FORMUlA: Help: Reflux?

Carmen - posted on 07/20/2009 ( 42 moms have responded )

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Three month old, pretty sure she has reflux. Switched to Similac Isomil Soy worked pretty good at first. She has been spitting up more in the last two days, crying and needing to be rocked, held, swung in the swing. She'll eat but EXTREEEEMELY slow...2 1/2 oz. in an hour in ten minutes. She's been drooling a lot too. We've inclide her sleeping area, held her up after feedings, burped her through feedings were doing everything we've been told to do and it's not helping. The dr. today said add 1tsp. RICE formula to her bottles...any suggestions?

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Alisha - posted on 09/24/2012

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my 1and half month daughter throws up alot about 15mins after i feed her and she cant breath for a min, what kind of formula should i use? and what can i do???/ its very scary

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Put Gaviscon Sachets into her bottles it helped a bit with my little boy, doctors or hospitals didn't seem to care or want to help

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My son had reflux and used to projectile vomit all of his milk. I started him off on the breast but at 5 weeks had to give up. We saw a specialist who told me to put my son on a bottle...I used SMA. To make the milk thicker the specialist told me to add a small amout of "Thick & Easy" to his bottle. We never looked back, the extra thickness kept the milk down and saved my sanity.

Tricia Clarahan - posted on 07/27/2009

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Do you go to a peditrician or family doctor? I am a nurse and worked OB and i know that one of our dr. would prescribe a medication to help with this. It would be the same medicine that an adult would take for the same problem, but of course a smaller dosage. You could see what your doctor thinks of this idea.

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Shayplay - posted on 03/20/2014

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Is Elemental a brand? I've never seen it but need to find something to help my baby. She is 2.months wakes up screaming with gas pains. She just started zantac for her reflux but she is getting where she doesn't want to eat because her stomach hurts

Abbie - posted on 07/27/2009

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I am a firm believer in having the baby adjusted by a chiropracter who is used to working with children. My son was adjusted at age 4 weeks, and about every month after that. He was never a puker, and never suffered from ear infections until he was over a year old and that was due to sinus drainage.



The nerves in the spine about the area of the shoulder blades are related to the stomach and reflux area. Its your baby you have to do what you feel is right, bu sounds to me tht your doctor is "guessing" Most doctors totally don't advice to feed rice in bottles and not that early.



Soy is good for gassy tummies it is a lot more gentle. Good start is very mild too, but you are saying spitting up, that to me is not a sign of reflux. When a person has reflux the most mild of things will give you heartburn/ reflux.



Sorry I am rambling here, I hope I have have helped you. No one wants a cranky pukey baby!

Tanya - posted on 07/27/2009

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My daughter had the same exact issue but she would arch her back and scream. I was breast feeding her so it was very difficult. I asked the doctors to put her on Prevacid but they gave her every reflux medicine in the book except for Prevacid. Nothing worked and I was so annoyed. One night I couldn't take it anymore and I called the on call Pediatrician....I demanded they write a script for Prevacid and within hours of her taking the medicine she was not fussy and stopped arching her back when eating. Prevacid worked wonders for the reflux but it was too late and she already developed allergies. You could hear her stomach gurgling and she developed a rash. We put her on an elemental formula and the first night she slept through the night(8 hours) and was soooo happy! She was 9 weeks old. We still have her on an elemental formula(8 1/2 months) and everyone comments on what a great baby she is. Never cries and is sooo happy. Semi-Elemental/Elemental formulas are expensive but soooo worth it. Good luck and I hope this helps!

Mindi - posted on 07/26/2009

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My daughter was diagnosed with reflux at about 3 weeks. We changed her to Enfamil Gentlease and put rice cereal in her bottles and that really helped. Also the doctor gave us a prescription for for Zantac that we gave her before she ate. They said she would probably out grow it and she did.

Lisa - posted on 07/24/2009

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My little one has reflux and the paediatrician put him on Zantac. He was on it from 3 months of age until 7 months of age and it worked wonders. No more projectile spews.

I've heard of Gaviscon being used as well but haven't personally tried it on my son.

