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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Jenefer - posted on 03/10/2009
my daughter was hospitalized for this they kept her in her car seat to sleep also she after feeding dont move him around so much...if still spiting up after feeding try giving 1/2 ounce the burp..but let it stay in the stomach a little longer before giving more food..i know sometimes not possible because of the crying for food..im just saying if he isnt crying for food...if he is give it to him just dont lay him down after eating..hold him for 30 minutes after then put him in his car seat and put car seat in the crib...he will be fine...this is what they did for my daughter while in the hospital with this problem she was there 3 months and almost had to have a feeding tube...
Carissa - posted on 03/10/2009
My daughter is almost 3 months and she has reflux pretty bad. We give her zantac twice a day and she has been taking 2 tsp. rice cereal in every 4oz bottle since she was about 3 weeks. Between doing this and keeping her elevated she is doing better. She would not take a pappi until about a month ago and she figured out if she sucks on it after she eats she fills better. Now she pitches a fit until you give it to her. being consistent with giving her meds on time helps also.
Amy - posted on 03/10/2009
My Daughter had it really bad when she was born and none of the medicine worked... Her pediatrician put her on Enfamil AR formula and it soother her and fixed the spitting up. That formula is designed for babies with acid reflux and tummy problems. You can get the formula at any walmart and it isnt any more expensive than regular enfamil. I wish you luck...
Nadia - posted on 03/10/2009
not sure what you have tried yet but my daughter had the same thing so i rolled up some towels and put them under her crib mattress so her head would be elevated and it helped alot and I put her on zantac so it wouldn't burn her throat when it would come up. Also try and keep your baby up right for at least 30-45 minutes after feedings ..... I know that seems like a long time but it does help. my daughter is now 7 months and she does not have any problems with it
Pamela - posted on 03/10/2009
In people, acid reflux means that the stomach acid is not a low enough pH to digest the food. Pretty much the same in all mammals. The gut cells need minerals to make the acid, and if the acid is not strong enough to digest the protein, then the body cranks out more inferior acid and it just starts backing up from sheer volume. Elixir (which I can get for you if your interested) helps in people, drops the pH, digests the food, all is well. FYI, acid blockers just stop digestion altogether, so undigested food goes on thru the gut causing even more problems.
Breast milk is the best food for babies. Human milk is 1-1/2% protein, and most commercial formulas run about 18% protein, besides containing ingredients that are not natural to babies. The protein percentage of mammal's milk is inversely proportional to life span. We are genetically designed to live to 100-120 years, so our protein requirement is low. Horses' milk is 12%, and they live to be about 30. Mouse milk is very high in protein, and they live only a couple of years. Ideally, an animal should never have a diet higher in protein percentage than the natural milk. In babies, excess protein equals colic. If a baby is colicky on the breast, the mother should cut her protein. If you must feed formula, I recommend 1/3 whey milk, 1/3 organic carrot juice and 1/3 distilled water. At the very least, dilute a commercial formula with 1/3 organic carrot juice and 1/3 distilled water.
Babies should not have meat, even pureed, until they have canine teeth. That is the time when enzymes are present to digest the meat. When young children contract e-coli poisoning from eating meat, it simply means that they do not yet have the stomach acid and enzymes needed to destroy the harmful bacteria. Do not feed children breads and other simple carbohydrates until they have their molars, a sign that they have the hormones and enzymes to digest the sugars. If you do feed these foods prematurely, you will force the body to erupt these teeth ahead of schedule and cause a great deal of stress.
Children develop their food tastes very early, and the biggest favor you can do is teach them to eat fruits and vegetables. If kids see you eating broccoli, they will like it too. Limit grains, meats and dairy. Cow's milk is not appropriate for humans, even young ones, and is linked to ear infections.
The problem with soy is almost everything you find is a soy protein isolate look for a whole soy protein.
If your interested in how to best get the best nutrients to your baby, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stephanie - posted on 03/10/2009
This may not be exactly what you are looking for, but both of my boys spit up ALOT when they were babies. What I used to do was boil about a gallon of water and put about 3 cups of instant oatmeal and boil it for about 5-10 minutes. Strain out all of the pieces of oatmeal from the water (leaving the oatmeal water). You can store the oatmeal water in plastic containers used for liquid for up to two weeks. I used to mix the oatmeal water and formula together and give it to my boys when ever they needed a bottle. The spitting up had dramatically reduced immediately and they were able to feel fuller faster. Hope this is what you were looking for and that it helps if so... Good luck :)
Laura - posted on 03/10/2009
My son has had severe reflux since leaving the hospital. Keep him upright for up to 30 minutes after he eats and look in your local Babies R Us for the sleep wedge. It fits right on top of the mattress and under the sheet so he will be inclined when sleeping. If none of this helps I would talk to your MD about a change in formula or medication. My little one is on Prevacid and Nutramigen formula. Good Luck!!
