My daughter has been having gastrointestinal problems since she was born and now she is on her third type of formula. She throws up every time she eats and the Doctor keeps telling me that it's not acid reflux. Her throw up is always clear so I'm thinking that it's not the milk thats bothering her stomach. Any ideas on what it could be?

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i don't believe in "colic" or a lot of things dr's say. "colic" means they don't know what else to tell you. when my girls had tummy (usually it's just gas) problems, first i tried a Gentle Naturals TummySoother. I think Gerber makes it. Then an Amish woman told me to used aloe vera juice. That worked so well! i used it w/ my 2nd DD and she didn't have any more problems. the other thing you might try is taking them to a chiropractor, one that is family friendly. My 1st DD cried a lot for the first few mths. everybody told me colic, colic, colic. But we took her to the chiropractor when she was abt 18 mths old and we found out she had a dislocated shoulder! things like that happen from coming through the birth canal. That's why she ALWAYS cried when we put her in her carseat or put her clothes on. with my 2nd DD she had what i thought were constipation issues cause she could go 2 wks w/out having a bm. But she was just out of alignment and the chiropractor just worked w/ her and she was fine after that. i know pediatricians don't always like chiro's, and vice versa, because the latter is more natural than the former. But if you find a good one, it might really help. Good luck. :)

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Amanda - posted on 11/18/2015

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My daughter was going with the same phase. I started babies magic tea and she no more was a bothering baby. It's all natural and safe tea.

Michelle - posted on 01/17/2009

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My oldest son was also allergic to milk.  Have you tried Alimentum or Goat's milk. 

Tammy - posted on 01/17/2009

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If you haven't tried it, maybe a Soy formula.  Other than that, I would go to a specialist.  Be very persistant with your doctor & tell them you want her to see a specialist and have them refer one to you.

Josi - posted on 01/17/2009

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that sounds exactly like what my son had and it ended up being larango malasia with acid reflux and he had to have surgery on his larynx and that u shaped cartilage in his throat. What it was is his larynx was basically a little over grown and so was that u shaped cartilage and they were collapsing into his wind pipe.....

Rebecca - posted on 01/16/2009

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I had the same problem with my child, it lasted untill she was about 9 months when I switched her over to whole milk and then she was fine! I went through all the formula test and everything nothing worked! I was so aggravated I always had to take several things of clothes and blankets when we went out cause of it! It was everytime she was feed a bottle! I started her on cereal and size 1 baby foods when she was 3 weeks old because she was starving it helped out a little on the throwing up, but I took it on my own to switch her over to whole milk and she had no problems after that! I guess she just couldn't handle the formula! I didn't try breast feeding cause I had no milk! But the docs couldn't give me an explanation to why it was always try this maybe it will work! It was awful! I know what ur going through and maybe u can get them to give u an explanation!

Katrina - posted on 01/16/2009

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Quoting Jari:

My daughter still battles with the Reflux and still has monthly visits to the doctors office and they still are treating her with Previvid Solu-tabs she still does get flair ups but nothing like she once does. She is starting to eat solid foods and have been now for the last 8 months :) .


Jari - It sounds like your daughter and mine have had very similar experiences and are about the same age.  My daughter's symptoms started within her first 2 weeks, followed by frequent dr and ER visits because it got much worse when we started solid foods.  It seems to have been a combination of GERD, delayed emptying, and food allergies, but we're still working through it more than 2 yrs later.   We're in metro Atlanta and finally found a group of pediatric GI specialists called CCDHC (Childrens' Center for Digestive Health Care) www.gicare4kids.com. 



I'd be curious to know how your daughter did (or does) when she makes the transition from plain solids/single foods to your family meals.  That's when my daughter's symptoms started backsliding.  We found out last month that she is allergic to garlic, on top of the egg/peanut/beef allergies we already knew about.  We've eliminated it from her diet and we're optimistic so far...



Reglan made a significant difference for the emptying, but had some tough side effects.  Now that allergies may be a larger factor than delayed emptying we're trying to wean her off the Reglan.  We hope that Prevacid and an allergy-avoidance diet may finally be our answer. 

