bwould be able to do extensive specialized tests to help diagnose her problem. They finally told me what was wrong (this coming after her being hopsitalized for a little over a month!!): She has Severe GERD (GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease) and it was so bad that it was burning away her throat. They figured it out after they did an Upper GI Xray with a small tube camera that goes down her nose to the stomach and watches what happens while she eats. She was switched to ENFAMIL A.R., she has to take ZANTAC SYRUP via syringe every 8 hrs, and she has to use a FLOVENT AEROCHAMBER INHALER every 12 hrs. since they started her on these, she has moved up from barely eating an ounce or two b4 being tube fed (in hospital) to eating 4-6 onces at each feeding (at home). She was born on 10/27/09 and finally came home from the children's hosp on 12/2/09. I hope this helps

Shannon - posted on 12/29/2009

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My son Aiden did the same thing for a while. We went through about 8 formulas before we got the right one. You could try the Enfamil Lipil A.R. That's what we have my son on right now and that's really helped with his spit up, gas, reflux, and fussiness. The only draw back with it that we've had is he gets consipated, but a pinch of brown sugar clears that up.

Sandie - posted on 12/28/2009

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Try a type of soya formula milk as maybe he is lactose intolerant. Try changin teats as well, like change it the next size up.... My daughter had the severe wind and I changed her teat to next size up and that helped with the wind abit, as she take in as much air and therefore, less wind. Hope that this makes sense.. Good Luck!! X

Erin - posted on 12/27/2009

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My daughter had the same problem develop around 7wks. We got her an appointment and saw the pediatrician and she said Emma was constipated and has acid reflux. So before baby zantac I am to drop all dairy and caffeine from my diet and I was also told to try gripe water, butt massage, and warm water bottles on her tummy. I asked about gas drops and she said no because most babies see no change and it's chemically made where this water is natural/herbs. It's got organic ginger, fennel, chamomile, and peppermint which supposedly relax the entire digestive system. So I bought a bottle and within 5min of her first dose she farted like crazy/peed/and pooped enough to fill 3 diapers. Now she is happy as a clam! Perhaps something to try- the Dr recommended Baby Bliss or Little Tummies brands - unfortunately I had to go to a whole foods store to find it as Walmart and 2 pharmacies in town did not carry it. Babies R Us & Target have it too.

Gemma - posted on 12/27/2009

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my son is 11weeks and has reflux, the doctor gave me infant gaviscon that u put in the bottles, it works wonders with him, so u shud try that

Sheila - posted on 12/27/2009

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My son had the same symptoms and was diagnosed with reflux. He was prescribed the axid and that seemed to help. The doctor says he will out grow it at around 6 months. I don't really like giving meds either but he is much happier when he takes it. Good luck.

Lindsey - posted on 12/27/2009

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my baby girl has reflux and she is just over 8wks but a prem baby she started havein this once she turn 6n half weeks n kept tellin health vistor sometinkwas wrong wiv her but she kept sayin she is fine so i left it untill she had her 8wk check then i told my doc n he said she has reflux so he give me gaviscone n said to put half a sachet in her 3-4oz bottle n now she no longer crys or is no longer sick she nicely burps as she no longer is sick she sometimes finds it hard to burp so i give her a lil gripwater after her feeds n she fine with this..

Lise - posted on 12/25/2009

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Does he cry when he spits up? If not, I wouldn't worry about it (that's what I've heard from my pedi, who's awesome, and other moms). My baby is exclusively bf, but I've noticed that sometimes when eating she starts to wiggle, groan, etc. If I keep going after it's started, she throws up and gets really sick. If I stop right away and walk her until she burps or her tummy calms down, she'll keep eating and be fine. We'll go through cycles - she groans, I walk and then try to feed, she keeps groaning so I walk again and keep going with that until she burps well or stops groaning and wiggling while eating.

I (personally) would try everything ELSE before meds. Keep him upright after he eats for 30 minutes, rubs his tummy with lotion after he eats, interrupt feedings to burp, etc. IMO, the less meds you give a baby the better.

Michelle - posted on 12/24/2009

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Sounds like your little guy may have reflux. My daughter was diagnosed with it right before her 2 month check up. We switched formulas 3 times before putting her on medication. We currently use Enfamil Gentlease and she takes Axid twice a day....life is wonderful again. Gone are the painful cries (that break your heart), the gas, the hiccups and the grunting. I was on the fence about putting her on medication but...if that's what it takes to make her happy and comfortable then so be it. They outgrow this so meds are not forever. Hope this helps. Best of luck.

Krysta - posted on 12/22/2009

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my 2 month old has does the same thing since she was born and i breastfed for the first month! she does the same grunting and hiccuping all the time! she is on gentlease now too and her doc keeps telling me there is nothing wrong with her and i think she would benefit from some medication but he doesn't agree! anyways... try giving him some gripe water it works wonders! our daughter has realized that that it makes her tummy feel better and takes is right down! i would stick to the gentlease it is a good formula and see if your doc will give him some meds. good luck to you and your son! i can't imagine how uncomfortable they are! I feel so bad!

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