I think my 4 month old son is showing signs of Acid Reflux. Does anyone know what are some symptoms to look for? When he sleeps on his back he wakes up crying like he's in pain, also strains frequently when on his back in his crib like he's got terrible gas (even though he's burped), has started spitting up recently and coughs quite a bit like there is something in his throat!! I have to sleep him on his side and have done since he was 1 month old but recently he wakes frequently (3-8 times) every night fussing when he squirms himself on his back again. I have to continuously get up in the night to place him back on his back before he fusses himself wide awake!!! any advice?

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Emma - posted on 07/02/2013

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Talk to ur baby's doc about Prevacid. It's for acid reflux and works wonders. It helped my little guy. Good luck.

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What you described sounds oh so familiar.  Both of my sons had reflux.  Neither were the spitters, but very fussy, especially after eating, lots of gas, woke up constantly during naps and nighttime, screamed a lot, etc. etc.  Overall, it was a tough experience for all.  Both slept in a bouncy seat, even at night.  When my second child was 4 months old, I discovered this miracle pillow - www.arpillow.com  Wow - it worked like a charm!  I highly recommend it.  I wished I had it for my first.  He slept on it until he was a year old.  Now, he has a pillow in his bed.  He'll be two in a month and hasn't had any problems since.  They both were also on Prevacid.  We tried Zantac with the second, but it seemed like every time I turned around I had to call in to up his dosage.  Another issue that may be causing some of the problems is a milk allergy.  Also with my second and not my first, we discovered that he also had an allergy to milk.  After many failed formulas, Neocate turned out to be the saving grace.  Hope some of this info helps!  How great that facebook has this support system - I could have used something like this back then!  Wishing you and your baby the best! 

Jessica - posted on 02/03/2009

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My daughter has had acid reflux since birth, at 1 month she was started on Zantac Syrup. Finally at 7 months its starting to get better she can now go some time without wearing a bib and doesnt vomit which used to be all the time. She is on a prescrpition formula Pepti-Junior after trying 10 others nothing worked, they think she may have a dairy intolarance which is common with reflux also. She has Karicare food thickner in every fed to keep the bottle down, we use Dr.Brown bottles (there great for reflux and reducing wind) She is also kept up for 30 mins after afed either being held or in a rocker. These are just a few things, but reflux is hard and it affects both bub and the family and noone knows how hard it is unless they have had a reflux child. Here are a list of some common signs:



Some common symptoms of uncomplicated reflux can include:





constant or sudden crying or colic like symptoms

irritability and pain

poor sleep habits typically with frequent waking

arching their necks and back during or after eating

spitting-up or vomiting

wet burp or frequent hiccups

frequent ear infections or sinus congestion



Your child does not need to exhibit all of these symptoms, in fact, only having one of the above could mean they have reflux. It does not; however, mean they need treatment.  If your child is showing one or more of the above symptoms but is otherwise happy and healthy then some simple lifestyle modifications will likely make life better until they outgrow it.



Symptoms indicative of Reflux Disease or GERD:





refusing food or accepting only a few bites despite being hungry or the exact opposite requiring constant small meals or liquid

food/oral aversions

anemia

excessive drooling

running nose, sinus infections

swallowing problems, gagging, choking

chronic hoarse voice

frequent red, sore throat without infection present

apnea

chronic ear infections

respiratory problems—pneumonia, bronchitis, wheezing, asthma, night-time cough, aspiration

gagging themselves with their fingers or fist (sign of esophagitis)

poor weight gain, weight loss, failure to thrive

erosion of dental enamel

neck arching (Sandifer's Syndrome)

bad breath



 



These are off a great site i found http://www.infantrefluxdisease.com/ its worth having a look at but take our little man to the doctors and get him looked at so if he does have reflux they can start treating him. Hope this helps and good luck :)

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do you have a bouncy seat?? if so he might like to sleep sitting up alittle and yes your sounds like he has acid reflux...

Emily - posted on 02/02/2009

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Sounds exactly like my son. He was just diagnosed with acid reflux. He wouldn't eat and he wouldn't lay on his back for anything. Instead he would scream whenever I tried to nurse or give him a bottle or lay him on his back. He didn't really spit up that much, but the doctor said the acid reflux is worse in those who don't spit up. He is now on Prevacid and doing much better.

