What could be some signs that a baby has reflux?

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User - posted on 02/04/2009

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My son had reflux, and he threw up alot, and sometime out of his nose. 

Cindy - posted on 02/03/2009

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Hi my little girl was diagnosed with reflux at 2 1/2 months old after almost dying in my arms. She had reflux while lying on the floor playing on her back and it got into her windpipe and almost choked her. Now I understand how SID's can happen because she was playing one minute and seconds later she was not making a sound. Luckily I was right there with her and not busy doing something else, as I often let her play while I cleaned up.



Some of her signs prior to this: she would be fussy from about 5 -11 pm and there was nothing that would satisfy her. She would also arch her back and move her head from side to side. She did not spit up much at all which was odd when we found out what was wrong with her.



Her Pediatrician suggested elevating the head of her bed just slightly to keep the fluids down, along with keeping her upright for about 1/2 - 1 hour after feeding. He also gave her a perscription for Ranitidine (Zantac) which she took for about 4 months, and now she is almost 2 yrs. old and no troubles at all.



Hope this is helpful, good luck!

Hayley - posted on 02/03/2009

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take him to a chiropractor that is experienced with babies. his back would be out of alignment. keep the cot on an incline. put something like a big telephone book and the head end. refulx babies hate being laid flat. get to a pediatricican and see if you can be prescribed a formula to help. alergy testing can be done too. lots of vomiting and sicky burps are big signs. not being able to keep the milk (breast or formula) down well. very windy at both ends and tummy makes gurgle sounds. baby wriggles and squirms around a lot. babies for some reason often feel more comfy on their tummy when the acid is stirring their tummy. a teaspoon of cool boiled water will help you baby burp. be sure to burp the baby before a feed to help release the gases still in the tummy and also burp after the feed. if you burp before the feed, the baby will have a more settled tummy and should not feel as sicky after the feed. definitely see a doctor of some type, to help your baby settle and not feel the burning pain in the tummy and chest

Judy - posted on 02/04/2009

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There are medical tests that can be done too but mainly it's not being able to drink more than a couple ounces at a time, crying in pain all of a sudden, sometimes spitting up (but not always), swallowing a lot and seeming like they can't catch their breath. Good luck.

Erica - posted on 02/02/2009

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To any and all parents out there who have reflux or collicky babies I strongly urge you to try something called cranio- sacral therapy. It is a very light massage therapy performed by some osteopaths, physiotherapists, and massage therapists. If you don't want to give your child drugs this is the treatment for you. My daughter had mild reflux and I didn't want to give her drups so I took her to an osteopath for a treatment and what a difference it made. Look up cranio sacral therapy. There is a lot of good info on the internet.

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Kaija - posted on 04/06/2016

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Spitting up a lot is the sign of reflux and it could also lead to colic. The best remedy to cope with this issue is baby magic tea that's also preservative-free and safe for newborns.

Kylie - posted on 02/03/2009

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my 2nd son had silent reflux, he didn't spill, just wanted to suck all the time as this helps take the burning away but in the long run makes it worse. He would scream everytime he was put to lie down, to the extent i would leave him for several minutes, but sweat would be pouring off him. For the 1st 6 weeks i didn't no what to do with him, until the doctor gave him some medicine it smelt terrible and he hated the taste of it, but from that day on he slept thru the night. So not all reflux has vomiting/spills.



 



 

Rentia - posted on 02/03/2009

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Hi Courtney,
My son is 2 now and still has reflux - although it is much better nowadays. Throwing up - lots and lots and lots. It is always worse when he has a runny nose - the dripping at the back of his throat causes him to cough and that usually triggers the throwing up. You can try giving smaller amounts of milk at a time - more frequently - and keep the upper part of the body lifted - during and after feeds. That helps a bit too. To make life a little bit easier, keep a bowl nearby in the car, in the pram when you go shopping and where you move around in the house. Reflux can be very messy. I found the bowl to be a life saver many times! Always have extra clothes for baby as well as for mom! Good luck!

Kaitlyn - posted on 02/02/2009

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My son was projectile vomiting from birth and i thought it was nothing because that is what the doctors SAID TO ME....."if you drop a tablesppon of milk on the table it looks like alot more....." that is what 2 doctors and a health nurse......he ended up having pyloric stenosis.......a hereditary deseise that closes the tube inbetween your tummy and your bowel.......so if your child is vomiting i would take them in just to be on the safe side.......i felt like a horrible mother after that whole incedent. I  hope no one ever has to go through the fear of that.

