Anyone else have a baby with Acid Reflux?

Dara - posted on 12/14/2009 ( 217 moms have responded )

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My daughter was diagnose with Acid Reflux when she was a month old, and she's almost 6 months. They told us to use a tablespoon of rice cereal to each ounce of formula. We've been doing that & it doesn't work. She continues to spit up constantly - I have to change her & my clothes up to 3 times a day. There are times when she turns bright red, gags, or coughs just to get it out. I've told all 3 of the Dr's she's had [my husband's in the military, so we had to move when she was 2 1/2 mo's old] .. and they all keep telling me "she'll grow out of it, she's a happy spitter". She doesn't seem happy when this happens - but in general she's a happy baby. Normally - we're against medicine unless it's required for health reasons [such as diabetes, high blood pressure, etc]. But I was just wondering if any other mom's had this problem? Did the rice cereal work for you, or did you end up going on medicine for it? And is there a way to get the Pediatrician to listen to me? Sorry for all the questions, i'm just so worried about her.

Thanks so much!!

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Chantelle - posted on 12/17/2009

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do you breast feed or does she have formula? my baby now 5yrs old had reflux from birth she was breast feed it turned out she had an intolerance to cows milk. i actually changed my diet while breast feeding. just a thought. no rice cerial did not work, no i did not use medication and yes it was a fight all the way with the doctors. arm your self with all the information and knowledge you can then tackle them if you still have no joy then ask for a second opinion you are entitled to one. having had 2 of my 3 children with food allergies , reflux amoungst other things i have spent maybe 8 years out of 13 fighting doctors for my girls. i wish i could talk to you better but good luck

Shelley - posted on 12/15/2009

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Honey I hate to brake it to you but you are prob going to have to get her on perscription Zantac and Reglan. The Zantac attacks the acid and Reglan works with the little flappie-deals in her throat and at her tummy to keep them closed. How I got this for my daughter: By now you know how soon after eating she spits up- Schedule a Dr appt. and FEED HER IN THE CAR OR WAITING ROOM JUST BEFORE THE APPT!!! I did this and the dr picked her up to pat her back and she spit EVERWHERE!! Down the back of his shirt, between his shirt and tie, INSIDE the front of his shirt and down his PANTS!! He says "OH MY. That's NOT normal!!" And then he perscibed the meds-they do take a mth to 6 wks to fully take affect- and you have to feed her smaller meals more frequently ( I know-easier said than done) But my "baby" is seven now and healthy as can be!! I hope this helps!!

Tricia - posted on 12/15/2009

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My son had acid reflux also, many years ago and believe it or not, the only thing that truly helped was my gradmother's recipe. Mix the formula or breast milk with a light chammomile tea instead of plain water.



It would settle his tummy and he was able to burp everything down as well as calming him, I could smell the chammomile in his breath when he burped, so I knew it was working....I thought it was crazy but my grandmother from Spain said she used it on her kids...as he became a toddler, I would sometimes put a light version of chammomile in his bottle before bed to calm his symptoms. Good Luck...

User - posted on 12/17/2009

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How about an allergy that could be causing the reflux. Working in the medical field we seen this and often times it goes undiagnosed. It could be gluten allergy, a preservative in the formula, etc.

User - posted on 12/17/2009

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this happend to my little girl and there right she will grow out of it i found gaviscon a god send 3 times a day in her milk she was much happier you shuld give it a try

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Michelle - posted on 12/17/2009

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My daughter wasn't diagnosed with Acid Reflux, but she did spit up A LOT. I swiched her to soy formula and that helped. My niece was diagnosed with Acid Reflux and my sister and brother found Colic Calm. It is all natural and it worked wonders. Hope that this helps.

User - posted on 12/17/2009

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How about an allergy that could be causing the reflux. Working in the medical field we seen this and often times it goes undiagnosed. It could be gluten allergy, a preservative in the formula, etc.

User - posted on 12/17/2009

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How about an allergy that could be causing the reflux. Working in the medical field we seen this and often times it goes undiagnosed. It could be gluten allergy, a preservative in the formula, etc.