Amber - posted on 07/24/2009

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My youngest also had reflux. He didn't "spit up", it was large quantities and more like a projectile discharge. His doctor suggested rice in the formula also. I used a coffe bean grinder which prevented it from clogging the nipple. By putting the rice in myself, I was able to reduce the amount over time until it was no longer needed. Good luck.

Sara - posted on 07/23/2009

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We had horrible problems with our son spitting. We changed him Similac Sensative but then also started putting a little rice cereal in it to help. He stopped the horrible spitting at about 6 months.

Shawna - posted on 07/23/2009

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My 6 week old had "silent" refulx. She didn't spit up but you could hear her swallow it and then choke. Terrible feeling for a first time mom (or any mom I'm sure). We started giving her the enfamil AR...she's a whole new baby when it comes to eating.

Liza - posted on 07/23/2009

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I used the Enfamil A+ on my son. The formulas are very thick with each of these companies selling formulas for children. My son was screaming in pain because it was too thick, and I thought he had reflux also. What I did was simply cut the formula they suggested in half. So if they suggested you to have 2 scoops for an 4 ounce bottle. Make it 1 scoop. And if they suggested for an 8 ounce bottle 4 scoops, cut it in half also and give 2. There was drastic improvement on his health, his concerns with extreme weight gain, he slept better, no more fussing, no screaming. The Doctors advised to me that this was dangerous, and he wasnt getting enough vitamins and such. So they took blood tests and he was healthy, they took urine tests, healthy also. I think its a money grab to get people to use more of the formula and for the doctors to just suggest on what a label says instead of how the child feels. Now when I go to the Dr's with him, they ask "Are you giving him the right amount of formula as suggested?" I just smile and say "Oh yeah I am" There has been no problems with what I've done, if you want to try it out. Feel free to. It helped me out alot. The Dr's will tell you differently, but I know from how he his, and the tests, that he's healthy. :)

Stacey - posted on 07/23/2009

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Both of my chidlren had reflux starting at around 2 months. My doctor put them on Enfamil with Rice (Enfamil AR). It has a bit of rice cereal in it which helps weigh down the formula and it won't come up. It worked like a charm. No more gurgling noises, spit up, and thet slept soooo much better! Good luck!

Kimmy - posted on 07/23/2009

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the only thing that worked for us with reflux was prevacid- not sure if you want to go that route but you can ask your dr about it. you might want to ask your dr to check for a milk protein allergy as well (all they need is a stool sample). the similac isomil soy may still be bothering her stomach and she may need a prescription formula (have you seen a GI dr?)

Laurie - posted on 07/22/2009

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try giving her enfamil gentle-ease. it's for fussy babies and babies with stomach issues. It might settle her. if you dont want to switch formula brands I'm pretty sure that similac has a similar product.

Samantha - posted on 07/21/2009

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wow...sounds like you had MY baby for a day! I have dealt with the same exact things! My daughters pediatrician prescribed her AXID, ask about it...it worked immediately...my baby is no longer in pain!

Jaime - posted on 07/21/2009

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My Son also has reflux and he's on ranidine twice a day. As well, I had my Son on similac sensitive, alimentum, enfamil and isomil and nothing worked. About two weeks ago I switched to Parent's Choice "Gentle" and it has made a world of difference. I'm not sure what the difference is, but there are no bubbles produced after mixing the formula, whereas before with every other formula, (except the alimentum which is comes concentrated already) I was scooping spoonfuls of bubbles and foam off the top of the bottle before squeezing the air out (I use drop-ins). All of the other suggestions already posted sound just as good, so try something different every day or week until you see a change. Also, as one person already mentioned it could just be a case of teething. Hope you find some relief soon.

