Anyone have any suggestions for babies with reflux?

Kimberly - posted on 07/02/2009 ( 26 moms have responded )

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My 3 month old son has struggled with reflux since birth. He is on Prevacid twice a day and he is on Alimentum formula. Most days he does pretty well, but occassionally he has some really rough days were he cries pretty much all day long. Any suggestions would be helpful.

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Amy - posted on 07/05/2009

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btw, there is a reason for our stomachs to have acid, it is to digest our food and help break down calcium. If you kill any of the acid, the body will have a tendency towards osteoporosis later in life. I did give my 4 yr old this previcid when he was little, so I am not perfect, I did some research and that is why I am warning people now. It is in a medical journal.

Anne - posted on 04/27/2013

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My son was diagnosed at 4 weeks with GERD. We tried a lot of things but I found what works best is massage. We are using Prevacid once and day and hypoallergenic formula, which help a lot, but I notice the biggest improvement when I started massage him twice a day (plus it is free and helps you bond more with your baby).

First I give him a nice warm bath keeping a warm cloth on his belly to help with Gas (big problem for him because of the reflux). After a 10-15 soaked in a warm bath, I massage him for 10-15 minutes. Please check out this website about the benefits of massage for reflux. Since massaging him (about three weeks now), the episodes of reflux have almost disappeared.

http://www.idibidikids.com.au/2009/01/re...

Troinell - posted on 07/05/2009

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my son has the same thing and i also have him on all that, i found that the dr. brown bottles keep him from throwing up as much and i always keep him elivated

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Alisha - posted on 07/16/2009

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Hi don't know if you've found anything that works yet, but my son is 4 months old now and he was on Enfamil gentlease cause he had bad gas but than he started throwing up, projectile. so his dr. switched him to enfamil A.R. which is added rice so it coats his stomach better. but it kinda makes him constipated but hell i'd rather give a little laxative than have to clean up throw up everyday ya know? hope that helps
Alisha

Leirin - posted on 07/16/2009

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My daughter had reflux pretty bad, Try mixing cereal in a bottle. Use mylicon gas drops, it helps with upset tummy due to reflux.. You can use mylicon on a newborn.. my daughter was 2 weeks I started giving her cereal and mylicon.

Rebecca - posted on 07/16/2009

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oh wow!! I was going to suggest previcid, and alimentum. My baby only takes half a pill of previcid, the doctor said a whole pill would be too much for her.

hmm!!! I'm out of suggestions, i'm sorry!!

Candice - posted on 07/07/2009

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my daughter didn't sleep for 3 days once because of her reflux. i read (while i was researching hers)that sometimes a combo of meds can help for the bad days...ask your doctor. i know some parents were giving mylanta type stuff just when there were flare ups. some meds are slow to act, others are fast, so sometimes a combo helps.



as fo rthe crying...i feel for you. i thought i'd go insane. my tips: the sounds of the running shower, the stove exhaust fan, and alot of bouncing and carrying. and my daughter slept better in her carseat (i know i know..it's not recommended...but sleep in a car seat is better than no sleep at all!) eventually i just slept with her in my arms all propped up in bed. at least we could both sleep that way.



by the way, she's fine now. still on zantac (we had to increase the dose when she started table foods) but she's a happy little monkey. and sometimes she even sleeps through the night! but that's another story :(



as you start your baby on solids, avoid foods like bananas, pears, apples, (including juices) and other things that can make reflux worse.

Kimberly - posted on 07/07/2009

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Thanks everyone for your advice. It is good to know that it will not last forever!

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chiro! and try changing her diet, since you are formula feeding, change formulas. My 7 week old has had reflux and once I took dairy out of my diet it has seriously calmed it.

Julie - posted on 07/07/2009

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Unfortunately time seems to be the best solution. I have a six month old that has reflux as well since birth. She's on the same (Prevacid) I tried all formula and nothing seemed to help.. She does sleep inclined which seems to help a bit but I have definately noticed that she is getting better as she gets older. Good Luck! and keep the bibs and burp cloths handy!

Claire - posted on 07/07/2009

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Hi Kimberley;
My daughter suffered with reflux and the Dr prescribed her Gaviscon Powder which helped her with the vomiting and heartburn. The only problem i had with it was that it caused constipation. I also tried not lying her on her back as i found that she got bad heartburn when on her back. The good news is that he will grow out of it.
Hope this helps.

Kate - posted on 07/06/2009

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haven't endured reflux with my baby personally but work with babies and reflux is a common problem, other than some meds some tips are... prop their mattress up slightly so they dont lay flat, when burping them try rubbing their backs rather than patting this can sometimes help.. keeping them upright straight after feeds for a bit and not to active a bouncer is a good way of doing this. if formula feeding there are a few Anti reflux formulas out there eg Karicare AR these are just thickened..

Emily - posted on 07/06/2009

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My little girl had reflux from the time she was born until about a month ago. (she is now nine months old.) She's been on prevacid and zantac (I think it was) at the same time. It helped until she started on baby food and it only got worse. She eventually grew out of it. Her doctor also said that it could be due to her allergies..when they would flare up, so would her reflux. Hang in there and hopefully it will get better.

Michelle - posted on 07/06/2009

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My son is almost 5months and he has losec tablets 1 a day, AR formula and 3meals a day less milk is the key.Also check this web sit out its great www.reflux.org.au it help me out and i also keep him elivated most of the day.