Katrina - posted on 01/16/2009

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Quoting Stephanie:

Keela, i'm have been going through this since about 4 wks. we have been to the ER 4 times with in a month span, the dr office more times then i can count. we had an upper gi done and the dr doing the test thought he had pyloric stenosis, so they did an ultra sound the same day. they called our pediatrician and told him that is what it was, so we were sent to the ER because they couldnt' get us into the peds surgeon until two wks after. rushed to the er (different hospital then where we had the upper gi done) they had their radiologist read the films and they told us it wasn't pyloric stenosis. My son is now 4 months old, he still has projectile vomiting brings up any where from 1/2 ounce to a full ounce at a time, cries after almost every feeding, we had a gastric emptying study done, and they said he has severe reflux and a stomach that doesn't empty as quick as it should. I'm wondering if he really does have this pyloric stenosis and it was missed on the films. he is the first boy to our family. we have an appt to see the peds GI on monday.



Stephanie - Did  you have any luck at the GI last week?  Your experience sounds very similar to ours, where it was a combination of more than one problem.  Sounds like you ruled out pyloric stenosis and refluxtreatment isn't making a difference.  Did you say you were also talking to your GI about delayed gastric emptying?  My daughter is 2 now, but began showing signs by 2 weeks and it got worse instead of better as she reached her 1st bday.  It took a combination of Prevacid (Zantac didn't work for her) and Reglan for the emptying to get my daughter back up to a healthy weight.  We did food allergy testing once she was 1 year and that has shed more light.  Good luck. 

Kelly - posted on 01/16/2009

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do you give her something for gas? my son was doing that and finally had to stay in the hospital to only find out he was allergic to gripe water!!

Jackie - posted on 01/16/2009

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We had the same problem with my daughter. The pediatrician told us it was from switching her back and forth between breast milk and formula (we were supplementing). Turns out she had a bacteria imbalance in her gastrointestinal system and all it took was some simple pro-biotics to rectify the problem! We got them over the counter at the pharmacy and you just add a few drops to the formula. Within days she stopped vomiting and we haven't had a problem since. Good luck!

User - posted on 01/16/2009

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I have several friends who have given their babies goat milk and swear by it.

 



http://www.drgreene.com/21_1486.html



Goat's milk is closer to human milk than cow's milk is, and in many countries it is used exclusively for infant feeding. The protein in goat's milk is easier to digest than the protein in cow's milk. If you are going to use goat's milk, the biggest thing to be aware of is that goat’s milk is low in iron and certain called brucellosis can occur in goat's milk, so you should boil it before giving it to babies. For children over 1 year old, goat's milk is probably better than cow's milk, just not used so much in the U.S.





 

Connie - posted on 01/16/2009

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Your poor little baby has acid reflux. My nephew did the same thing and was put on medicine for it and is a happy little guy now.

Michelen - posted on 01/16/2009

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Is she congested.  It could be here sinuses draining into her stomach.  My son has sinus problems and he used to vomit the snot that drained down into his stomach just a suggestion

Stacie - posted on 01/16/2009

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My son was on Similac Alimentum.  My daughter was on Gentle Ease.  Both had gerd as babies and are both now fine

Stacie - posted on 01/16/2009

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My son was on Similac Alimentum.  My daughter was on Gentle Ease.  Both had gerd as babies and are both now fine

Janice - posted on 01/16/2009

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My daughter had that when she was a baby and she was intolerant to dairy. They put her on soy milk and no more problems. 

Janice - posted on 01/16/2009

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My daughter had that when she was a baby and she was intolerant to dairy. They put her on soy milk and no more problems. 

Jennifer - posted on 01/16/2009

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Ya, our son has the same issue, he's 14 and on three medicines for it. He didn't outgrow it :)



it could also be food intolerences (this the formula change)



If she doesn't have other problems, then they'll probably just let the spitting continue.



 If though, she is not gaining, and not sleeping they'll look into some medicnes first, then  as a last resort GI care.



You can check on your own what the ped GI specialist in your town thinks, and what the schedule to get in was. We got put on a list to wait 6 months, then got moved up due to a cancelation to 2 month wait.



good luck again.

