My son was just recently diagnosed with Acid Reflux. Any suggestions to help?

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We have him sleeping on an A R pillow. He is on prevaset (sp?) and takes Mylanta.He is on Enfamil AR formula. He normally has one big puking episode a day. Just wondered if anyone tried anything different to help elimanate this.

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Nicki - posted on 09/21/2009

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Hi there! I'm not sure how old your son is, so I'm not sure if this will work or not! Definitely try and incline the bed so that he's not flat on his back, but also, when my nephew was about 3-4 months old he was diagnosed with acid reflux and the doctors had them put small amounts of baby cereal in his formula. Now this was back before ar formulas so I'm not sure if they've outdated this practice or not but the cereal lowers the pH in the formula and also is thicker and so it sits on the stomach longer and is basically acts as a pH buffer.

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April - posted on 10/02/2009

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My daughter was like that when she was a baby. Make sure he sits upright at least 20 - 30 minutes after feeding and put a little cereal in his bottle to make it a little thicker. He will grow out of it but doing that helped me a lot.

Brandy - posted on 09/21/2009

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My daughter had acid reflex, she projectile vomited pretty much everytime she ate. I was never given any meds for this problem, I did breast feed the whole time which helped her vomit easier (since it's not so heavy) and cut down on the smell (yuck I know). It did go away though as she got older (we tried all kinds of things, sitting up while feeding, pillow under mattress etc...) when she started eating cereal it helped. She grew out of it on her own..good luck!

Nicole - posted on 09/20/2009

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My daughter had really nasty GERD, they even did a horrible test where they put a tube up her nose & down into her stomach for 24 hrs -- oh, it was terrible!!! They tried Zantac first & that didn't help her at all, then Prevacid -- it seemed to help a little, but what made it go completely away was Similac Alimentum formula, I don't know about the Enfamil AR, but I know the Alimentum worked wonders for us. Hope this Helps & Good Luck!!!

Heather - posted on 09/18/2009

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I read somewhere ( can't remember where) that they've done a new study and sitting them upright doesn't help. What helps is laying them on their side. I tried this with my 5 month old and it seems to help. Good Luck!!!!!

Rachel - posted on 09/16/2009

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My son was diagnosed with the worst kind of acid reflux there is when he was born and the only formula that helped was Nutramagin and I had to keep him upright for at least an hour after eating and make sure he was burped very well ... if not a couple of times within that hour . It seemed to help him out but the meds never worked and his stomach muscle was a bit thicker than normal so he couldn't hold his food down as well with having that issue either :( . If it becomes a major issue I would ask his pediatrician to run some test on your childs stomach to find out for sure . Better safe than sorry ! Hope this helps in some way :D

Krystle - posted on 09/16/2009

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They told me my daughter had that. What it ended up being was Pyloric Stenosis. There is a Pyloric muscle between the stomach and intestine. It can get inflamed and not let your baby digest properly. It was a freak thing that we found it in my daughter. We were treating her for 2 weeks for acid reflux before she started throwing up old blood. They didnt think of it because it isnt as common as it used to be. I dont want to scare you but just keep an eye on him for a few weeks. My daughter had to have major stomach surgery at 5 weeks old. Now every time I hear of someone else's kid with acid reflux, i think about what could happen if you dont ask to be examined for it. If you would like to know more about it just message me.

Angie - posted on 09/12/2009

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My son had acid reflux and we think my daughter did too, my husband went online to look for stuff about it and we came across a device called the Tuckers sling! We elevated the crib mattress and this thing fit right over one end and you strapped him in, the first night he was in it at 5 months I believe he slept through the night! It's a very expensive thing, but if you knew someone who sews they could maybe make the same thing! GOOD LUCK....it's really a struggle, but it will get better! We also had to switch him to soy formula!

Gina - posted on 09/11/2009

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My son was diagnosed with refulx and Asthma at the same time. They have him on a host of meds. but for the reflux it's prevacid. We cut the pill in half and give him a 1/2 a dose in the am and 1/2 dose in the pm so that the medicine stays in his system throughout the day. Overall the amount of spit ups has dramatically been reduced. Hope that helps...

