Had to change formula due to acid reflux...I need some advice.

Nicole - posted on 02/11/2009 ( 59 moms have responded )

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My daughter is almost 5 months old and we have been battling acid reflux. She is currently on prevacid and I know all the tricks to help ease the flare ups. None of it seems to be making a difference. She doesn't spit up but she will not eat very much and fights the last half of her bottle. I have even had an Upper GI done to make sure there was no blockage or narrowing of her throat/stomach. The doctor has had me switch her formula to Alimentum. It is made by Similac and is suposed to be hypoallergenic and I guess the proteins are easier for her stomach to handle. The only thing is she HATES it. I didn't know if anyone else has had to switch and if so how long did it take for your child to adjust to it and did it help? She will drink a little and gag, and last night she puked out all that she had eaten. She is hungry and cranky and I just need to know that there is some light at the end of the tunnell. I appreciate any and all input. Thanks

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Michele - posted on 02/11/2009

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My daughter turned 1 on Feb 4 she was born 4 weeks early and had reflux. I nursed her for a few months but had to stop because she was constantly spitting up and I thought she was allergic to my breast milk.  It is so hard when the baby can't tell you how they are feeling.  I switched my daughter to Enfamil Lacto Free and it seemed to help.  I tried every formula out there and she still spit up every feeding, an hour after every feeding and basically all day long.  I know it seems like it will never end, but it will.  Jade has not had a problem in about a month.  Also, maybe you should gradually introduce the new formula so that she can get used to it.

Kris - posted on 02/11/2009

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My son had acid reflux as well. The doctors put him on prevacid and told me it would take up to a month to see any results. I ended up switching formula on my own to the Enfamil A.R. Lipil. It worked better than the prevacid, which we ended up taking him off of, because he screamed every time we gave it to him- like it was genuinely upsetting his stomach even more. The good news is, the Enfamil AR worked (if you want to give it a try) and he eventually grew out of the acid reflux, pretty much around the time he started eating baby foods regularly. We just needed a heavier formula for him.

Nicole - posted on 02/11/2009

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Quoting Autumn:



I am in the same boat!! My lil one was born at 29 weeks and eating has been an issue since she began drinking from a bottle. Her dr put her on axid. I have to had formula to my breast milk to add calories. I was giving her what they did in the NICU but then we switched her to Infamil...it's with the red label. Another baby from the NICU is using it and has really improved. I haven't seen much of a change. Maybe it will help your little one. What "tricks" are you doing to help ease the flare ups? I am trying to work full time and get a few hours of sleep. He flare ups are always in the middle of the night so it makes for a long day. Thanks! :-0






She was on the Infamil already and still was having problems. I make sure that I keep her up right 30 minutes after feeding her and I have propped her mattress up at one end so that she is not laying flat. I try to feed her smaller amounts more often and keep her head up higher than her belly when she is eating. Those are all the tricks I know, I hope they help you!

Nicole - posted on 02/11/2009

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Hi Nicole.  I have a 5 yr old and a 3 yr old and when both of them were born they both were lactose intolerant.  I don't know if that's the same as what your daughter has.  I didn't know babies could get acid reflux.  Anyway, I had to switch both of them to soy formula.  It took them about 2-3 days before they adjusted and then they were fine.  When my oldest was born the doctor switched him to a formula I couldn't even get in the small town I lived in. (I bottle fed both my boys).    Hopefully this will help.  Good Luck!






My family doctor switched her to Soy formula acouple months ago and when that didn't work he referred us to a pediatric gastroentologist. He is the one who ordered the test and now has switched us to the new formula. She had no problem going from the regular formula to the Soy and never gaged or anything. I hope it will be fine in a couple days!! Thanks for the response.

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I am in the same boat!! My lil one was born at 29 weeks and eating has been an issue since she began drinking from a bottle. Her dr put her on axid. I have to had formula to my breast milk to add calories. I was giving her what they did in the NICU but then we switched her to Infamil...it's with the red label. Another baby from the NICU is using it and has really improved. I haven't seen much of a change. Maybe it will help your little one. What "tricks" are you doing to help ease the flare ups? I am trying to work full time and get a few hours of sleep. He flare ups are always in the middle of the night so it makes for a long day. Thanks! :-0

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I am in the same boat!! My lil one was born at 29 weeks and eating has been an issue since she began drinking from a bottle. Her dr put her on axid. I have to had formula to my breast milk to add calories. I was giving her what they did in the NICU but then we switched her to Infamil...it's with the red label. Another baby from the NICU is using it and has really improved. I haven't seen much of a change. Maybe it will help your little one. What "tricks" are you doing to help ease the flare ups? I am trying to work full time and get a few hours of sleep. He flare ups are always in the middle of the night so it makes for a long day. Thanks! :-0

Amy - posted on 02/11/2009

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The only thing that worked for us was the soy formula Isomil by Similac.  The Dr. gave her Axid for the reflux and I had to keep her propped up at all times while sleeping.  I used a Bobby to keep her propped up.  Best of luck to you, I know it's hard.  But it will get better.  My daughter stopped this around 12 months.

Lynda - posted on 02/11/2009

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Hi Nicole.  I have a 5 yr old and a 3 yr old and when both of them were born they both were lactose intolerant.  I don't know if that's the same as what your daughter has.  I didn't know babies could get acid reflux.  Anyway, I had to switch both of them to soy formula.  It took them about 2-3 days before they adjusted and then they were fine.  When my oldest was born the doctor switched him to a formula I couldn't even get in the small town I lived in. (I bottle fed both my boys).    Hopefully this will help.  Good Luck!

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