Melissa - posted on 02/02/2009

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My son had silent reflux. The only symptoms he had were, he cried alot. and had trouble bringing up wind. One day he wouldn't stop crying and as a new mother I didn't really know what to do so we took him staight into the doctor. Just by listening to his cry the doctor diagnosed him with silent reflux. He was prescribed some medication and within a couple of hours we had a different baby. I hope this helps, but if you are concerned go and see your doctor.



 



 



 

Trina - posted on 02/02/2009

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My son had reflux and we were all miserable.  He cried and swallowed real hard like he had a sore throat.  When he would vomit, it would fly out in streams like a faucet on full blast.  My daughter I'm afraid was the same way, the difference in her was she done very well with Similac Sensitive formula in the kind that was already mixed, then slowly switched to powder.  Hope this helps.

Jamie - posted on 02/02/2009

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Projectile vomiting, doens't want to lay down, my daughter had this and colic. Her first 4 months were horrible. You can get a perscription from the doctor, it helps alot

Kelli - posted on 02/02/2009

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Here are some key things to look out for in children. Note, they don´t always have to have all these symptoms to be diagnosed as having reflux, for example an infant with may not vomit:





Spitting up or vomiting, up to 3 hrs after a feed or eating (this is not always the case)

symptoms of colic

constant or sudden crying

poor sleeping (waking frequently)

being irritable and/or in pain

hiccups or wet burps

arching their backs during or even after a feed

running noses

smelly unsoiled nappies.

this was taken from a reflux support group i am in if anyone wants the link let me they have been gr8 for me

Rhonda - posted on 02/02/2009

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My first born, (Son) had reflux, he was unable to keep any of his bottles down, we changed his milk so many times but it dint help at all, the worst time would be when he strained to go bathroom, he would projctile vomit, Thankfuly it was fixed by the doctor having me add Baby gaviscon powder to his bottles, this didnt fix it entirely, but he kept a majority of his feed down.



We he went on to solid foods, he stopped vomiting all together.



Thankfuly he didnt need to have surgery done.

Juliann - posted on 02/02/2009

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my son it 3months and has acid reflux really bad. It can actually cause breathing problems which i didnt know. He spit up alot had a really junky sound in his chest and stuffy nose. According to his ENT its all connected and he was actually showing signs of reflux so he is now on zantac two time a day and is starting to do great and im actually starting to get some sleep. If you think your baby has reflux i would greatly recomend going to see and ENT it helped me so much and i think it could do the same for you.

Emma - posted on 02/02/2009

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my son had reflux, he couldnt keep his food down and was prescribed gaviscon infant stuff.. which had to be mixed with his bottle but while i was breastfeeding it wasnt really an option...



jake would always bring up his milk, even hours after feeding. it was horrible he used to always cry and was in pain too.

Bridget - posted on 02/02/2009

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My son has reflux.  The doctor actually diagnosed him with colic, but after talking to some relatives we realized that it was acid reflux.  The symptoms were alot alike for him. 



He grunted a lot and seemed very uncomfortable all the time when he was awake.  Also, right before we put him on the medication he was throwing up once a day (usually shortly after nursing).  It was very acidy, not just spit up.

Linda - posted on 02/02/2009

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If you think he has GERD, elevate the head of his crib slightly. Just a few inches. That will help keep the contents of his stomach IN his stomach instead of sliding back up.

Elizabeth - posted on 02/02/2009

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Quoting Deanna:

Hi. My third baby had reflux ... to the point where she wasn't gaining weight. The first 6 weeks were great then she started to have poor weight gain which decreased to the point of no weight gain. The signs were slow and difficult to distinguish but looking back they are now obvious and as follows:
- back arching when feeding
- uncomfortable when feeding (squirming, etc.)
- likes the soother (to satisfy sucking without the pain of swallowing)
----- the above were a result of the pain due to the burning & raw throat caused by the reflux