Carrie - posted on 01/16/2009

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if she is a fast drinker, burp her every 5 minutes. slows her down and helps give her tummy time to digest smaller amounts.

User - posted on 01/16/2009

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Quoting Nae:

My daughter has been having gastrointestinal problems since she was born and now she is on her third type of formula. She throws up every time she eats and the Doctor keeps telling me that it's not acid reflux. Her throw up is always clear so I'm thinking that it's not the milk thats bothering her stomach. Any ideas on what it could be?




My grandson was diagnosed with pyloric stenosis (unsure of spelling).  He was always throwing up after every feeding.  The muscle at the top of the stomach closes preventing anything from going into the stomach which resulted in his vomiting.  Try suggesting this to your doctor.  It usually developes around the age of 4 weeks.  He ended up having surgery to correct this problem.

Stephanie - posted on 12/31/2008

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if you chose nutramigen, look at walmart for it. We have found it the cheapest there. 23.98 per can.

Crystal - posted on 12/30/2008

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The only thing that helped my baby at that age was a special formula called, Nutramagen. It's very expensive ($35 per can), so if you can get your pediatrician to get you a script for it, your health insurance may cover it!

It stopped my daughters throwing up, crying and discomfort in 1 day!!!!

Jari - posted on 12/30/2008

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I am not a doctor or in the medical field. I do however feel for you.. my daughter was born in Feb. 2006 and was hospitalized at four months old, no one could tell me why.. It was very hard. She did not like to eat (nursed) I thought maybe it was just me. I stuck with it and finally after her six days in the hospital she was able to come home. The doctors never could tell me what was wrong with her. We then moved back to our home town a few months later and things were ok. When my daughter turned 14 months old she landed herself back in the hospial. She at this point still did not want to eat anything including solid foods or baby food *she was like this since birth*. I though to my self what is this.. 4 months then 14 months. She ended up having pnenomia the chest x-rays showed. My husband and I took her to the ER when she would not eat and could not stop throwing up. She even did it on the ER doctor LOL. We do not remember the hospital at her 4 month stay taking x-rays so there was no evidence. But, we (my husband and I) think she too then had pnemonia because the symptoms where all the same. She was 15 pounds at 14 months old, her birth weight was 6 pounds 4 ounces. We started seeing a gastro doctor at MCG in Augusta, Georgia and she ran some test and found that she DID have Acid Refllux and began treating her and watching her weight. Even though she is VERY slowly gaining weight, she has not had pnemonia since. Don't give up. My daughter still battles with the Reflux and still has monthly visits to the doctors office and they still are treating her with Previvid Solu-tabs she still does get flair ups but nothing like she once does. She is starting to eat solid foods and have been now for the last 8 months :) . I will keep you in my prayers if you want to talk my e-mail address is jarideleon@marykay.com am also on facebook: tell me if you invite me as a friend that I posted a comment on your Acid Refux question so I will know who your are. God bless you and your baby. SIncerely, Jari A. de Leon

Stephanie - posted on 12/30/2008

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I had gone through the same thing. Origianally I was breastfeeding, 4 weeks later he was throwing up seconds after latching on and screaming in pain everytime he ate...also had chronic diahrrea. I switched to formula....4 formulas later my son was put on a low iron formula. This made it a little bit better, but not completely. Then at 4 months old my Dr. told me to add cereal...again a litte better, but still not gone. My Dr. just kept telling me that "some babies just have sensitive tummy's and he would grow out of it". At 7 months old, he was underweight and I finally managed to push him to send my son for tests...turns out it wasn't reflux or IBS like I thought, but he has Cystic Fibrosis. Huge shock to us...If I could do it again I would have pushed my Dr. when I had that feeling at a couple weeks old that there was something just not right. If it keeps bothering you that something is wrong....push for tests!

