Reflux? Anyone having the same problem.

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My daughter was diagnosed with reflux about 2 1/2 weeks ago at her 4 month appointment. She was spitting up a lot and gaining very little weight. This was after an ultrasound to rule out pyloric stenosis. He put her on Zantac syrup twice a day and swictched her to Similac Sensitive RS. She is doing a lot better and spitting up a lot less.



Any other moms dealing with this (does it get better?) and any other suggestions for giving that nasty smelling and probably bad tasting medicine? She looks like giving a baby a pickle for the first time, twice a day. I give it to her in small swirts so she doesn't spit it out, but I hate seeing that face.

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Laurie - posted on 02/20/2009

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Hi there, we were told Sophie had relux at about a month old and was started on Zantac as well 1cc twice a day. I too the 1st time we gave her the meds remembered that face - awful..so I called back my doc for an alternative and then he told me I can have the pharmacy flavor it for 2 bucks - SO WORTH IT! They have orange or grape and she takes it so mcuh better. Also it is all natural, no sugar if you were worried how it gets that flavorful taste. She became so much better after a week or so of the meds. Although I do worry it may be affecting her sleep - she doesnt much at all :( I'm curious if your baby sleeps even though he has reflux?

Laura - posted on 02/19/2009

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Kadey was diagnosed with reflux and a milk protein allergy at 3 weeks old. I immediately cut all dairy products out of my diet (she was exclusively breastfed), and that helped alot with the spitting up. They had her on axid and then zantac but I took her into Boston to see a specialist and they said that the medication will only stop the acidity of the spitup, not the actual spitting up, so I stopped giving it to her since she didnt have any pain when puking. Her pediatrician said as long as they are gaining weight properly it is considered a laundry problem not a medical one...i thought that was funny. it has gotten better but she still is the pukiest baby on the block...we just invested in a lot of burp cloths and bibs and wait it out :) Good luck.

Michele - posted on 02/19/2009

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My son is also 4 months old and on Prevacid...........he refused to take it , hes been on it since 1 month old.  I put it in his bottle.  I checked with the pharmacist and they said it was fine to do.  So much easier then fighting with them to get them to take it.  It does get better......hes doing well now.

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Thanks everyone!  I called her ped today and he is switching her to Prevacid.  During the last week she has almost gone back to her previous amount of spitting up.  Thanks to all your input I was able to talk to her ped about it.  He may order more tests, but we'll just wait and see.  Thanks a bunch!

Steffanie - posted on 02/19/2009

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Oh yeah, that was one more thing we did.  We kept her feedings to 4 oz.  Even now at just about 5 months she doesn't eat more than 4 oz at a time.

Anna - posted on 02/19/2009

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There is hope. My son was diagnosed with reflux when he was 3 weeks old. They immediately put him on Zantac. He hates the taste of it as well. We tried 4 different formulas and now he is on Similac Isomil and is only having to take the Zantac once a day. He is doing much better. We were told he will probably outgrow it and be able to stop the Zantac once he is on solid food.

Katherine - posted on 02/18/2009

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It does get better! at about 3 months they diagnosed my son with reflux and put him on zantac which didnt do anything! eventually i stopped giving it to him and kept his feedings at 3-4oz every 4 hours which helped- he's 5 months now and barely spits up =)

Christine - posted on 02/18/2009

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Our daughter was also diagnosed with reflux at about three weeks of age. Our pediatrician prescribed Zantac three times a day and this has made a world of a difference along with keeping her elevated at all times. We purchased a wedge sleep positioner to keep her elevated safety during the night and this has proven to be a good investment. We make sure she burps after every feeding and this also seems to make things better for her (not so fussy after her feedings). At first she gave me a really hard time about taking the medication, but I figured out if I bottle feed her with some pumped breast milk she took it without any issues. This presents a lot of work sometimes but worth it in the end. She no longer has projectile vomiting episodes and she is such a happy baby now.

Steffanie - posted on 02/16/2009

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My daughter was diagnosed with reflux about 3 weeks of age and was on Zantac.  Once we started on cereal it seemed to get a little better.  We also try to keep her bed at an incline or have her sleep in the cradle swing.



 

Ashley - posted on 02/16/2009

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My little one was diagnosed with reflux when she was 2 weeks. She was on Zantac but I didn't notice a change. She is currently on Axid and she is doing a little better.

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My son has reflux as well (probably gets it from me haha). It seemed to help him a lot! He still spits up but not as much. My son was on Prevacid which isn't as horrible tasting as the Zantac. They actually gave him some tablets now. I just squish up half of it and put it in his baby food when I give it to him. I'd try it when you start giving him some food. :)

Lynn - posted on 02/15/2009

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My son was on Zantac & is now on Prevacid and we haven't seen any difference with either medication.  He thows up constantly & isn't gaining enough weight either.  Fortunately, the throwing up (what he does is too much to call spitting up :) doesn't seem to bother him, but like Jacey, I'd welcome any suggestions!  Fortunately, he takes the medicine OK, but any ideas for helping him keep mild/food down are welcome!

Melissa - posted on 02/12/2009

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My son has acid reflux and he is on Prevacid and that works great. I get the same face when I give him his medicine.

Ana Paula - posted on 02/11/2009

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Hi Jacey, I am sorry to hear that. I had 2 boys with reflux. It is not easy but it does get better! I have a 5 months old baby who has reflux and was diagnosed when he was 3 weeks. He is taking prevacid, which is the best medicine I ever gave to my boys, he can go through the night without any episode of reflux and his stomach does not bother him at all. My older son also had reflux and he was diagnosed when he was only one week old. He got better when He was 10 months old. There is not much to do, just follow the treatment (i have given them so many different medicines-I know how you feel) and once they start to be more time in a up right position and their digest system mature they get better. It is exausting have babies with reflux. Bu it will pass!!!! 

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