Does anyone have any suggestions for dealing with reflux babies? He sleeps through the night and has a few short naps during the day. The problem is that I am supposed to keep him upright for an hour (doctor said) after he eats- but he wants to nap sometimes after he eats. I know I can put him to nap in his bouncy chair but I really like the crib better. Until recently, he would eat then stay up for a bit so I could lay him in his crib for a nap but lately he wants to sleep about half an hour after he eats!

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Rozlyn - posted on 03/09/2013

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The RES-Q Wedge is a wonderful device that holds your baby upright at 30 degrees in both tummy lying and back lying positions. It gives moms alot of hands free time especially after meals. It is also a great way to get your 15 minutes of tummy time per day which promotes proper developmental milestones. Check it out at: www.resqwedge.com

Amy - posted on 02/22/2009

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My son has VERY bad acid reflux...the doctors put him on Zantac, which helped but it is still a problem. To keep him awake after he eats, try sitting him in your lap and putting different toys that make lots of noise in front of him. My little guy likes to pass out after he eats too, but I have found that a nice loud toy to play with does the trick.

Maya - posted on 02/22/2009

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We had the same problems with our refluxer. 



A few thoughts:



A wedge for one end of the crib will prop him up just a little.



Short nap in the car seat (not for over night, though some families find it's the only thing that works)



Our son loved sleeping in his swing, which kept him slightly upright, and he found the rocking soothing.  In desperation, we would let him sleep in it, swinging on the slowest speed, for most of the night.



I couldn't manage a sling well, but it sounded like a great idea!



We tried Similac RS which seemed to help for a while (mixed with breast milk at first).  Some people suggested starting rice cereal early, but I resisted because of some research about increased risk of diabetes. (I'm type one, so I am trying to avoid even potential triggers!)



Our GI specialist gave us an okay to let him nap on his tummy.  I know this is controversial, with all the SIDS risk, but we knew he had good head control...and we were next to him. I now have a toddler who snuggles up in his blankets, on his tummy, all night long.  The doc also gave us a stronger dose of Axid compared to the weak dose of Zantac the pediatrician gave us.  I pushed to see a specialist and I'm glad I did, we got much better advice!  The baby also had an umbilical hernia which we repaired at 8 months, that was probably more painful than the reflux.  He was 33-week premie so I guess this stuff goes with the territory.



The good news is, while he continues to be a little more drooly than some kids, he grew out of the reflux and was off meds by about 9 months. Now he can climb into his own high chair and eat his own yogurt - amazing!



Good luck...and enjoy!



 



 

Christy - posted on 02/22/2009

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Angela,



I totally understand where you are coming from. My son too had the reflux issues! As I understand also wanting your baby/kid to sleep in his/her bed! I would try elevating his crib, just like doctors tell adults. Which ever end of the bed you lay his head, try elevating that end. Just put a couple of block/wood pieces under that end so it elevates him a little. Doesn't have to be much, just enough to keep him from being totally flat in his crib. Good luck!!



Quoting angela:

Does anyone have any suggestions for dealing with reflux babies? He sleeps through the night and has a few short naps during the day. The problem is that I am supposed to keep him upright for an hour (doctor said) after he eats- but he wants to nap sometimes after he eats. I know I can put him to nap in his bouncy chair but I really like the crib better. Until recently, he would eat then stay up for a bit so I could lay him in his crib for a nap but lately he wants to sleep about half an hour after he eats!





 

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My son had this problem really badly!  Are you nursing?  If you are, it may be a lactose intolerance.  My son is 31, so they didn't know about such things back then.  I was drinking milk like crazy...that's what you were suppose to do back then.  He would nurse, more for comfort I think, for an hour and a half, then projectile vomit and poop, then sleep for 1/2 hour.  This went on 24 hours a day for 17 months!  Needless-to-say, I was a wreck.



By the time my daughter came along 3 years later, the docs. had figured out what lactose intolerance was.  I drank only juices and water while I nursed her for 16 months.  She was a perfect baby.  She didn't nap at all, but she went to bed at 7 pm and woke at 7 am like clockwork.  She nursed 10 min. at a time, then was done.  I think she maybe threw up no more than 5 times in her whole childhood.  She was a happy baby. 



