Any suggestions for a 7 week old with acid reflux. It's not horrible but he won't sleep on a flat surface, spits up a bit and is fussy after eating.

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None of my girls (3) have ever had these kinds of issues and I believe that is because they always got "Kindertee" as infants.  My oldest 2 were born in Germany- where the standard practice is to give babies a tea made from fennel.  This tea is available in different forms there- but here, you just need to find a good quality box of fennel tea bags and you can easily make your own.  This is what I did for my youngest- and I had the same results.  I tea bag seeped in a liter of hot water for 5 min or so.  The tea will be slightly yellowish - green and very clear.  I then added about 1/2 tsp of blue agave nectar for a mild sweetener.



I would give my babies 1 4oz bottle of fennel tea a day and they never had stomach issues or troubles with colic, sleeping, etc



I never even heard of these issues with babies- until I came back to the US.  I would caution against going straight for a medication- seems that is what the American's like- but is it what is best???  Good luck!

Tammy - posted on 03/13/2009

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4 out of my 6 children had reflux:  I just wanted to let mom's know that your baby doesn't have to spit up or have the projectile vomiting to have reflux.  None of my kids spit up, but when they were laying down you could her them gulp and  sometimes their face would start to turn purple or blue and other times it looked like they had stopped breathing and as soon as I picked them up they would gasp for air ( they were choking).  If you have any concerns about your baby don't worry if their symptoms fit perfectly into a category, talk to your doctor and explain what's going on.  If very well could save their life.  Moments after my last child was born I heard the gulping and I knew she had reflux; I asked the nurse to call the pediatrician and get her a prescription and she told me since she wasn't spitting up it wasn't reflux.  I finally got her to call our dr. and my doctor told her that she should listen to me because I knew what I was talking about.  Unfortunately the medicine she prescribed wasn't strong enough and we ended up having a test done to prove she had it so she could get something stronger.  Pay attention to that inner mommy voice! You know your baby better than anyone else.

Samantha - posted on 03/19/2009

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hi my niece had it and the doctor gave her gaviscon to put in her milk and that worked very well. x x



 

Rebecca - posted on 03/18/2009

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The best thing that i found was to put a cloth nappy tightly under the haed where your baby slees and tuck it in like a sheet( so the sheets dont get ruined ned) and just put one or two blankets under the matress so that it sits up on a slight angle, this allows the stomach to settle and any fluid to slide slowly and smoothly back down. This is what i found works best and i didn't even need to put my son on medication because this worked really well.

Shannon - posted on 03/17/2009

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Quoting Susan:

Any suggestions for a 7 week old with acid reflux. It's not horrible but he won't sleep on a flat surface, spits up a bit and is fussy after eating.



Not sure if this has been suggested, but we let our youngest child sleep in her carseat until she got old enough to sleep through the night and the meds had taken effect.  Our oldest child also had it and she did ok with raising the bed mattress, but when they are young, it's hard to keep them up in an incline position, so if your little one is a wiggler, it may be difficult to keep he in the right position.  Rolling towels and placing them around her also helped keep her in the right place in her crib.  Oh, and the baby swing also helped with sleeping.  They just did better sitting up.  Hope you get some relief soon!  I had two with GERD and my youngest is still on Prevacid after four years!

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Lori - posted on 09/01/2009

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soy milk is the answer.......girl my neice in her twenties and still has it but this is what my sister used before that got all these expensive formula's.....lol

Lisa - posted on 03/18/2009

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My son had issues with his stomach from the time he was born until he was about 4 months old.......he tried 4 different formulas and the one that seems to work is the Nutramigen...it's by Enfamil.....expensive too but it works and he loves it.  He was also put on Zantac for about a month.  He is now 7 1/2 months old and doing  good with his stomach.......

Barbara - posted on 03/18/2009

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I know something that will absolutely stop this in its tracks. It is a seaweed extract that is completely safe for babies. We have been taking it for over five years and we began giving it to our grandson when he was two months old. That is when we found it. It is called Original Limu. You can read more about it at: www.thelimucompany.com/sakers. Let me know if you want more information or want to call me.