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Msqueenoab - posted on 03/25/2014

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MY DAUGHTER HAS BEEN GOING THROUGH THE SAME THING FOR A FEW YRS NOW..... THE ENT DOCTOR RECENTLY TOOK OUT HER TONSILS AND 1 SIDE OF HER ANNOIDS; IN WHICH, THT HELPED WITH HER SNORING. BUT SHE STILL HAS A COUGH EVERY 3-5 MINUTES AS IF SHE IS TRYING TO CLEAR HER THROAT..... NOW SHE IS BACK WAKING UP WHINNING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT AND COMPLAINING ABOUT HEADACHES. A NP WANTED TO PUT HER ON ZANTAC BUT I WANTED TO WAIT TO SEE WHAT THE ENT DOCTOR SAYS AT HER NEXT APPT NEXT WEEK. READING YA'LL COMMENTS MAKING ME THINK THAT THE NP WAS RIGHT.

Msqueenoab - posted on 03/25/2014

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MY DAUGHTER HAS BEEN GOING THROUGH THE SAME THING FOR A FEW YRS NOW..... THE ENT DOCTOR RECENTLY TOOK OUT HER TONSILS AND 1 SIDE OF HER ANNOIDS; IN WHICH, THT HELPED WITH HER SNORING. BUT SHE STILL HAS A COUGH EVERY 3-5 MINUTES AS IF SHE IS TRYING TO CLEAR HER THROAT..... NOW SHE IS BACK WAKING UP WHINNING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT AND COMPLAINING ABOUT HEADACHES. A NP WANTED TO PUT HER ON ZANTAC BUT I WANTED TO WAIT TO SEE WHAT THE ENT DOCTOR SAYS AT HER NEXT APPT NEXT WEEK. READING YA'LL COMMENTS MAKING ME THINK THAT THE NP WAS RIGHT.

Nat - posted on 07/02/2013

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Has anyone had a baby who suddenly develop reflux? It seemed to appear overnight one day just after my son turned 4 months.

He makes a horrible gasping / choke noise, then cries in pain. Could it be something else?

Judy - posted on 02/03/2009

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I have a home daycare and have cared for more than 75 children through the years. I've had this problem with quite a few babies and I've done the following with all of them with 100% success rate. My friend's poor baby had horrible acid reflux. Meds never worked and she refused to eat more than 2 ounces every hour around the clock from about 3 weeks old. She was malnourished because she associated eating with pain, it was so sad. At 3 months old, I asked her if I could try something since nothing else worked. I added baby cereal to all of her bottles so it was quite thick and I cross cut the nipples to allow the formula to pass through. This beautiful baby was so scared at first to start drinking because she was so use to being in pain. After a couple of minutes, she started drinking and I wish I could've video taped her reaction. Her eyes got wide and she sucked that entire bottle down in seconds. I've never seen anything like that before. She is now 8 years old and is doing great. She has had lingering food issues, more about texture than anything else so she doesn't eat things like jello, ice cream and pudding but there are a lot of kids that are like that. She is at a healthy average weight and it is proof that turning to meds first is not always the best choice. Good luck!

Kristy - posted on 02/03/2009

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Thanks for the post Jessica.  As long as Jacari has had reflux, you learn something new every day.  The pasted portion of the website was helpful.  After months and months of dealing with reflux, Jacari has been getting numerous sinus infections and is coughing at night.  We have him on a nebulizer that helps but some days I don't know how the poor thing breathes because all you hear is the congestion.  It has made for many, many sleepless nights.  His crib has been moved to my room so that I can monitor him at night and administer the breathing treatments every four hours around the clock.  It is nice to have an explanation for his issues.  We go to a specialist at the children's hospital next week so hopefully he can tell us more.  Thanks again!

