Ideas for reflux???

Davina - posted on 12/15/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Am breastfeeding my 3 1/2 month old daughter who has bad reflux. Been to the dr and they are not too worried because she is a HAPPY baby. They aren't doing the washing up to 6 outfits a day plus pj. I've tried Brauer Stomach Calm with no such luck. Was interesting in what other people have found to be helpful. We also have raised one end of the cot and try and limit time spent flat on her back.

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Louise - posted on 12/15/2010

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Go back to the doctor and ask for Gaviscon powder this helps line the stomach and stops the pain and reflux. As you are breast feeding you will have to give it to her on a spoon but full instructions are on the packet. My daughter was a different baby when she got this medication and the washing machine gave a sigh of relief!

Carolyn - posted on 01/02/2011

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My little guy also had reflux. we tried everything and honestly, it was just with age that he stopped. We went through like 6 dish towels a day (since I also couldn't wash clothes anymore). good luck!

Renae - posted on 12/15/2010

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PS - Please use thickeners made especially for this purpose and intended to be given to young babies. Not rice cereal or other things that do thicken milk but are not made for this purpose and therefore have no safe instructions for you to follow as far as quantities. Plus, the proper thickeners work better anyway. If the name of the one I used when BF-ing my baby ever comes to me I will post again and tell you. I was given it by the children's hospital and could only buy it from their pharmacy, noone else had it and in some cases the pharmacist didn't even know what I was talking about!

Renae - posted on 12/15/2010

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It sounds like the doctors have diagnosed her as a "happy spitter". If you have to have a baby with reflux, then this is the better type to have. Despite all of the washing, at least she is not screaming from burning pain, refusing to feed, loosing weight, unable to sleep etc and all of the other horrid things that can be associated with severe reflux.

Remedies designed to keep the milk in her stomach will work best. With formula fed babies you can add thickener to the formula, with BF babies you can buy thickener that you give before, in the middle of, and at the end of every feed. It mixes with the milk in her stomach and helps keep it down. A pharmacy should be able to order some in for you. If you are unable to find someone who knows what thickener you can use, call your local children's hospital, ask to speak to the head nurse in the infants ward and ask them. I have found some family doctor's to be severely uneducated about dealing with reflux, but the hospital staff see it all the time.

Products like Stomach Calm are not going to do much to help. Antacids, over the counter or prescribed, help nutralise the acid in the stomach which helps the pain, they do not help the throwing up.

The thickeners will help, other than that you really just have to wait it out. Most babies stop spitting up after every feed by 6 months.

Marla - posted on 12/15/2010

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My daughter had the same problem and I breastfed my daughter in the beginning, I stopped when she turned four months but what I did, I gave her one and half tablespoon of rice cereal, the baby cereal(beginners) and then I breastfed. Rice cereal is easier to digest and I found thd solids help the liquids to stay down, plus she had zantac and i got it flavoured because it taste like shit.(excuse the french) whatever went into my my kids mouth I tasted it. By the time she was six months I had her off the reflux meds(zantac). You have to take your child to her doctor to get a perscription for reflux. No laying after breeastfeeding or playing for a half an hour. I tried them all

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Danielle - posted on 01/02/2011

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My daughter is on Zantac for babies. she has been since 6 wks, and we're weaning her off now at 6 months. no issues since, and no issues with taking her off so far. it helps allot. i know the pain of washing EVERYTHING in her closet every day.

Trish - posted on 01/02/2011

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my baby was breastfed and seriously couldn't even digest the breastmilk due to her reflux...the dr. didn't want to put her on meds b/c it wasn't affecting her growth...BUT she wasn't listening to the baby scream constantly all day long. She would wake up, cry b/c she was hungry, we'd feed her, and then she would scream for HOURS because of the reflux, then fall asleep. So, after about 2 months I called and BEGGED For medicine. The dr. prescribed Rantidine which is basically liquid Zantac for acid indigestion. Instantly, we had a different baby.

MOMMBY Mom - posted on 01/02/2011

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If Zantac doesn't work you may want to try Prevacid. Please refer to this link for different information on medications - http://mommby.com/Medical/Reflux/Medicat... Also, you may definitely want to check to see if your baby has a milk allergy. As posted above, some babies are misdiagnosed with reflux and really they are just allergic to milk and once you remove milk from your diet she may be better. I'd keep checking with doctors about possible problems and solutions. Good luck!

MOMMBY Mom - posted on 01/02/2011

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I’m sorry to hear your daughter is suffering from reflux. My son also had reflux. My son was not officially diagnosed until we switched pediatricians when he was 6 months old and started to refuse baby food due to the reflux. He was also a very HAPPY baby but just because they are happy I do not feel is reason to not try to help them. We put my son on Prevacid when he was 6 months old and that did seem to help. Great to hear you are breastfeeding as I think that helped him as well and unfortunately I weaned him from breastfeeding around 6 months before I knew that it may have helped with his reflux.

You may want to discuss with your doctor if you can start to give your baby some oatmeal cereal after she breastfeeds to help keep the breast milk down. We also raised our son’s crib to help with his reflux. For some more tips, please refer to http://mommby.com/Medical/Reflux/About.p... I hope to post more information soon.

Take care,
Schalyn

Stifler's - posted on 01/02/2011

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I used Gaviscon powder too. It was pretty good. Karicare makes a thickener also but thickened feeds didn't do much for my in relation to the screaming and pain. He just grew out of it at 8 months and hasn't spewed again. It was really weird.

Natalie - posted on 01/02/2011

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PS - try a different Doctor! this one doesn't know too much about reflux obviously. My son was 'happy' too. But we were exhausted trying to keep him upright etc...

Natalie - posted on 01/02/2011

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I have just been through this with my son - Raise his cot, Breastfeed sitting up - don't lie your baby down while feeding (easier said than done) - Keep your baby upright at least 20-30mins after each feed or they'll just bring up the milk, this helps for it to go into their tummies. Use a front pack.



Get the baby medicated - the doctor prescribed 'Zantac' and it helped - finally he could sleep and so could we! he was always in so much pain and vomitting all the time.



I really feel for you its a nasty thing...

Savannah - posted on 01/02/2011

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By the sounds of it she might be lactose intolerant my son was they keep saying reflex and meds did nothing, How much milk are you drinking? my doc told me that drinking a lot of milk can cause it. ITS NOT THE MILK its the protein in the milk. Some babies can't handle it. I would try and cut back on all the protein and see what happens.

Elle - posted on 12/30/2010

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could your baby have a lactose intolerance? I had a friend switch to soy to find out.

Davina - posted on 12/30/2010

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We have been back to the dr and have been on Zantac syrup for and week and have yet to see any improvement, how long does it take to work, should of asked the dr but forgot, she only has 0.7ml twice a day

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