Amy - posted on 09/11/2009

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How old is he? Your pediatrician may recommend having some tests ran if it is very severe or if he gets older and doesn't outgrow it. They are not fun but it is a relief to find out there is no malrotation or anything.

Samantha - posted on 09/11/2009

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Keep working with the formulas. We ended up switching to a pre-digested protein (prescription) formula which did the trick and I was able to take my son off of medications at the time. He is three now but I still don't feed him milk or soy or processed foods/snacks. It makes a big difference with reflux. Good luck!!

Jamie - posted on 09/10/2009

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YES! Go to a good chiropractor. I took my son and it made a world of difference! He was out of whack from the birth and his reflux was a million times better once he got re-aligned. Also, buy a good wrap (I love gypsymama http://www.gypsymama.com/) and wear him tummy-to-tummy upright during the day. You can even feed him in it!

Stephanie - posted on 09/10/2009

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my daughter had the exact same thing( its was awful on a day to day basis). she hasnt had it for 2 yrs now because we took her off formula completely and she has held everything since then. i thought it would never get better but thats all i had to do

Susie - posted on 09/10/2009

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My daughters has acid reflux.. and the doctor has givin her Gaviscon Infant and have to keep her up fpr 1/2 hour.. and now i put rice or oats cereal in her formula and it keeps it down.. My daughter is almost 4 months now. i hope this has help you a bit..

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For my sons acid reflux he was given liquid zantac. He hated the taste so I hid the medicines flavor with a small drop of strawberry nesquick mixed together in his formula. He had to take this twice a day so it was a treat. I also mixed infant cereal with his formula to thicken it, and propped up one end of his bed. That really helped him and I hope it helps you as well!

Jessica - posted on 09/10/2009

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My son was diagnosed with acid reflux about four months. He was on similac advanced. He was given some type of liquid antacid ( don't remember which) and we also changed his formula to similac sensitive. Never had a throwing up problem again.

Candice - posted on 09/10/2009

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i avoided pears, bananas, apples, juices (those things give ME heartburn, so i figured she should avoid them too...and pears always caused huge issues for her). She was always calmed by the sound of the running shower and the sound of the stove exhaust fan. My daughter did well on Soy. She's still on Zantac at 16 mos, but only because the last time i tried to take her off it a few months ago her symptoms came back and i'm afraid to try again. lol.



there is light at the end of the tunnel tho. with meds my daughter is a totally different kid. oh man, i don't ever want to experience those screaming days again. she didn't sleep for 3 days once!!!

Shirley - posted on 09/10/2009

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Hi Amy,

Both my daughters have reflux. My daughter Jessica 19 months now doesn't have it any more unless I give her alot of acidy food, but when she was a baby she had silent reflux, it us a long time to diagnose it! She was on Omeprazole 5mg daily, we also gave her anti reflux formula, we had her elevated on a pillow and we put the head of her cot up on bricks. When I used to feed her I used to have her practically sitting up. I also used to feed her smaller amounts more frequently. Now my little 4 month old daughter Mia also suffers from reflux, but she possits all day! She too is on omeprazole, AR formula, elevated cot, pillow and I hold her up right to eat and continue for 1/2 hr after I feed her, etc etc. Unfortunately there isn't anything else we can do, they do eventually grow out of it particularly when they start eating solids for all their meals. I used to test Jessica every few months to see if she still needed medications but always ended up with sleepless nights due to her screaming in pain, until she was about 1. We have had only one relaps and that was when my husband was feeding her tomatoes at breakfast and oranges throughout the day and for dessert at night ( way too much acid!) Now she is fine and no reflux in sight. I don't think I will take Mia off her meds till she is 1. Keep your head up, you can't eliminate it, you just have to ride it out till they grow out of it.

Sara - posted on 09/10/2009

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My newfew went through having gerd too. Incline his bed with a mattress wedge and make sure he sits up for 20 minutes at least after every meal. making him eat slowly so the gag refulx does not kick in. And once he is one the meds for a while you will notice a difference. Also have him eat inclined or sitting up.

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