Keri - posted on 02/03/2009

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I have to agree with all of you that have recommended Chiropractic care to Gerd/acid reflux.  Before I gave birth to my daughter, I worked at a chiropractic office and remember 2 children specifically.  One started coming when he was about 2-3 months old with reflux issues.  He has since "grown out of it" and doesn't come in any more.  Another one that I remember is a little girl that came in for her asthma.  In the 6 months that she was with us (until she moved) she only had a couple of attacks and those were when it got really cold outside!!  My daughter just recently started going to my ex-boss for chiropractic care at 5 3/4 months old(he didn't want to start "adjusting" her until she was over 12 pounds).  After just one adjustment, both myself and my boyfriend noticed a difference in our daughter!!  She slept the best ever last night.



According to my boss, your whole body is dependant on you back.  If you are out of alignment, your body isn't able to function as well.  I am still getting my regular adjustments.  Believe me ladies, it even helps with me when it is that time of the month too!!  Hope that this helps.

Adina - posted on 02/03/2009

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Our son has had it since he was weeks old. We elevate the top half of the crib with blocks and also put a pillow under him with a blanket tucked in over it to keep his upper body more elevated. He had terrible times sleeping. Every botle produced projectile vomit as it came back out. We put gaviscon in everything and he is on a full acid inhibitor every day (we actually give it to him at dinner time as it has helped hugely on his night time comfort as we never got a full night's sleep until he was almost 15 months old - only for the past 5 weeks!). There are so many different medicine combinations they can try - Zantac made it worse on our little one, but it sure sounds like AR to me. I would see you pediatrician as they can do a quick diagnostic test to confirm this - supposedly they outgrow it once they start on solids, but some are unlucky and keep it for a while. Our son is not even phased when he vomits as he has never known anything different. Oh, and if he ever gets juice it is diluted with water at least 50% but pretty much we stuck to water with gaviscon in it and all bottles with gaviscon in it and Enfamily AR (for spiting up, etc a thicker formula) which all helps.

Michelle - posted on 02/03/2009

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hi my son has acid reflux and the symptoms he has are chocking when asleep and he used to sick milk with streaks of red bood in it so they put him on gaviscon powder we added to his bottle he is now 7 still has ruflux and is on emepersone this helps to keep at bay with gaviscon

Neener - posted on 02/02/2009

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This could be reflux, although it sounds pretty mild compared to what I experienced. It probably just presents differently in different babies. I'd just take him to the doc because you never know WHAT could be going on. However, sometimes docs can be slow to listen to you about things like this. It took 3 visits to our doc, and me INSISTING, before she finally gave us Zantac. I wish I had insisted sooner. It saved our lives because our poor baby just screamed her head off for 2 months. It was horrible. It was ridiculous. I'm a 'medicine as a last resort' type person, but a friend who is a doctor with 4 kids himself, told me you could practically bathe your baby in Zantac and it wouldn't hurt them. LOL

She was a different baby in only a few days! It was amazing.
Good luck to you!!!

Leigh - posted on 02/02/2009

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prop the head end of his crib up. (like you propping yourself up with a few pillows in bed when you have heartburn)

Mara - posted on 02/02/2009

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ooohh forgot one more thing ... sorry for the posts .. but apparently it has to do with child birth .. coz all birth is a a traumatic channel a baby has to go thru .. so depending on how it went sometimes it can cause reflux , sleep problems.. etc...



 



when i say traumatic im not taking away what a beautiful thing it is for mother and baby to unite and an experience it can be... but come on .. PAIN for mama.. who says babies dont go thru anything.. they have to go thru something leaving a secure little cocoon and having a soft skull that folds just to get thru a tiny hole.. its life.. and its a miracle..



 



xx

Mara - posted on 02/02/2009

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p.s she was prescribed zantac as well .. coz of the pain and reflux.. .but she wanted to try a natural method and leave that as a last resort,...



 



x

Mara - posted on 02/02/2009

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Hey Emma!! well i tiunk i may have some good news for you... my sister in law had it confirmed first that my neice has reflux so she first went to a homeopath to get some remedies (whichi always prefer to start with with babies coz no side effects ) and then someone suggested a chiropractor !!! when she first told me I freaked and said dont take her.!! .., but apparently its nothing like i thought.. his clinic his filled with babies with common problems from sleep.... to reflux!! he gently felt her and then put a surgical glove on and made her suck his finger to see how her sucking was... and he could tell immediately that one side of her palette was more raised hence he started massaging it while she was sucking. She was ever soo content sitting on his lap!! and he mentioned how she probably takes in a lot of air during feeds.. which she does!!! anyhow My sister in law has seen an improvement (touchwood) but she does have to go back for a follow up etc...may be a good idea to see ifyou have a chiropractor near you to check .. he wont be cracking any bones etc.. just gentle touches :).. well thats my two cents .. hope it helps.!!














