Acid refLux

Julie - posted on 05/28/2011 ( 30 moms have responded )

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I'm looking for anyone that has a newborn with acid reflux and any information you might have.

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Louise - posted on 05/28/2011

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If you are sure it is acid reflux then go to the doctors straight away your baby does not have to suffer. My daughter had reflux and she was put on gaviscon powder with every bottle. I also fed her sitting up in her swing chair and held her upright for 20 minutes after each feed. My daughter was not throwing up but had accute pain and screamed blue murder all day. The gaviscon powder worked from the very first sachet and made such a difference. My daughter was also put on solids at 10 weeks to help line her stomach. This was under medical supervision so take her to the doctor today and see what he recommends.

Leanne - posted on 06/08/2011

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I have a 3month old that was said to have silent reflux from the beginning,he ate every 2 hrs and was always wriggling but by the sounds of it every child in the country is said to have it.anyway the best solution i found was to put him on SMA lactus free what a different baby.i still put the gaviscon in him bottle and give him the zantaz just in case as it will do him no harm let me know how you get on

Lisa - posted on 05/29/2011

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I was told by my pediatrician, that all babies are born with their esophagus not fully developed and some are very undeveloped. Two out of my four kids had really bad reflux. My son had it so bad that I would have to change my and his clothes several times a day. He threw up on everything! It was a nightmare! I always try natural remedies over medicating if possible, but none of them seemed to help. When my daughter came along with the same problem, I talked to the doctor. He said it is actually painful for them! It burns the esophagus when it is coming up. After finding that out, I felt really bad that I never put my son the medication for it. I chose to put my daughter on it and it worked wonders! I don't remember there being any scary side-effects listed either, which is great! My son had a problem with this until almost two. After putting my daughter on the medication for a few months, she no longer had any problems and was a much happier baby! I would suggest talking to your pediatrician. If it's a bad case I personally would chose the medication. It helps the esophagus develop too. Hope this was helpful to you! Good luck :)

Amy - posted on 05/28/2011

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My daughter was diagnosed with AR at 6mos an upper GI will confirm it. A simple dose of med once a day cleared it up and she outgrew it by 18mos. Make sure you get it under control as it can lead to respiratory issues if the acid backs up to lungs. Good luck

Mel - posted on 05/28/2011

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raise the cot matress by putting a pillow underneath it, thicken bottles (you can get a thickener from the pharmacy where Im from, or put some cereal in the bottle), keep upright while feeding, try to do feeding in 2 sittings if possible (15 minute break), and if formula fed there are formulas you can buy and meds you can buy for reflux. Try to keep baby upright for 30 minutes after feeding. If baby still has reflux when beginning solids give solids before milk to line the stomach. There so much more but my memory is shocking (I had a baby who threw up for the first 19 months of her life). Good luck

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Amanda - posted on 04/02/2013

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I have 3 males in family with Acid Reflux. 2 toddlers & my hubby who's sufered for allmost 40 years. He took Nexium for a couple years, it really helped heal his esophagus & turned his stomach problem around. He ocassionally gets small bouts of stomach acid that rolaids takes care of quickly. It's all in your DIET!! It's what you EAT!! Humans are not supposed to drink cows milk!!! Powdered formula is one of the worst things to give your baby. You should breast feed them. If you can't you must use SOY. Even when they are toddlers, use SILK. LactAid is also good. You can try it for a few days, if LactAid does not work you must try SOY milk. Always watch their diet. Never anything with Acid. Tomatoes are bad! Nothing Fried! Nothing Greasy. Dairy products including cheeses,milks,ice cream,yogurts,etc. If baby has trouble with breast milk,or powders,etc.try a little (rice or oatmeal)cereal, feed them very slowly sitting up. Then you can help gently rub their belly for 10-20 minutes after burping them. Never overfeed them. IT'S BEST TO TRY EVERYTHING POSSIBLE BEFORE TURNING TO MEDICINES. OUR WORLD THINKS EVERYTHING IS FIXED BY A PILL!!! JUST WATCH THE TELLY & YOU'LL SEE A NEW DRUG CO. BEING SUED EVERY WEEK FOR A NEW PROBLEM. You should know if your child will accept Soy,Silk,LactAid or similar within a few days. If after nothing works, then try a DR. but give it a few days per drink. Don't wait months before bringing your child there may be a serious problem. It's better safe than sorry. Your DR. will put them on a liquid if needed.

