Just found out my baby has acid reflux, anybody have good information,etc on acid reflux in babies?
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Anna - posted on 06/26/2009
check out this website, I found it very helpful and supportive. www.infantrefluxdisease.com
Both my children had GERD, and were first placed on h2 blockers/zantac and then moved up to ppi/prevacid, my kids outgrew their reflux at 19mth and 15mths, some children outgrow it sooner. I would highly recommend getting your child in w/ a pediatric GI dr. They specialize in gastro issues and will be better able to lead you in the right direction for what is best for the needs of your child. In the meantime, you can elevate the crib mattress, and keep the baby upright for 1/2 hr following feedings. Also both my children were intollerant to both milk and soy which exacerbated their reflux, keep an eye on your child's stools. You can always have your pedi do a hemocult test in the office to test for blood in the stool that can not be seen by the human eye, if you suspect an intollerance or allergy to milk or soy. Constipation makes the reflux worse as well as illnesses, cold's ect, and teething. Reflux tends to peak around 4 mths of age. Both my kids had silent reflux, where they brought it up and swallowed it down. Again a GI dr. is really helpful. Good luck, hope your little one is feeling better soon.
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Jaime - posted on 07/03/2009
your baby will probably grow out of this when they are able to sit up on their own (my daughter did-she's 11 now!) you can change formula (if using) to find a gentler formula, your doc will recommend. If the baby becomes constipated on thenew formula (my daughter did!) just add a tablespoon of light corn syrup to her morning and evening bottles (only) and they'll be right as rain!
Mel - posted on 07/03/2009
ow its hard but they grow out of it. try to thicken bottles or offer solids before bottles so they have something to line the stomach, elevate the cot and try to keep upright during and after feeding. get a matress protector too, our good cot matress ended up disgusting amd mouldy because we could not possibly clean it every single day but i did have to clean out the pram every day and clean the floors, stuffed toys sheets and the lining for the swing had to go thru the machine about 3 times a day
Andrea - posted on 06/26/2009
Our son was born with reflux, and by 4 weeks, I was a mess and didn't know what to do or what was going on...until our dr diagnosed him. He went on Prevacid once a day (dissolved in a 3ml water in a syringe), and it was amazing what a difference it made! We were fortunate that it wasn't worse, and at nearly 4 months, he seems to have grown out of most of it. The biggest key was for me to nearly eliminate dairy (he also demonstrated a protein allergy to dairy and since I was nursing...), to keep him upright after feeding, and to really push for the good burps/toots. He is a much happier baby now, and though it tried our patience, we made it through. Good luck, and I hope your baby grows out of it quickly as well!
Cathy - posted on 06/26/2009
Oh that poor little one. I cannot tell you anything else different than what other moms have mentioned above but are you aware of baby wearing? My friend's daughter have really bad one and I taught her how to use a http://www.premiumslings.com
Mary - posted on 06/26/2009
Good Luck!!!! That is miserable. We have been through that. Lot's of love and comfort. If what your doctor has to say doesn't help ask about Celiac's Diease. My son ended up having that not Acid Reflux (after they diagnosed him with Acid Reflux). He has to have a gluten free diet and now is fine. Best of luck.
User - posted on 06/26/2009
My nephew had it and she used the dr. brown's bottles and elevated him for so long after eating and that seemed to help. Another thing that some people might be leary of is she use to get him adjusted at the chiro and that helped too....
Becky - posted on 06/26/2009
My son had it at a few months old but outgrew it before he turned one. They had me add cereal to my breastmilk and gave him zantac. I also elevated his crib on one side so he was sitting up more at night. Hopefully your baby will outgrow it too like my little one.
Rebecca - posted on 06/26/2009
my daughter was born with severe acid reflux as a little baby and now at 4 years of age still has it. she recentally underwent an operation that showed the effects of her not taking medication from 18 months of age until 3 years 8 months, her oesophagus is scarred and red and she has developed polyps on her vocal cords which means she undergoes frequent operations to keep an eye on these. medication i found, losec in her case helps so much. she still has little vomits frequentally but the acid is not so severe. i also watch what she eats and make sure she only grazes rather than eat big meals as big meals put pressure on the stomach. as a baby i propped her up for half an hour after feeds and propped her mattress up in her cot. unfortunately with her the acid was so severe no matter what i did the acid still burnt and she was a very unhappy sad and in pain baby and still as a child complains of discomfort. reflux is an awful thing for a child to have but something you just gotta try different things and see what works for you. there are different formulas and things but every baby is different and something different will work for every baby. almost every baby outgrows it by the age of 1 so there is light at the emd of the tunnel unfortunately for my daughter she will have it for life. good luck with your baby.
Jennifer - posted on 06/26/2009
Hello, I am from the old school, change the bottle, too a Nuk bottle, before breast feeding if u are, drink too glasses of warm water , that helps the milk to flow, in between give baby two ozs of bailey tea, or nutmeg tea, then give me, do not make strong, add hot water sit for 5 mins, strain tea with paper towel, let cool and then give, hold baby upright after each feed, and brumb, hold baby for a while before laying down. Stay away from spicy foods, sodas, eat plenty of fish, chicken and turkey, have a healthy and enjoyable life with your baby. do not give up hope
Jackie - posted on 06/26/2009
my son was prescribed zantac, I didnt give it to him., i just watch what he eats and elevated his head part of his crib. he's now 14 months and has grown out of it. it actually went away once he started eating food. he actually has a milk allergy, you might want to try a different formula. my son has to drink soy milk. apparently reflux is a common sign of a milk allergy.
Suzanna - posted on 06/26/2009
My 2 year old was diagnosed with reflux after throwing up randomly after eating. He was prescribed a liquid zantac that he had to take twice a day, the medicine turned out to be worse than the symptoms, he threw up every time we gave him the medicine as apposed to getting sick once or twice a month. Now we just watch what he eats and do not let him have anything to spicy and watch what he reacts to and what he doesn't. It really helped to keep a food diary for the first month or two to see what he reacted to.
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