Acid reflux, Zantac, and 6 1/2 mos old...

Kelsey - posted on 01/24/2010 ( 89 moms have responded )

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My 61/2 mo old daughter has acid reflux, and has always had it, but at about 6 mos it got much much worse, she was refusing her bottles, and was in alot of pain, loosing sleep and everything. The doc prescribed her zantac 2mg twice a day, and it helped alot, but hasnt helped quite enough. She still gets alot of tummy aches, especially at night, and Im planning on calling her doc monday and asking if I should up the dose. My doc said that babies usually start outgrowing acid reflux at 7 mos, but I find it odd it actually peaked at 6 mos and doesnt seem like it would be any better without the zantac. Im worried it isnt going away, and curious if anyone else had this problem. Did it get worse at 6 mos (while teething) as well? When did it go away? How do I know when I should quit using the Zantac? Please help. I hate giving her meds! :(

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Kimberly - posted on 01/28/2010

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My daughter was diagnosed with acid reflux as a baby when she couldn't keep food down. I happened to take her with me to a chiropractor appointment and asked him about the problem. He told me that due to the force and angle of baby going through the birth canal, many children have neck issues - the nerves affected can cause digestive problems. He adjusted my daughter's neck one time and she never had "acid reflux" again. 1 visit saved me months, maybe years of pumping drugs into my child to fix a problem that didn't even exist.

Katie - posted on 01/27/2010

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My son had reflux really bad when he was an infant. He was on Prevacid. He too out grew the condition by 1 year of age. Like a previous Mom posted, you do have to adjust the medication dosage as she grows. Another tip, I found that not all pharmacies compound the medication with the same technique which can change the flavor and texture of the medicine. We had to evacuate for Hurricane Ike. I took his medicine with me and found another pharmacy in Dallas that compunded medicine. I decided to get an extra prescription before returning home since everything was a disaster. It was the Pharmacist in Dallas that explained some pharmacies simply disolve the pill form of the medication in a water like solution (bitter taste) where he used banana fructose syrup (thicker, natural, and sweeter). As my son got older (closer to 1) I would try to withhold the medicine in the morning and see how many times he would have a tummy ache. As soon as he had one, I would give him medicine. I noticed as he was getting older, the fewer times he needed the medicine. Just remember that the medicine you are giving her is to help her. Also, make sure she is sleeping on an inlcine.

Good Luck!

Ronni - posted on 01/27/2010

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I've been through this with both of my kids. I found that Zantac didn't do anything for either of my children. I always found it worse when my son gained a pound or two and I had to up the dose. At about 6 months we switched to prevacid solutab which disolves in their mouth. My son also had refusal to eat and trouble drinking from the bottle when he had trouble with reflux. The prevacid was the answer to my problem for both of my children. Without it we would have had major weight issues and major sleeping issues. My daughter outgrew her reflux at 10 months and my son outgrew his reflux at 2 1/2. Even though some outgrow it sooner, there are many that do not. I understand you hate giving the meds but it is also so hard to see them suffer with reflux symptoms. Trust me both of my children had it so severe the medication was worth using.

Shelley - posted on 01/27/2010

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My son is 9 months old and has had the acid reflux since infancy as well. It was very rough on him, too. He was always fitful at the breast (I nurse) and he had trouble sleeping day and night. Our doctor told us that babies outgrow it around the same time yours said. We had weaned him off of his Prevacid and Zantac around 5-6 months but the reflux returned. He seems to be doing well now though and I'm thinking that at his 9 month well visit we'll be told to try weaning him off again. I feel the same way about giving him meds but they decrease the amount of acid so they are necessary to help him. Just listen to the doc about when you can try to wean her off because if you try before she's ready the reflux will just reccur. Talk to you doc about any fears you may have about the medicine and maybe he/she can ease your mind. I know what you are going through so hope this helps you!

