Reflux?

Amber - posted on 10/14/2009 ( 32 moms have responded )

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I am at loss as to whats wrong with my daughter. Shes 11 weeks old, She is crying all day until i hold her. She all the sudden got this little cough (but its not like a sick cough, its like a cough when you got something in your throat) and all the sudden shes gagging every once in a while. She always has the hiccups, and strains all the time like shes trying to poo, but nothing is in her diaper except on her normal times. Does this sound like reflux? What does it sound like? Im very confused and fustrated. She normally a calm quiet baby that doesnt care if you hold her or not. Now she crys in pain until i pick her up and even then it takes her a min to calm down. I have to hold her more sitting up, if she lays down flat the crying is worse and louder. I feel so bad for her

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Julie - posted on 10/18/2009

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I don't see what all the issues are. Acid blockers are very safe. They never were able to confirm my guy's reflux, but all his clinical signs cleared up once he was put on Prevacid. His symptoms were a frequent wet cough, raspy noises in his throat, snoring, very swollen/inflamed tonsils, regurgitation/vomiting and others I'm sure I've forgotten.

Follow all the rules like elevating baby for at least 25 minutes after a feeding and avoiding acidic foods when starting solids (tomato products, citrus, fried food, chocolate, etc...), but ask your doctor about a trial of acid blockers.

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Sherri Lynn - posted on 11/14/2009

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Before you try & take her to a specialist etc.. try some baby gas drops from the store. She is probably just gassy and it's really no big deal. I hope this helps!

Emily - posted on 11/12/2009

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Could be milk/soy allergy, have pediatrician check for occult blood in the stool. allegies cause reflux, gas, and generally colicy babies.

Cynthia - posted on 10/27/2009

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Sounds a little like mine ( the part with the gagging) Doctor said it was refulx and to try sitting her up after feedings for 15-20mins and that it should resolve on its own. Seems to work pretty good. When I am in a rush and dont do the 15-20 mins sit up is when i notice the reflux again. My baby is 2 1/2 months.

Christina - posted on 10/21/2009

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Well my daughter had reflux. The NICU did some test to find out for sure and they ended up prescribing Reglan and Zantac. So if I were you I would let the Pediatrician know all of the symptoms. Also my daughter is on a special formula for preemies. The formula is broken down more so that she does less work digesting.Also holding her upright after she eats for about 20 mins would help her not spit up or propping her up on a pillow so that the food can stay down helps. My daughter also had a problem pooping just recently. She would turn all red and cry so bad when she finally did poop. I found out there was a change in her diet, her grandparents were sneaking peaches and applesauce. Prune juice helped tremendously. She drinks 2oz a day and it helps her feel so much better.

Heather - posted on 10/20/2009

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My son had reflux. The did a swallow study. Put him on a liquid Zantac i think. It lasted bout 2 months and we havent had a problem with it since. He was a preemie born at 29 weeks. We used to let him sleep in the car seat cause that was the only was he could sleep peacefully.

Devon - posted on 10/20/2009

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My son had all the same symptoms. Our pediatrician said its reflux & started him on Zantac. It helped SO MUCH!! We also elavated the head of his crib just a little & that also helped alot.

Kristal - posted on 10/20/2009

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Does she puke or spit up a lot? My son had a problem with keeping his food down, crying, sleeping ect... The doctor wanted to put him on meds for reflux but I wanted to try something else first. We changed his formula to Similac Alimentum and fed him almost sitting upright. We never had a problem after that. He kept everything down and stopped crying for no reason and even sleeps through the night!

Lindsy - posted on 10/20/2009

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My son has reflux and that sounds like the same thing as he has. You should take her to the doctor they will be able to get her something.

Haylli - posted on 10/20/2009

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I wouldnt doubt that it could be reflux my little one had a reflux problem while she was in the hospital, always had to elevate her even when she came home we had the mattress in the crib elevated to help her. The doc. saidthat some babies dont form the muscle thingy that closes the stomach off from the throught, so really it looks like a vile until their tummies start to form like a .....kidney bean looking thingy. Hope that made sence anyways good luck, I would just keep an eye on it and after feedings hold her upright so she had a chance to digest it a little. That seemed to work with ours then if not there is medication aswell.

Gayle - posted on 10/20/2009

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Awww poor swet baby yes it sounds just like what my lil one ent through till she finally got meds for the reflux, quick get her to the doctor.

Amber - posted on 10/20/2009

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Quoting Julie:



Quoting Amber:




Quoting Julie:

I don't see what all the issues are. Acid blockers are very safe. They never were able to confirm my guy's reflux, but all his clinical signs cleared up once he was put on Prevacid. His symptoms were a frequent wet cough, raspy noises in his throat, snoring, very swollen/inflamed tonsils, regurgitation/vomiting and others I'm sure I've forgotten.

Follow all the rules like elevating baby for at least 25 minutes after a feeding and avoiding acidic foods when starting solids (tomato products, citrus, fried food, chocolate, etc...), but ask your doctor about a trial of acid blockers.