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This is going to sound really crazy BUT after my son had been on several medications for 9 months I decided to take him to the chiropractor because his reflux was still out of control - he wasnt gaining weight and would not eat anything. After 3 visits he was off of his medication with no reflux. IT WORKS!!! Seems crazy for a chiropractor to see such a small baby but it was a blessing. Save yourself heartache, money, and time and take ur newborn to get adjusted. It is painless and only takes a lil fingerpoint to do the adjustment. :) I will be taking all my future babies to get adjusted fresh out of the womb from now on.

Claire - posted on 06/01/2011

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We used the First Years Breast Flow Bottles because even the Playtex drop-ins gave him too much air. He did much better with nursing with the First Years, also. He took naps in his bouncer or swing to keep him comfortable. I'm trying to think...Ranitadine (sp?) and Prevacid were his Rx and he outgrew it around a year or so once he was decently on solid foods for 2 meals/day.

Nakeia - posted on 05/29/2011

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My niece had AR and my sister used the Playtex drop in bottles. It reduced the spit ups a lot once she gave solids and put cereal in th bottles the symptoms calmed down lots! We also played with different formulas until we found the gentlease worked. My niece is now a happy 3 year old! Good luck and best wishes!

Janet - posted on 05/29/2011

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I work @ a private pediatrician's office and we normaly prescribe prevacid for the baby with acid reflux, tips once you feed the baby nursing or formula keep the baby in a upright position for about 30 to 40 minutes even if the has already let out his or her gas. It helps!

Hasina - posted on 05/29/2011

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i have my son who is 10 years now he had reflux when was a baby he would throw up after i use to feed him, he was 3 months so i use to keep him up on my shoulder after feeding him and the doc adviced me to start on solids much quicker than the actual time.

Monique-Jane - posted on 05/29/2011

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When my son had Reflux I could buy Gaviscon Infant sachets to add to his milk. I was breastfeeding him & used to express milk & add the powder to it just before warming the milk. It diesn't alter the taste of the milk & wr found it worked beautifully until he started solids & then the reflux seemed to settle. Best of luck :)

Jennifer - posted on 05/29/2011

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I did and that was about 16 years ago. Breastfed baby, watched everything I ate, and still had to give her little droppers of meds (per pediatrician) ! She eventually outgrew it by the time she was able to eat foods.

Brina - posted on 05/29/2011

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My five year old did and I know how scary it can be, I sat him up for about 1/2hr after each feeding, burped for about 10min to ensure he wasnt gasy,

Becca - posted on 05/29/2011

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Find a doctor that listens and is willing to help. If the you can't, make an appointment with a pediatric gastroenterologist. Find one via a children's hospital. There is a solution for you out there and it will take time to get it figured out, so start now. Don't worry though, once you find the right combination, you will have a happy little one!

Carmen - posted on 05/29/2011

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My youngest son has reflux, and our pediatrician told us about this thing called an AR Wedge. You can google it and find them online. It is a much better alternative to proping their mattress up on one end. When we propped the mattress, my baby kept sliding sideways making the whole thing ineffective. The AR wedge sits inside the crib and has harness things to hook them in so they don't slide off. This combined with Prevacid was a God send for us. Good luck :)

Patricia - posted on 05/29/2011

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My daughter had it and they gave me gas drops like crazy and ended up changing her formula to Gentlease. It was such an improvement. Also, if your doing a 4 oz bottle stop half way and burp then finish. Try keeping upright while feeding and keep upright at least 20 mins after eating.