Alicia - posted on 01/27/2010

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My son is now 20 months old and he has had terrible acid reflux problems including projectile vomiting, gagging and an ulcer since he was about 6 months. This is when he started on solids. He is on a prescription med called Omiprazole that has helped a bit. It didn't get rid of all the symptoms though so our ped. gastroenterologist sent us to an allergist that specializes in children with acid reflux problems. We found that in addition to the milk allergy that we knew about he was also allergic to soy, eggs, nuts, corn and citrus. Needless to say we had some major changes to his diet but he improved DRASTICALLY in just a few weeks time. Your problem may not be food allergies but I would certainly rule them out for your daughter's sake. Good luck! I know how frustrating this can be for you and her.

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Caherine - posted on 11/01/2012

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hi. i completely relate to your story and i think i may hav found out some things to help you. firstly my 6mth son has had silent reflux since home from hospital. i tried so so so many things. the best thing and it has fixed his pain, which was all i was interested in doing. a screaming in pain baby is the worst toll on a mother.. my magic cure. infacol reflux formula . completely stopped his pain when feeding he still has reflux but no more pain.

Holly - posted on 05/16/2011

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The Zantac isn't a kind of med you need to worry about. My son was on it for 8 months and it was one of the only things that helped. He grew out of it around when he started having solids more regularly at about 10 months old.
I found that he was allergic to milk when he was about 1 month old... have you tried soy formula? If you're thinking about switching to a formula or a different formula, let your doctor know and get their advice. But if they don't tell you this, you need to ween them from one to the next by slowly substituting 2 ounces at a time, so their body has a chance to adjust.
That's the only thing I can think of. That, and lots of gas meds. :)

Crystal - posted on 01/29/2010

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My dotor is 6&1/2 months and her acid reflux is still about the same as when she was younger. Her medicine helps for the most part. At least when I can actually get her to swallow it, She hates her medicine!

Justine - posted on 01/29/2010

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You need to increase the meds as they gain weight, but ask your Dr. about how much to increase it... My daughter was on zantac until she was about 10 months. She started to outgrow it as she got more active. What formula is she on? Maybe try a gentle formula, like Similac Sensitive or Enfamil has one too.. THat may help her digest it easier. Good luck!

Kelsey - posted on 01/29/2010

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Not much spitting up. Just alot of pain, refusing food and bottles, and lack of sleep. I went to the doctor yesturday and switched from Zantac to Prevacid. Im going to switch from Similac Sensitive to Enfamil Gentlease as well. I had my cousin in law who is a chiropractor adjest her once, and it made no difference, so thats out. I will ask about allergy tests at her 9 mo appointment in 2 months to double check. Hopefully the Prevacid works well, and hopefully she gets over this soon! All I really want is her to not be in pain anymore, so she can eat and sleep like a normal 7 month old. Wish me luck! Thank you all!

Pam - posted on 01/28/2010

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I didn't see if you were having problems with major spitting up. If that is the case , There is a produce called hydra aid. It is a gelatin that is put in with the formula to make it thicker and keep it in the tummy. Yu might just want to start putting her on baby food now as well. The thicker the food in the stomach, the more comfortable they are. My adopted grand son is 7 months and already on stage 2 baby food. He loves it and is keeping down the formula better along with the hydra aid.

Chelsea - posted on 01/28/2010

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my daughter is 14mths and is still on reflux meds (losec and milk thickener), it got worse at 6 months and she refused food and also bottles. at 11mths she was in hospital for a week cos she hadn't eaten or kept anythin down for 2 weeks. don't take your baby of zantac until your doc says cos that can make it worse :)

Sheila - posted on 01/28/2010

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My daughter had acid reflux really bad. I had to put her on soy milk and that helped, but it didn't go away. We did the liquid zantc and that helped. The best thing I did was I kept her sitting upright for 30 min after eating so that she wouldn't have the air trapped in her stomach. She starting sleeping and eating much better.