They dont want to start any meds yet until we see the gastro so none of the symtoms or possible new sympotoms get masked....also so any test they do doesnt come back as a false neg









Sorry, there was no indication you were following up with gi.  Of course they would not start meds if diagnostics were being pursued.  Good luck getting to the bottom of it!





Thank you so much.....im sorry the update from when we got back from the pedi was posted in a reply

Julie - posted on 10/20/2009

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Quoting Amber:



Quoting Julie:

I don't see what all the issues are. Acid blockers are very safe. They never were able to confirm my guy's reflux, but all his clinical signs cleared up once he was put on Prevacid. His symptoms were a frequent wet cough, raspy noises in his throat, snoring, very swollen/inflamed tonsils, regurgitation/vomiting and others I'm sure I've forgotten.

Follow all the rules like elevating baby for at least 25 minutes after a feeding and avoiding acidic foods when starting solids (tomato products, citrus, fried food, chocolate, etc...), but ask your doctor about a trial of acid blockers.





They dont want to start any meds yet until we see the gastro so none of the symtoms or possible new sympotoms get masked....also so any test they do doesnt come back as a false neg





Sorry, there was no indication you were following up with gi.  Of course they would not start meds if diagnostics were being pursued.  Good luck getting to the bottom of it!

Amber - posted on 10/19/2009

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Quoting Bonnie:

Hi Amber:

I am no Doctor by no means, but my little guys had reflux bad. Everything he ate came right back up within seconds, and this lasted for about 9 months unfortunatley. Xavier didn't cry all that much, at times I wish he had, cause his occurrence would mostly be when he was to wake up from a nap after eating, and he would choke so much that he would lose his breath, and start to go blue. After numbers of trips to the Doctors, apparently this was normal and he would grow out of it, and he did. Crying and hiccupping to me sounds like it might be gas. Like I said I am no doctor, but hey any information might help. Have you ever given her Gripe Water?


I tried gripe water, as well as baby gas x, tylenol, melicon, and some onion water stuff my grandmother told me to do....Nothing worked...

Amber - posted on 10/19/2009

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Quoting Paige:

My daughter does not spit up but has reflux and it sound similar to what your little one has - she tends to make straining and throat clearing noises as well as hiccupy noises when she refluxes - if your baby has white stuff coming out of her nose and/or mouth or bubbles at the mouth, it is most likely reflux...


Its intresting that you mention this....She always has the hiccups...and with in the last week after her hiccups she has tiny bubbles coming out of her mouth....I will bring this up with the gastro thank you

Amber - posted on 10/19/2009

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Quoting Julie:

I don't see what all the issues are. Acid blockers are very safe. They never were able to confirm my guy's reflux, but all his clinical signs cleared up once he was put on Prevacid. His symptoms were a frequent wet cough, raspy noises in his throat, snoring, very swollen/inflamed tonsils, regurgitation/vomiting and others I'm sure I've forgotten.

Follow all the rules like elevating baby for at least 25 minutes after a feeding and avoiding acidic foods when starting solids (tomato products, citrus, fried food, chocolate, etc...), but ask your doctor about a trial of acid blockers.


They dont want to start any meds yet until we see the gastro so none of the symtoms or possible new sympotoms get masked....also so any test they do doesnt come back as a false neg

Amber - posted on 10/19/2009

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Quoting Lori:

Sounds like she's constipated. Have you tried infant massage on her. That worked wonders on my oldest son. They offer classes on how to do it at the hospital in S FL for free. You would be surprised what a difference it makes.


She goes regularly. And her belly isnt hard. They dont think constipation at all

Amber - posted on 10/19/2009

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Quoting Kelly:

there is a test they can do for your bub so speak to your doc and they will give her medication. The worst part is when they bring up there milk they bring up acid and it burns them. also you can put thickener in her milk and raise the head of her bed.


They dont want to put her on any meds until she sees the gastro, they dont want to mask any symptoms. And i have started letting her sleep in her bouncer...that seemed to help alot! Instead of waking6-8 times a night, she has just been waking up 3 times a night...

Amber - posted on 10/19/2009

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Quoting Chelle:

To all you mommies who posted here and to the original poster: Have your kids been tested to see if they aspirate or have swallowing issues (dysphagia)? My son was diagnosed w/ reflux at 4 weeks. He spit up a TON though but he did cough a lot, especially when eating. Well my son is 16.5 months now but they just found out he aspirates his reflux and he aspirates when eating. So for when he is eating we have to thicken his fluids to nectar thick and that has helped him from choking and coughing while eating. We use simply thick and baby cereal to thicken all his stuff. But I dunno, just something to think about I guess. :)


They havent done any testing on her....They would like the gastro to do it. Luna doesnt spit up alot or at all really.  I was told not to give her cereal because she was very preemie....She was born at 28 weeks. Her due date actually wasnt until oct 7th...So her corrected age is like 1 week now.