Tammy - posted on 03/10/2009
all my grandkids have reflex problems.we thicken their milk with a little baby cereal,by doctors orders.some where put on zantac.i found that when your feeding sit them up a little higher then normal. keep them up about 20 min. in an upright postion even if they fall asleep.its also a good why to bond with your baby.
Erin - posted on 03/10/2009
Yes! My son just turned 1 in Feb., and all his life he has been on Prevacid except for the first couple months of his life. We elevated his bed with a pillow between the mattresses. That seemed to work. Then at 4 months old, we were told he may have a miik allergy. So lucky me, I had to take all dairy out of my diet! Yuck! It was very hard. But, you'll do anything for your baby! :) If you hold him upright after he feeds, that should calm him down too. Our son cried A LOT!!! It was very frustrating! You could also put him in a chair or bouncer after feedings. What has your pediatrician said?
Brenda - posted on 03/10/2009
Wow, bummer. My now 6 year old had TERRIBLE acid reflux when she was a newborn. I was not excited about it at the time but it was the ONLY thing that helped. The dr. prescribed a liquid zantac that we had to give her, I think, 3 times a day. It helped tremendously!
Catherine - posted on 03/10/2009
I use to add rice cereal in my son's formula it made the milk thick and he was able to keep it down. Also try letting him sleep on a boppy pillow the kind that lifts his head up a little,or maybe sleep in his carrier, snug safe and comfy if he wont sleep flat.
Suzanne - posted on 03/10/2009
My son had it so bad that I almost lost him 2 times to vomitting. He is now 17 months and still takes prevacid once a day. He took zantac when he was first born unitl the age of 6 months. then i took him off. He used to sleep in a bouncer that sat up almost all of the way. But even that was not good enough sometimes. His doc. told me to put him in his car seat and put him in his bed because hell be sitting up but at the same time hell be in the enviornment you want him in. Good luck. I have all the advice in the world on this one. Let me know if you have any questions.
Kristina - posted on 03/10/2009
Dr. Brown's bottle's are amazing. I suggest you try them...also mylecon drops. The drops are for colic, so maybe it would help as well. 1st try the bottles. With my son he didn't have to burp /spit-up because the design of the bottle stops from getting air when they eat. Good Luck!
Jennifer - posted on 03/09/2009
My daughter had reflux and we had to switch her to soy based formula. I also swear by her sleeping in our Fisher Price Natural Touch Cradle Swing! Her twins slept right beside her in his! It was hysterical to watch, but I loved the fact that she was not sliding down in her crib on the mattress, she was not using a "positioner" which I believe to be dangerous, that she would sleep in it, and that it was soothing for her and her stomach.
Lauren - posted on 03/09/2009
My baby started her reflux at about 1 month. Tried infant gaviscon but as she was having so many feeds per day, putting it in every bottle exceeded the recommended daily allowance and was causing constipation. Saw the GP and he prescribed a proton pump inhibitor that I give twice a day. It stopped the reflux pain but didnt stop the milk coming up. We kept her upright for 1/2 hour after feeds during the day, and gave her the infant gaviscon at night. This stopped the discomfort of the reflux and most of the spilling as it stabalises the stomach contents. We also elevated her cot mattress with a pillow as well as her change table. I tried thickner in her milk at night instead of the gaviscon for a while, but she started vomitting full feeds. Apparently the thickner can delay the food transit in the oesophagus due to its thickness and causes vomitting. Stopped the thickner and went back to gaviscon at night. She is coping well at the moment.
Karin - posted on 03/09/2009
My son had refulx and we were also told to use a wedge. Problem was he kept rolling down the mattress (mind you he is 15 now). I learned later there are slings designed that will hold your little one in place. He grew out of his reflux within a few months.
Dannielle - posted on 03/09/2009
I have friends that have experienced this with their children and they took them to a chiropractor (who specializes in pediatrics) and the reflux stopped completely! It completely depends on your comfort level with that, but it's something to consider!