Kimberly - posted on 01/27/2010

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My Nine Month Niece Suffers With This Also She Was On Zantac For Awhile, It Didn't Get Better And Her Doc Put Her On Prilosec, This Is Somewhat Helping. My Son Did This When He Was A Baby The Formulas Was All To Rich And He Couldn't Drink Them, I Put Him On Regular Milk With Baby Vitamins Mixed In And He Never Threw Up Or Had Upset Belly After that...But this Was 22 years Ago..I Like To Do Things "Old School"

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mine too but had to give the by her weight not her age theo . worked better then anything else theo. good luck have you tryed grupe water it good for the tummy upsets

Sheena - posted on 01/27/2010

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My lil man is only 4 months old and when he was 2 months the doctor gave him Zantac 1ml twice daily. It has not went away but I can tell the difference. I am breastfeeding and it seems to not act up as bad when he takes the breast than the bottle. I also was wondering when to stop the Zantac. At his last checkup the doctor told me that if it seems to get better than he is going to start winging him off of it, but it has not changed in a while. I too also hate giving him meds, I beleive he is too young to start taking it.

Rosemarie - posted on 01/27/2010

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Hi, I have two boys who both had really bad reflux until they were about 6 or 7 months old. I was told that the reason for it was there is a muscle at the top of their stomach (or somewhere along the way down) that hasn't fully formed yet, and so after the child has swallowed, instead of this muscle effectively closing over to keep the food down, its still open as its not fully formed or strong enough yet to keep the food from coming back up. This strengthens up itself over time and especially when children start to crawl and move around, they are strengthening their bodies themselves. I was told to change my baby formula to hungrier baby food, as this is a thicker consistency and so might stay down a bit more - both my boys still vomited a lot, but maybe a bit more did stay down. They were both constantly gaining weight and therefore it wasn't a problem, just a constant changing of their clothes and mine all day long !!! I was also recommended to give them baby Gaviscon to line inner tubes as the acidity can make their little oesophagus and tummy really raw and sore. Hopefully it will sort itself out soon. Take care. x

Katrina - posted on 01/27/2010

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With my son I had to give him Reglan. This medication was wonderful. I was only able to use it for 3 days because he had an allergic reaction. But it worked right away and was awesome. At least I had 3 days of not smelling like puke ,lol.

Kathryn - posted on 01/27/2010

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Don't know if it will help or not, but my daughter was on Zantac aroung 1 month old due to colic and acid reflux. We switched her formula to Nutramigen and it helped A LOT!! Also, I've read studies (and talked to a friend in the business) about how chiropractic re-alignment helps kids with digestive disorders and acid reflux. Just a suggestion. Hope it helps. Good luck!! :)

Kim - posted on 01/27/2010

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my daughter had reflux as well and was started on Zantac at 10 weeks when she couldn't keep anything down. We didn't get her off of Zantac until she was nearly 15 months. As she aged you could see the reflux as she would burp and swallow constantly or get a funny look on her face when she burped. Later, she would say yuck! It seemed to improve vastly when she started on real solids and we could cut down her dose to just at night time when she was laying down. But while she was still tiny, we did a lot of keeping her upright after a feed, etc.
It will get better, and the zantac is fairly harmless in the realm of meds.

Anzel - posted on 01/27/2010

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Hi there my youngest one also had acid reflux and I ended up at this wonderful midwife! She gave me nestragel (you can buy it at any chemist) that I had to cook according to instructions on the packaging and had to put 5ml of the nestragel with every ml of milk that he drank i.e if he drinks 125ml I had to put 25ml of nestragel in the milk - this helps to smear the intestines causing relieve of the reflux. I also had to give him 2.5ml gavison before every feeding. this helps with the acid If your little one is eating solids try not to give him/her any carrots, banana, yoghurt or fruit juice until the age of 1. rather give herbal tea (camomile) instead of rooibos as this also causes more acid especially if your little one is a acid reflux baby. For the night feeding I had to give him 2.5ml buscopan before bathtime, then after bathtime I gave him his shot of gaviscon, his milk, burped him and lie him down, if he moans I had to give him only his dummy and not pick him up - picking up causes the acid to rise which causes the aches and your baby crying of discomfort. It is quite a routine one has to follow but you'll get into the routine - believe me my baby was a different baby the same day I started the treatment. That night he slept through. If you need any further help or would like the midwife's telephone number please contact me on anzelv@utility.co.za. Believe me he only suffered from reflux untill he was 6 month old he is now 2 and we never looked back.