Quoting Emma:

I think my 4 month old son is showing signs of Acid Reflux. Does anyone know what are some symptoms to look for? When he sleeps on his back he wakes up crying like he's in pain, also strains frequently when on his back in his crib like he's got terrible gas (even though he's burped), has started spitting up recently and coughs quite a bit like there is something in his throat!! I have to sleep him on his side and have done since he was 1 month old but recently he wakes frequently (3-8 times) every night fussing when he squirms himself on his back again. I have to continuously get up in the night to place him back on his back before he fusses himself wide awake!!! any advice?



 

Sarah - posted on 02/02/2009

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My son was diagnosed with Gurd (acid reflux for infants & children) at 9 weeks old. Due to a heart coditon he was born with he wasn't suppose to cry for long periods of time, and would scream at night until he turn blue, and stoped breathing on one occation (he was 4weeks old). The doctors found out that 1. he was allergic to my breast milk., and 2. he had gurd. So he has been on Prevacid ever since. He is now 2 and 1/2 years and takes 15ml tablet which is then put into a oral syringe and then filled with 4ml. of Nursery Water*, every morning. He has to wait 15min. before he can eat or drink. You have to give it to them on an empty stomach. This was frustrating to do when he was an infant as babies do not like to have to wait for the bottle/breast or food. And with his Tetrology of Fallot (heart conditon) It made it that much worse. But If it its Treated... all is well. I slept on the couch with him in my arms upright until I realizied that I had fallen asleep, then placed him in the baby/toddler rocking chair made by fisher price (it was a life saver) for the first 4 months(or so) until the meds kicked in, and he decided to sleep through the night. Some symptoms to look for are constant crying from pain, constanly wanting to be held (especially after eatting/at night), freqently spitting up large amounts of milk/formula (especially after its been over 30 min. since he last ate). Some tips to try are toHave him sit up for 30 min after he eats (this is what the doctor told me to do and why we slept on the couch),  rub the belly gently while he is sitting on your lap, to get the extra bubbles up. I guess my best advice for you is to consult your peditrician. Best Wishes to you and your family!

Karri - posted on 02/02/2009

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Oh boy... yeah, it sounds like reflux. My son had it for the first 4 months or so, and it was awful...



We tried elevating the head of his bassinet. That helped a little, for about a week.He ended up sleeping in his swing every night instead, and did so until he was 5 months and reached the weight limit of the thing. The biggest help we found, however, was with meds. Our ped gave him a script for Zantac. The first night we gave it to him he slept through the night. It really is very effective. I highly recommend it.



Our son was on the Zantac for about 2 months before he stopped needing it. His reflux was caused by an underdeveloped lower esophagal sphincter valve, so he just outgrew it as his digestive system finished maturing. I am not sure what might cause reflux to develop at four months, if it would be something similar, or maybe a food sensitivity. A talk with your pediatrician might give you some leads to track down to find the root of the problem, but in the meantime, if you are offered Zantac to treat the symptoms, it's good stuff, and it should definitely help! Good luck!

Emma - posted on 02/02/2009

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Thanks for everyones responses. They have been so helpful for me and such an ease on my mind to know that this could possibly be the problem.  It has been so hard for me not knowing what was wrong with him and that I didn't know what to do to help him.  To answer some of your questions;  Mason is already on Soy formula due to having problems when he was first born and last night I raised the head of his mattress for the incline. Tonight I have tried some of your suggestions as well like sitting him up for 30min after his bedtime bottle and also putting a towel between his legs to prevent him from rolling on his back.  He already sleeps with wedges to keep him on his side but manages to wiggle his way on back a few times through the night, which is when he starts to fuss and I have to get up to put him back on his side. I don't like to sleep him on his tummy because he always smothers his face in the mattress and falls asleep like that. and he doesn't really like it anyway. After reading some other responses, i noticed there are a few things that I do (that I didn't realize) to contribute to the problem like bouncing on the knee after a feeding (to break up gas) and patting him to burp him so I'll definitely not do these things anymore.  It's nice to know that this is such a common issue and not just something that I alone am dealing with.  I'll be taking him in to the doctors tomorrow and hopefully we can come to a resolve.  Thanks again for all the responses, you've been so helpfull.