Hope this helps.    If your child is older, and it really is reflux, then I do believe the answer is may be keeping him as upright as possible, even elevating his matress at the head end (but keeping safety in mind).  I would still look into the lactose issue though.



Now, my son still has a touchy tummy and is lactose intolerant.  My daughter has none of those problems.  I truly believe many kids diagnosed with colic and other such things may just be sensitive to the lactose they are getting through their mother's milk.

User - posted on 02/20/2009

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hi my son had this problem too and took an hour to feed and was feeding every 2 to 3 hrs and couldn't go one his stomach even before a feed as he would be sick. So i put him on Karicare HA-AR formula it is amazing and so is the difference in you and your baby once he can eat and sleep well. Ask your doctor or chemist about it.

Angie - posted on 02/20/2009

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My daughter had reflex problems for the first couple months and I finally put a stiff pillow underneath her crib at the head, just to bring it up enough to keep her at an angle. Good luck, the reflex will pass!

Adrienne - posted on 02/20/2009

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When my daughter was a baby, she had horrible reflux following surgeries to repair a twisted intestine. Along with a couple of other meds, the doctor put her on a liquid Zantac-type medication, and also told me to add a small amount of rice cereal to her formula. He said it would be more likely to stay down if it was just a bit thicker than normal formula. Of course, this was about 11 years ago, before they had the Enfamil AR and such. Check with your son's doctor and see if this might be a good solution for him.



Good luck! I hope this helps!

Chris - posted on 02/20/2009

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put some firm blankets under he head of his mattress in his crib, then he is more upright and in his crib. This is how we put infants to sleep in the hospital.

Jennifer - posted on 02/20/2009

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I was lucky enough to have my son spit up several times in front of the doctor at his last appointment and she said "OH!  That is DEFINITELY reflux"!  Before that she would question if it really was reflux or not and told me to keep him upright after feedings ... yadda yadda yadda.  Once she saw him spit up she gave him a prescription which is basically liquid zantac.  It helps sooooooo much.  Maybe ask about trying some meds.

Alex - posted on 02/20/2009

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i also went to an osteopath. it cost alot but after the third time he burped perfectly had that helped his tummy settle

Alex - posted on 02/20/2009

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my baby had reflux really badly. it stopped me from brest feeding, he would latch on then start screaming. i didnt no why for ages, then finaly i found out. but by that time he was on formula because he wouldnt burp properly, it took about 2 hours to feed, wind and settle, then he would be up half an hour later. i had his moses basket tilted at the top whiched helped (i had many nights where he would sleep in bouncey chair before i did this). but when i gave him his first bit baby rice (earlier than suggested, but theo was a bit of a piggy plus i was told it mite help with the reflux) it helped straight away. luckily at about 13 weeks the reflux had completly gone. dr gave me baby gaviscon. (uk) it helped a bit but not great. how old is your baby? hope he gets better soon. i no its hard but hang in there. alex xxx

Ashley - posted on 02/19/2009

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Does your son receive regular chiropractic adjustments? The birth process is very hard on a babies spine and if a vertebra is misaligned it puts pressure in the nerves in that area, the nerve interference prevents the message from the brain arriving to its destination clearly. The medication will cause a lifetime of problems because it affects the acid in the stomach which is a crucial part of digestion. Contrary to popular belief, reflux is often the result of too little stomach acid - not too much. Feel free to contact me for more info.

Kerri - posted on 02/19/2009

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Hi Angela, I have some experience with with reflux babies. You can get a wedge or stick a pillow UNDER the head of the mattress to incline your baby. They also sell lifters that you put on the bottom of the crib only on one side so it lifts the crub head up.

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Both my girls had it and it is an awful thing to go through.  My oldest is 2 years old and my other is 6 monts old. 



You have a very pukey cranky baby along with tons of pukey clothes to wash!  Not going to lie, it totally sucks but it gets better. 