User - posted on 12/17/2009

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hi! our second son was a premie and had terrible reflux -we switched to enfamil AR and it was amazing! we finally got some sleep and our little guy was able to eat without choking 10 times a day! hope you find your answer and thanks to you and your family for serving our country!

Heather - posted on 12/17/2009

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My son spit up a ton, never took him to the doc for it, had a friend who's son had the same issue, they had him on soy formula, i switched my son to the soy formula and it helped a ton! Then it was just the normal spitting up. Try switching the baby to soy and see how that works.

SARA - posted on 12/17/2009

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Hi there my son had reflux very badly, it was diagnosed when he was 10weeks. He was breast fed and just could not keep it down. I was still keen to keep breast feeding but he was so unsettled and hungry all the time. Our doctor said to put a wedge under his cot mattress at a 30 degree angle and not to lay him on his back after a feed. This helped but at 4 months i stopped breast feeding and we put him on a formula called Novalac AR as recommended by the doctor. It worked wonders!! It thickens in there stomachs not in the bottle like rice cereal she also put him on Lansaprolsol (Zoton) which he needed for a few months. I was upset to give up breast feeding, but he is so much happier its amazing! Now my son is nearly 11 months and has been eating solids for 6 months so he has grown out of the reflux, thank God! so i think its a combination of strategies that over come this frustrating condition. all the best.

User - posted on 12/17/2009

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hey...I know what you mean. Stinky spitup all day long it was awful. My youngest son had acid reflux when he was an infant. We tried every kind of formula there is and the results were all the same. Finally...my granny said " why dont we try to give him some whole milk. Of course baby's should really not be put on whole milk but at this point, I wsa willing to give anything a try, so thats what we did. We would give him whole milk but we would put like 1/2 teaspoon karo sryrup in the milk which keeps them from getting constipated. This is what we used and then he adventually did stop spitting up and yes...he grew out of it. Not saying that this is the best thing but if you were like us we were tired of him spitting up all the time 24/7.

User - posted on 12/17/2009

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My son, who is now 26, had horrible reflux due the valve at the top of his stomach not being mature at birth and for almost a year after. When the stomach contracted to push food lower, the valve allowed it to come back up into his esophagus. We used the rice cereal in formula and it helped but we did put him on reglan which seemed to help. He came home from the hospital on a SIDS monitor due to apnea but after I told the pediatrician what was going on with the spitting up, he did an upper GI test and determined that the reason he was stopping breathing was because he was trying to swallow the food back down and not spit it up. Considering he only weighed 4 lbs 11 oz at birth, the doctor was amazed that he had such a strong desire to keep the food in him. Sometimes even the reglan didn't work but he did eventually out grow it. He came off the monitor at one year. It was determined he still needed it for that first year because there was a chance of him aspirating the food when he was spitting up. Which he did on one occasion but we had been trained in what to do and how to handle it so everything was fine with that episode. I don't want to alarm you, but you need to get the dr's attention about this since aspiration can cause choking. Because my son was born with other problems also, I didn't have as hard a time getting the pediatrician to listen as you are having. But on once occasion I felt I needed him to hear me when my son was older and I was tired of being put off so I parked my behind in his office and told him I would sit there until he answered all my questions if I had to stay all day. I had list and was prepared. I think you should watch her weight closely, if she's spitting up that much she can't be getting a lot of nourishment. Hope this helps and bless you!

User - posted on 12/17/2009

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my little girl had acid relux BAD!!! She spew and projectile vomitted constanly while I was breast feeding, even w/me on a restricted diet. She did better on soy formula and I stopped breastfeeding at 6mo, She was on medicine as well because of weight concerns. She finally did out grow it as she starting eating more solid foods; around 9-10 months. So hand in there and it will get better :) She's almost 2 now! and no problems for well over a year!

User - posted on 12/17/2009

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My 17 month old did grow out of it finally but, I noticed if I fed her smaller amounts then let her sit for a 10 or 15 min after eating she was fine. I also combined the Regular Enfamil ( yellow can) with the one for Gas and Fussiness ( purple can) 1:1 and that worked great. The one for babies who spit up NEVER worked. The Gas and fussiness one has partially broken down proteins and for some reason it worked.