Delaine - posted on 03/18/2009

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I agree with you. Not to be an alarmist, but our grandson Cooper, has pyloric stenosis. It took sever doctors and tests to figure this out. He is almost 3 now, but has ended up with food allergies, so his intake must be monitored. Some of the things he can have are a big part of little kids diets, so it is really hard to deny him when others around him are eating all the "good" stuff. We try to always have yummy substitutes that he likes. Just be aware. It is probably just what you said, but if it goes on and on, have it checked...in fact, DEMAND that the Dr. checks for that possible problem. I'm sure your little one will be just fine.

Sarah - posted on 03/18/2009

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There are always treatments you can talk to your pediatrician about.  But PROBIOTICS are great!  They helped my daughter and a friend of mines son. 

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My son had it really bad when he was a baby as well. (he is 12 1/2 now) as well as my daughter, but not as bad. We elevated the crib mattress by putting a large pillow under the mattress to raise one end. And after feedings I would not lay them down flat. Michelle slept many nights in her car carrier or on my chest w/us in the recliner.

Good luck!

Elissa - posted on 03/18/2009

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Quoting Christin Dupuy:



I work for a non-force Chiropractor, he does not crack backs. He uses a special instrument to adjust their spine.  We see a bunch a babies for reflux & colic from 3 days old to toddlers.  After 3 to 4 adjustments our little ones are off all reflux meds and are sleeping 5 to 8 hours a night! Also, goat's milk with carrot juice in it works great if you are not breast feeding.






Yep, definitely the way to go.  The special instrument is called an "Activator", a gentle clicking device. Both my kids love getting adjusted.  My 3yo nearly falls asleep on the table during his adjustments.  Never let a chiro crack your babies - in fact, the activator is just as effective for adults, no cracking required :D



Apart from helping with reflux and colic when my kids were tiny, it also helps with mood, sleep, appetite, concentration, even independent play (ie. helps reduce clinginess and separation issues).  And it also helps my son with his ability to focus and communicate - he has mild ASD and it helps the "symptoms". 



I take them every month or two to keep on top of it, and occasionally have to take them between if they are showing signs of needing it - both of them are extremely active (in play and in sleep), and tend to throw themselves in weird positions that can't always be good for them!!

Elaine - posted on 03/18/2009

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I take my son for regular osteopathic care. Be sure to go to an osteopath that specializes in paediatrics.

Kimberly - posted on 03/18/2009

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My son was born 3 weeks early and always seemed to be fine upright or sleepy on a shoulder, but the moment we'd try to lay down, he'd wake up crying and gassy.  Our dr. recommended rolling a hand towel and putting between the crib mattress and springs.  It stuck out the end of the crib so we could grab easily.  It helped, but sleeping in the infant carrier worked even better.  We bottlefed and switched to Isomil on our own and noticed an immediate difference. 

Joelle - posted on 03/18/2009

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I know everyone says that perscription drugs help, but i'm an all natural health nut. The absolute best thing i have ever found is probiotics. They are natural bacteria that regulate the digestive system. They make them for infants, children, and adults. I'm not suggesting yogurt... Just probiotic drops. There are no side effects, and also, the immune system is determined by the digestive system, so there are countless benefits to giving your little one probiotics.

Christin Dupuy - posted on 03/18/2009

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I work for a non-force Chiropractor, he does not crack backs. He uses a special instrument to adjust their spine.  We see a bunch a babies for reflux & colic from 3 days old to toddlers.  After 3 to 4 adjustments our little ones are off all reflux meds and are sleeping 5 to 8 hours a night! Also, goat's milk with carrot juice in it works great if you are not breast feeding.

DaNita - posted on 03/17/2009

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all 4 of mine have had some level of reflux. the first one was on several medicines which didnt really do much. Here's what I learned: as tiny infants my kids slept in their car seats. it really helped until they were old enough to keep most of it down at night. smaller meals, gentle movement after eating.