Karan - posted on 01/27/2010

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Hi,

My Son is nearly 3 & still suffers from reflux. his paediatricain initially had him on losec & he has now just finished a course of Nexium. I don't know if either of these medications would be suitable for a 6 1/2 mth old but you could always ask your Doctor. I really don't like him to be on any medicaton either but it better than seeing him so uncomfortable. With both meds they were only used for a couple of mths & then stopped to see if they worked etc. Nexium has come out is in front & he also loved the taste of it so it wasn't an ordeal for him at all. Another thing, when he was young we used to have one end of his cot elevated at night so he wasn't sleeping flat & that seemed to help as well. Also I'll be starting a food diary to see if there is a tie in with any of the foods that he's been eating. Hope this is of some help & u guys get some relief soon.

Morgan - posted on 01/26/2010

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Both my daughter and my niece had severe acid reflux. Both girls went thru elimination diets. my daughter ended up having her santac increased. I waited until she was able to eat table foods and then took her off the zantac. With my niece she had to have a special formula. Simalac Almentum, I think that is what it was called. Just talk to your doctor.

Heather - posted on 01/26/2010

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My miracle worker is liquid alo, I get it in strawberry-kiwi flavor and add alittle water and both of my babies love it. It helps with reflux, colic, constipation, diarrea, diaper rash, ulcers, it worked for my ulcers too. You can get it at www.marketamerica.com/lilyviolet under health and nutrition>digestive health. We use aloe for our skin, now we can drink it and heal our insides more naturally. Oh it also helps with ear infections, it healed my husbands perferated ear drum that the Doc said he would have for the rest of his life. I swear by it!

Mandy - posted on 01/26/2010

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Have you tried using omeperazole susp.? I am a pharm tech and we have a pediatric unit upstairs, and the Dr.'s there use that over zantac and the infants and kids are doing alot better!!

Aliesha - posted on 01/26/2010

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i was breast feeding my eldest daughter and she was projectile vomiting and having reflux symptoms and was very unsettled and never gained more than 20gms in a week and she was put on to gasvcion and that made he consitpated and I just ploted a long and took her off the gaviscon as it didn't really help and then I got told by this horriable health centre nurse that she needs to gain more weight give her formula and I did that night to see if it would help her to sleep through and all that happened was that she vomited untill it was out of her system so we rushed her up to the emergancy at the hospital and they said just don't give her the formula again so by this time I was all confused being a first time mum and all so our gp said just keep feeding her the way I was with breast milk and when she started soilds we avoided dairy and I accdientaly fell pregnant with my son while being on the pill and breast feeding and she did not like the taste on my milk and refused my breast so was put on soy milk formula and went to the allergy clinic and RCH melb and was allergy to my breast milk and dairy and putting her on soy milk was the best thing we every did she was the healthiest she had every look and been her whole life, all this resulted in me getting PND and she out grew her allergy at 3yrs and can have all dairy now but does not like the taste of cows milks likes soy instead. You answer could lie in one simple test don't wait any longer