Myriam - posted on 12/17/2009

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Hi Dara,

My granddaughter at 2 months of age developed alot of spitting up and diarhea. She also started getting red patches on the fold of her elbow, back of the knee and on her face. The Dr. switched her from regular Good Start (Florida) to Soy. The problem was not resolved and in a week I had to take her back because her skin started getting blotchy. The Dr. stated that what she had was Cow's milk protein allergy and gave her a prescription for Nutrimagen. The spitting/diarhea stopped but her skin is taking longer to get better. We relocated to NY and because WIC does not find allergy as a qualifying condition we are having a rough time getting it. It is extremely expensive. A Dr. here changed the prescription to regular Enfamil w/Iron and one bottle almost killed her. We had to put her back on Nutrimagen. We took her to an allergist and by doing the blood test and skin prick we found the she is allergic to milk, eggs, cheese basically everything that has lactose or the milk protein. She is now 7 months and has no problem w/the spitting up and diarhea. The only thing is that she has developed eczema on her skin. She is now eating table food and loves it. We just have to be careful with anything that might have what she is allergic to. So maybe your daughter does not have acid reflux but instead an allergy to the formula that she is taking. I hope everything works out for the both of you.

Cathy - posted on 12/17/2009

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I have had two kids with Acid Reflux and i ended up putting both of them on medicine. Seriously it was a miracle. So worth it. Just to not have to see them in pain and throwing up all the time. The medicine my kids did best with is called Axid. I also thought prevacid worked ok but Axid was the best

User - posted on 12/17/2009

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It is comp normal She will grow out of it don't worry my son had the same issue till he was 9 months old.

Donna - posted on 12/17/2009

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Don't worry! I was told that many times and it doesn't help when you are the one with the child and think there is something wrong. My son is 3 years old now and honestly nothing we did helped. This is definately something he had to grow out of. I too, had him to several doctors and pediatricians and I was told he was allergic to milk and to use soy formulas. I think every formula that is on the market he drank at some point. Nothing worked. Once he spit up 13 times after having a bottle, I used this as an example when describing my frustration and concern to the several doctors we saw.

On the bright side, this will end. I had to keep him as still as possible after feedings, so we used to keep him somewhat upright in a baby chair most of the time. It was really hard because I was almost afraid to pick him up. This ended up with him being delayed in sitting him up my himself. I was always afraid to try to let him explore and move around because I wanted him to keep as much down as possible. In the end he was about 10 months old before he sat up by himself or even attempted to. As soon as he started to sit up and the reflux muscle became stronger the spit up slowly started to decrease until no more. My advice is have lots of bibs handy and hang in there, it will get better. My son was not seen without a bid until around age 2! Your not the only one trust me I went through it all but things will get better I promise, once that muscle gets stronger it gets better. Really try your hardest to allow your child to move around as much as possible, I definately would if I have another child with the same problem. I think keeping him as still as I did made it worse. No medicine, no rice cereal worked.

User - posted on 12/17/2009

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my son has acid reflux n his doctor prescribed hm some meds. he take half prevcid, at night time b4 bed n it helps.

User - posted on 12/17/2009

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Both my kids had it since they were born. Nothing really helped that the dr's said. The only thing that seemed to help a little was feeding less more often. I breastfed and I noticed when I did give the occasional formula they spit up ALOT more. But both my kids did grow out of it around 9 months. In bed it also helped to sleep then at an angle. in my pack in play i put a small pillow under the mat on the side you lay their head. I know it is no fun to be spit on all day and change clothes all day hopefully she will grow out of it. best advice is to feed less more often.

