i have a baby with acid reflux what can i do to help him

Marwa - posted on 10/15/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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hi i have a baby with acid relfux what cam i do to help him?

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Sally - posted on 10/15/2009

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All three of our boys had reflux. This combination worked best for us. The pediatrican prescribed prevacid solu-tabs. Very nice. He also told us to put rice cereal in their bottles. (the were about 2-3mo at the time) The twins often slept in their swings, until I learned a great way to prop their crib mattresses. roll up bath towels or an old blanket until it is abt 6" thick. put this under the crib mattress at one end only. put a recieving blanket on top of mattress for traction, roll up a bath towel longways and place it like a U on recieving blanket. Put another receiving blanket on top. When you lay your baby down to sleep, but his bum in the bottom of the U, knees and feet resting on top of it all, sides of U should be along his arms. This U keeps him from sliding down the propped mattress until he is old enough to wiggle alot and get out of it. Hopefully by then, the reflux will not be so bad! Good luck!

Cathie - posted on 10/15/2009

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Hey Marwa,
regardless of what medicines there are, I tried them all. best reults EVER was seeing a chiropractor who specialises with infants. My daughter began treatment at age 7 months, wish I had taken her earlier, she is now almost 6, still has tummy problems but still has treatment.
as a baby, and DAYS of no sleep, screaming well, you know, after a treatment she was asleep before I even got her to the car and for the next 2 weeks would almost be an angel.
give it a go, was worth it for me
Good Luck

Rose - posted on 10/15/2009

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i just had triplets in june an 1 of them had it bad an was on meds an then i told the doctor more had to be done an he told me to put rice cereal in his formual an it worked an he hasnt had anymore problems an keep him sitting up for 20 mins to 30 after feeds. good luck an let me know how things turn out

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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.

Amanda - posted on 10/18/2009

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what are you feeding him? my youngest had it and i had to change his formula and i would give him suger water with is a 4oz water worm and 2tesp. of suger and he like it and it help i also did a worm rice pouch and that worked after feeding him i would put that over him belly and rock him to sleep so you can try that. good luck

Marwa - posted on 10/18/2009

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Quoting Kirsty:

My son had reflux for a little bit and my doctor told me to get some baby Gaviscone (anti-acid) maybe see a pharmasist.



hi yea his on zantac now but i fill like its not doing much for him

Marwa - posted on 10/18/2009

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thanks yesthe dr diagnosed him with acid reflux he get really bad hart burn which makes him cry for about an hour before it comes all outive got him sleeping on a pillow now

Jo - posted on 10/15/2009

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my son too has this and he was diagnosed by a doctor. He has medication once a day and I use karicare thickener in his formula or you can get the AR formula which is already thickened. you can do something so don't listen to any doctor who tells you that you can't. Also if you breastfeed you can express and add thickener to your breast milk.

Jennifer - posted on 10/15/2009

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Quoting Justine:

my son im pretty sure has this too and the docs have done nothing to help either of us. he doesnt sleep well, he refuses to eat, always has hiccups, had this awful cough that sounds like croup, cries because he is in pain, and all the doc would say was he has a cold. i was like duh i know that, thats not why im here. what about before the cold? ive heard that chiropractors can help tho. there is soemthing to do with repositioning their stomach, which sounds barbaric, butive heard it works and doesnt hurt or anything. im also going to try a homeopothist. ill let you know if it works.


My daughter had these problems as well, my doc prescribed zantac to be given with each bottle and some mylanta after the bottle.  It worked but it took several weeks.  Ask your doc about giving your baby something like this. And it takes patience. She finally grew out of it around 7 months.  One other thing that we found was not giving her store bought baby food but making it ourselves (I know it takes time but it is sooo worth it) there was just something about the veggies that made her spit them back up for several hours afterwards.  Hope these ideas work for you.



