Acid Reflux

Kelly - posted on 07/04/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My son is 3 months old & was born 7 weeks early. He was diagnosed with acid reflux at 4 weeks old. He is on Zantac twice a day & is on Similac Sensitive & Enfamil Gentlease formulas. My doctor had us add rice cereal to his bottles when he was diagnosed. She had us start stage one food at 3 months hoping that with it being more solid it would stay down better. We only give Patrick half a jar a day along with his regular bottles. He still is projectile vomiting quite a lot. We can go a few days with out it sometimes but, sometimes its several times a day. I feel so horrible for him. I thought it would be starting to get better at this point. Does anyone have any advice or thoughts?? I sometimes feel guilty that because I had to have him early (due to pre eclampsia) that I caused this, I know this is silly but I just hate that he suffers.

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Kristian - posted on 07/14/2010

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my daughter was 2 wks early and she is now 13lbs 4oz. she doesnt spit up that much but screams during her btls like it is hurting her. she went from 6-7oz btls to i'm lucky if i get 3oz in her. they just statred her on Zantac and prevacid and if no improvemnt in 7 days they told me to switch to nutramogen. she is on gentlease now. i hope something starts to work cause i'm starting to get scared something else is wrong.

Allie - posted on 07/07/2010

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Another thing is the Zantac may not be working. My son was diagnosed with acid reflux and they put him on Similac Sensitive RS(but now it is Similac Sensitive for Spit-up). That formula already has rice cereal mixed in with it. They also put him on Zantac well now everytime he spits up he screams in pain. well we went to the doctor and they changed the Zantac to Prevacid. So we will see how that works. Hope everything goes good for you! Good Luck!

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Sanaa - posted on 11/22/2015

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I will suggest some organic tea for your baby's reflux. Babies magic tea could be a solution. Try it.

Brittney - posted on 07/16/2010

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my son was also diagnosed with acid reflux when he was about a month old. he is on the zantac 2x daily and on prevacid it is a dissolvable tab that i have 2 put in a syrengine with water. He is on the similac alimentum which helped him a little and his pediatrician suggested i used the rice cereal 2 but it gave him bad pains in the belly so i tried oatmeal n he wouldn't take it but then i asked if i could mix it with a fruit n she said it would be fine n he eats it fine! HE also has his good and bad days with it but she had said that it could get worse before it gets better and it probably wont start getting better until he is atleast 6 mos. Also all of my other sisters kids had it and they grew out of it it just takes time! I know how u feel tho because i wish i could help him n make it go away 2 cuz he goes thru so much pain with it! also keep him sitting up for a while after feedings and try 2 burp him after every ounce he drinks if you can i felt that to help my son a little better with it!

Kandi - posted on 07/15/2010

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My DD also had reflux early one.. and COLIC.. we used Nutramigen for a bit, helped the colic.. she did finally MOSTLY outgrow the reflux, we angled her bassinet mattress, and also got one of those angled sleep positioners and we fed her sitting up for some time. she is now 4 1/2 months old. It is frustrating, but hang in there :)

Jessica - posted on 07/14/2010

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I talked to our pediatrician, as our son was diagnosed with reflux as well and put on zantac twice a day, too, but he said that in actuality you can't officially diagonse a child with reflux until you put them on a prescription to treat it to see if it works. If it does, then reflux is what they have. If not, then it isn't reflux and the vomiting is caused by something else.

I recommend talking to your doc again and let them know that the zantac doesn't seem to be helping. We knew it was reflux when the zantac started showing signs of working within 3 days. He still spits up (and the doc said that it wouldn't really decrease the spitting up too much) but he is less fussy and doesn't appear as uncomfortable and inconsolable.

Hope this helps.

Jillian - posted on 07/14/2010

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The doctors thought my 4 month old had AR,and had her on Zantac for almost 2 months. When she was still fussy and continuing to throw up, they did an upper GI on her to see what was going on. Come to find out, she didnt have AR at all, but rather a milk allergy. So I would ask the doctor to get the test done to make sure your LO is being treated for the right thing. She was breastfed so I weaned her and put her on a special formula called Nutramigen. It is really expensive, but since I put her on it, she is not throwing up nearly as much, and is she is a totally happy baby. FYI---the test was completely fine...they make the baby drink a bottle of Barium and then put them under an X-ray machine and see if the stomach contents are backflowing into the esophagus. It was completely pain free!! I would suggest having it done because there was a similar case with my nephew. There are more symptoms to AR than just vomitting. Good luck!!