Maureen - posted on 01/26/2010

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http://www.ultrawellness.com/blog/gerd LOVE Dr Hyman cope and paste this website... obviously he isn't talking about babies ....if it was my baby I would find a doc who would works with metametrix labs and have them order a GI effects test and find out what the heck is going on his or her little tummy that are making them so miserable that you need to give them zantac to cover up their symptoms... also ear infections are milk allergies... chiropractic can help sometimes and always give a probiotic after an antibiotic .... just advice from an old mom.... retired icu nurse and .nutritionist.. and daughter of traditional doc who thought the pediatricians of today who would inject a brand new baby with a vaccine for a sexually transmitted disease whose immune system "in his day EVERYONE knew was underdeveloped were out of their f***ing minds"“
All diseases begin in the gut.” This is a wonderful phrase coined by Hippocrates more than two thousand years ago and the more we learn, the more we realize just how right he was. Good luck moms be strong for your babies

Andrea - posted on 01/26/2010

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My son who is 10 months also has acid reflux. At about 3 weeks old they put him on the Zantac and it worked great for about 2 weeks and then after that it no longer worked. The doctor ended up putting him on Prevacid 15mg solutab and it worked great. We gave him 1/2 a tablet twice a day.

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Dear Kelsey, My son Jake had very similar symptoms when he was a baby. He too had reflux and was prescribed Zantac liquid which did help.. if only for a short while. You haven't mentioned it.. but you been told that you should have his crib elevated? It did help my son to sleep better at night. Apparently it gets alot worse for them when they lie flat... Hope this helps. All the best Deborah xo

Maureen - posted on 01/26/2010

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This is incredible to me that so many babies are put on zantac like its another food group. It is true zantac prevents acid production but without acid your baby is unable to break down completely the protein you are given them. That is a problem when your trying to build a healthy body let alone a rapidly build BRAIN. The other problem is zantac depletes your body of Folic acid, b12 and vitamin d. go to www.vitamindcouncil.org and get educated bc ur doc certainly isn't. Your baby needs vitamin b12 and folic acid to BUILD A HEALTHY BRAIN AND NERVOUS system people. I understand the colic my 19 you daughter had it terrible thank god they didn't have zantac and the vaccination schedule they have now or god knows where we would be. but what i know now is that she had a terrible yeast infection so unable to breakdown the food properly and i had poorly quality milk from a crappy childhood diet so unable to breastfeed. Once I learned about nutrition cleaned up her gut (when she was older) she was a different child. You need to change the gut ecology and pediatricians and gi docs don't know how to do that. Google GAPS diet these kids need probiotics to help them break down the foods in their gi tract. Klaire labs has a great product for infants also never give a baby tylenol it depletes them of glutathione (google) main detoxifier of all the shit they inject into them . Most people don't realize 80% of your immune system is in your gut and it sounds like these kids guts aren't doing well.

Julie - posted on 01/26/2010

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hi.my little boy was very bad with acid reflux.we had him back and forth to doc and hospital loadsof times as he just wouldnt stop screaming all the time.he was prescribed sma lactose free milk which settled him a bit and then he went downhill again.then got carobel which thickened the milk.doc at casulty prescribed losec and within 48hrs he was a changed baby!i dnt know how we would have coped without it!also against all recent advice we put him to sleep on his tummy as it grumbled less and he actually had a peaceful sleep!if you think bout it,if you have heartburn it gets soooo much worse if you lie down on your backcame off losec on docs advice at 11mths once he was up and walking as crawling can make it worse again.hope you get wee one sorted as it can make life a misery for u all.

Melanie - posted on 01/26/2010

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My son has sever reflux and he's 2. Most reflux babies won't grow out of it till they are at least 12 - 18 months. The more time she spends upright the better. Try to higher up one end of the cot at night to help. Also when she feeds check her foods avoid anything that has acid or citric acid in it. No oranges or tomatoes. Avoid courgettes and even some over the counter medicines. Our son is on 2 diff types of medicines and it isn't helping him. But most cases they grow out of it. The more time your daughter spends upright the less painful in the evening. hope this helps, feel free to message any other questions you may have xx

Chandra - posted on 01/26/2010

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Hi My Son CJ was born 3.5 Months early and started having issues with Acid Reflux while still in the NICU. They prescribed him Prevacid while there and even after we came home. His doctor said it would be okay to take him off in June 09 and did great till November 09 he is back on the Prevacid and is doing so much better. The NICU staff taught us that to feeding him in an up right position and then keep in that way for about 20 mintues even after eating would help him out a lot. He is now almost 14month old adjusted age 10 months 3 weeks and we still keep him in his chair for about 20 mins after eating. I dont if you have talk about prevacid with your doctor but its an option. I hope this helps. I know how stressfull it is. CJ would loose all his food and be upset cause of the pain and then also being hungary.

