Acid Reflux

Amanda - posted on 11/22/2008 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My son has acid reflux. Was wondering if anyone else's child(ren) have it also. What can I do for it?

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Amanda - posted on 11/24/2008

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Thanks Colleen. I have been to three different doctors. They are all saying that it's the acid reflux. He always sounds very rattley in his chest but they say he is fine. I will ask the doctor about the Elecare/Neocate formula.

He has been really fussy the last four days. He's usually been a pretty good baby with all that is going on.

Colleen - posted on 11/23/2008

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I forgot to mention, trust your instincts. Don't be afraid to get a second opinion from another doctor, if you don't see an improvement. Moms really do know when something is wrong with their children.

Colleen - posted on 11/23/2008

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Besides Prevacid (for reflux and associated stridor due to the reflux), my daughter also drinks Elecare (as her formula) due to a severe intolerance to milk and soy products. I believe Elecare and Neocate are similar (and are even easier to digest than the hypoallergenic formulas, such as Nutramigen). The most important thing is that you work in consultation with your pediatric specialist before making changes to diet. A special diet and the medicine do help my daughter tremendously. I would love to not give her medications, but sometimes that is not an option. Gastrointestinal problems can lead to other problems, such as respiratory issues, if not treated effectively.

Amanda - posted on 11/23/2008

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It is very hard and frustrating. We have tried the Enfamil A/R. We have tried putting rice in the breastmilk. Nothing seems to help at all. He just throws it up like it's water. I really feel it's more than reflux, but I have to trust the doctors. He does sleep very well. He seems to be fussy a lot. He doesn't seem to be in a lot of pain. I know that he's sick of it and is ready to be done with it.

Jenelle - posted on 11/23/2008

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My daughter is almost 3 months and was dx with refux at 7wks. We've tried quite a few things and I'm not sure they're working. Right now we burp often duing feedings, she's on Nutramigen with oatmeal cereal added, Zantac and Reglan, we elevated her mattress, keep her upright for 30mins after feeding. It's crazy. She still spits up, but nothing like before. Sometimes it's pure acid though. I feel so bad for her.

Rebecca - posted on 11/22/2008

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Our childs reflux was resolved with chiropractics, after 2 visits, it was gone gone gone! The other thing to think about is food alleregies such as milk and wheat. They are in many formulas and cause lots of problems that are often not discovered until kids are much older but have had for a long time.

Amanda - posted on 11/22/2008

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My twin boys had severe acid reflux starting at about 3 weeks. The dr put them on prevacid which did seem to help, but they were still fussy. So they also had us switch their formula to Enfamil A/R. Which is a formula with rice granuels in it. It makes it thicker so it is harder to spit up. That seemed to help a lot. Then as they got closer to the 4 1/2 - 5 month range the Enfamil A/R just wasn't feeling them up. So we took them off the Enfamil A/R and put them on Enfamil Gentlease. OH MY GOSH! What a difference. The formula was a god send I tell you! So between the formula and the prevacid they were completely different kids. They still spit up here and there, but they were now happy pukers! :o)

Our boys did grow out of it, but it took them until 18 months. As they got older there was just certain things we avoided giving. Such as juice. WOW that was not a good combo for them. We also had them on 1% milk as anything more leaded made them spit up more. We also had to avoid a lot of cheese. We couldn't give them cut up cheese of the block as that was not a pretty site!

Now they were 2 in August. They are not on prevacid and don't seem to show any other lasting effects. We still give them 1%, but they occasionally will get 2% or Whole and have not had a problem. They are fine with juice and cheese off the block!

Good luck! It can be very trying and frustrating!

Sarah - posted on 11/22/2008

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My daughter had a mild case of it and there are things that you can do for your baby without giving them drugs if they are gaining weight and otherwise healthy. You can roll up a towel and place it under the crib mattress at one end so it is inclined. Try sitting him up for 45 minutes after he eats. (Not as necessary at night. If he doesn't sit on his own put him in a bouncer seat or hold him upright.) Try your best to get him to burp after each breast or ounce of bottle. Sometimes it can take up to 5 minutes.

Monica - posted on 11/22/2008

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Amanda, does your baby cry alot? Does he seem to be in pain? Is he sleeping enough?



My lil girl had aweful reflux and some colic mixed in, it seemed she was intolerant to everything I ate, spat up alot and screamed so much. Zantac did nothing for her. Cutting out dairy and soy helped alot. We also kept her elevated 30 mins after feeding. She grew out of it by 6 months. Mostly what helped after speaking to a baby consultant was, teaching her to self soothe and ensuring she got enough sleep... sounds strange but wow what a difference it made for us. www.babycareadvice.com has a lot of useful articles and advice. Goodluck, hope your baby feels better soon.

Erin - posted on 11/22/2008

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My daughter also had reflux and colic. My dr. put her on mylanta. It worked great!! I think that it was enough just to coat her stomach and you can give it to them every 6 hours if needed. She will be 4 in a couple of months and I still give it to her if she gets a sour stomach.

Heidi - posted on 11/22/2008

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I have twins who are now 4 yrs old and still on prevacid. The zantac did not work for them either. The prevacid has been much better. When they wwere babies on bottles they always had to have the rice cereal mixed in to thicken up their bottles and keep it down.

Amanda - posted on 11/22/2008

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At his 4 month check-up I will ask for Prevacid. I have tried cutting out the dairy, givin' Allimentum, seen a gasto... specialist, chiropractor, elevating the bed, (he has no troubles while he's sleeping), we burp him often, he eats about 4oz every two hours (pain), and many other things. He still keeps spitting up a lot.

Alyn - posted on 11/22/2008

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My son (now 5 years) had it really bad. It took trying a lot of different meds to find one that worked and it really didn't work all that well. He had to sleep in his car seat, even when he grew out of it. I would just put it in his crib. I also had to use a formula that was pre-digested. I have seen that they make more than one kind now, 5 years ago there was only one and it wasn't cheap. My son was a big baby and ate a lot, so we went through a can every 5-6 days. Good luck, I know people who had meds works, so hope you find one.

Lisa - posted on 11/22/2008

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Hi, my son was on zantac at 1 month old. It didnt seem to be working after a week. So the dr switched it to prevacid. If you go that route, I would request the solutabs, they dissolve in very little water and you just syringe it into the mouth. That worked great. We also elevated the head of the crib. Avoid swings and bouncing after feedings. And make sure the baby burps often if on bottle/breast. Kellymom.com (?) has great tips! Also, we insisted on seeing a pediatric gastroenterologist. He advised me to cut out milk products from my diet (I was nursing).

Colleen - posted on 11/22/2008

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My daughter takes Prevacid which works very well for her. Zantac was not helpful at all. She had to see a lung specialist because she was getting severe breathing problems every time she got a cold due to the reflux -- even while on Zantac. He prescribed Prevacid, and it worked wonders. The only problem is that it is very expensive and some insurers don't like paying for it (they try to get you to use something like zantac instead). Thankfully, we had no problem...expecially since we tried Zantac in the past with no success.

Amanda - posted on 11/22/2008

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Aiden was on Zantac, that didn't do anything so now he's on Pepcid, which doesn't help other than it won't let him burn out his asophagus. Have you found anything to help it stop?

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