Bonnie - posted on 12/30/2008

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If it is clear it's most likely pure acid and i'm sure it smells like that too. My son was in the hospital twice at 8 weeks and they sent us home with new formula both times. Finally after he couldn't keep anything down for 36 hours he was admitting and a new peditrician finally diagnosed him..... the wonderful solution was good start (or any "gentle" formula (walmart has a great off brand) mixed with 1 tbsp of baby rice cereal per ounce!! it worked so well he was able to come off the acid medication after a couple months. By thickening the formula he was able to keep it down. Hope it helps!

Cherryl Lynne - posted on 12/30/2008

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It's so hard to tell when they are so small - it could be that they are eating too much or allergies . . .my daughter was throwing up a lot too and they said it was just reflux. The doctors put her on Zantac. It helped a little . . .as a supplement to the breast feeding we gave her Similac RS and it seemed to be the only formula that agreed with her tummy. Fortunately she outgrew it by the time she was about 9 months old. Hope that's the same case for you.

User - posted on 12/30/2008

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If it is not pyloric stenosis than it sounds like reflux. Both of my children had/have reflux in varying degrees. Both saw a specialist. The switch in formula in combination with Prilosec was a miracle. Zantac did not cut it for both of my kids. The best formula you can get is Nutramagen or Similacs version Alimentum. Due to the fact that both of these are partially digested allowing the stomach to empty faster which will keep your baby from throwing it up. There is a formula available called Neocate that is fully digested. You can order it through any pharmacy department.

I suggest you get referred out to a pediatric gastro doctor. My pediatrician was on the right track however the gastro had to tweak doses and brands in order for my baby to get relief. You want a physician who deals with this on a day to day basis in order to properly treat and diagnose the problem. I went through the same yo-yo of switching formulas for 20 wks until I saw a specialist. According to the gastro the only ones on the market truely designed for reflux babies are the ones I mentioned above.



Good luck

Stephanie - posted on 12/30/2008

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Keela, i'm have been going through this since about 4 wks. we have been to the ER 4 times with in a month span, the dr office more times then i can count. we had an upper gi done and the dr doing the test thought he had pyloric stenosis, so they did an ultra sound the same day. they called our pediatrician and told him that is what it was, so we were sent to the ER because they couldnt' get us into the peds surgeon until two wks after. rushed to the er (different hospital then where we had the upper gi done) they had their radiologist read the films and they told us it wasn't pyloric stenosis. My son is now 4 months old, he still has projectile vomiting brings up any where from 1/2 ounce to a full ounce at a time, cries after almost every feeding, we had a gastric emptying study done, and they said he has severe reflux and a stomach that doesn't empty as quick as it should. I'm wondering if he really does have this pyloric stenosis and it was missed on the films. he is the first boy to our family. we have an appt to see the peds GI on monday.

Nicole - posted on 12/30/2008

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we had the same problem with my son but while he was vomiting he had diarhhea after 3yr s of every test known to man he was finally diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome

Keela - posted on 12/30/2008

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My son had the projectile vomiting and screaming after every bottle beginning at age 2 weeks. By age 7 weeks, we were in the drs office up to 3 times a week. They finally did an upper GI and found that his pylorous muscle was contracted and not letting his stomach empty into his intestines. They did surgery at 8 weeks old and totally fixed the problem. During this process, they did tell me that it is much more common in boys and usually the first born male to a family. Since, I have looked it up online and it is fairly uncommon but very very rare in girls. Dont remember the actualy statistics but I am sure it could be a possibility.The only difference is he was DEFINATELY throwing up milk.........it was NEVER clear!! Hope some of these responses help.

Jennifer - posted on 12/30/2008

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Sara, that would be fabulous if it were that simple for her little one; I hope it is.

We tried every formula on the market, plus the perscribed ones, and nothing helped.

Our son is now on 3 medicnes that help, but still needs GI care.

There is enough guilt in motherhood without hearing the standard "there's nothing wrong with your child" thing, when in your gut you know there is something else wrong. I listened to what people said, including my husband, family. and a few doctors. It wasn't until I became a pain in their neck, that my child finally got the help he needed. And YES, there was something WRONG. I am so mad I did not listen to my gut early on and get the help he needed.



Do you think it right for your child, and there is no reason to wait.