Bonnie - posted on 10/19/2009

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Hi Amber:

I am no Doctor by no means, but my little guys had reflux bad. Everything he ate came right back up within seconds, and this lasted for about 9 months unfortunatley. Xavier didn't cry all that much, at times I wish he had, cause his occurrence would mostly be when he was to wake up from a nap after eating, and he would choke so much that he would lose his breath, and start to go blue. After numbers of trips to the Doctors, apparently this was normal and he would grow out of it, and he did. Crying and hiccupping to me sounds like it might be gas. Like I said I am no doctor, but hey any information might help. Have you ever given her Gripe Water?

Paige - posted on 10/18/2009

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My daughter does not spit up but has reflux and it sound similar to what your little one has - she tends to make straining and throat clearing noises as well as hiccupy noises when she refluxes - if your baby has white stuff coming out of her nose and/or mouth or bubbles at the mouth, it is most likely reflux...

Lori - posted on 10/17/2009

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Sounds like she's constipated. Have you tried infant massage on her. That worked wonders on my oldest son. They offer classes on how to do it at the hospital in S FL for free. You would be surprised what a difference it makes.

Kelly - posted on 10/17/2009

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there is a test they can do for your bub so speak to your doc and they will give her medication. The worst part is when they bring up there milk they bring up acid and it burns them. also you can put thickener in her milk and raise the head of her bed.

Christi - posted on 10/16/2009

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my son had the same problem and it turned out that the flap in the back of his esouphagus was immature and it was causing him to choke on formula and even his own spit. it matures with time but they gave him a reflux medicaiton and it seemed to really really help.

Chelle - posted on 10/15/2009

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To all you mommies who posted here and to the original poster: Have your kids been tested to see if they aspirate or have swallowing issues (dysphagia)? My son was diagnosed w/ reflux at 4 weeks. He spit up a TON though but he did cough a lot, especially when eating. Well my son is 16.5 months now but they just found out he aspirates his reflux and he aspirates when eating. So for when he is eating we have to thicken his fluids to nectar thick and that has helped him from choking and coughing while eating. We use simply thick and baby cereal to thicken all his stuff. But I dunno, just something to think about I guess. :)

Amber - posted on 10/15/2009

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Well we went and we have to see a gastro specialist. Pedi thinks its reflux but because she was tube fed but wants a second opinion...

Christy - posted on 10/14/2009

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Well, you just described my son to a tee. I have twin boys and one only grunts, but the other... Well, that's another story. He grunts all the time with no BM, he will cough every once in a while and it is a sharp cough followed and preceeded by him sticking his tongue out. We have decided that the screaming is due to the pain associated with gas and sometimes we attribute it to not going #2 for too long. He will go 36 hours in between sometimes. The coughing was due to reflux. I gave him a sip of formula and that seemed to stop the tongue thing. There is Pepcid out there for the babies. Ask your Ped about it.

Tonight he started again. Screaming in pain. It just breaks my heart!!! He is fine as long as I hold him, but the minute we put him down... Its all over with. I tried something new. I lay him across my knees and lightly rubbed his back. I rocked my legs back and fourth just a little and he began to let out gas that would have made my husband jealous! There was sooo much air in his bowels that it hurt really bad. Then he ate and is sleeping soundly now. He has had this issue 5 times since the 3rd when he came home from the NICU. Sometimes a suppository works, but tonight it was gas.

The grunting my Ped said is normal for all babies but is more pronounced in preemies. Ask your Ped and post. PLEASE. Maybe he/she has something different to say. Both of my boys do it. One more than the other.

You have described my boy Chase to a tee!!! Please let me know what your Ped says.
Thanks,
Christy

Molly - posted on 10/14/2009

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i dunno it really sounds like collic to me, my son had reflux and the main sign of that was the constant spit up, or loosing wieght becuse shes throwing up every meal. i would try and burp her longer or a lil bit harder ya know, not like crazy but ya know just a lil harder and then they have this mylocon gas relief and maybe slow her down when shes eating..i would deffinetly try that cuz my son had to be on previced for babies and reglan which helps reflux as well. but yours deffinetly sounds like collic...good luck hope this helps

Amber - posted on 10/14/2009

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Shes on special formula, so we cant change it. She doesnt vomit or even pit up for that matter. She has an appt with the pedi tomarrow i just wanted other mommies opinions :) to make sure i had a real complaint

Sarah - posted on 10/14/2009

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both of my boys had reflux. My older son had it worse, and it sounds like she is oon the same level he was with it. You should take her to her doctor and they will give her some medicine for it. And also if your formula feeding try changing her to a partially broken down formula it will help her to digest better. Don't be alarmed though, acid reflux is completly normal in infants. The muscle between the throat and the stomach isn't strong enough yet to hold down the food, which is why babies spit up and weather or not it hurts them depends on the acidity in their stomach. And my son didn't ever spit up but he still had the acid reflux!!! Hope this helps, and i hope she feels better, i know how hard reflux can be!!

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