Mel - posted on 07/21/2009

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yes try the rice cereal in the bottles, or solids before the milk. this is what i was told to do with my baby. if they have something in thier stomach it helps hold the milk down. elevate the cot matress and see if you can get some reflux meds or infant gaviscon

Tracy - posted on 07/21/2009

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We had the same problem with my son, who had food allergies and colic. I did a few things that truly helped- 1) we used a hypoallergenic formula by Similac Alimentum 2) we would feed half the bottle, burp, then finish (yes, there will be crankieness) and 3) I used a mail-order Gripe Water called Colic-Ease (www.colic-ease.com) a small amount EVERY day before feedings and before bedtime. I checked this w/my Pediatrician and it's all natural, soothing for the belly and breaks up the gas. I would say this was my choice over giving my infant an RX (just my opinion). But it takes a day or two to kick in and you have to use it religiously. It smells like apple pie. Hope this helps.

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My daughter is currently 9 mos. and still spits up A LOT! Other than the spit up she shows no other signs of reflux such as fussiness, not wanting to eat etc. Our pediatrician said we could put her on medicine but we chose not to because we didn't want to take any chances of side effects from meds. Being that she shows no signs of pain or anything we are just dealing with the spit up. I read on the American Academy of Pediatrics website about GER and when you should be concerned. According to the website all babies spit up so unless they show certain signs then you shouldn't worry. It stated that most babies grow out of it around the age of 1. We are just waiting to see if that happens and if not then we will have further testing completed to see if anything is wrong. We use the Enfamil (red can) for babies that spit up and all mix cereal with her formula so it's thick. She has good days and bad days. I haven't found that any type of formula is better than another.

Kayleigh - posted on 07/21/2009

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if your daughter had reflux it doesn't matter what milk she has she'll bring it back up and be extrememly uncomfortable after feeds. the only thing that'll help is mediacation, such as infant gaviscon. depending on severity of reflux there are also medicines you can use along side infant gaviscon. go back to your doctor and get this sorted. my son suffered with reflux and wasn't diagnosed till he was five months old by which time his weight and health had severly suffered and still is now at 13 months old. good luck with it x

Jennifer - posted on 07/21/2009

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My little girl had the reflux also, they switched to the Isomil, but also gave her some medicine to help. I have heard putting rice cereal in a 3 month old's bottle(they are probably trying to help her gain weight) cereal usually starts around 6-12 months,but if she hasn't gained very much...they are concerned about that and since she's eating so slowly, the doc wants her to get as much as she can out of what little she eats............

...I hated giving my little girl medicine,so young...but, it really helped and she grew out of the reflux and they took her off of it. No harm done. U just get really scared when baby won't or can't eat, I know. Your baby pic is precious!!Oh, to have an infant again!!

Christine - posted on 07/20/2009

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My son had bad reflux too. Zantac was the only thing that worked and it worked wonders. Switching up formulas or being on just breast milk didn't help him at all. Neither did rice cereal or anything else.

Anna - posted on 07/20/2009

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Why did you switch from the milk based? Was she intolerant to milk protein? If so, most children that are intolerant to milk protein are also intolerant to soy protein. An allergy/intolerance will exacerbate reflux. Which means you will have to use a milk/soy protein free formula like nutramigen or alimentum. These are expensive, however if your child is intolerant to both milk and soy you can get a letter from your dr. to submit to the insurance company and they will cover the cost of the formula. Also, it is important to make an appt. with a GI specialist in order to follow your child's condition. They will be able to point you in the right direction regarding your child's specific needs. Last thought, if your dd did better on breastmilk, can you still breastfeed? They sell supplements to increase your milk supply, like fenugreek, your pedi may be able to lead you in the right direction to get your milk supply back. I have had to children w/ severe GERD and DGE and my dd did far better on breastmilk as it is more easily digestible. Good luck, hope you find some answers for your little one soon.

Charlotte - posted on 07/20/2009

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my grandson did that and after a upper gi xray they found he had pyloricstenosis and needed a simple surgery! doing great now

Crystal - posted on 07/20/2009

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My son eventually was put on Enfamil A.R. (added rice starch). We also added additional rice or oatmeal to his formula. He was also on zantac but has recently been moved to Nexium. We elevated his crib mattress too so it is on an incline and hold him up at least for 30 minutes after eating. I sure hope you find something that works. I know every child is different but at least to know there are others that understand your frustration can help the emotions. Let us know what ends up working for you.