 



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Emily - posted on 02/02/2009

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my son had the same problem since birth he is 8 months old and will only sleep on his belly i know the doctors say not to. but its the only way he will sleep and if he spits up im not worried he will choke. you could also try baby gasx . it helps my son. if your breast feedings it could be something you ate. or you may want to try different formula. i dont know if any of this helps but i have been through the same thing and once i did those things my son hasn't spit up in 3 or so months

Melissa - posted on 02/02/2009

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My oldest had acid reflux and would choke and cough on his own saliva.    Made it very difficult for him to sleep.  Now my 3 month old is showing signs as well.   Doc put him on zantac and had us elevate his bed.  By the time he was 9 months old he had out grown it.  If he does better sleeping on his side you can buy a wedge that will keep him from rolling on his back.  It helped me a lot.

Kristy - posted on 02/02/2009

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That is the other thing that helped sooth our son's throat, Maalox.  We would give it to him when he refluxed.  We also used the Boppy for the longest.   He slept on it (even though the warning label said not to) until he got too big for it and became uncomfortable.  We still use it to prop up the crib mattress though.  I would love to give the person that developed the Boppy a hug!  That thing has been a life saver!

Dana - posted on 02/02/2009

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It's really important that you don't "top your child off."    He cannot eat until he is full to the brim.  Another thing....don't pat to burp.  Rub his upper back between the shoulder blades.   The patting exacerbates the problem.  And make SURE you get at least one burp after each feeding.  If you have ever experienced projectile vomiting after burping you will know what I am talking about.  My daughter used to urp up halfway across the room, she had it so bad.  No knee bouncing directly after feeding either.  The child needs to be kept upright and not dramatically moved about for at least thirty minutes.  Don't ever feed him when he is totally laid flat and do not put him to bed with a bottle.

Keri - posted on 02/02/2009

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My daughter has acid reflux (GERD).  I noticed her doing the painful cry and the arching of her back a lot then came all of the vomiting.  WE have been in abd out of the hospital with this (she was a 35 week preemie).  Just found out that the has a little bit of damage to her esphegus.  We have to thicken her feeds with rice cereal or Simply Thick which seems to have helped.  We have also had to put off starting vegies and fruits for a little bit.  The GI doctor put her on Prevacid SoluTabs (why for a 5 month old I don't know but I am finding out next week @ her apt) and Maalox.



Try having him sleep on a wedge.  I noticed that this helped our daughter.  While she was still in the cradle we proped her up in her Boppy too.

Kristy - posted on 02/02/2009

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I have a 8 month old son who has had acid reflux since his early days.  It was finally diagnosed when he was about 3 months.  We started with the Zantac, but it did not work.  He is now taking Prevacid which has been a blessing!  We had him sleep in his car seat for awhile at the recommendation of our pediatrician.  However, he was so congested that I slept many nights in the recliner with him on my chest.  He slept much better that way.  Mommy..not so much.  lol    Although it is recommended for babies to sleep on their back, we found that he did much better sleeping elevated on his stomach.  He still spits up if he exercises on his belly (tummy time) or if he is turned upside for even a second.  We have decided to try to skip crawling and head straight to walking.  We have also found it best to keep him upright and as relaxed as possible for about a half hour after feeding.  This usually keeps him from refluxing.  As our doctor explained it to us, the Prevasid helps the acid but will not stop the reflux completely.  However, we will take what we have over the inconsolable screaming any day!  Best of luck!!!