Medicine like Zantac and Regland (both perscribed for babies version) helped but didn't take it away.  We also put 1/2 tbs cereal per one ouce of formula in their bottles and cut the nipples.  That helps too but doesn't take it away. Hold your baby upright for 1/2-1hour after feeding, use the wedge in the crib (we propped a doll box under the mattress).  Other than that you feel bad for your baby and like you are losing your mind but take faith that it will get better.  Our experience has been that it improves at 6 months old and finally goes away around a year old when they can sit up more, eating solids and no more bottles. 



Good luck, your not alone!

Naomi - posted on 02/19/2009

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Oh i forgot are you breast or bottle feeding. If you are breast feeding try laying back so he has to feed "up hill" this slows him down and reduces the amount of air going in at the same time as the milk. also once you let down starts then pull him off and just use a cloth to sock up that part as it tends to flow very fast. The other thing is try feed ing him off one boob each feed. if you are like me you could feed the 5000. And with my older boy it sometime s he just had to much and would chuck it all up. Good luck.

Naomi - posted on 02/19/2009

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HI. 



can i just say i feel like the queen of reflux. i have 3 boys all with reflux. My last one was the worse. Two things first if the bouncy chair works go with it. All my boys napped in there chairs. My youngest was so bad that he would chuck nearly all his feed up to 4 hours later. It got worse when he was tired so i tried to keep on top of his naps. but the best thing ever is losec. (Australian) i don't know what it is called in the US, but your Dr might. It is perscription meds that reduces the acid in the tummy. One dose and he stopped chucking. it was amazing. My life saver or should i say my sleep saver. he would scream all night some nights. He was on it from 5 months to about 2 years. 



The only other things is never feed them on a sore tummy. Thats the one thing the community nurses would tell me. It just makes them worse. Try and get rid of the tummy pain first. Hot showers are good or message and pumping the legs. 



Don't feel like you have to put him down in the cot during the day if the chair of stroller works then do that. 



depending on how old your son is it tends to get better once they are on solids. 



good luck.



 

Jennifer - posted on 02/19/2009

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My daughter had that - I didn't feel safe putting th ecrib up on anything - I actually found a rib wedge at Babies R us that you put under the sheets or matress cover that is really nice - it is not a sleep positioner, but I found it in the same isle as the positioners - it is an actual matress wedge that is the same width of typical crib matresses that creates a gentle incline for the baby to sleep on. Whey she was very young I had that in the crib with and inclined sleep positioner on top of it so she wouldn't slide down the matress and to create an even steeper incline since she needed to be more upright after nursing. I still use it now when she has a cold to incline her head since she is sleeping in her crib as a transitioned toddler bed. It has been wonderful! The Dr. also put her on a reflux medicine which helped a bit. good Luck!

Kim - posted on 02/19/2009

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my daughter has bad reflux and my doctor said to put bricks under on side of it so that it isnt flat

Jodie - posted on 02/19/2009

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I used this stuff called Infants Friend- you can buy from a chemist you just give 5-10 drops 5 minutes before feeding then after feeding sit them up for a burp- its really good stuff it helps them burp even if they are asleep. and maybe try a different formular- a whey based one is good.

Bianca - posted on 02/19/2009

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My son almost never slept in his crib,I was working and on the move since a month old. He was in his car chair most of the time and loved it too!! Try sitting him in there and he will fall asleep upright.

Amber - posted on 02/19/2009

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have you tried gaviscon powdr in the milk my daughter brooke now three has always suffered from sevear reflux and this helped loadsx

Cynthia - posted on 02/19/2009

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I work in an Intensive Care Nursery at a hospital and what I have learned is that if they are having a reflux problem....keep their head elevated about 30 degrees. You may have to change your crib or even just put the baby in a swing that reclines. I agree with your Dr. that you should wait a little while after he eats due to digestion of the food but 1 hour seems a bit long. Babies in my experience digest milk faster than we adults do. Try the swing and see if that helps....otherwise there are positioners available at Babies R Us to put under the mattress to lift the baby in the right position.