Heather - posted on 01/26/2010

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I have two boys one at 3 years old and my second is one they both had acid reflux, our doctors prescribed prevacid, this worked much better then the zantac, we had tryed the zantac first and didn't help. Both my kids out grew this problem by age one. Our doctor told us that it is pretty common for babies to outgrow this by the age of one. My first son also had a milk allergy if your daughter is having problems with breathing sounds stuffed up all the time that is also a pretty good sign that there is a allergy. Hope this helps. Good luck take care.

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Aisha - posted on 01/26/2010

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Hi Kelsey my son who is three now had a same issue since 6 mnths of age at age one he was prescribed Ranitidine..which is almost same as zantac but a lot better he was on it for 5-6 mnths and he is doing fine he still some times has the issue but a lot less so his doc gave prevacid dissolvable tabs..once a day for a few days a few mnths a go and he is thankfully doing great. no problems...

Stephanie - posted on 01/26/2010

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Hi there! I was just reading your posts and my baby who is now 7 months had reflux from day one. I'm a breastfeeding mom and changing my diet did nothing to help so we started her on zantac and it helped for a couple months and then her reflux was back and wayyy worse. We started her on prevacid and she has no more issues and has even seem to have grown out of it for the most part. The things that were most helpful from her pediatrician was that she suggested to take her off the meds every couple months (or however often I felt comfortable) for a few days at a time to see if her body had learned to control the amount of acid it produced. Solids did nothing to help her though. She started solids at 2 months. Some people believe that being induced with pitocin is largely responsible but I wouldn't bet money on it tho it seems to be common. Anyhow good luck and I feel for your baby!!! Oh, I don't think you should blame yourself for causing this by smoking!! So many people have babies with reflux that don't smoke :>

Laurie - posted on 01/26/2010

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Both my children were born with severe AR. My son didn't get meds until 6 mos & his throat was scarred from the AR. (they did an upper GI & acid probe test). He was put on zantac and at 8 yrs old still needs it. I got my daughter on meds immediately! She used prilosec as an infant then zantac. Now she uses zantac & prevacid at 6 yrs old. Since they still have AR they probably won't grow out of it. As infants I used a hypoallergenic formula, liquid only, thickened with rice/oatmeal cereal & no dairy. You need the thickness to keep it down. Later I gradually mixed in rice milk but they couldn't get off having it at night to sleep until @ 2yrs old. Also for the 6 mos or more my kids slept upright in a bouncer. Since meds dosage are by weight I have to have their meds adjusted as they grow. It's very important to control the acid not only for their throat but damage to the whole digestion track and teeth. Both my kids have brownish teeth with some spots. The acid eats the enamel even on teeth that haven't come in yet! Legally they can't whiten them until their 18! I hate the meds but it's necessary. Good luck!

Anita - posted on 01/26/2010

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Hi My Daughter has it from 6weeks old, she did have other complication as well, she had bi-relfux of the kidneys level 8, so has a kidney infection from the time she was born till she was about 18months, the professor she was under in the hospital put her on zantac but we gave .33mg half an hour before every feed and added baby gavason to every bottle, it worked a treat, she is five now and has no problems with her reflux of her kidneys since she turned two. But they did warn us that she could have it for the rest of her life. also the dose fo the Zantac was increase as her weight increased. so have her weighed on a regular basis.