Jill - posted on 02/02/2009

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My son and daughter both had GERD (or acid reflux) and both are on prevacid. But my son's was much worse than my daughters. He could not sleep in his crib, would start to gag, cry, scream, pull up his legs it was awful. We tried zantax and that didn't work, but prevacid did (and sleeping in his carseat until he was 6 months old). My daughter can sleep in her crib, but does need the prevacid, luckliy since I knew the signs, I was able to get relief for her faster than for my son. I breastfed both of them and had to cut lots of food out of my diet, but it is managable. Mostr children grow out of reflux, and although my son at 3 1/2 still needs medication, he sleeps great in his bed, and my daughter at 5 months is starting to sleep great too.

Caycee - posted on 02/02/2009

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Quoting Emma:

I think my 4 month old son is showing signs of Acid Reflux. Does anyone know what are some symptoms to look for? When he sleeps on his back he wakes up crying like he's in pain, also strains frequently when on his back in his crib like he's got terrible gas (even though he's burped), has started spitting up recently and coughs quite a bit like there is something in his throat!! I have to sleep him on his side and have done since he was 1 month old but recently he wakes frequently (3-8 times) every night fussing when he squirms himself on his back again. I have to continuously get up in the night to place him back on his back before he fusses himself wide awake!!! any advice?




hi! i have a 10 1/2 month old son who's had acid reflux since the day they wheeled him in after i gave birth to him. the dr.'s have him on reglan to move the food through his stomach faster, which makes him spit up less; prevacid twice a day for the acid reflux during the day; zantac, for the acid reflux at night; and zyrtec during the day to cut down on the sinus drainage that can upset the stomach producing more acid. this is a very very frustrating condition, but you can get through it! my son used to wake up 8-9 times a night for a bottle, which he was using to sooth his reflux. also, there's a thing that they'll do which is a tall tale sign of acid reflux, which is to bend backwards and thrust away from you in pain. they're doing this to get the acid to go back down their throats. my son has a gastro dr. and an endocronologist for his! we're down to about 3-4 bottles a night now as the medicine does it's magic to mend what's been done for 9 months when the dr.'s said there was nothing wrong with him. keep your chin up, and let me know if you need to talk! i know exactly how frustrating this is!



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yup my son was just about 2.5 months when he was diagnosed with it...at one point we thought there was something else but we were lucky. Now he is a health 17 month old...

Summer - posted on 02/02/2009

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That sounds like acid reflux to me..my son had it until he was about 7 months old and it went away as quickly as it came. His pediatrician prescribed prevacid for him and it worked WONDERS for my son! Also you may want to try to keep him elevated while you feed him and for 30 minutes after he finishes eating. If you need anything else  just send me a message and i'll be more than happy to tell you everything that worked for my son..all babies are different but it never hurts to try new things..you never know it may work!



-Summer

Caycee - posted on 02/02/2009

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Quoting Emma:

I think my 4 month old son is showing signs of Acid Reflux. Does anyone know what are some symptoms to look for? When he sleeps on his back he wakes up crying like he's in pain, also strains frequently when on his back in his crib like he's got terrible gas (even though he's burped), has started spitting up recently and coughs quite a bit like there is something in his throat!! I have to sleep him on his side and have done since he was 1 month old but recently he wakes frequently (3-8 times) every night fussing when he squirms himself on his back again. I have to continuously get up in the night to place him back on his back before he fusses himself wide awake!!! any advice?




hi! i have a 10 1/2 month old son who's had acid reflux since the day they wheeled him in after i gave birth to him. the dr.'s have him on reglan to move the food through his stomach faster, which makes him spit up less; prevacid twice a day for the acid reflux during the day; zantac, for the acid reflux at night; and zyrtec during the day to cut down on the sinus drainage that can upset the stomach producing more acid. this is a very very frustrating condition, but you can get through it! my son used to wake up 8-9 times a night for a bottle, which he was using to sooth his reflux. also, there's a thing that they'll do which is a tall tale sign of acid reflux, which is to bend backwards and thrust away from you in pain. they're doing this to get the acid to go back down their throats. my son has a gastro dr. and an endocronologist for his! we're down to about 3-4 bottles a night now as the medicine does it's magic to mend what's been done for 9 months when the dr.'s said there was nothing wrong with him. keep your chin up, and let me know if you need to talk! i know exactly how frustrating this is!