Carrie - posted on 12/30/2008

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We had similar problem and solved it by burbing every five minutes while feeding. If feeding by bottle, feed baby upright. And after feeding keep baby upright and inactive to settle tummy for 10-20 minutes. So simple. Hope it works for your baby too.

Holly - posted on 12/30/2008

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My son projectile vomitted every time he ate too and no acid reflux. He was put on Nutramagen formula, BUT since then I found out that goats milk works better and is cheaper. My sister used it with both of her children. I'm due to have a baby in March and am very happy to have this information just in case it happens again!

Sara - posted on 12/30/2008

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Here's a cheaper, not panicky thing I hope might work for you... My son was a spitter upper, and it was getting worse. When he was about 6 months old my sis-in-law suggested trying walmart brand formula. I had already tried a couple of others and was ready to try one of the expensive, espeically for pukey babies ones, but guess what? Within a day and a half he stopped spitting up after feedings completely! Once when I ran out I had to use some old (unopened) enfamil i had around, and after just two bottles he was puking again. So back to the Walmart brand we went and stayed. Their formulas have exactly the same numbers on the back as all the pricey brands, and they cost a whole lot less ($12 instead of $26 a can). And no, i don't work for them, I was just amazed at it and hope it might help you too - I would hat to see you put your poor little girl through doctors and tests and things down her throat if this might help her instead. Best of Luck!!!

Michelle - posted on 12/30/2008

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O kay I am here to tell ya My 2 son almost DIED from this , The doctors kept telling me its not acid reflux and he was on EVERY formula on the shelf , he finally had to be admitted to the ER , he stopped breathing on us at 8 weeks old , They finally sent in a specicalist , IT WAS ACID REFLUX!!! I dont care what they say keep pushing and pushing my son has to have the light ran down his throat at 8 weeks old and he has several ulsers due to this and no one wanted to hear me , You cannot stop ! this can be deadly! i had a really hard time and im telling you , I said if i ever had a chance to help some one else with this I would so please , PUSH!!! , and his was clear too , thats why they said it was not the milk but it was, thats the acid. hope this helps please let me know if you need anymore info!

Michelle, happy to help

Stephanie - posted on 12/30/2008

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My middle daughter also had reflux and a slow emptying stomach, but she was not as bad as my 4 month old. they had her on the reglan and prevacid and alimentium, around a year old she was off all meds, she is now two and has no trouble at all.

Stephanie - posted on 12/30/2008

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Eileen, i know where your coming from. My lil one is 4 months old now, and he has been through a lot in his short little life, to the ER 4 times, a upper GI, a Ultra sound, a gastric emptying study, a radiologist telling us he had Pyloric stenosis, the ER and the peds surgeon telling us he did. that it was severe reflux, and that his stomach doesn't empty the way it should. He is on nutramigen formula, reglan to assist with stomach emptying, prevacid for the reflux, yet i'm still drenched in throw up every 5 seconds, its to the point that i don't even change my clothes, i just wipe it off and go for another round. We have an appointment with a gastrointerologist on Jan 5th. Hopefully they can figure him out.

Tiffani - posted on 12/30/2008

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if the doctors are saying its not acid reflux try to see if you can get a referral to a gastroenterologist and check for celiac(sprue) diesase....i have it myself not my daughter but she wont be able to tolerate wheat, rye, oats and stuff like that so see if they can check for that.

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My son had gastrointestinal problems too - and our doctor didn't take me seriously at first (didn't think it was acid reflux either). We tried zantac (for the reflux) and Nutramigen (for possible milk allergy). It made a HUGE difference. Get the book "Colic Solved" by Bryan Vartabedian - it was very helpful for us! We eventually had to switch to Neocate formula and Prevacid as his problems were pretty severe - but I'm happy to report that he is a health 18 month old now who has outgrown pretty much all of it. We still avoid dairy, but he doesn't take any special formula or meds.

Eileen - posted on 12/30/2008

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Here's a bit of my nightmare..maybe it will help...

My son, at four months was half breastfed and half bottlefed... but since we introduced the formula at six weeks he began to get sick.. and it got worse with each feed.. one doc said hes allergic to dairy.. so mom went off dairy for four months, continued to nurse, and switched him to soy... he got worse!!