My oldest is still having issues with reflux. So the lesson I learned was keep checking your child's tummy and reflex as they grow up. He is 16 and has abrasion in his stomach and esophogus from all the reflex over the years......

DaNita - posted on 03/17/2009

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all 4 of mine have had some level of reflux. the first one was on several medicines which didnt really do much. Here's what I learned: as tiny infants my kids slept in their car seats. it really helped until they were old enough to keep most of it down at night. smaller meals, gentle movement after eating.

My oldest is still having issues with reflux. So the lesson I learned was keep checking your child's tummy and reflex as they grow up. He is 16 and has abrasion in his stomach and esophogus from all the reflex over the years......

Megan - posted on 03/17/2009

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I would like to say your baby is beautiful.  My little boy is now 2 yrs old and he is doing fine, don't worry it does not last.  When he was born he was allergic to milk protein.  When that was resolved ( we had to put him on a hyperallergenic formula) he then had acid reflux on top of that.  However, we had been treated him for acid reflux when he was 8 days old.   He was taking Prilosec three times a day.  We also had to hold him upward for twenty mins after each feeding.  We also had him sleeping on a wedge, which elevated him also.  At about 4 months his doctor had to change his med to Prevacid.  We only had to give him that one time a day.  That med did the trick and he stayed on it until he turned 1.  We also had some friends whose children also had acid reflux and their doctor told them to add cereal to the bottle to thicken it.  This helped the liquid to stay in their stomach better.  Certain Dr do certain things to treat acid reflux.  I hope this  helps you, at least you know now there are some options to help you and your baby.

Sarah - posted on 03/17/2009

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I realized my little guy had an intolerance to the protein in cow's milk and soy.  I've been breastfeeding for 12 months, so I've had to cut out all dairy and soy (even traces and hidden dairy).  This is a very common problem and I suggest doing some research on the internet about it.  Once I cut out dairy and soy my son stopped spitting up and was much happier!  I originally just cut out dairy, but then found out 40% of babies who have a dairy intolerance also have a soy intolerance.  This is only a food intolerance and not an allergy, that means my son will most likely out grow this.  Check out www.kellymom.com for more info on breastfeeding and info on food intolerances. 



I would avoid giving rice cereal or ANY type of solids before 6 months.  Baby's guts are just not ready to handle them before then.



Good luck and good job momma for breastfeeding!

Jolene - posted on 03/17/2009

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Also, something else to keep in mind, when you hear your baby coughing/spitting up, make sure that you get to her immediately. My daughter actually several times stopped breathing and was on a breathing monitor so anytime she stopped breathing, it would sound off an alarm so if we were sleeping, we would be awoken by the alarm.

Jolene - posted on 03/17/2009

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My daughter was diagnosted at 7 weeks w/reflux. She was on zantac and prilosec until 12 months at age and also took Neutramagin formula. Once we got it figured out what she needed, she was a very happy baby. As far as being fussy after eating, we kept our daughter in an upright position for 1/2 hour after formula to try to keep the formula down. That seems to work. Talk to your babies dr and see what they suggest to get it straightened out now so your baby is in less pain.

Jolene - posted on 03/17/2009

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My daughter was diagnosted at 7 weeks w/reflux. She was on zantac and prilosec until 12 months at age and also took Neutramagin formula. Once we got it figured out what she needed, she was a very happy baby. As far as being fussy after eating, we kept our daughter in an upright position for 1/2 hour after formula to try to keep the formula down. That seems to work. Talk to your babies dr and see what they suggest to get it straightened out now so your baby is in less pain.

Jolene - posted on 03/17/2009

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My daughter was diagnosted at 7 weeks w/reflux. She was on zantac and prilosec until 12 months at age and also took Neutramagin formula. Once we got it figured out what she needed, she was a very happy baby. As far as being fussy after eating, we kept our daughter in an upright position for 1/2 hour after formula to try to keep the formula down. That seems to work. Talk to your babies dr and see what they suggest to get it straightened out now so your baby is in less pain.