Leah - posted on 07/11/2010

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Another thing to try is Gripe Water. It's an all natural medicine that helps soothe their belly. It worked wonders with my son. They usually have it at health food stores. I would be careful about starting stage 1 foods that early. With my daughter she never had acid reflux problems until she started on stage 1 at 6 months then she started having acid reflux and was on zantac for 6 months. The extra acidity in the foods can cause problems. I would just stick to rice cereal for now since your baby is so young it might be even harder for his sensitive stomach. Another thing one of the other mom's suggested was keeping your baby upright for 30 minutes after a feeding. This is also very good. Also, many times you will notice that they get really fussy before a feeding. Try not to let their stomach get empty (that's when all the gas comes up) so if you notice him eating every 3 hours try to start the next feeding at 2 hrs 30 or 45 minutes. And of course trust your instinct and what you feel is best for your baby. Many times it takes a lot of experimenting to find the right combination of things that works best for your individual baby. Best of luck to you!

Shannon - posted on 07/11/2010

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My son was born on his due date and has acid reflux. He is on Prevacid twice a day and it really seems to help. Maybe try asking the doctor to switch medications. I know several Mom's whose babies didn't do well with Zantac but Prevacid seemed to help. It's so easy to make yourself feel guilty for everything but deep down you know it isn't your fault! Good luck!

Christina - posted on 07/10/2010

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My son was also born 7 weeks early he also has acid reflux and is on Zantac. I have been breastfeeding/ pumping since he was born so I am not sure about using formula. I can tell you this it eventually gets better as they get older he does the occasional spit up but Phillip seems to be growing out of it and he's been at the same dose since we left the hospital. I know the feeling there were time when he would have some major fits and it broke my heart. We don't know why he came early but I also felt guilty like I could have done something to prevent him coming early. My son also have prematurity of Apnea and still on a Apnea monitor as well as caffeine....So I know what your feeling and going through.

Marilyn - posted on 07/07/2010

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I too have a daughter with SEVERE reflux!!! We spent 5 days in the hospital after a reflux related choking spell! She was full term and diagnosed at 1.5weeks old. She was on zantac but after the hospital she was put on prilosec and erythromycin (a very mild dose, not the regular antibiotic dose). I was breastfeeding wich is normally what is recommended so after the hospital they had me stop nursing all together and pump so that I could add a thickener to the milk. That lasted a month and was doing better for her. It unfortunatlly was horrible for me so I have just started her on Enfamill AR. Thats what her G.I. Dr recommended and so far so good. I have been taking the transittion VERY slow trying to make it as easy on her belly as possible and she has done GREAT! My girlfriend had her son on Gentle ease and that worked well for her. I can't tell you how many times I cried either with her, for her or just b/c I was so tired of ALWAYS being covered in puke!

Kelly - posted on 07/07/2010

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Thank you so much... Today I picked up Similac Sensitive Isomil. So I am hoping it will help. Yesterday he was still on Gentlease & projectil vomited 4 times, I felt so bad for him. But today was a good day. Thanks again.

Chrystal - posted on 07/05/2010

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They told me my daughter had acid Reflux as well and also had her on medication for it an i had to sit her up straight for at lease 30 min after she ate. and she was still vomiting like crazy I took it upon my self to switch her formula to Similac Soy and what a difference it has made. she no longer vomits at all just the usual spit ups. maybe you can try that.

Dana - posted on 07/05/2010

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I use isomil advance soy formula. I changed it and he was on it for about two weeks before I told my dr. I told my dr at his wellness visit and she was fine with it. I look at it this way...he is my son and I want whats best for him. I saw such a huge improvement when he started with it!

Kimberly - posted on 07/05/2010

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Isomil would be good yes. If your baby seems to be sensitive to the Soy as well, Similac has a product called Alimentum which is for babies with milk and soy allergies...

Hope this helps!

Kelly - posted on 07/05/2010

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So like maybe an Isomil?? Or do you think Isomil sensitive?? I would ask my pediatrician her opinion but she was trying to keep him on enfacare for the first 6 months which was tearing up his tummy & making him gain a lot of weight, with its added calories. So I made the decision to switch him to the the gentlease-similac sensitive, the doc wasnt to pleased but she didnt have to see him cry & howl from a sick tummy. I asked her about Nutramigen or Alimentum, she blew it off.. do any of you have experience with any of these types??

Kimberly - posted on 07/04/2010

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Perhaps he has an allergy to something in the formulas? Maybe try soy products, as it could be a cow's milk allergy?

Dana - posted on 07/04/2010

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Hi! My son was also born 7 weeks early. He has reflux and is on zantc too. I switched him to Soy formula and that has helped out so much! I also put rice in his formula too. Dont feel guilty alot of people I talk to say their baby has reflux! I think its more common then not.

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