User - posted on 12/17/2009

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Hang in there, it does get better. I have a 5 month old and my little guy was diagnosed at birth because he puked up everything they gave him in the nursery. I'm n ot sure if you're a breast or bottle feeder, but I used Enfamil AR and it worked wonders! The formula already has rice starch added, but my son's pediatrician told me to add 1/2 tsp to every ounce of formula anyway. It was almost like a milkshake, but it worked - along with his Zantac that he got in the am and pm. I have to keep Evan upright for 30 minutes after he eats and then he's good to go. He still spits up, but since he's started baby food, the spitting has gotten a lot less. Check with the pediatrician and see if they can get your little one started on Zantac.

Debbie - posted on 12/17/2009

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My youngest (now 23-lol) had something when he was a baby. He used to gag alot and drooled way too much. It seemed he had indigestion yet was drooling from day one and still has a watery mouth. He ended up having allergies from mold, dust, different trees etc. when the leaves fall. Anyway his Dad insisted on giving him a little coke watered down in his bottle. I don't know if it was the old tale of sugar water or the bicarbonate that worked. But it did! He was a picky eater then and a happy baby if he didn't have indigestion. He has a little stomach irritation now and then now and his allergies act up in the fall but all in all he survived it as a baby. Good luck with everything and I hope your little tike gets rid of her problem. As they say, they do usually grow out of it. Even if you're tired of hearing that stuff, keep the faith and all will be fine. Take care. Debbie Helmbrecht

User - posted on 12/17/2009

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My daughter had the same thing! I had called the paramedics when she was only 1 week old because I did not know what was wrong with her. Around 3 months old she started having problems having a bowel movement, she would go for a week at a time without a poopy diaper and when she finally did go, it was very painful for her. It ended up that my pediatrician referred us to a gastrointestional dr. and they diagnosed her with being milk protein intolerant. She basically was allergic to the protein in my breast milk and in regular formula. We had to change her formula and she still to this day at 2.5 years old has problems with her bowels if she drinks milk of any kind. It all started with acid reflux and I know what you mean about Dr.'s. You cannot describe what your daughter is going through to them but it breaks your heart to see her gagging and choking like that. If I remember right I think my ped. put my daughter on acid reflux medicine and it did not work at all. I do notice now that if we are tickling her and she is laughing hard, she will have some acid reflux then but not real bad. Not sure if I helped you at all but maybe this will open some other doors for you.



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User - posted on 12/17/2009

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My daughter who is now almost 6 years old had a bad case of Acid Reflux. Pretty much what you described. Her pediatrician prescribed Pepcid; it seemed to help. She did eventually outgrow it. Good Luck:)

User - posted on 12/17/2009

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try feeding her sitting up and burping her frequently. also if she is having a hard time lay her on her left side to rock her it takes pressure of the part that would be hurting

Megan - posted on 12/17/2009

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My son is 8 months old and has acid reflux. I used to change his clothes more than 5 times a day. He gets rice cereal in his bottles and he takes prilosec each day. We now only go through one to two outfits a day. His formula is Similac Sensitive RS(powder form). The other formula that helps is the Allimentum( more expensive, but it really works). My son still throws up but its not like it used to be. My son goes to his dr again in Jan and I will be asking to see if we can switch to vitamin d milk. sometimes the only thing that causes their reflux is certain ingredients in the formula itself. but you don't want to switch them to milk too soon because then you have to give them an increased intake of vitamins that isn't in regular milk. I hope what I have written helps you. If you have any more questions please email me at bookfaerie88@yahoo.com

Nicole - posted on 12/17/2009

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My daughter had acid reflux and lactose intollerance (diagnosed around 2 weeks old). She was on zantac and similac alimentum which both combined made a WORLD of differnence for us (and her). She didn't really spit up much wiht the acid reflux, it just cause her severe pain and colic. Eventually she outgrew the acid reflux (around 8 months were able to stop zantac). She didn't start solids and cereals until 5 months so I do not think cereal helps (more old wives tales). But, the zantac and alimentum really helped, she was sleeping through the night at 1 month old and is now a happy bubbly 10.5 month old. I say put your foot down with the pediatricians, you are her mother and know what is best for her!!

Dawn - posted on 12/17/2009

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Our daughter had it and at 9 weeks, they finally put her on Zantac. Within 2 days she was a totally different baby. I hope this helps and good luck...