Sarah - posted on 01/26/2010

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My daughter had awful acid reflux from the time she was born. At about 2 months her doc put her on Zantac, and just like you, it helped a little, but not as much as I would have liked. After telling her doc it wasn't doing much she gave her a Axid. That helped a million times more!!! In fact, after only a couple months on that she no longer has reflux at all! I think the med helped a lot, but also, as she gets older and eats more solid foods, it sits heavier in their stomachs and gets much better. Good luck!

Rachael - posted on 01/26/2010

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My second daughter had reflux from 6 weeks old.My GP put her on LOSEc and the result was immediate!! I had a friend who's 7 month baby boy had it and was on Zantac and it wasn't really helping. She asked her Dr for Losec and he had immediate relief as well. These medications are not harmful to the babies and I believe it is better for them to have a little medi and be comfortable and happy than have a pain in the belly and a sore throat oh and SLEEP!!!! good luck!!!

Greta - posted on 01/26/2010

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My baby had acid reflux really bad starting at 1 month old. We were on Prevacid until he was about 6-7 months. I kept telling the Ped that I thought he had food allergies. He said there were not enough symptoms. Finally one time they found blood in his stool and said- that's a milk allergy. His symptoms of reflux and excema continued and we finally got allergy testing done. They found out he was allergic to milk, eggs, soy and peanuts. Then we checked out the side effects of the prevacid and one was rash. We took him off right away. Since I'm breastfeeding, I cut out those foods and we haven't had any problems with reflux since. I would definitely do the allergy testing just to make sure you're on the right formula.



Also- I didn't read all the posts, but I wondered if you knew about using Mylanta as a back up? Sometimes we had to use it on top of the Prevacid if it was really bad. Another thing that really helped was the Nap Nanny! It was wonderful in helping him sleep at night! If she's already very active she might be too old for it, but it was awesome!



GL!

Stephanie - posted on 01/25/2010

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My daughter had it from almost the time she was born but we were not clear on what it was at first until she but the meds helped Ashley out big time she stayed on them up untill she started sitting up on her own. We had to feed all her bottels in the sitting position from 4months up till she could sit up and hold her own bottel. The doctors also had us get a special wedge to elevate her mattres for when she slept. But she did start growing out of it when she was around 7 1/2 months. And is now 9 years old and no acid reflux. So good luc and hang in there it will get better.

Stacey - posted on 01/25/2010

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BEEN THERE!!!!! WE ADDED LEVISIN DROPS TO HIS DAILY MEDS FOR THAT. PRAISE GOD FOR IT!!!! GOOD LUCK.

Tonya - posted on 01/25/2010

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My daughter had acid reflux so severe that zantac didn't help by age 3 she was taking 30 mg prevacid daily, this did wonders, then the doc done a test on her to find what caused the acid reflux, she had a condition called h-pylory. After taking a very strong antibiotic to kill this germ out she was able to go off her meds. She is 10 now and hasn't had any prbs since she was about 4, best of luck to ur lil one, our prayers are with u

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My son had it and zantac did not work...I took him to a pediatric gastrointerologist and he gave him previcid or prilosec...which ever your insurance will cover...and he was a new baby with in a week and he was 11 weeks old at this point....he is now 4 and has not taken anything in bout 3 years. I hope this helps....GOOD LUCK

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The only real way to find out if a child has reflux is by the upper GI (the barium swallow you referred to and declined). There are also symptoms that go with it, but the swallow helps determine how severe it is and what treatment is appropriate (medication, Nissen fundoplication, feeding tube) and what risks your child has (aspiration, choking, pneumonia). A lot is actually known about the medications (yes, man-made, in a laboratory. Considered safer than "organic" because even if they have the same drug in them, they can measure the amount in them to prevent overdosing, as Hyland's teething tablets overdosed with belladonna a few years ago, and digoxin is organic, but not a consistent amount in the plant so they make that in a lab as well. Most medications are found first in plants, then the active part is made in a lab to be the same each time).