Valisha - posted on 03/17/2009

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There is a couple of things that I would suggest. My first child had zantac for awhile and that helped her. My son, on the other hand, it didn't work. We had tried a lot of different formulas and finally tried Enfamil Nutramigen. It is pricey but it worked. (WIC covers it if you use WIC you just have to get a prescription from your peditrician.) We also used "Tummy Soother" by Natural Gentles. You can buy it at any store like Meijer, Walmart. And we also ended up bring him to a chiropractor. I hope that this helps you. I tried everything until I did these 3 things and if I would have know that these would have worked, I would have started with them instead of trying different things that didn't work and making my son suffer. Good Luck!

Anna - posted on 03/17/2009

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I am going to through something else out there to you to concider- My doctor thought my daughter had acid reflex. It turned out that she was lactose intolerant and that was making her gassy, spit up and cry all the time. Does anyone in your family have a dairy intolerance? Now both of my girls are lactose intol . and it was SO much easier with my 2nd  knowing not to consume dairy while nursing! My second had no problems at all as long as I was label reading! i hope you can help your baby and ps ..your newborns beautiful!!

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i have had acid reflux from birth,my said she ue to raise up my cot matress with a cot bumper at the top under the matress,then she use to support it from moving down with towels or shetts at the bottom,i was able to eat bettera nd it still helps to this day,good luck huni hope it helps

Shannon - posted on 03/17/2009

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My 2nd child had alot of trouble in that department too... Our peditrician recomended that I cake Chamomile tea and give him 1 Tbsp 2 times a day. What a differance it made.. Alos stick a receiving blanket in the dryer for a few minutes till warm then fold and wrap it around their abdomen, it's really seems to be soothing to a fussy baby. Goodluck!!!!

Elissa - posted on 03/17/2009

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In Australia you can get a thickener that you can either add to a bottle, or make into a paste and give to them before a breastfeed via syringe.



If you are breastfeeding, look into foods that might be making it worse, keep a food diary. I had to give up dairy, caffeine, leafy veggies, peas, chocolate, most spices. They all triggered reflux. I found some food additives also contributed to it.



Check out www.fedupwithfoodadditives.info for more info about what foods can trigger.

Tesha - posted on 03/17/2009

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They make special bed wedges that elevate the crib matress, and they also make crib shoes that do the same. I found them both helpful. Heat also helps. Make sure that the baby burps at least twice after feeding as well

Jesska - posted on 03/17/2009

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my son had the same problems and the doctor said that most times its due to an allergy or sencitivity to the protine in the milk, they make a special formula called isomil, its a soy formula specificly for these problems. i put my son on this formula and with in 3 day i found he slept soundly and stoppedspiting up as much, he was also much more calm.

Melissa - posted on 03/17/2009

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For some reason the first reply I posted didn't show up but I want to tell you that my son is 20 months old and he was born with a few health problems acid reflux is one and bone marrow failure is one and a chunck of DNA missing from is midocondria is the last. His doctors gave us prevcid for him it was the best thing they did for him it was a solu-tablet 15 mg. He's actually still on it as needed and it's helped so much. Also we had to put pillows under his mattress to raise it that will help too. Hope I was of some help to you.

Jules - posted on 03/17/2009

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my son also has acid reflux ..water inbetween feeds ...also see dr to see if he can give you ranitidine (zantac) or domperidon which is a anti sickness med which helps stop the acid getting up to the oesophigus ..being elevated when sleeping does help ..my sons 19yrs but is sevearly disabled but as reflux since he was a few weeks old and these have helped him ...hope you get the help soon tc

Gemma - posted on 03/17/2009

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What bottles are you using?

Jasmin was a sicky baby and never winded well until I used the Dr Brown's bottle and used Infacol or Gripe Water. I have brought the Dr Brown's again this time, they were amazing!