Kelli - posted on 03/09/2009
my first child had this and we elevated his cot mattress slightly which helped keep the reflux down and we were also advised to place him on a thickened formula and as soon as we did this he settled down completely and by the time he was 7 months it had almost completely cleared up.....it settles down alot once they start eating solids too
Susan - posted on 03/09/2009
Thanks to everyone for all of the great information. We just switched him to soy formula yesterday and have elevated the bed, also keeping him upright after feeding. Seems to be a bit less fussy today so hoping we are on the right track.
Busisiwe - posted on 03/09/2009
put baby to sleep in the car seat or infant carrier it works best. my daughter had it so bad she used to projectile vomit after EVERY feed. got off breast milk put her onto Infacare Anti Reflux formula and i have been thanking God for the people who manufactured it. she is now on the infacare growing up milk and life is good! please try it if you can. best of luck.
Julie-ann - posted on 03/09/2009
elevating the head of the crib helps a lot for when baby is sleeping. If you dont want to go out and buy a crib wedge, just use a couple pillows to put under the crib matress. Try to get it between a 30-45 degree angle that the head is elevated. then use a rolled blanket or somethign similar to keep baby from sliding down through out the night. After meals try to keep baby sitting up (or closest to a sit) as possible for at least 20 minutes to help with digestion. My daughter use to always get fussy after feeding and turned out it was because she was always right onto her stomach or back shortly after burping. Once we kept her sitting up longer her fussiness went away and no more spit ups :)
Joanne - posted on 03/08/2009
My son Jake has the same problem. The doctor told me to incline his crib by 30 degrees. I found giving him smaller amounts of formula or breast milk work. Also giving him a pacifier after he ate really help, because it help with the amount of gas he would get. Jake is 8 months now and he does not seem to have any problem with it anymore.
Shawna - posted on 03/08/2009
My son, now almost 2, was diagnosed with infant GERD at about 3wks of age. Our doctor put him on a medicine (can't recall what, not prevacid or zantac) that helped him with the spittiness and fussiness. She also had us switch to Enfamil Gentlease formula and add a small amount of powdered rice cereal to the formula (we turned the cereal to powder using a coffee grinder). I discovered as well, that if you are giving formula or BM by bottle, sometimes switching the type of bottle you are using is helpful, I used the Dr. Brown's brand myself but the Avent are good too. And don't forget to keep your baby elevated for at least 30 minutes after feeding! Swaddling your baby as a comforting measure could also be worth a try, we would heat my son's blanket for just a moment in the dryer and wrap him which calmed his fussiness and helped him/us sleep. I looked into one of those Amby beds which sound great but are pricey for a condition that most infants outgrow by 6mo of age. I suggest inclining your baby's sleeping surface, my son slept in a bassinett for awhile and I found that the pillow/wedge I had used to sleep while pregnant worked great in the little bed and kept him elevated wonderfully. It is a trying process so good luck to you and your baby. Talk to your doctor and have your pediatrician examine you baby to make sure it isn't something more severe. And remember, they usually do grow out of this quickly!
Michelle - posted on 03/08/2009
My 2 year old had reflux pretty bad as an infant. He didn't do well on breast milk at all. I got to where I hardly ever laid him on his tummy, and I had to burp him several times during each bottle. He ended up on Soy milk, which helped tremendously, but he never had to be on any meds. It just took finding out what things triggered him. For him it was laying on his tummy, drinking bottles too fast, and he did better when his bottles weren't as warm as other babies prefer, but just a tiny bit cooler, not too cool. He did much better on the concentrated liquid formula than on the powder stuff. I fed him less at a time and more often than my younger son, and had to have him propped up for a while after each feeding. It also helped to have him sleep with his head elevated or to prop him up in one of those round pillows.
He also had a really hard time switching to milk when we got rid of the bottles. Just took some time and had to add the milk into his diet very gradually. He has no problems at all with it now.
Jacquie-Lin - posted on 03/08/2009
My son had a severe case of it and even now at 3 he still needs some otc. His was so bad that it caused a form of croup once a month. We had him on liquid Zantac, he slept with his body elevated, and we kept him on his sides. I was nursing so I cut out all tomatos and sauces, broccoli, dark green leafy vegis, eggs, and some dairy products, cabbage, and nothing spicy. oh yeah no orange juice, but fresh oranges were ok. I basically ate very bland foods. When he was old enough to eat table food, he got alot of fresh vegis and fruit. it help so much that we were able to finally take him of the Zantac. Good luck they do typically grow out of by 6 mos of age.