Melissa - posted on 02/18/2009

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My daughter has acid reflux that was diagnosed at 6 weeks of age.  She started screaming after she would eat.  I am thankfully a well baby nurse and have seen the signs and symptoms of reflux and knew what to look for.  She was on mylanta for a week and that helped a little, but then she started on pepcid and has been a different baby.  She is much happier now.  I try to hold her upright for 15-30 minutes after her feedings.  She has never spit up with her reflux but she would pull away from the bottle during feeds and be extremely fussy after her feeding even while upright.  You may want to try burping your baby more frequently.  What type of formula is he on?  I also had to put my daughter on a hypoallergenic formula (Nutramigen by Enfamil) as she was having some blood in her stools.  You should talk with your pediatrician about trying a soy based formula or changing medications.  Not all medications work for every patient, you may need to experiment with the different reflux medications before you find one that works for your son.  If he sleeps in his bouncy seat it's not the end of the world, if that's what he needs to be a happier baby.  Also, I know your pediatrician told you to keep him upright for an hour, but ask if it's okay if it's only 30 minutes.  Your pediatrician is there to answer your questions.  Don't hesitate to call to talk with your pediatrician.

User - posted on 02/18/2009

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hi my son had bad reflux also, paediatrician told me to elevate his matress at one end of cot so he slept on a incline, also apparently introducing a dummy can help the baby with reflux, by the sucking motion which in turn helps a bit with settling their stomach and soothing them when they are distressed. They do grow out of it as they get bigger ( around 6 months ),but I know its horrible in the mean time !

Jamie - posted on 02/18/2009

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I have a question for all the moms:

Did you have bad heartburn and end up on antacids and/or other meds to control it with your kids that had reflux? I noticed that I had the worst heartburn with my kids that were refluxy.....anyone?

Toni - posted on 02/18/2009

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My daughter had reflux, she was on ranitidine and gavescon for babies. We were told to put some blocks under her cot as she was often sick during the night or would cough incessantly.  During the day she went in either her bouncy chair, her high chair which would recline or her car seat.

Tiffany - posted on 02/18/2009

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Grace was about 6 weeks when her reflux started and the first thing prescribed was the zantac a week later she was still having lots of reflux and eventually started to refuse her bottles because of the pain. She was admitted to the hospital, had a feeding tube put in her nose and we spent the week trying to convince her to start bottle feeding again. The first thing they did in the hospital was change her to the losec and she was on the domperidone before they just increased her dosage. We go every few weeks to meet with her feeding team and they adjust her medication based on her weight gain. I was told I only had to hold her upright for 15 mins. How old is your son?

Carolyn - posted on 02/18/2009

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back in the 80's I was told to use catnip & fennel. It came in liquid eith directions on how many drops to add per ounce. It worked wonderful! the crying stopped, the projectle vomiting stopped, I could sleep! lol I got it at the health food store, but I don't know if they still have it or not. It was very safe and all natural. Things are done so differently today, I wish I had other ideas for you.

Rachel - posted on 02/18/2009

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My daughter had reflux and the doctor told me the same thing to keep her upright for an hour but she always fell asleep about 10 min after her bottle so i used to roll up towels and place them under one end of the mattress and lay her with the top half of her body on the raised section and i never had a problem after that. I hope this helps in some way.

Tiffany - posted on 02/18/2009

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I also should have noted that my daughter was on ranitidene and it didn't help her she needed to go on omeprazole (losec) and domperidone and they did wonders for her. The ompeprazole neutralizes the acid so when they do reflux there is no pain for them and the domperidone moves the food though the digestive system faster. It does get better and much easier, hang in there.

Georgina - posted on 02/18/2009

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Hi there! My daughter who is now 6 had reflux from birth. It was a terrible time for both her and me. When she was two weeks old she was admitted to hospital,doctors thought she had a twisted gut,thankfully it wasn't. She was put on gaviscon for children which you mix with their formula. Also Thick and easy was quite good,that can also be mixed into the formula. All it does is thickens their feeds and helps it to stay down. If your son drifts off to sleep straight after you feed him dont wind him,wait for a couple of minutes and then put him in his crib. My doctor told me not to wind my daughter,the upset of sitting them up straight causes the reflux. If you lie him on his side in his crib he will burp when hes ready. I hope this works for you. Goodluck x

Angie - posted on 02/18/2009

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my daughter who is 13 now had this....we could only feed her in a seat...it was not easy....but...once she went on solid food it was easier....