Amy - posted on 07/05/2009

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My 4 yr old son had that when He was newborn, I gave him the good bacteria cultures for his stomach and that made it better until I stopped. Did I mention, he was EXTREMELY colicky?! everything got better when I gave him the acidopholis. There are many kinds out there, I choose one that has a guaranteed delivery system and a money back guarantee with scientific evidence that it works.

Brooke - posted on 07/05/2009

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my daughter is going though the same thing... and she was on the same meds. I told her doc what was going on and that she was still crying. The doc changed her meds to a stronger one and it seems to be working...

Good Luck i know its hard.


also::: "Her doctor said to give her rice cereal in her bottle a few times a day. 1 tablespoon per ounce. Also after they eat to turn her over on her belly and prop her head up slightly to keep the air ways open" this worked with my first daughter but not my second or three.. i hope this helps

Bernie - posted on 07/04/2009

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Try a chiropractor. I am one of the biggest skeptics out there and found one (through a friend's advice) and it's the best thing I ever did! Our little guy has been on meds for 3 of his 4 months and is now on very limited amounts...be sure of course you're comfortable with it and have the person explain WHY they're doing what they're doing before touching your little one... made a world of difference! Good luck :)

Mel - posted on 07/04/2009

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thickening bottle with rice cereal or a thickener, solids before milk when he starts solids as it helps them hold the milk down because it lines the stomach, elevating the cot matress, and keeping head and shoulders elevated during and after feeding where possible. good luck i hope he feels better soon

Rachel - posted on 07/03/2009

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My daughter had reflux, so bad it burnt her oesophagus. She went onto an AR (anti reflux formula by Karicare) which thickens over time and sits heavier in the gut and she also had liquid mylanta or gaviscon, 4ml by syringe before the milk feed. up to 6 times a day depending on how many milk feeds. Keep your baby upright as much as possible, pillow under the mattress of where they sleep also giving your baby a paci as much as possible if he has one can neutralise the stomach acid because of swallowing all the extra saliva. It will pass around the 6 month mark, but it can be hell until that time, my daughter screamed every day for 6 months until we got the formula right and the medications organised to control the burn. After it was all sorted she came along in leaps and bounds.

Angela - posted on 07/03/2009

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I have a friend whose three month old has reflux, on the bad days she just wears the baby all day in a sling.

Kristy - posted on 07/03/2009

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hi im not sure if this will help but my little man had it bad and i put him on special teats and put thickner in his milk and it helped heaps

Maya - posted on 07/03/2009

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my son is 15 weeks today and he had a very bad reflux for the first 10 weeks. i have always been feeding upright and then holding him upright for half hour after the feed. he never sleeps flat and i went to a homeopath and that helped so much. good luck.

Tawna - posted on 07/02/2009

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I found that feeding my baby 1/2 hour after he got his medicine helped because he wouldn't spit up the medicine as much. Also, he hated to be on his belly unless I propped his chest up with a rolled up baby bath towel to ease pressure on his esophogus. Hang in there. My baby is four months old and seems to be improving every day. He also had the slight abdominal hernia that I noticed someone else posted about so look for that.

Rachel - posted on 07/02/2009

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Oh hun, I really feel for you! My daughter had colic from the refux too. Poor little thing. I had to feed her sitting up, and got a incline for her to always lay on so she was never flat. It always seemed to flair up during certain times of the day, she would literally scream from 9am to 3pm. I thought I was going crazy.

I do know another friend who put thier daughter on meds and they helped. I didn't have to use meds tho as I took her to the chiropractor and a very slight adjustment did wonders. Literally, night and day difference. The chiro took my fingers and ran then down my daughters spine, I could feel it till it got to the middle lower of her back, then it disappeared. He gently pressed her back to adjust her and then ran my fingers back down her back. That time I could feel her spine all the way down to her bum. My doctor is a chiropractor/sport therapist as well as nutrition. Any adjustment is VERY gentle and if you consider it, make sure they demonstrate on you first. I took her in twice and that was all she needed. Also he showed me where her hiatal hernia was developing. Its common in babies, and works its way out as they age but you can help it. Its where the stomach and esophagus meet and overlap and is a big factor in acid reflux. If you face your son, and run your right hand along his (left) rib cage to around the mid point and then go about a 1/2 - 1 inch down, you may feel a small knot. Just massage downward on the knot and it will disappear. I actually found it before that while trying to massage her belly to aid her digestion. Once I made sure to massage that area each day I also noticed a very big difference in her comfort and the acid reflux was hardly ever a factor again. All food for thought, I really hope your little guy feels better soon!

Mimi - posted on 07/02/2009

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i dont have the answer but i do have a question..my 4 wk old baby might have the same thing, but im not quite sure..how can i tell if she is suffering from reflux? there are times when she will cry like "bloody murder cry!" we tried to sooth her in any posible way. i tried swaddling her n that works wonders esp at nite.she spits up a lot too..dunno if she was having way too much milk..but who knows..so imma go to the Dr n ask him. but hopefully ull get answers. hope to hear form u soon.

Ashleigh - posted on 07/02/2009

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Quoting Kimberly:

Anyone have any suggestions for babies with reflux?

My 3 month old son has struggled with reflux since birth. He is on Prevacid twice a day and he is on Alimentum formula. Most days he does pretty well, but occassionally he has some really rough days were he cries pretty much all day long. Any suggestions would be helpful.


My 2 month old daughter has reflux. Her doctor said to give her rice cereal in her bottle a few times a day. 1 tablespoon per ounce. Also after they eat to turn her over on her belly and prop her head up slightly to keep the air ways open. It has worked wonders for her. Hope this helps.:-)

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