gerd or not?

Karla - posted on 10/03/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My 6 wk old was diagnosed with gerd. I was told to ad rice cereal to formula and breastmilk. I do both because my babu does not latch on. It gave him stomach problems so I discontinued it. He drinks breastmilk during day and formula at night. He has no problems at night drinking the formula but has been waking up in the morning with very bad gas and stomach pains as his cries indicate pain. I give him colic calm, gas relief drops, gripe water and chamomile tea in between, lactation consultant gave me all these remedies. I don't know if it's my molk, formula or the gerd. He will have 1 bad colic episode a day and is fussy in between feedings. What do I do! I find myself crying every time he does and it makes it a long exhausting day for us both.

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Sarah - posted on 10/03/2015

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I went thru this as well with my first. he was exclusively breastfed and cried from 3-7 am every day. As though he were in agony. It was awful. I did eliminate dairy from my diet and that seemed to help quite a bit. In all reality I think it was more time and me getting more confident that helped. When I got stressed and worked up, so did he...
Also i agree that tea is not a great choice as it has traces of caffeine in it.

Karla - posted on 10/03/2015

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Thank you. He's pediatrician said it was just gas and to reduce his ounces. But he Spits Up alot Is Fussy All day, gassy, Has A Mild cough, Sneezing And Wheezing I Thought It Was Whooping cough but I was told gerd and the 2nd opinion was to give him rice cereal which was a horrible idea.

Jamie - posted on 10/03/2015

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My new baby, 9 month old, is similar, he cries much more than my first 2. First I recommend talking to your pediatrician instead of your lactation nurse at this point. In my opinion a lactation nurse's help is limited and if those things they told you to do aren't working than something more is happening and your baby needs to see the doctor right away. Plus, I'm not sure if chamomile tea is a good idea for baby.

You can't do much for colic but to find the right formula. Also, I was told that breast milk tends to bind babies bowls up. A small tip that might help relieve some discomfort for baby is to slowly excersise the legs up to the tummy and down a few times and same thing but like riding a bicycle. Do it gently and make silly noises to make it seem fun, even if baby cries through the whole thing.

Lastly, get some help...more than one person. Trust me, when my baby was first home and he was crying nonstop I cried too but with my husband right there to give me a small break and visa versa, it help me get through. Be very careful not to get to stressed, because depression can happen so easily. So please make sure you have someone to help you, don't be afraid to ask. You need to do it for your baby, cause he/she needs you.

Please make sure you see the doctor right away, that should be your first step. I know all with work out and pray for your family. Babies are a blessing and trust me when I say, when that baby is calm and mellimellowsws out you will never remember how tough it was in the beginning. ;)

Take great care and God bless.

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