Julie - posted on 03/08/2009
my son had severe reflux and was on zantac until he was 12 months old. We had some luck with placing the wedge under his matress until friends of ours, who had gone through the same problem with their son, interduced us to an Amby bed. The first night we used he slept 8 hours....my husband and I kept waking up and checking on him. We thought something was wrong, he had never slept like that. We used it until he was 12 months. It can be alittle expensive. We felt it was worth it and the next baby will go right into it at the beginning. I know it's tough but hang in there. It gets so much better.
Rebecca - posted on 03/08/2009
Hi Susan! I suffer from some acid reflux myself as an adult. What you need is XANGO! It is a supplement that my family and I refuse to go without. It instantly helps my heartburn. Maybe it will help your little one. email me any time or post back email@example.com
Carrie - posted on 03/08/2009
Both of my kids have had reflux. My 9 month old still wakes up multiple times at night and I hear her swallowing over and over. Most of the time I have to get up and sit her up or hold her upright until she gets comfy again. Meds havent helped her. She is just miserable and I am exhausted! We feed her solids right before bed, and it has helped minimally. Good luck! Just prop her bed, use rice cereal early and eventually your baby will outgrow it. My MD said by 12 - 18 months!!!
Sarah - posted on 03/08/2009
We surrvived reflux with my daughter with no medicines. Her's started at 2 weeks. We used soy formula with rice cereal. 2ozs every 2 hours and gradually increased both amount and time inbetween bottles. She also slept elevated. I put a folded blanket under the matress. It wasnt much on a incline, but enough to make a difference. Good Luck! Trial and Error sure can be stressful!
Brianna - posted on 03/08/2009
My son went through that too. It started at 3 months. His doctor diagnosed him with GERD and gave him a medication called axcid 1 ml twice a day he is nine months now still takes it everyday and it makes a world of difference ask your pediatrician if this would work for your baby too
Valerie - posted on 03/08/2009
Hi, My son has gastric reflux, not sure if it's the same, but he was spitting up/almost throwing up all the time. The doctor had us start mixing rice cereal with his bottle to thicken it. It fills him up and it helps him keep it down. He also said to keep him upright for an hour after eating, so we put him in his bouncy chair or swing.
Donna - posted on 03/08/2009
Make sure it is not pyloric stenosis.... narrowing of the lower part of the stomach.... it is not real common and more common in boys I understand. My grandson did not have the usual projectile vomiting... minor spiiting up and major fussiness... The doctor (who I had known for 30 years) just thought it was colic and I was a "hyper reactive grandparent".... It is easily repaired via surgery, but children can dehydrate quickly prior to being diagnosed.
It is worth double checking .... odds are it is not this. This was just our experience. If you are not comfortable with the answers you get... keep after your physician.
Vanessa - posted on 03/08/2009
My daughter had severe acid reflux up until she was about 9 months we had zantacs and prilosec it sucked. They sell a little cushion at babies r us that helps elevate the crib mattress or if you have a boppy that will help too. Definately do smaller amounts at feeding times and elevate immediately after feeding. Good Luck! Hope the little one gets better.
Tracy - posted on 03/08/2009
My daughter is 4 months old and suffers with acid reflux. We did a lot of what the other mothers are stating here. Our doctor recommended she sleep in her car seat --- which she did off and on until 8 weeks. We also use the wedge for her crib (she is now sleeping through the night). After she eats we hold her upright for 30 minutes which sometimes helps --- she still spits up but she is considered to be a 'happy spitter' :)
Good luck --- it will get better :)
Jen - posted on 03/08/2009
Ask your dr for Zantac. All my boys had/ have it. My 7 year is still on meds, Prevacid instead of Zantac though. Definitely needs to sleep propped up. I use my nursing pillow with a balnket laid over top. Just lay baby propped up in the horseshoe part. They love it cause they feel cuddled and it helps the reflux.
Mellissa - posted on 03/08/2009
My daughter suffered with acid reflux and used to cry all the time after being fed and then up it came! the dr gave us carobel - a powered milk/water/food thickener which kept her milk down and she never brought any of her milk up after using it. - we eventually weaned her off it from 10months but as soon as you start solids it definately helps. try askin the dr about cow and gate carobel.