3 1/2 month old with severe REFLUX

Erin - posted on 02/09/2011 ( 14 moms have responded )




I have a 3 1/2 month old boy and all he does is throw up. He is my second child and I didnt have this problem with my first. It is so bad that I have to get towels, bibs and cloths to cover myself with and I dont even bother dressing him anymore but just keep a blanket over him. I am so tired of having to change him as well as myself constantly throughout the day. It is getting me down. I cant even go anywhere cos he throws up in the car, at the shops, in his bed, everywhere.

So he is nearly 4 months old and still feeding every 3 hours cos he isnt keeping much down. I have tried anti reflux formula and this just makes him constipated and he cries in pain. The doctors dont seem overly concerned cos he is still putting on weight. Basically I am becoming depressed because of it. It is really starting to get to me. But...I dont know what I can do. Any ideas would be fantastic


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Karen - posted on 02/12/2011




My little guy was born with cleft lip and palate and refux is part of the norm for them. We were lucky he wasn't bad and Oval worked well for us, but we were told that there is a medicine that your doctor can prescribe for you. I would not use over the counter medicine unless your doctor OK"s it.

Also, keeping your little one upright as much as possible, and roll a blanket under the crib matress to keep it elevated. Good luck.

Iridescent - posted on 02/12/2011




You can get a referral to GI, have an Upper GI done to see if he's breathing any of the vomit into his lungs. This causes aspiration pneumonia and commonly goes with reflux. If he is, or if the reflux is severe, they can do a surgery to correct it (Nissen Fundoplication). Otherwise, thicken the formula, go to hypoallergenic (Alimentum or Nutramigen, and if they still react to those, Neocate), burp frequently, feed small amounts, head always up from the body, crib wedges, bouncer seats, car seats, feed in a sitting position, don't feed right before planned large motor activities. The medications may or may not help, but some at least prevent esophageal damage by neutralizing the acid, such as Zantac (Ranitidine) and Prevacid, but others act to stop the acid from being made (Prilosec). First step is the GI referral though. His vomiting could also be related to constipation or gastroparesis, so he really does need a full evaluation even if he's gaining weight. The weight gained may be stool for all anyone knows.

Grace - posted on 02/11/2011





I had this with my first and had to battle to get anyone to pay attentions as he was gaining weight as he was feeding so often.

Unfortunately there is not much the GP's can do about the throwing up but you should see you GP re with Zantec or Losac. They are both medication that is used for bubs with reflux that is hurting. One is an acid blocker and one is an acid inhibitor. The advantage of Zantec is after 2 doses you will notice a difference, Losac take a bit longer but works with more babies.

In regards to the throwing up I found baby massage helped and also making sure that he sat up in his bouncer for about 20 minutes after each feed helped him keep it down.

Erin - posted on 02/11/2011




WOW. Thank you everyone so very much. I will definately try the new things/ideas you have all suggested. It has been very helpful

Helen - posted on 02/10/2011




I had the same with my little boy. Tried all different formulas and bottle types, but nothing seemed to help. In the end I got a prescription for powdered gaviscon to thicken his milk, and raised the head end of his bed on blocks. It helped a bit, but we still ended most days covered in sick at least 2 or 3 times and I lost count of the number of times we changed his bedding some nights. The only thing I can suggest is to go and speak to your doctor and see what he suggests. I started my little one on solids at 4 months on the doctors advice and it did help. Take heart, as they do grow out of it. It takes time but one day you'll stop and realise that they havent been sick for a few days. x

Helen - posted on 02/10/2011




2 off my daughters had that. My second girl was very bad, gp gave me eod bit.famil ar formula it settled her a g

Sabra - posted on 02/10/2011




My daughter did this too. My doctor didn't recommend anything for it though so I had to just try and find natural solutions. I had to feed her about every hour and a half because if I fed her more than 4 ounces she would just spit up everything else. I did this until she was on solid foods so I know your pain. Try and feed in an upright position with your baby more sitting than laying down and then keep him upright for half an hour after feedings. Give frequent burps not just a good burping once he is finished. I burped my daughter about 4 or 5 times during a 4 ounce feeding.
I also found that the nestle good start with natural cultures (also expensive) helped a bit.
I know its a lot of work and it gets tiring and frustrating but it should stop (or slow down considerably) once you start feeding him cereals and mush.

Christy - posted on 02/10/2011




My son AND daughter had this. My poor son didn't get diagnosed until he was 4 months old. He was put on prevacid and this helped him out bunches. He was also switched to Similac Alimentum formula (EXPENSIVE). Both my kids did both these things and got much much better.

Adrienne - posted on 02/10/2011




My daughter had sever reflux also....up until she was about 3 months old she would only sleep on my chest....the wedges, elevating her mattress...nothing helped....the reflux meds helped her spit up a little less and the doctor had me add one and a half tsp of rice cereal to every two ounces of formula. She was on zantac for the first few weeks of life but that stopped working...she had to get a liquid version of prevacid...and a lot of it...the insurance company actually stopped paying for it because they said "it was too big of a dosage for a month." That said...are you sure it is just reflux? My mother in law said my husband threw everything up when he was a baby and he had a cows milk allergy and a soy milk allergy and had to be put on special formula....maybe try a soy formula and see if that changes anything?

Melissa - posted on 02/10/2011




get a script for imepresol (losec) unsure of spelling, try using a thickener in bottles rather then reflux formula it will make your baby constipated use prune juice regularly to avoid constipation 2 bottles a day mixed with water, keep him elevated while feeding and where possible upright for 30 minutes after feeding, do feedings in 2 settings 15 mins then a break etc, elevate the cot matress put a pillow under it. We always had a towel in the pram so it coated the towel and we just had to carpet clean the whole hosue eveyr few eeks and change the sheets every nap time make sure you have a matress protector. Put a cover on the couch, Always pack clothes for you and the baby while out. Your lucky hes putting on weight my daughter was losing weight, on high calorie formula high calorie solids etc. In hospital they give the bbay solids before milk to line their stomach it helps them keep the food down or just syringe the thickener into the mouth. Doctors are never overly concerned. I went to four of them. My daughter for to the point of not having any energy and dehydration. You have to take your child to emergency if you want something done

Louise - posted on 02/10/2011




Go and see the GP and he will give you Gaviscon powder that you put into the formula if bottle feeding or put on a spoon if breast feeding. This stuff was great and I used it from 10 weeks until 25 weeks and then my daughter grew out of it. I used all the comfort milks and nothing helped, my daughter was always crying and in pain with reflux and once she was on this powder life was so much easier. My doctor also advised to put her onto solids sooner as this also helped so my little one had baby rice at 12 weeks and was on three meals a day by 5 months. This needs to be done under medical supervision so make an appointment today.

Blackwood - posted on 02/09/2011




First the doc can give a liquid form of acid reflex meds. Second there is a safe, triangle foam "pillow" you can purchase, it slides under the fitted sheet and helps them to elevate very slightly. You could try that? That's just aweful and it's very painful if it's acid reflex.

Stifler's - posted on 02/09/2011




I used to give Logan infant gaviscon, he was the same. It was the thing that seemed to work the best.

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