Kristi - posted on 03/17/2009

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go to the drug store and by GRIP WATER i don't know what it is about this stuff but my son would spit up and everything too and seemed like he had a tummy ache a lot i was told about this and tried it seemed to work and it even cures the hiccups

Shannon - posted on 03/17/2009

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Quoting Susan:

Any suggestions for a 7 week old with acid reflux. It's not horrible but he won't sleep on a flat surface, spits up a bit and is fussy after eating.



Not sure if this has been suggested, but we let our youngest child sleep in her carseat until she got old enough to sleep through the night and the meds had taken effect.  Our oldest child also had it and she did ok with raising the bed mattress, but when they are young, it's hard to keep them up in an incline position, so if your little one is a wiggler, it may be difficult to keep he in the right position.  Rolling towels and placing them around her also helped keep her in the right place in her crib.  Oh, and the baby swing also helped with sleeping.  They just did better sitting up.  Hope you get some relief soon!  I had two with GERD and my youngest is still on Prevacid after four years!

Angelina - posted on 03/17/2009

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Put cereal in the formula so it's heavier and won't come up that easy. If that doesn't help, Similac Alimentum worked great for my baby. We didn't have to use the cereal once we introduced him to this formula. It's expensive but worth every penny.



 



good luck I know exactly what your going through.

Nicole - posted on 03/17/2009

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Hi Susan, my son is now 6 months old and has had acid reflux since birth. He currently takes prevacid and is on Soy formula. He is also lactose intolerant which is why he on the Soy, we found putting him on his belly relieved is discomfort, he's slept on his stomach since he was 3 months, no problems and his spit up has gotten better. I don't know if your son is lactose intolerant but i would suggest maybe giving Soy formula a try and possibly zantac or prevacid to help slow down the spitting up. Good Luck!

Angela - posted on 03/17/2009

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Get a good pediatric gastroenterologist.  I had to pump and put some rice cereal in the breast milk to allow my baby to keep the feeding down.  He was also on prevacid for the first year.  He also slept in a Tucker Sling, as prescribed by the ped gastro for the first year.  It was important for us to keep him in the sling while he was sleeping in order to prevent potential aspiration and in general to allow him to sleep in any kind of comfort.  We also put a ramp under the mattress of his crib to allow the mattress to safely rest at a 30 degree angle - again to prevent aspiration and to allow comfortable sleep.  Really, a gastro needs to evaluate and advise regarding your baby.  Good luck!  It's hard, but it gets better.  Now, my son has episodes only when his asthma flares.  He is almost 4. 

Vikki - posted on 03/17/2009

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Hi

My son had the same problem he was given baby Gaviscone to put in every bottle it really worked and after a few months he didn't need it anymore.

He is now nearly 3 years old and a very healthy fit little boy.

Good luck

Vikki xx

Suzanne - posted on 03/17/2009

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i still would try the formula first. see where that goes. he is too young for tea or juice or anything other then formula or breastmilk. but i would try the formula. and if you breast feed it might be something your eating.

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None of my girls (3) have ever had these kinds of issues and I believe that is because they always got "Kindertee" as infants.  My oldest 2 were born in Germany- where the standard practice is to give babies a tea made from fennel.  This tea is available in different forms there- but here, you just need to find a good quality box of fennel tea bags and you can easily make your own.  This is what I did for my youngest- and I had the same results.  I tea bag seeped in a liter of hot water for 5 min or so.  The tea will be slightly yellowish - green and very clear.  I then added about 1/2 tsp of blue agave nectar for a mild sweetener.



I would give my babies 1 4oz bottle of fennel tea a day and they never had stomach issues or troubles with colic, sleeping, etc



I never even heard of these issues with babies- until I came back to the US.  I would caution against going straight for a medication- seems that is what the American's like- but is it what is best???  Good luck!

Suzanne - posted on 03/17/2009

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your doctor can give anti acid med's in baby dose and also raise the head of the bed there is also a formula out for this that helps as well. I used it with my daughter it is called. enfemil AR and it does help. You might want to give that a try the anti acid meds did nothing for my daughter so we had to use the formula plus over the counter acid drops for infants.