Samantha - posted on 07/20/2009

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My son is 4 months now and he did the same thing.... he was teething! Your daughter may be doing the same.

Crystal - posted on 07/20/2009

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My infant daughter has reflux and the docs have me thicken her formula with a little bit of rice cereal. You may have to mess around with it a bit until you find what thickness work for her. We put 3 Tbs in every 4 oz. for my daughter.

Roisin - posted on 07/20/2009

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My 6 month old started having issues from birth. I tried changing formulas but like you it didn't make a difference so I went back to the original. The doc put her on zantac and it's worked wonders. We did have to up the dosage at 6 months as she had outgrown the 2 month script...This was a really bad case of projectile vomitting, spitting...so glad now - she never spits up.

Jessica - posted on 07/20/2009

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Nutramigen, my son is on it and has been for his whole 4mos of life and its Great, the doctor told me to only give him 4ozs of it and 4tbsp of cereal mixed in it, so it is thickened and it really helped my son greatly!! I hope you find something to help your little one. (the only thing is the nutramigen is like 21.00 for a small can, but if it works its totally worth the money) And we also had to get a prescripton for Zantac and he has to take it every 8 hours and you probably should ask your doctor about if the forumla isn't helping at all

Mandy - posted on 07/20/2009

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Hi, My son just recncently got out of the NICU as a premie. The baby next to him had reflux REALLY bad. The nurses gave hime the rice cereal. They said the thickness helps the reflux.....kinda soothes it.....and it is harder to come up.

Candice - posted on 07/20/2009

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my daughter ended up on nestle Alsoy, it was the only formula she tolerated. she also ended up on Zantac, which made all the difference in the world. finally started sleeping more than 5 minutes at a time without being held or rocked. i wish you the best of luck. i hated that time in her life. she went 3 days without sleeping once. we tried all kinds of formulas (even the special expensive kinds).

Victoria - posted on 07/20/2009

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my friends baby had very bad reflux and it turned out he was cows milk and loctose intollerant have he was about 4 months old when this was found out !!

Erica - posted on 07/20/2009

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Hey mommy carmen..... yes my son has been on all these formulas as well.... I suggest you get a second a opinion from a gastronologist my son has reflux as well. His appt for that is on Thursday his doctor referred him, also keep a food diary that is what I had 2 do. I also have 2 go see an pediatric allergist which the gastronologist can refer you 2. Your baby maybe allergic to lactose or corn, or sucrose which is all baby formulas except for a few.... Look into it.... and keep us posted.... we will let u know how it works out thursday.... do try slipper elm or tummy tonic from the health food store..... it has helped the past few days..... frm a desperate mama...... chow bella....

Tami - posted on 07/20/2009

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Try Similac Alimentum. My daughter had reflux, was on Prilosec and was still suffering. We switched to Alimentum and she was fine.

Carmen - posted on 07/20/2009

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I was pumping but quit b/c my supply was terrible! She was supplemented with Similac advanced. Then after I quit she seemed to have more instances of spitting up. Aprox 1 week. We then put her on the Isomil for one month and switched back to Regular advanced b/c of the expense...needles to say we were back on the soy after the regular can was gone about 2/3days. It's been almost a month that she's been back on the soy and like i've typed before she's been spitting up/crying/generally uncomfortable in the past two days. and she IS having regular BM's. so it's not that either!

Jenn - posted on 07/20/2009

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It has been a long time since my daughter was an infant but I went through a lot before they finally figured out that it wasnt the sugar (lactose) that upset her tummy it was the protein, so all the soy based formula i was trying(even though i nursed her i had to give her formula till we could figure out what was upsetting her tummy) did nothing until we tried nutramigen (i think thats how it is spelled) and then she was fine and i went back to nursing thank god because it was very expensive!

Carmen - posted on 07/20/2009

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I've had her on Soy formula for two months. and just lately it's been getting worse.

Amy - posted on 07/20/2009

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Hello. Both my son and my daughter were big pukers! I switched both of them to soy based formula, and it stopped completely, maybe that's something you might want to try. Good luck!

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