Caycee

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My son had cronic reflux, which sounds very similar.  To treat him we were told by our Child Health Nurse to raise his mattress to a fortyfive degree angle by placing rolled up towels under the head of the mattress, putting him on his side and placing a rolled up towel through his legs, so it made it harder for him to roll back onto his back.  Also a feeding times if on breast, place a rolled up towel under your arm, and lay baby so it is on an angle, may look uncomfortable, but it works and the milk flows to the tummy easier.  If you are bottle feeding, purchase a bouncer or simply put pram in almost sitting up position, and again they are less cramped.



Also another tenique we tried was a visit to the chiropractor, he found that baby had a twisted spine which was part of the chronic reflux problem.  It costed $40 per session and we went for about 6 months.  Our baby was like a new baby, he had better nights sleep and started to relax when feeding and sleeping.



Give those a go and good luck.

Cynthia - posted on 02/02/2009

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My son had silent reflux which I wasn't aware of till he was 4 months old. I took him to 2 doctors and was advised 1) keep him on a 30 degree angle after a feed for 30 mins; 2) feed a thickend formula. He was on Karicare so we changed him over to the Karicare AR which is the same but with the thickener. These both helped a lot and settled the crying. Also, don't put you bub on their tummy straight after a feed as this will agrivate it, likewise lying on their back i.e. nappy change - best to do this before feed or 30 mins after. If this doesn't work, I suggest you see your GP as your bub may need medication to help. Hope this helps.

Melissa - posted on 02/02/2009

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My oldest had acid refux when she was a baby and the doctor reccomended putting a folded blanket or pillow under her crib mattress to elevate her some while sleeping. I personally didn't find it to work too well although I had a friend who said that it worked wonders. Instead I found that she slept better in her bouncy chair or even carseat for the first few months. It was a little bit of a pain to get her into her crib again when she got better but that only took like 2-3 days.

Janny - posted on 02/02/2009

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My little one would not stop crying from the first day I brought her home.  She was especially fussy in the evening and she seemed to never sleep.  She was diagnosed with acid reflux by 4 months old...the doctor changed her milk to soy and gave her acid reflux medicine to take 3x/day.  This helped so much.  After feeding your baby make sure she remains in an upright position at least for 5-10 minutes (this also helps). She grew out of it before age one. She was never a good sleeper to begin with, but it did help out.  Good Luck!

Amy - posted on 02/02/2009

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It could def. be reflux. Are you breast feeding or bottle feeding?  There are some foods that you could be eating that could be irritating if you are breastfeeding.  Or it could be a formula intolerance if you are bottle feeding.  Either way - you can start taking reflux precautions.  Try feeding him while he is sitting upright and also try smaller feedings and more frequent feedings.  Also try to keep him upright for about 30 minutes after feedings.  Either hold him or put him in a bouncy seat or some other upright seat...

Heather - posted on 02/02/2009

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Wow! you need this problem solved soon.  It does't sound too serious, but it must be getting tough on you and hubby.  I would see the doctor asap, could be reflux, could also be the sphincter in the esophogus (many boys have that problem).

Amy - posted on 02/02/2009

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Yes, this sounds just like acid reflex, or GER as referred to for babies.  My son is now 6 mon old, and has has it since about 4 1/2 months.   Same symptoms. He is on liquid zantac, since he was also screaming in the middle of the night, arching his back, and spitting up alot.   We have tried the bouncy seat on really tough nights and its great.  I'd use it just in emergencies as I have a friend who can't get her little girl to sleep in her crib now!  I've also heard using a swing works.   Good luck..it will get better!



 

Amber - posted on 02/02/2009

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Both of my boys have had acid reflux. Our family doc is great and perscribed childrens zantac (which has to be mixed at the pharmacy and is called ranitidine) . We also elevated their beds. Acid peaks between 1 and 4am. If this is when your little one is waking it could be another sign of acid reflux. This can also affect the rest of their digestive system because it is all connected. And...a cough is common as well as a runny nose with my boys and the doc says it's because the body produces more mucous protect the throat after the acid burns it.



I hope this info helps...I am not a doc, but mine has been so helpful.



Good Luck:)

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