Baby with GERD (reflux)?

Jenna - posted on 01/05/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )

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My son is almost 6 months old and has had GERD since birth. He currently takes 1.5 ml of Ranitidine twice a day. The medicine helps but he still spits up more than normal. We add half the amount of rice cereal as we do formula to each bottle. This helps alot. If we do not add the rice or give him his meds, he will spit up ounces at a time. Im starting to wonder will he ever grow out of this? I know he will eventually but it makes me nervous bc he is almost 6 months old already. Do any of you moms have similar experiences? Also, bc of his reflux, we cannot give him over 4.5 oz at a time or else as soon as he rolls over to play, up it comes. DUe to us having to give him smaller quantites, we have to give hime bottles more often. This has led to him waking evry 3 hours at night bc he wants to eat according to his day time schedule. Just wanted to share my experience and wondering if anyone is in the same boat/ how are you dealing with it? help please!

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Jessica - posted on 01/07/2010

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My son is 7 months old and had GERD, very bad. He had it so bad, he would hold his breath and quit breathing for periods of time. We were giving him Ranitidine 3 times a day, and it seemed to help. We also made sure he was elevated all the time- changing diapers, bed time, nap time, and we held him for almost 30mins after he ate. I started cereal and applesauce early due to his reflux, which helped a lot. We switched his formula to nutramigen which helped a great deal too. He wakes up in the middle of the night for a bottle, since he still only eats 5 ounces every 2-3 hours. I'm right there with ya girl. Let me know if you need anything else. He should definitely grow out of it soon enough. We haven't had any problems with Caleb in about a month and half. *thank goodness.

Elisabeth - posted on 01/07/2010

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Hi There, I went through the same thing with my Son when he was about the same age. They do grow out of it. We had to put him on the Reflux formula which substituted the food and he slept like an angel. We had him on Karicare(reflux formula) you can get this at any chemist. This was a life saver for us, as my son was also keeping up awake at night due to not enough food. Be patient, as i'm sure he will grow out of it, My son is now 7 and eat like a horse...a bit fussy with some foods but he is growing up fine. Good luck.

Lori - posted on 01/06/2010

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This is not meant to scare you, just some advice from a mother who has been to hell and back with a child that had GERD. My son was 8 weeks old and he turned blue in his dads arms on Jan, 17, 2007. I thought he was dead, but he was revived. The doctors at the hospital misdiagnosed my son, saying that it was an aborted SIDS attempt but when he quit breathing again at the hospital a couple days later they had him airlifted to Los Angeles for intensive care. After being there for about a week they sent us back home with Ranitidine for reflux. We were home for a couple of days and my son started having problems breathing again. The doctor sent him back down to Los Angeles in an ambulance and we were there for a week or two this time and sent home with Reglan and Ranitidine for the reflux. This time after we had been home for a couple of days I thought my baby was turning blue again, but when I took a second look at him he was ok. I thought maybe I was just traumatized from the first time he was blue but a couple of hours I saw the same thing and a friend I had been standing and talking with seen it too. It turns out that my baby had started having tonic seizures. My son had another complication that came from the GERD, aspiration pneumonia. The doctors in Los Angeles decided that the only thing left to do was surgery for the GERD. My son was exposed to RSV right before his surgery and nobody knew it at the time. The surgery almost killed my little 3 month old on Valentines Day that year. He was on a ventilator and heavily sedated for about 2 1/2 weeks after that. He is well now although he is considered special needs. Anyhow, what I really wanted to say was that after all this was over, I put 2 and 2 together one day at my sons doctors office and asked the doctor if the seizures could have been caused by the Reglan. The doctor went and got a medical book and said yes, it is a very rare side effect though. Since then I have heard nothing good about the medication Reglan and I think that every parent that has a child with GERD should know my story. If it wasn't for that medication my son wouldn't have gotten so sick and he never would have had those seizures. Every one of those seizures caused a little bit of brain damage. I would advise every parent to refuse this medication and ask for a different one if it is ever offered to your child. One thing that I have learned through all of this is that it is ok to question your doctors advice and even to get a second opinion but for sure you should always, always listen to your gut instinct. I wish you luck with your little one and my sons case was very severe even though he had no symptoms to start with, never spit up not once. I just wanted you to be aware of what the medication Reglan has done to my child in case it is offered by your doctor. I was completely uneducated and now I research all the meds my kids are given by their doctor before I give it to them.