Sharon - posted on 03/17/2009

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My son at birth had acid reflux, it was very discouraging.   My plan was to breastfeed him, but that didn't last too long as I was under the impression that he was rejecting my milk.  I tried many types of formula and none seemed to help. His pediatrician said that he would grow out of it.  It took about 4 to 5 months, but it did stop.  I was heavily against giving medication to a child that young.    I know that every child is different and waiting it out may not be the best option for some, but I would certainly wait a bit before any meds.

Stacey - posted on 03/17/2009

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Been there done that and My aunt god love her used and old time remedy we made her formula eveporated(canned) milk , water and kero syrup mix water and milk half anf half and teaspoon of kero syrup and the change in my daughter was amazing sometimes you just cant beat the old remedies good luck to ya



 

Silvia - posted on 03/17/2009

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At the beginning we refused to get  our daughter in any typw of meds unless was absolutely needed.  She used to spit up more than my oher 2 kids, but I thought it was normal..all kids are different....until -suddenly-she ended up with neumonia and at the hospital for a week (@ 6 weeks old). It was caused to aspiration...she was put on Prevacid 2x a day and the formula was changed to Enfamil AR (rice - thickened formula). OMG, we noticed the change right away. We were told to feed her often and small amounts...3-4 oz every 2 hours....and it helped a lot....the wedge on her crib and she slept and her belly (due to the reflux...I know about SIDS). She is 10 months now and she takes the medication as needed now...it has been like that for about 4 months; she still drinks small amounts often and sleep elevated. Talk to your pediatrician and get your baby evaluated....Good Luck

Rhea - posted on 03/17/2009

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first, give only small feedings to your baby :) babies at less than a month can only hold as much as 2oz of milk :) giving more than that is useless as the baby will just spit it out :) then after every feedings, elevate the head of your baby, gravity helps pull down the milk and prevent reflux :) do this for 15 to 30 minutes :)

Angie - posted on 03/17/2009

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My youngest daughter was a puker. I dealt with it until she was six months old and then I put her on polyvisol vitamines and 2% milk. She stopped spitting up her milk. I think the formulas that I tried on her were to rich for her tummy. She is now 15 years old and still has to watch what she eats.

Michelle - posted on 03/17/2009

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you can buy Infant Gaviscon to put in his bottles.  dont give Tomato, Orange juice or chocolate. this will react with him. and also make sure he is proped up most of the time.  my son had this realy bad and i could go on with tips hints and horror stories but i wont bore you.  just stay away from those 3 major triggers and you should be right

Bindu - posted on 03/16/2009

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my lil girl had the same. we used to keep her in a 45 degree reclined position most of the time.( kept a pillow under her mattress), also try not to put them flat especially after a feed. i had to give mine medicine for a week.

Cheryl - posted on 03/16/2009

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call your pediatrician.  My baby took a special preparation of prilosec.  It takes them about 24 hours to make it but boy does it work.  My baby was on on it from about 4 weeks until she was 4 months old and grew out of it.

Melissa - posted on 03/16/2009

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That was happening to my daughter. I ended up taking her to the chiropractor, very gentle, and it worked wonders, not only helped with the acid reflux, spitting up and sleeping problems, but she cried less often and seemed generally happier all around.

Donna - posted on 03/16/2009

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My daughter had acid reflex, I had to put cereal in her bottle, not lay her down flat for 1/2 hour after she ate, and always kept the head of her bassinet slightly elevated.( just put a book under the mattress.)

Melissa - posted on 03/16/2009

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You've gotten some great responses, and I'm probably not going to add anything new to the mix, but my son is 5 months old and he's had acid reflux issues since he was 3 weeks old. He was on Zantac, but he was allergic to it, so we put him on Pepcid, and it's done wonders for him. Our doctor had us put a little bit of rice cereal in his bottle too because the rice helps keep the acid down. Hope this helps.

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