- she was spitty but not a huge amount at once; she would spit a little bit a lot of the time
- the pain led to poor breast feeding and a lactation consultant was convinced it was her poor latch that was the problem. I knew something else was wrong. At 3 months I finally went to my pediatrician and said that something was wrong. After a "normal" check up (ears, lungs, heart, etc.) she refered me to a pedeatrician immediately. He recognized the GERD and prescriber her a drug with ranididine in it. She was given a "normal" dosage and then refered to an ENT (ear nose throat doctor). This was because she had noisy breathing (almost wheezy like) and when she inhalled the skin on her throat would move in more than normal. It turns out she has laryngomalacia (a large epiglottis). Because of her this she had to work extra hard to breathe in (get air past her epiglottis) which made her diaphram strong which then pushed up on her tummy - this was the cause of the reflux. Her throat did not heal for a month until after she was put on a really high dose of ranitidine. By this time I had to supplement her with formula - because of the time she associated formula with less pain and then refused to breastfeed.



How long did you observe the symptoms before you sought help?  My son is 6 weeks and I am nursing.  The symptoms of my son being uncomfortable after eating are getting worse and the amount of spit up is increasing.  I don't want to be over reactive.



Thank you for your story

Anna - posted on 02/02/2009

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There are quite a few symptoms that a baby might or might not have. These are what we noticed with our son.

1) Crying - lots of it - He would cry about an hour after eating. Some time it would last for hours and other times just a little while.

2) Back Arching - When he was crying\screaming he would arch is back a lot

3) Lots of gas - His poor stomach would get rock hard until he could pass gas

4) Spitting up - Not always right away, a lot of times he would spit up about 30 min to an hour after feedings

5) You could also tell when he was just burping or if it was an acid burp, he would make a really nasty face when the acid was making him gassy



Hope that helps.

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Hi. My third baby had reflux ... to the point where she wasn't gaining weight. The first 6 weeks were great then she started to have poor weight gain which decreased to the point of no weight gain. The signs were slow and difficult to distinguish but looking back they are now obvious and as follows:

- back arching when feeding

- uncomfortable when feeding (squirming, etc.)

- likes the soother (to satisfy sucking without the pain of swallowing)

----- the above were a result of the pain due to the burning & raw throat caused by the reflux



- she was spitty but not a huge amount at once; she would spit a little bit a lot of the time

- the pain led to poor breast feeding and a lactation consultant was convinced it was her poor latch that was the problem. I knew something else was wrong. At 3 months I finally went to my pediatrician and said that something was wrong. After a "normal" check up (ears, lungs, heart, etc.) she refered me to a pedeatrician immediately. He recognized the GERD and prescriber her a drug with ranididine in it. She was given a "normal" dosage and then refered to an ENT (ear nose throat doctor). This was because she had noisy breathing (almost wheezy like) and when she inhalled the skin on her throat would move in more than normal. It turns out she has laryngomalacia (a large epiglottis). Because of her this she had to work extra hard to breathe in (get air past her epiglottis) which made her diaphram strong which then pushed up on her tummy - this was the cause of the reflux. Her throat did not heal for a month until after she was put on a really high dose of ranitidine. By this time I had to supplement her with formula - because of the time she associated formula with less pain and then refused to breastfeed.

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my daughter has reflux, we thought she was lactose intolerant because she would throw up after every bottle. we switched to soy formula and that didnt help.  she was finally diagnosed when she was 4 months old, and has been on zantac since then. shes 14 months now.

Heather - posted on 02/02/2009

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Quoting Courtney:

What could be some signs that a baby has reflux?




Hey Courtney,



My daughter had reflux and the symptoms she had all came within an hour after eating.  She would get a "thick spit" caught in her mouth and it would sometimes blow bubbles out of her nose and mouth.  She had gas alot too. Her pediatrician put her on Similac Alumentum (the purple can) and she was better. It is like a partially digested formula that is very easy on them. It works like carnation good start.  If you recieve wic, the doctor can give you a perscription to take to them and you can get it with wic coupons.  The doctor also perscribed her a heartburn medication. I never had to give that to her though.  It is something to watch because my daughter had stopped breathing from the "spit" blocking her air ways.  Hope this helps! : )

Anna - posted on 02/02/2009

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My daughter had reflux. She seemed to be in pain during and after feedings and she would spit up milk very often. She would tighten up. I thought she had colic but I was told that a baby with colic would cry all the time and that it wasn't associated with feeding times.

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