Anastasia - posted on 01/06/2010

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be very careful with this. my son has gerd and he actually stopped breathing. i dont mean to scare you especially since we havent had another incident like that since he was put on meds. but it is something to think about. try not to let him cry as often as you would with a regular baby.

Charlotte - posted on 01/05/2010

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My 7 month old daughter also has Reflux. We give her 2ml of Domperidone before each bottle and a sachet of Infant Gaviscon (to settle her stomach) goes in every 7fl oz bottle. She feeds every 4 hours. She's stopped needing many night feeds and seems to be happy with 1 at the most.

Like your little boy, her medicine only seems to work at slightly reducing how much she brings up.

It was terrible when she was younger, cos she used to pretty much just seem to vomit up what she'd been fed. She ended up in Hospital at about 3 months because she'd lost about 1lb (the Health Visitor had told us to feed her 180ml formula and it turned out we had been over-feeding her). That's when she was prescribed the Domperidone and Gavison.

She's now at Stage 2 of Weaning and her Refulx seems to have slightly improved, but only slightly. I'm hoping that it will become much better when she starts Stage 3 and has less liquidy foods.

I used to panic when she brought her Formula back up, but now I've just gotten used to it. I try not to make a fuss when she does bring it back, or else she might make a connection between food and it making her sick and become a fussy eater. Whenever I'm out with her, I take a hand towel with me, especially if she's due a feed or has recently been fed because I know that she's bring it back up.

After every feed I try to keep her as upright as possible for at least 30 minutes, so as to not "shake up" or put pressure on her stomach.

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User - posted on 01/23/2012

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I feel your pain. My twins are only 9 weeks old but i feel like im feeding them round the clock because the acid reflux is making them throw up half their bottles and they are hungry. My twins are on Zantac which definitely helps with their discomfort (My daughter was in so much pain she was screaming while eating and arching her back) but it doesnt prevent them from throwing up.



I asked my Dr. if we should try another formula (they are currently on Similac Neosure 22 cal for prematurity) but he seems to think they are fine and that they are not throwing up as much as I think they are. He also said that as long as they are consistently gaining weight there is no reason for concern. Is your baby gaining? My son is looking finally like a normal "chubby" baby weighing 8lb 5oz but my daughter is tiny weighing only 7 lb! )they were preemies born at 32 weeks)

Amy - posted on 01/07/2010

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my son was born at 29 weeks and is now 17 months old. He has had severe reflux and has been on meds for it since birth. At around 7 months he stopped eating willingly and it was a constant battle all day long every day to try to get food in this kid. It eventually got to the point where we were only able to get about 10 ounces of food in him a day and he weighed only 14 lbs at his first birthday. Now we regularly visit the feeding clinic and GI team at Children's Hospital, but on his first visit to them they hospitalized him for a week to run test and insert a NG feeding tube. He's gained almost 6 lbs since aug but he still won't eat on his own. He get's speech and occupational therapy twice a week and also sees the feeding clinic and GI once a month. He learned that the pain from eating was worse than the pain from being hungry. now we have to reteach him to eat. that eating is fun. the only thing we've found that has made any difference so far is that as he grows we need to make sure that his meds are adjusted for his weight. if they aren't adjusted he vomits more and relapses in his therapies. we know he knows how to eat. we watch him play with his baby doll and "feed" it food from a spoon and bowl. I understand how tiring and frustrating it is but most babies do grow out of this as they get bigger. one of the problems is that they are short and there isn't much room for the food to move around and often it comes back up. My son takes zantac 1.4 ml 3 x day and 4.5 ml prilosec 2 x day. even when the meds are at their full dose for his weight he still vomits, but i notice it's not as painful and doesn't smell as acidic.
Good Luck!