 

Amanda - posted on 10/15/2009

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My daughter had very bad acid reflux so I know where you are coming from. It was very frustrating to see her suffer. It did get better for her over time. My doctor prescribed a medicine for my daughter that helped a little bit but he also recommended a few other things that helped make her more comfortable: prop up one side of the crib/bassinet with a crib wedge or a rolled up towel under one side of the mattress, keep your child as much upright as possible while feeding, do not lay your child down for a half an hour after each feeding, stop many times throughout each feeding to burp your baby, (I think I stopped every 30 mL) feed smaller amounts at a time but more frequently throughout the day. I was also told from a friend that it helped to rub her child's back instead of patting it when burping her.

Stephanie - posted on 10/15/2009

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My son had reflux as well (we had an upper GI done to find this out) but he had a horrible case of it! His doctor gave him liquid Zantac and it helped tremendously! Talk to you doctor....there's options!

Julie - posted on 10/15/2009

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My son was diagnosed with reflux when he was a month old. The tech actually said "yup, he's a big time refluxer". Not what I wanted to hear! But he was put on Zantac and we used Enfamil Nutramigen and he did get a bit better. I also had to put rice cereal in his formula to thicken it up. Propping up works good, warmed anything really against his belly (not hot though) to sooth it. My son was not a happy baby, always crying. He didnt get better until he was mobile. but it will get better!

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my daugher got a prescoptin for it and the dr told me to put 1/2tsb of rice cereal to evey oz of formula witch worked wonders also try sitting the baby up 20 min after eatting

Shanna - posted on 10/15/2009

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Colic Calm worked for my little girl. You can google it. It's homeopathic and safe.

Tasha - posted on 10/15/2009

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similac sensitive my twin boys had it at the beggining an i put them on that an it was a instant change!!!

Emily - posted on 10/15/2009

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Hi Marwa. My little boy had problems with acid reflux from the time he was two to about six months. Try burping him through out feeding. Give him two ounces, burp him, then give him another two ounces, then burp him again. If that doesn’t work, put a little rice cereal to thicken his formula and feed him upright. You can find it by the baby food. Babies due eventually grow out of it around six months. If it doesn't get any better, you may need to take him to see a Pediatric Gastroenterologist. Hope this helps.

Lanea - posted on 10/15/2009

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My son had acid reflux that was diagnosed by his doctor. We gave him a medicine that was prescribed to him 15 minutes before he ate. When that started to help him, we changed his formula to Enfamil AR. His doctor said that would help. Soon after we did that he out grew it. He has been fine now going on 8 months. Hopefully you find some comfort with his reflux. I know how frustrating it can be.

Justine - posted on 10/15/2009

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my son im pretty sure has this too and the docs have done nothing to help either of us. he doesnt sleep well, he refuses to eat, always has hiccups, had this awful cough that sounds like croup, cries because he is in pain, and all the doc would say was he has a cold. i was like duh i know that, thats not why im here. what about before the cold? ive heard that chiropractors can help tho. there is soemthing to do with repositioning their stomach, which sounds barbaric, butive heard it works and doesnt hurt or anything. im also going to try a homeopothist. ill let you know if it works.

Josephine - posted on 10/15/2009

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If you breast feed, your pretty much out of luck, other than propping him up more when and after he eats.

If you formula feed, Enfamil AR is the best formula for reflux, it is thicker and will sit in your babies tummy better. It is still recomended that you prop the baby up after he eats. This really helps babies with reflux.

I had two kids with reflux, one is now 9, and the other is almost 1. My 9 year old had it so bad that it did not get better until he went into stage 3 foods. I kept him propped up while he slept, after he ate, and while he was eating. That, along with thickened formula, really helps.

Kirsty - posted on 10/15/2009

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My son had reflux for a little bit and my doctor told me to get some baby Gaviscone (anti-acid) maybe see a pharmasist.

Laura - posted on 10/15/2009

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Did the dr diagnose this? Both of my girls had/have reflux and got prescriptions (it was bad enough that they were not napping/sleeping well) and this helped. If the reflux is in a lesser degree, you can just do some things: keeping baby upright or semi-upright (holding or in bouncy seat/swing) after feedings for at least 15 minutes and adjusting crib/bassinet so that it is tilted (how much will depend on baby's comfort). We used a sleeper positioner (wedge) AND raised the basinet/crib for both of the girls.

Hope this helps...

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