Any moms with acid reflux babies?

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Quoting Samantha:

They seem to think my son has it, and not the pyloric stenosis (at least not yet). He throws up frequently, shooting out, not just spit up and he will frequently gag/cough/choke throughout the day. Our doc says to have him upright for 30 min after a feeding and to keep his head elevated when he's sleeping. He's also on Ranitidine (generic for zantac)...it isn't helping all that much and he hasn't gained any weight in 2 weeks. They want to switch to another medicine, but it isn't covered by my insurance and is expensive and since it's just a shot in the dark idea I don't know that I want to switch him yet!



i have been dealing with this since 1 week old. try feeing half as much twice as often. zantac took 3 weeks to work for my son. its a weight dependant drug so talk to the doctor about that. also what zantac does is stop acid from producing so much. it doesnt eliminate it from their stomachs once the acid is produced. its a reducer not a antacid. feed it atleast 30 minutes before a bottle so the acid can be stopped before you give your baby a bottle. also, this medicine doesnt stop reflux.. just the acid part. my son is similac alimentum (allergic to milk)  on .75ml ranitidine 3 times daily with rice cereal in his bottle for the last month he has been wonderful. rice cereal keeps the formula from sloshing in his stomach so the valve isnt disturbed as much. if you want advice on adding cereal, just ask, we've all been there with our gerd babies. hes now 11lbs 8 oz and 24 1/2 inches. lots of trial and errors. you'll be a pro in no time. if your son is still projectile vommiting, it might be a formula allergy too (that was our other issue) talk to your doctor about it. sorry for spelling errors, my son wont sit stiil today...

Amy - posted on 05/18/2009

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My boy suffers from reflux, luckly it doesn't bother him most of the time. My doctor suggested propping up his matteress to help him keep the milk down. It's best to keep your bubs us up right as possible after a feed. I recommend using a swing or rocker if you have one. Good luck :)

Angela - posted on 05/17/2009

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I'm experiencing this problem also with my boy who's still in the NICU. Feed a bit slower, keep them upright afterwards 30-60 mins. Also keeping head elevated helps too. Sage is on Prevacid I like the chiropractor idea, it's probably worth checking into-especially if it continues. No one likes a projectile spit up. G'luck.

Robin - posted on 05/16/2009

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We just started on Zantac, and he is spitting up much less, although he doesn't like the taste of it. I tried to do other things first, like keeping him upright, etc, but it never got any better so the doctor started the med. this week.

Stephanie - posted on 05/15/2009

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I think my son has some reflux issues. He has not been diagnosed but I still do a few things to make him more comfortable. I purchased a chair recently called napnanny. It was a life saver. Go to Napnanny.com. Not cheap but so worth it. I also have him sleep in a beanbag many nights. He sleeps longer through the night.

Jenna - posted on 05/15/2009

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Quoting Samantha:

They seem to think my son has it, and not the pyloric stenosis (at least not yet). He throws up frequently, shooting out, not just spit up and he will frequently gag/cough/choke throughout the day. Our doc says to have him upright for 30 min after a feeding and to keep his head elevated when he's sleeping. He's also on Ranitidine (generic for zantac)...it isn't helping all that much and he hasn't gained any weight in 2 weeks. They want to switch to another medicine, but it isn't covered by my insurance and is expensive and since it's just a shot in the dark idea I don't know that I want to switch him yet!



I wouldn't switch if you can avoid it. My doctor told me there isn't even any real proof that these medications do anything to keep a child from spitting up. Is your son formula fed? Because if he is I would talk to your doctor about the benefit of switching him to a different formula, sometimes thats a sign the child can't tolerate that form. I used to projectile vomit like that when I was a baby and come to find out I'm lactose intolerant and couldn't handle the milk based formula...just trying to give you some cheaper options :)

Jenna - posted on 05/15/2009

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They seem to think my daughter has reflux because she stopped breathing a few times and believe she choked on her spit up. They have her on a weak version of Prilosec just in case it is reflux but they are also having her checked out for trachial malaysia (sp?) which is a weaker airway.

Billie Jean - posted on 05/02/2009

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My son was just diagnosed with acid reflux (thanks to mom, the ped didn't know what was wrong with him, after research and noticing that he wouldn't only sleep if he was sitting upright I told the ped to test him for it.) We put 1 tbsp of cereal in each of his 4 oz bottles and he also takes rantadine twice a day. Try holding your baby up during feeding and keeping him upright for at least 20-30 mintues afterwards. Keep his head elevated at night with a sassy sleep system, (I stuck a blanket underneath it to elevate it even more and my son seems to like it better that way). If the cereal doesn't help, try Enfmal A.R. Lipil, it is formulated for babies who spit-up frequently, it is thickened with startch to help it stay in their bellies better.

Erica - posted on 04/30/2009

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Try the chiropractor - makes a huge difference. Also - bio gaia pro biotic drops....

Allegra - posted on 04/29/2009

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Hi there. my son Patrick had acid reflux when he was a baby. they initally thought it was pyloric stenosis but that ended up not being severe enough to have the surgery to correct it so he was on medication that he had to take 4 times a day. he loved the medicine and it seemed to help but i still got the shooting vomit on a weekly basis until he was about 1 and then it went away on its own. my little girl will be 2 months next week and i believe she also had acid reflux, just not as bad as her brother.

Samantha - posted on 04/29/2009

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They seem to think my son has it, and not the pyloric stenosis (at least not yet). He throws up frequently, shooting out, not just spit up and he will frequently gag/cough/choke throughout the day. Our doc says to have him upright for 30 min after a feeding and to keep his head elevated when he's sleeping. He's also on Ranitidine (generic for zantac)...it isn't helping all that much and he hasn't gained any weight in 2 weeks. They want to switch to another medicine, but it isn't covered by my insurance and is expensive and since it's just a shot in the dark idea I don't know that I want to switch him yet!

Kammie - posted on 04/29/2009

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My son has reflux and the medicine helps but not that much...it will help him sleep a little better but it still bothers him

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