Michelle - posted on 01/06/2010

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Hi My Daughter is 12 years old,and has had acid reflux since she was a baby,and the doctors never did any thing for her said she was a fussy eater,when she was 10 she started having coughing fits we thought was her asthma so the doctor started treating her aggressively with lots of medications this went on for 2 years,that did not do any thing for her then i finally had enough and told the doctor to do something else so she put her though a bunch of tests and found out she had acid reflux that was flaring up her asthma and in turn flared up her acid reflux and after more test we found out her gut was not digesting her food fast enough and thats what was causeing the acid reflux because her food was sitting in her gut to long before pasting though,you see right from birth she could never eat a large amount of food at one time and i could not feed her real table food till almost three years old so she was always small in size and weight,now that she takes medication too combat the acid reflux and a med to digest her food faster she is healthier and gaining weight.so i know what you mean about his feeding i was breast feeding and had to feed her every 15 minutes,so as you can imagine i was constantly feeding her.

Josephine - posted on 01/06/2010

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all 4 of my kids have had sever vomitting,projectile,first 2 we manged and stopped when they went on solids,my 3rd had to go onalimentum formula and my 4 th is on it as well, my 3 rd child out grew it all round a year old,and had no probs with solids,and my 4th cant seem to swallow vegatbles but she is ok with fruits she is 5 months old now.i also had the same problem as a baby.but it will get better,my other 3 drink regular milk now and have no problems with any food or drinks:) but theres lots that can help,cereal in milk can help also.good luck and keep ur chin up there a light at the end of the throw up highway lol

Lisa - posted on 01/06/2010

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I have a two and a half year old son that started out with GERD. It took him until about eight and a half months to get off of the Ranitidine. He is now back on it, and he has been on it since November. He takes a tums once in a while depending on what types of foods he eats that day, but that's like once or twice a month.

At the age of six months, my son 100% refused formula, and the Pediatrician told me to place him on whole milk to see if he would accept it and placed him on vitamins. He took it for about two weeks, but after that he refused it too. By this time I had given up on him taking any form of bottle. He was using a sippy cup for his juice and water and eating table foods. I introduced yogurt to him for the calcium. He refuses milk still to this day because it hurts him to drink it.

We changed fromulas a few times and the soy seemed to do somewhat better. Don't allow your son to lay down until at least 45 mins after he gets a bottle. I would recommend not putting the cereal in the bottle and feed him. By six months, my son was eating a lot of table foods.

I am having to learn the triggers and try to avoid them now to help keep him from sitting up at night crying because he is hurting. Dairy causes problems, as well as raw onions, fried foods, tomatoes, and many others.

Hope this helps a little!! But you aren't alone...

Chocolate - posted on 01/05/2010

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I kno wat dat feels lik i hav 2 boys my 11 month old and the baby i jux had December 7. they both hav had it thru birth but itz nun dat God cant handle. So i pray every nite dat it goes away. i dnt kno da causes but he is ok trust me, but i hav experienced hell with my 11 month old he had to be admitted in the children's hospital because he couldn't keep any formula down.they had to change hiz milk at least 4 times before they cud find one dat his tummy wud tolerate. now he's on Alimentum its a milk from the brand Similac sinec then i haven't had any sleepless nites spitting up constipation he is doing 100 nw. jux pray and god will c u and the baby thru

Valerie - posted on 01/05/2010

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My daughter is now 10.5 months and boy we had a rough time with her reflux. We were prescribed childrens Prevacid. It got so bad that she developed a feeding aversion because it caused her discomfort to eat and we had to go to feeding therapy. She still only takes 5 oz. per bottle and ate every three hours up until 9 months. Our doc said that the medicine does not stop the spitting up but it makes it more comfortable and stops the pain of reflux. My daughter was breastfed however our doctor recommended that if we wanted to we could try a formula called Nutramagen. This formula is expensive but from what I've heard from other moms, it's the HOLY GRAIL of formulas for babies with sensitive stomachs, dairy and soy allergies, and Reflux. Give it a try, I think it's made by Enfamil. It smells terrible and you may need to start off with a mixture of the two formulas to get your baby use to the flavor. Good luck and YES it gets better. Solids were a God send for us!