User - posted on 12/17/2009

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Hi Dara, My granddaughter had acid reflux. It began when she was three weeks old and lasted until she was six months old. It is very painful, so she cried (screamed) constantly from about 7:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. when she slept for the night. During the day she fell asleep out of sheer exhaustion for never more than an hour at a time. The doctor had us put a half of Prevacid capsule in her food three times a day. We also used gripe water, which really helped. That can be purchased at most stores or pharmacies. Rice cereal did not work for us because it is binding. Gripe water is good, not a medicine. It's bicarb for babies. If your pediatrician will not listen to you, change doctors. He/she is obviously not sensitive to your needs as a parent with this problem.

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Kristy - posted on 12/17/2009

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my little boy has it and the rice cereal really didnt make a difference! Neither did the medicine...it stopped the screaming because he was uncomfortable but the spit up stayed pretty much the same (all the time and really annoying). My husband is in the military to and you could always ask for a different provider to get another opinion. Sometimes they see so many people that they are just stuck in their ways so seeing someone new may get a different result!

Kristy - posted on 12/17/2009

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my little boy has it and the rice cereal really didnt make a difference! Neither did the medicine...it stopped the screaming because he was uncomfortable but the spit up stayed pretty much the same (all the time and really annoying). My husband is in the military to and you could always ask for a different provider to get another opinion. Sometimes they see so many people that they are just stuck in their ways so seeing someone new may get a different result!

Kristen - posted on 12/17/2009

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Hi! My daughter had acid reflux, and it was really bad. She wouldn't sleep unless she was propped up in her swing, b/c laying her down would cause her heart burn and she would never take more than 4 oz of formula at a time, b/c after that, she would be in pain. She also spit up ALL the time and I had to keep bibs on her and change her and myself a lot. Her Pedi told me she would outgrow it around 1 and she did! In the mean time, they put her on Prevacid. She started with 1/4 of a prevacid tablet dissoved in 1 tsp of water first thing in the morning. Then, we had to wait 30 minutes to give her her first bottle. I didn't mind her being on the medicine, b/c it really helped her not be in so much pain. She still spit up a little, but not near as much! And the main thing was, her chest wasn't burning from the acid. My daughters Dr. isn't big into medicine and only prescribes it if she feels it is REALLY needed, so you might ask her Dr. for more info on it and see what you think. It really worked for us, and our daughter was so happy after that. Then when she outgrew it we just quit giving it to her and she was fine.

Chantelle - posted on 12/17/2009

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just a quick note.... i have read all your replies what stand out for me is that there are many different reasons why a baby suffers from reflux. excess stomuch acid is one but intolerance and allergy are also reasons for this condition so push with the doctors. good luck

User - posted on 12/17/2009

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My son had reflux from 2 months until the age 1. They changed his formula to alimentum and I had to make it very thick and I ended up putting him on zantac until the age of 1. The medicine helped him sleep at night without throwing up and he was much better. But a few months ago when he turned four the reflux came back and he had to be put back on zantac. He is doing much better now on the medicine. I would recommend at least trying it for a little while because it worked for him by the second dayMy son had reflux from 2 months until the age 1. I had to make his formula very thick and I ended up putting him on zantac until the age of 1 and it went away. The medicine helped him sleep at night without throwing up and he was much better. But a few months ago when he turned four the reflux came back and he had to be put back on zantac. He is doing much better now on the medicine. I would recommend at least trying it for a little while because it worked for him by the second day

Paula - posted on 12/17/2009

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i have a 14 year old who had that. we jsut let her spit up, the red face sounds like she doesn't liek that feeling. i wouldn't give her any medications for it, but try natural foods, we avoided prepackaged foods and found that the most helpfuland avoid acidic foods such as apple juice (we used pear), oranges, same as with adults with reflux. without other existing heallth conditions i woudl think this is really just a growth thing, it will get better as she gets stronger.