Tricia - posted on 05/28/2011

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Btw, if your pediatrician won't prescribe it for you, find a new doctor. Reflux is very common & while I understand wanting to limit meds for a baby, it's safe & effective so why make them suffer? Mommies have to be a child's advocate. Follow your instincts & don't take no for an answer.

Tricia - posted on 05/28/2011

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We had this issue for both of our kids. Insurance makes you try Zantac for a few days first (cheaper) but if it doesn't work for your child don't let them suffer. Insist they go to prevacid if you don't see remarkable improvement in 48 hours on Zantac. They do grow out of it, so hang in there. Also get the fisher price rock and play sleeper. It's the best $50. A parent with a reflux child can spend. Securely, safely & comfortably keeps them elevated for sleep.

Mel - posted on 05/28/2011

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Sabra - this is the problem, I know we went to at least 4 doctors with our first who did just put it down to collic or she was just a fussy eater, so sometimes you as a mother just have to make decisons you feel are right

Melanie - posted on 05/28/2011

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My son and daughter both had acid reflux and the dr gave me Zantac for them and it worked like a dream. Also, use oatmeal cereal, not rice as rice is much more harsh for their bellies . ;-)

Amy - posted on 05/28/2011

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i know what its like to have a child with acid relex well they put my daughter and son on zertex or something like that but the doctor has to give you a precription for that.

Kerri - posted on 05/28/2011

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Both of my children had acid reflux. There are things you can do to help them--put cereal in their bottles to thicken and hopefully keep it down and avoid refluxing as much; put blocks under the "head" end of the crib so that they sleep at an angle; burp after every ounce to avoid big gas build-up... The only thing that truly helped was a prescription (Tagamet for my daughter 12 years ago and Zantac for my son). Nothing but time will stop the refluxing--as they normally grow out of it by the time they're one--but acid is what hurts, so there needs to be a neutralizer.

With my daughter, we tried everything the doctor recommended, beginning with the mildest remedy which was switching to a soy formula, then on and on and on with hypo-allergenic formula, Pepcid, etc. Still nothing helped. After 3 months of screaming and not knowing how to help her, she was finally sent to a GI specialist, had an upper GI and was put on Tagamet. After a few days on the meds, she was a different baby! It was literally that much of a change!

I can empathize and I hope you have some luck for both you and the baby's sake.

P.S. Even breast-fed babies have this issue, so it has no bearing. If a baby has an immature digestive system, it's going to happen either way.

Karen - posted on 05/28/2011

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Krista is completely right. Plus, there is a prescription for your LO to help with the reflux. I forget what it's called.

Sabra - posted on 05/28/2011

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I would go to the doctors but unfortunately a lot of doctors just disregard reflux in babies and say its colic or other things so if it is a serious problem that you can't remedy on your own then you might have to do a little bit of doctor hunting.
My biggest thing would be don't over feed. It can be hard to tell at the beginning what over feeding is but adjust and you will find the right amount. My daughter had reflux and she would eat and then scream and scream and continue to eat. I figured out that she was having reflux and then would drink more because the formula would soothe her throat while she was drinking but would just make it worse afterwards. I wound up feeding her 4 ounces ever 2 hours. I started limiting the amount that she should eat and found out that 4 ounces was the most she could fit in her stomach without spitting up a ton and hurting her.

Krista - posted on 05/28/2011

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Not to get in an argument, but it is not advised to put cereal in bottles unless it has been specifically advised by a physician. Unfortunately, a lot of mothers receive this well-meaning advice, and do not put in the correct amounts, which can result in the child choking.

Mel's other advice is good, however, regarding raising the crib mattress, keeping the baby upright while feeding, and keeping her upright for awhile after feeding. If the baby is formula-fed, you can get special formula for reflux babies. It IS slightly thicker, but is mixed in the correct quantities so that it is not a choking hazard.

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