Joni - posted on 01/05/2010

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my son 2 yrs old now and he had the same problems but it will end probably around 9 to 10 months old we still have to make sure we dont give him really acidy foods or drinks but over all it gets so much better once they start eating real food and sitting up on thier own!

Jenna - posted on 01/05/2010

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Quoting kimberley:

i found u do not need to put formula milk in his food, they are enough nutrients alone, he will drink his milk feeds as much as he wants too that prob wont change but he will cut down number of feeds within time with eating more solids especially now he is older food is more important, formula is like a back up for him thats what my health visitor says. at 6 months u cud even try finger foods my son loves them as snacks , which also cuts down the number of formula feeds.


thank you....i just get worried bc he doesnt get as many ounces per day it seems as other babies his age


 

Kimberley - posted on 01/05/2010

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i found u do not need to put formula milk in his food, they are enough nutrients alone, he will drink his milk feeds as much as he wants too that prob wont change but he will cut down number of feeds within time with eating more solids especially now he is older food is more important, formula is like a back up for him thats what my health visitor says. at 6 months u cud even try finger foods my son loves them as snacks , which also cuts down the number of formula feeds.

Jenna - posted on 01/05/2010

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yes we actually give him cereal, fruits and veggies. We skipped stage 1 baby foods bc its was too thin SO we do stage 2 (the only differnece is consistancy and amount the put in a container)

Jenna - posted on 01/05/2010

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do you suppose ni should ask his dr about the sachts once is eating 6 oz..and if his reflux is till bad?

Jenna - posted on 01/05/2010

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yes he actually eats fruits and veggies now too...I started him at 4.5 months on solids hoping it will help with the reflux...he does keep down solids better than formula..i put formula powder in with the fruits and veggies to ensure he is getting more nurishment.

Kimberley - posted on 01/05/2010

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my son used to have bad reflux, my doctor prescribed him gaviscon infant sachets which u add to the milk, either 1 or 2 sachts depending wats needed and u addd it at every feed but it has t be in a minimum of around 6oz of milk. It helped a lot he calmed down on the reflux in a few weeks but like you when he was 6 months i panicked he would never come off it, he did eventually by around 10 months as the more food he was eating the less he needed the milk so the less reflux he had.

Dee - posted on 01/05/2010

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My son is 5 months old and has the same problem. We put 3 Tbs of cereal in every bottle and that has seemed to help alot. At this time he as not taken any meds for this. My son eats 6 oz's at a time, I try and burb him evey 2 ounces and it has seemed to work so far. Are you feeding him cereal off a spoon yet?

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my daughter had the same thing and was on the same medicine. i lefted up her head at night. and started to put oatmeal can food in the bottle and started to transition her to food. the food lasted longer. also my daughter spit up alot using milk products try the formula for sensitive stomachs. silamlic and parents choice. hope this helps

Chelsea - posted on 01/05/2010

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my baby isn't diagnoised for it (spelling) but she does spit up a lot to if we dont do something about it, first, the formula that usually has the red wrapping is for spit up constently, i'm sure you may of heard that. but thanks to my husband, on a outing when we forgot the passy, he made a "homade" one lol, which is just a bottle, with a stopper so no air gets through, and she will no longer take her passy, but she enjoys what we now call " fake bottle" she sometimes just wants to suck on it, and when i put her down for naps she drinks her bottle and is out so i dont want to burp her yet, but if i dont she'll spit up, so i put the fake bottle to her and she latches on that and i no longer have spit up problems, sometimes though when she's awak and doesn't want it she'll spit up, so we have to burp her extra long, and she likes a good pat, not no, "i'm afraid that it hurts her pat" its hard to do thinking your hurting her but she falls back asleep to it, or burps like a full grown beer belly old man. then she's fine. these are just the things i've been working on to figure it all out. the rice does help to, but we dont want to keep giving it to her incase the "obisity" issue, especialy if we can find a different way to work with this. sorry if i didn't even cover what you were asking lol. oh and at night time we prop a bottle in her mouth, let her get what she wants and slowly take it out when she's back to sleep with out moving her from her crib.

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