Susan - posted on 12/17/2009

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Our daughter had acid reflux as an infant. We had the opposite problem. She did not burp or spit up at all. Finally, at about 2 months old, she had a seizure. There is strong family history of seizures, she did not have any neurological reason for it. They discovered it to be a pain reaction to the acid reflux. She was given a weeks dose of zantac. Be aware that the nerves the innervate the esophagus are the same for the airway. So, for our daughter, the inflammation in the esophagus from the acid reflux led to those nerves inflaming the airway, and she developed athsma, which was treated with a nebulizer for years. She is now 7, and we have not used the athsma medicines in over 2 years, and we've never had any other problems with reflux or seizures. Spitting up is NOT an indication of acid reflux--all babies spit up, some more than others. If she is in pain when she eats, that is a problem. The Zantac was only used for a week, so it was not a big deal for us, although, we usually prefer a non-medicine treatment also. However, we are not opposed to short term medicine to get over the initial hump...

Gabrielle - posted on 12/17/2009

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My daughter had such horrible reflux, she was miserable. You could hear gurgling in her throat. We had to cut down the formula and feed her every hour. We also would switch between formula and fennel tea. The tea was recommended be her pediatrician. So one hour she would get two oz. of formula and the next hour she would get fennel tea. I had to make it from fennel seeds. It really did help. She was also prescribed axid. We also elevated her mattress a bit where her head was elevated. We also never her layed her down flat after she was fed. Good Luck!!

Linda - posted on 12/17/2009

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Dara,

My granddaughter also has acid reflux, and she is the same age as your daughter. Dr. kept telling my daughter the same thing, and also didn't help. Dr finally put her on the generic Zantac(Ranadine). My daughter also found that the formula was part of the problem. The powder formulas made it act up more. She gives her Similac Sensitive R. S. in the liquid form and the baby is doing much better now. Hope everything works out for you

User - posted on 12/17/2009

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At 3 weeks old my son stopped breathing and was sent to Children's hopital in Columbus. While there they discovered he had reflux. His was silent reflux, we added rice and prevacid. You said you were against medicine, but severe reflux in an infant is a health reason. It is not only inconvienient it is miserable for the child and can cause other health problems such as asthma. My son has both and if he is off of his meds for any length of time his asthma gets worse. He is 14 months old now and does fine as long as we keep up the meds. Some babies do not outgrow it until they are older children. You may look up some information on GERD in infants.

Jamie - posted on 12/16/2009

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ok so I definitly know where your coming from this was one one of the worst experiences I had, at first they couldn't figure out what it was but we changed to my childhood pediatrician and after a couple of appts. they figured it out and they recommended enfamil nutrimigen with some thicken up which can be gound at pharmacy's like walgreens or cvs its a little hard to explain the mix though cause you have to put the formula first, then fill the bottle to the ounce, mix and then add the thicken up Im actually looking at the directions right now heres an example

for a 2oz bottle measure 1scoop plus 1/3 teaspoon of nutrimigen powder, and fill with water to final volume of 60ml mix well then add 1/2 teaspoon of thicken up, this worked really well up until his 11mth when it was time to chanfe him off the formula, now he's actually grown out of the reflux (thank God) and hes eating anything and everything in sight oh and hes drinking the 2% milk

Laura - posted on 12/16/2009

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My son has had it since he was about a month old also, and he's 5 months old. We tried a rice-based formula (which is basically like your dr. telling you to use formula and rice) and all it did was make him SUPER constipated. Our ped then tried Zantac, but it didn't work much longer than about 2 weeks. So he switched my son to Prevacid around 3 months and it has been working like a charm for the last 2 months! He still spits up some days (some days he's completely dry and some days he's like a waterfall) but he is no longer in pain when he eats, and he only spits up like a quarter of the time he used to. From what I read about the severe reflux, it's because the baby's esophagus muscles aren't built up all the way so sometimes when something goes down it comes right back up (because the muscles don't close tightly like they should). Most babies grow out of it by the time they're a year old, and my ped. is going to take my son off of Prevacid in January (when he'll be 6 months) to see if he's "grown out of it" yet- I guess quite a few babies are over it by then. I'd suggest asking your dr. about GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disorder)- which is what they call the bad reflux. Do some research and ask questions about different options you hear about- don't be afraid to question the Dr.- your daughter is probably pretty miserable and deserves to be better!

