My son has Acid Reflux Help!

Amanda - posted on 03/25/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )

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how do I make him more comfortable and get more then 3 hours a sleep a night?

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Bridget - posted on 03/25/2010

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My son was diagnosed at 4 days old after being admitted into a children's hospital. After a reflux baby eats they are supposed to be held up for 30 minutes but not rocked or put into a swing. My son is breast fed but at night before bedtime I give him a bottle of formula with oatmeal cereal 1/2 tsp of oatmeal cereal in it (rice hurt his tummy), the doctors say that the cereal helps keep the acid down. Also, my son still sleeps in a bassinet so I put a boppy pillow inside of it so that his head can be raised at night. If your son sleeps in a crib, there are wedges that you can buy to put under his mattress to raise it (they sell them at medical supply stores, you'd need a 7-9 inch). My son is on Zantac but I don't think it works well. After reading the suggestions of the others on here, I'm going to ask the doc about changing to Prevacid. Hope this helps. Hang in there, I know it's hard. I'm just now getting a little more sleep & he's 14 weeks.

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Have you also thought about taking him to a Chiropractor. That can help. There is a specific thing they can do for Acid Reflux and it is proven to work. We have been taking our daughter since she was 6 weeks old and she is SO healthy (she's 2 now).

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Paula Maree - posted on 03/26/2010

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Have you tried your baby son on Gaviscon? I am not sure whether Gaviscon is suitable for babies. Has he got Colic?

Paola - posted on 03/26/2010

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Hi, My twin daugther had the same thing since she was born. Until about 9 months. She had to take medication every morning. You should ask her doctor.

Renae - posted on 03/26/2010

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Zantac is one of the milder medications for reflux. Ask your doctor to review his meds and dosage. In Australia family doctors only prescribe very small doses of reflux medication, you have to see a paediatrician to be given a suitable dose for a baby with severe reflux.

Melanie - posted on 03/25/2010

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Depending on how old he is if he's on solids start looking at the ingredients. You need to avoid things like tomatoes, cucumber, most gingerbread biscuits & orange/lemon or other acidic fruit. Tilting is also a great way to help him sleep better at night maybe use a book one end to help raise the cot. Sleeping on his side will help also. They usually grow out of it between 12 - 18 months old. Good luck. xx

Angi - posted on 03/25/2010

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My youngest had reflux pretty bad. Dairy seemed to make it worse. But soy is bad too. I know it is hard, but you can try not letting him eat or drink an hour before bed. I am 43 and that is what works best for me, yes I have reflux too.

Danielle - posted on 03/25/2010

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you could try having him sleep in his car seat or something similar that keeps him at an angle. my son spit up so much at first and i had him sleep in one of those boppy bouncer things for a couple months and he never spit up when he was sleeping in it.

Claire - posted on 03/25/2010

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Our little guy was on Zantac for a couple of months before he switched to Prevacid. What a huge difference. He took to the dissolvable pills like a champ and started having more restful sleep. We continued to have his matress elevated at one end until he was more than a year and mostly outgrew the GERD. The rice cereal with his milk/formula is a good suggestion. If he's onto solid foods, try bananas and rice cereal before bed, it will stay down better. Someday you will be able to look back on your experience with this and say, "I'm so glad he outgrew that and I can finally get some sleep!" Then you can come on here and help another mom :) Our little guy still doesn't sleep through the night, but that's another issue all together...
Good luck!

Stefanie - posted on 03/25/2010

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PREVACID!!!!! works wonders!!! Zantac did nothing for mine, he's been on the prevacid for about 5 months now and i'm swearing by it!!!!

Amber - posted on 03/25/2010

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Yea my daughter was on Zantac as well and it lasted about a week. The cereal thing works as well but then you have to watch for constipation my daughter stayed constipated from a month because of the cereal. Like i said earlier the prevacid works. She went from spitting up just about all she ate to now not hardly EVER spitting up anything! I do strongly recommend prevacid!

Joanna - posted on 03/25/2010

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My daughter's reflux was so bad, the doctor tried prescription Zantac, but that didn't work, so they put her on baby Prevacid, and it worked wonders!

I also got one of those sleeper wedges so she slept elevated a little, and that seemed to help.

Amber - posted on 03/25/2010

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my nephew had it really bad as an infant the doctor told my sis to add single grain rice cereal to his formula and it worked wonders. He is 4 now so obviously there was no prob with it.

Megan - posted on 03/25/2010

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My doctor told me to give my son a 1/2 teaspoon of rice cereal per ounce of formula at night only because its thicker and it seemed to help. He was taking cereal at just 6 weeks and he is also on zantac. The doctor also said to keep him sitting up for at least 30 min after he eats

Amanda - posted on 03/25/2010

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My son is 2 months old and has seen a doctor twice now for it and they just say give the medicine time but its been two weeks now I am just so tired and stressed out over it

Danielle - posted on 03/25/2010

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My son has really bad reflux. The first two months of his life were horrible until we finally figured out what was wrong. He was first put on Zantac and is now on Previcid. On his first dose he actually stopped crying and turned into a whole new baby. We also keep his crib propped up which the dr. should show you how to do it. The Zantac only works for about a week if that, make sure to go back and ask for Previcid. They even make it over the counter now and I just cut the pill open and put it in his oatmeal and fruit in the mornings. It saves us $75 a month and is totally ok to give them. I called all kinds of dr.s to find out! Good luck!!!

Amber - posted on 03/25/2010

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My daughter has acid reflux went through a series of things from changing her milk to changing her meds but they finally put her on prevacid and it was a god send it works SOO much i would see if he's doctor could let you try that and see if it works. Hope this helps Good luck!!

Chelsea - posted on 03/25/2010

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My 6 month old son also has acid reflux and its terrible! What I tried doing was to also sit him up as much as possible during a feeding and then leave him sitting up afterwards for about 30-45 mins. A good level for his head maybe is car seat. That way when he is sitting up his food won't flow right back up his throat. I am not saying that it will help your son, but it would be worth a try.

Michelle - posted on 03/25/2010

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have you tried taking lactose out of his diet? my daughter was diagnosed as having acid reflux *her brother is 6 and has it and hubby has it so it made sense* we kept having issues and eventually discovered she's not only lactose intolerant but also has celiacs

Amanda - posted on 03/25/2010

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The doctor has him on Zantax and its not helping but thank you for the idea to prop his head i'll try that tonight

Medic - posted on 03/25/2010

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How old is he? and Has he seen a dr? My 8 week old has GERD and is Lactose intolerant...the meds they have given her help but not to the point that I am happy with it. It has taken alot of experimenting and she does sleep on her stomach and we have a breathing monitor on her bed because it is better for some babies to sleep on their stomachs and the drs will discuss that if it is the case. We have just had to play around with adding cereal to her formula because soy formula does not come with the added rice starch like traditional formula and that has helpes alot and then its just a matter of feeding less at a time more often. My daughter sleeps from 8pm till 6am and has for about 3 weeks now.

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Has he been diagnosed by a doctor? If it is really bad there is medication he can take that REALLY helps.



If you'd rather not then try tilting his cot up at one end and have him sleep with is head at the high end.

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