Finally, he started losing weight... by Christmas we had a very very sick little boy, who went down already two pounds in a couple weeks, and still dropping, as much as 8 oz overnight on boxing day.... in and out of emerg again and again.. they said its asthma, its his formula, its reflux...still the vomitting and diarrhea continued...

After watching them take him for a cat scan, spinal tap, and barium swallow/x-ray series, we consented to an endoscopy to biopsy some abnormality in the intestine,

through the endoscopy, the doctor found he had a pyloric stricture, a relatively simply repaired closing of the pyloric valve( the opening from the stomach into the intestine), this was preventing food from passing at a proper speed into the intestine, so he would vomit the excess trapped in his stomach, no wonder all he seemed to keep down was breastmilk!!!

So..... my point, if you aren't sure its "just the formula" , STICK TO YOUR GUNS, be persistent, and make sure they find out why your little one is sick. Either way, you are probably right to suspect that it isn't the food that is the problem, it is more likely something in her little body that just isnt quite right... make sure she had a full blood work up, and that she sees an gastro-enterologist.

For comfort, our story has a happy ending, once they stretched that pylorus with the scope, a simple, relatively safe procedure, (done twice now for our little one,) he is now a happy strong, 19 month old terror towering over 33 inches and 25 pounds, and eats just what you expect a toddler to eat.. EVERYTHING!!!

Trust your instinct, and be strong, and assertive for you child!

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FInd a pediatric Chiropractor in your area. My friend had a very similar problem and her son was adjsuted once and has been doing much better- babies get out of wack during birthing and often don't readjust themselves.

User - posted on 12/30/2008

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Hi, Nae

Talk to your Dr about Zantac. I'm not a Dr (although I play one on TV) but it definitely sounds like acid reflux. Also, try adding one teaspoon of dry cereal for every three ounces of formula. I also found that letting the baby sleep sitting upright a swing or car seat helps.

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I have not personally had any problems with either of my children, however, I have 3 friends who have turned to alternative treatment from just the formula. They have taken their children to a chiropractor and for all of them it has helped out tremendously. There is something to with their bodies alignment. If it wasn't for the fact that I have seen 3 instances where it helped out I would think it was crazy, but it can really help. Good luck with you daughter. Oh should you try this suggestion, you need to look for a chiropractor who specializes in children's chiropractic services. Not all deal with children.

User - posted on 12/30/2008

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Hi there Nae. I went through pretty much the same thing when my daughter was an infant. Since she wouldn't breast feed, she was on similac, then they switched her to soy products, then finally we put her on Alimentum. It's quite pricey! But it was what worked for her. Good luck! Take care!

Stephanie - posted on 12/30/2008

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just want to point out Reglan is a medicine that helps empty the stomach , it is not a reflux medicine. some pediatricians will use this in severe reflux because if the stomach is emptying at a qucker rate, then the reflux will be cut back. they usually put them on either zantac or prevacid also. they help reduce the acid in the stomach.

Justins_mom2004 - posted on 12/29/2008

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my daughter didn't have acid reflux but i asked my dr if we could try soy milk and shes been on it ever since and does very well. may want to give it a try if you haven't yet

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My kids were the same way. The only formula that worked for us was enfamil nutramigen.

Elizabeth - posted on 12/29/2008

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I've heard almost every answer I would have for you already in the forum. My daughter had severe reflux when she was born. Because of it she was in the NICU until she was 3 weeks old. The doctors assured me she could throw up all she wanted as long as she was still gaining weight. She was on medication called Regulan to help with the reflux as well as Zantac for the heartburn from all the throwing up. We found that Enfamil AR worked really well, since it is a rice-thickened formula. If she was having a really bad day I would even add a little bit of extra rice cereal. I also went through every kind of bottle you could think of and for me the Playtex Vent-Aire bottles worked the best. It seemed to give her the least gas which helped keep the formula down. On the bright side most kids, like mine, will grow out of it once they are able to sit up on their own and spend less time on their backs. I wish you the best of luck! I know it was very frustrating for me too, but it does get better!

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