Yicelle Aimee - posted on 12/16/2009

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Hey Dara,

My son was diagnosed when he was 4 weeks old,my pedi at that time make me change his formula to Lactofree and it was expensive.Well that formula seems to work on him but my mom had an old remedy for people with heartburn. Take a cup of rice put it in a pot and add water like 3 cups of water,boiled till the rice is tender then take that water(only the water) and let it get at normal temperature and put it and the baby bottle and give him or her that water like 2 times a day every day.And I did that with my son and my pedi released him from the Lactofree formula when he was 5 month old. And now my son is 10 years old and doesn't have any problem eater problems with lactose products.

Carol - posted on 12/16/2009

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Don't be patient! My son had it too pretty much since my milk came in. At about a month old I took him to a trusted chiropractor on advice from a friend. It looked more like massage than anything else - when they are babies all they do is use pressure points. (If they suggest more than that run!) After the first treatment he was 50% better, the second treatment his 'reflux' was gone! Sometimes it takes a few more treatments than that, but it's not medicine, it's not painful for them and it really works. And he has not had to go back, nor will he. Helps with non-sleepers too. They get pretty jammed up during labour, it's not surprizing things are out of wack! Yes, it may all settle out by about 9 months or a year, but you can help both of you be more comfortable a lot sooner! I heard in New Zealand that there is actually a chiropractor in the delivery room for just that reason... the baby gets weighed, cleaned off, adjusted, then given to mom.

Kathy - posted on 12/16/2009

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Hi Dara ~ God bless you girl! My daughter had our first grandson, 6 weeks ago, this coming Friday. As a child, my daughter, (30 yrs. ago) was diagnosed with what used to be called "colic". Sure you've heard the horror word of my generation. Now, I absolutely have NO doubt that what she had was indeed "acid reflux", AND her son, my 1st grand, has been diagnosed with GERD as well. I, as an adult, have had it in my later years and can tell you just how awful it can be-- truly HORRIBLE! I never knew until I myself have experienced a severe case. Won't go into the gory details, but if I were these babies, I would be crying as well. :-)



The pediatrician we are using is absolutely wonderful-- he is an experienced parent of two young boys that were both acid reflux babies-- giving creed to his solutions, which have worked a miracle after 5 weeks of total agony for baby, Mom, Dad, and grandma. The baby does the tummy clenching, severe body spasming, cried in pain-- I remember my daughter doing this (for six months!).



Thankfully, Dara, I can tell you that the regimen the baby is on now works. Won't go through the whole ordeal, will get to the point. Medication is NECESSARY-- don't like it either but reflux can indeed burn a whole in the esophagus, and it can lead to cancer! Reflux needs to be treated when it is moderate to severe!!!



Elevate, yes, during feeding and at least 20-30 minutes after feeding.



Feed and burp every 3 oz. or less., continuing feeding until the baby is full. Better to feed every 3 hrs. 3-4 oz. at age 5-6 weeks, a little closer maybe at last two feedings of the day so your baby will hopefully sleep well at night for you.



Ours is currently on Prevacid at night & Zantac in the mornings. At least one of those should be given by your pediatrican!



Mylicon drops as directed on the box, OTC, in each bottle. If breast feeding, do this into his little mouth and then breast feed. I believe it is .03 ml. The directions or on the box.



The baby has been put on a lactose free formula (last Friday) with the above and now he is doing fantastic! He is no longer in pain. Spit-ups are minimal. He is FINALLY a haoy baby!!! Not in pain and clenching his little body rigid, screaming in pain.



One other thing, the pediatrician advised, and did with his two young sons, is using Karo Syrup in each bottle, less than a tsp. but close to that tsp. Actually, my daughter has been using it in every other bottle, so I can be happy with that. Especially since our baby boy is FINALLY w/out pain and my daughter is no longer feeling awful because her little one is so uncomfortable, crying constantly, keeping her up all day and night. He began sleeping up to 5 hours at night, and going back to sleep after feeding during the night. Again, feed your daughter in an almost sitting position, two to three times each bottle, and let her sit up awhile before laying back down (or raise the head of her bed or mattress.