If you want to have more testing done, be prepared for the barium swallow again. The doctor you request is a GI (gastroenterologist).

They do use omeprazole here in the US as well (it's Prilosec here). It's a bit difficult to give to infants though is why it's not first choice.

And yes, a lot of doctors choose to become ignorant after school due to ego, or simply don't have answers. There are advances in the medical field every day, but for many people it's not enough.

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Yes, its the best hospital in the states. I went to a hospital in a different city but is part of the "Mayo health system".

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ouch that sounds horriable!! all i had was a really bad case of mastitus, and that was befrore the motilium. i was suffering a really bad cold and thye had me 'confined ' to my room for the last three days i wasonly in there 2 days before my c-section and 3 days after but i felt like i had the black plauge lol the head nurse who couldnt track me down had her office right outside my room!!! it was funy as most of the nurses didnt care if they wore the masks or not !!! this was when the swine flu was at its worse here in aus. but i know what oyu mean by nurses and there stuped 'knoloedge' at least his time i idn't have it barraged down my throtet like with my son.....and i did my reserch for him as well and they just didn't want o listen as it was my first child and i was 'new'
to it. huh mothers instinct is best this is what i know....i ws also at a different hospital this time. is Mayo in the USA? i think ihave heard of it before

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I also would like to add that the idiot nurses at the hospital (a Mayo hospital, which is one of the "best") completely ruined my breastfeeding for me. It hurt, so the nurse immediatly gave me a nipple sheild and promised me it wouldnt negatively effect the bf at all! Ya right! It caused gas, made it harder for her to drink, and overstimulated my nipples and caused an EXTREME case on engorgement, which caused more pain and suffering than labor, and made breastfeeding and even pumping impossible, which forced me to supplement etc. When she was born the doctor reccomended I supplement her as well which wasnt the best idea. Basically, because of my doctor and nurses bad advise, I became engorged and then lost too much milk, and no longer could satisfy my daughter. I planned on bf for at least 6 mos, but only got to 1, and I blame alot of it on them. I had done my research, (which had correct info), but was told by them that it wasnt true, and trusting health care professionals, I made all the wrong moves. Its just sad.

Krissy - posted on 01/25/2010

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and my son had to do that test at 5 days of age it was more daunting for me as i had a raging feaver from a infection i got from my c-section so most of the poking and proding was signed by my husband it is horriable for us to watch them do it but the kids are non affected in the end and he doesnt even remember it.

Krissy - posted on 01/25/2010

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i beleve they are just trying to cover there asses to be quite honest. my peds said told me a few midwives to be quite honest back when Tempe was a few weeks old and i was put on motolium to get he milk flowing only the reflux happened. her peds also said that i was eating too many spicey foods which is why it was effecting her!!! what a load of codswallop!!!! i only ate that when i was pregnant NOT after it . i'm telling you some of them sound as if they have just steped off the uni wagon even if they did a long time ago!!!

Kelsey - posted on 01/25/2010

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Wow again! I agree, the worst part about all of this is that noone KNOWS anything at all! Since having my daughter I have realized just how little doctors know, not only about babies, many conditions, the causes of almost everything, but also the meds. I have really lost much trust in the medical system, its so scary. It seems like they honestly just assume what is wrong with someone, and blindly prescribe them meds that noone knows all that much about at all!!! When Jenna was a few weeks old, and her colic was unbearable, my doctor ordered a barium swallow for her to diagnose the acid reflux! A barium swallow is feeding them a weird chemical from a bottle (quite a large amount) and taking tons of xrays to see the tummy react. I couldnt do it, I was balling in the xray room and the xray doc was nice enough to tell me he didnt personally reccomend such an extreme test for an otherwise healthy baby. When it got bad again, I went back to my doctor and asked her if we could just try the Zantac without the x-ray, and she said yes. Why the hell would she order a ton of radiation-filled xrays for a 2 week old if she didnt HAVE to?! UGH!

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