User - posted on 02/18/2009

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My Jesse had reflux as an infant and still has it as a teen.  The crib wedge was a lifesaver at that age, and mylacon drops.  He also slept in his swing quite a bit.  When baby gets older have the spincter between his esphogas(sp)  and stomach checked.  They occasionally get leaky.    Soy is also wonderful to help upset tummies.  Check with your Dr. before changing though, just to be safe.

Timmi - posted on 02/18/2009

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Also I've heard of others putting a blanket in the infant car seat and having them sleep there.

Timmi - posted on 02/18/2009

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My daughter had reflux and her swing was a lifesaver. I had never heard of the wedge that you put in the crib, but she didn't start sleeping in her crib until she was 3 months old. But I would use her swing all the time.

Elizabeth - posted on 02/18/2009

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My daughter has really bad reflux, too. She doesn't scream about it anymore and as she's getting older (she's now almost 6 months), it's getting easier. But I still have her crib propped up. I couldn't afford a crib wedge, so I put a couple blankets under the head of her bed to elevate it, it really seems to help. If he's young, roll up some blankets and put them on either side of him under his arms to keep from rolling.



Also, my daughter was allergic to milk. She has REALLY bad reflux if I eat any kind of dairy (she's breastfed). I was told to also avoid soy and not to get her cereal because it has milk and soy in it. You have to find what works for yall. I was told if she was on formula with the way she handles dairy and soy, we'd have been on hypoallergenic formula. We tried formula for one day and she threw up so much worse.



Good luck! Reflux is no fun for any of you!!

Jamie - posted on 02/18/2009

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We had a Dani sling for our little babe, it worked wonders, she refused meds. Ask your doctor about it, you'll have to some "education" typically with it too. Look into it, good luck!

Angela - posted on 02/18/2009

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Thanks for responding! Yes he is on Ranitidine (Zantac) but he was never cranky. I only brought him to the doctor because he was spitting up more than usual at 2.5 months so he did a test and he has it. I thought that it hurt babies because of the acid but he never complained. Now on the Zantac, he still makes faces as spit up comes out so I don't know if it hurts (but no crying still) or if he just doesn't like the feel of it!

Lynna - posted on 02/18/2009

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Both of my boys had reflux. Are they on Zantac? It really helped us. Also Enfamil A.R. if wonderful. As far as the sleeping goes. It won't hurt him to sleep in the bouncy seat. We had a papasan swing that mine lived in the first few months of their life. It's only temporary, it improves significantly after they're 6 months old.

Jo - posted on 02/18/2009

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my son went through that and the health visitor told me about gaviscon 4 baby's ..didnt cure because he had it bad but did certainly help

Helen - posted on 02/18/2009

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Gaviscon for babies really helped my little one. It makes the food stay in their stomach.

Anneka - posted on 02/18/2009

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awww, poor both you guys! I've worked with a few babies that way. Depending on how easy it is to stimulate him, you might could try taking him for a walk in the stroller, but sometimes that puts them to sleep too. If not, maybe a toy that plays music to help keep him awake? Hopefully, one of these helps. Good luck!

Tiffany - posted on 02/18/2009

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Not sure how old your son is but we used a crib wedge until with our daughter until she was 5 1/2 months old. We bought it from one step ahead and it wasn't very expensive around $30 or so.

Jennifer - posted on 02/18/2009

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My son had extremely bad reflux until he was about a year. We purchased a reflux wedge for his crib. They are pricy...I think we paid around $120 but well worth it. It was the only way he could sleep in his crib and not in a chair. You can purchase these at www.pollywogbaby.com this link http://www.pollywogbaby.com/refluxandcol... describes all their sleep positioning products. Hope this was helpful!

Alice - posted on 02/18/2009

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Hi I had a baby with reflux and the thing that helped me was a wedge I put a wedge under his mattress in his cradle to keep him upright thats what our baby clinic nurse told us to do and it helped a lot

Harmony - posted on 02/18/2009

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I forgot, I got my wrap on line but I have seen them at Target.  Now I think there are a few other brands that do the same thing just make sure they are similar to the sleepy wrap.  I you and your baby get some relief.

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