THIS HAS WORKED WONDERS. If only I were a baby. If only we had of known this when my daughter was a baby-- six months of my life would not have been so painful for my baby and my husband and I!



This is grandmother's (me) observations and my daughter;s life these past six weeks. This is working!!! This is a miracle. The formula we are using is Similac RS. It is a thicker formula, so I suppose that enters into the rice cereal thickening idea, BUT our pediatrician says not to begin rice cereal at this time, because of possible rice allergies. The RS at the end of that formula, (Similac RS) is an abbrevation for Rice Sensitive. So I question that theory of using rice cereal. That is the older generation of doctors solution, not the younger, fresher educated peds.



I believe we have an experienced father and a great pediatrician all in one. Hope this helps! Merry Christmas to you and yours. ♥



Kathy Davis

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My son had acid reflux. We switched him to Similac R.S formula; held him upright for at least 30 min. after he ate. We tried Zantac but had to switch to prevacid. All worked great. Eventually he did grow out of it. Meds will not hurt her. It will make her and you feel much better. I'm sure it's painful for her.

Good luck.

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are you nursing? if so, stop eating dairy (butter, milk, cheese, casein, whey) products. if you're using formula, use nutramagin by enfamil. promise this will work.

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He's breast feed, I don't think my sister wants to switch to formula yet. The doctor hasn't mentioned changing over, but I'm sure she'll be willing to try something new soon if it doesn't change.

Jennifer - posted on 12/16/2009

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Have you tried switching formula. My friend son was a spit up baby and she switched his formula to Nutramagen and it helped. He was dx with AR and he was Kolicky. Maybe you should look into that or a soy based formula. Hope it helps.

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My sister just had her son 6 weeks ago and he was diagnosed the same. The doctor told her just to have him sit up after each meal. Hes to young for baby cereals, but hopefully it will go away soon. Best of luck for you and your family:)

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hi there, you may not want to hear this but i to have had this problem with my little boy who is now 12mths old and just started sleeping through the night, he is on losec at night time.we to were not wanting to put him onto meds, but after 11months broken sleep, things were getting bad.we tried everything possible but just had to face the facts, evere since he has been on this we have enjoyed full nights sleep and wondering why we waited so long to do this.

Hope this helps.

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My daughter had reflux dr. gave her zantac but that did not help and he advised that in most cases it doesn't help so if your not comfortable with meds don't do. We tried just about everything and nothing seemed to work except for keeping her in an upright position for 15-30 minutes after eating and using a wedge pillow to lay her down. The wedge pillow keeps them laying at an angle and not flat which did help but not completely.

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I had to fight with my pediatrician about this also. My son was the same age when he started. He would spit up so violently, it looked like he was choking. Then he would cry his eyes out! Poor kid. After fighting through a few visits, I found a younger DR in the same practice that prescribed Zantac. She told me that most older Dr's are against the meds because they never used it before. Zantac is completely safe. In a matter of days, my son stopped screaming through every bottle. He still spit up a little bit, but not nearly as much, and it didnt seem to cause pain anymore. He finally outgrew it around his first bday. I am not a medication advocate, but if something helps....I say go for it. Hope this helps you! Good luck! Ellen B

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My daughter got diagnosed at 7 weeks. She wasn't gaining weight and even spit up water. That was when her doc started listening. She was put on Reglan about 3 or 4 times a day. She took it until she was about a year old. I have had to deal with army doctors and unfortunately you almost never see the same one. If you think your daughter would do better on medication I would keep telling them. I would tell them that you have tried it their way and it didn't work so now it is time to try it yours. This is your daughter and you are in charge of her care-remind them of that and just keep trying. I had to go so far as to record my daughter before they would believe me that something was wrong with her when she slept. I made them watch the tape and she was diagnosed with a sleep disorder. Good luck and keep trying!

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