Reflux and Rashes

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I joined yesterday and I have to say what an encouragement these posts have been to me! Our girls were born at 27 weeks and doing well. One struggle we've had is reflux. We wipe them and keep them clean after feeding, but now they are getting so chubby and the spit up gets into the fat rolls and is tough to totally find sometimes (especially if they're sleeping!) and results in a rash. Our nurse recommended Neosporin, which helps, along with keeping it dry, but I was wondering if any of you have any tricks to controlling the reflux rash around the neck rolls. Thank you for your help!

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MiRYAM - posted on 05/01/2009

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My twins have reflux and they are taking losec and my daughter domperidone 15 min before each feed is amazing she hardly spit now, also I'm giving them probiotics and taking them to the Chiropractor. my son got a rash and I use hydrocortisone cream and in 3 days the rash was gone, I use plastic bibs and also I put on top a facial cloth under the chin to absorb any milk. Good luck is very hard to deal with reflux twins, hopefully they get better with age. I can wait!!!!!!!

Aimee - posted on 03/12/2009

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Hello Julia! I understand your pain here... Both of my children (now 6 and 15 months) had reflux. Our doctor put them both on Zantac. My dauaghter never had the rash but my son who is substantially 'plumper' we'll say, did as he had more rolls than she did. What I found that helped was during feeding (and after) was to put a spit rag up under the chin. My son for most the day would have one there. I also switched him to soy formula from regular about a month after we stopped breastfeeding. That seemed to help alot.  When he did get the rash I found that diaper rash cream helped. One time it did get bad enough that I used yeast infection cream on it. It cleared up pretty fast. They both seemed to grow out of it by about 5 months.  Well good luck, hope this helps.

Valerie - posted on 03/10/2009

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My twins (now 18 months actual) were born at 35 weeks. Lily had mild reflux and was treated with precription meds (Losec) from 4 months to about 6 months old. Patrick's was much more severe and was on the Losec until almost 8 months. They do eventually outgrow it but it seems like forever while you are in the middle of it.

As for the neck rashes, diaper rash cream will work wonders. Keeping it clean and dry will help, using a bib while feeding will help to absorb any spillage. If it is persistent, try a little of the cream used to treat yeast infection diaper rashes (check with your pharmacist - it's an over the counter cream) - some times it can turn into a yeast infection.

Noel - posted on 03/09/2009

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I wipe my little fatty's neck out with a wipe then put baby powder under it.. that seems to work for me.

Toni-Anne - posted on 03/08/2009

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My son had very severe (projectile vomitting) reflux.
The best thing we found for it was roughly 5mLs of Gaviscon in every bottle.
I'm not sure if you have that in the States though or if it's only available in Aus.
Only reason I found out was my sons paediatrician recommended it.

Kelly - posted on 03/08/2009

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Julia--I would HIGHLY suggest you look into infant chiropractic/ cranio sacral therapy. My daughter had reflux too. It is extremely common in preemies. If you twins had feeding tubes the esophageal sphincter never learned to fully close (because of the tube). I took my daughter in for 3 sessions of cst and within 1 week the reflux was noticably reduced and TOTALLY GONE in 3 weeks! My doctor's only suggestion was prescription meds which they babies are one for many, many months! When my daughter developed colic (3 hours of sheer screaming a night) we took her back in. She had a lot of intestinal distress and the cst helped to alleviate it. Again, with in 2-3 weeks she was happy and mellow once again. If you have questions, you can contact me, but infant chiropractics works miracles!

Julie - posted on 03/08/2009

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hello again~

We have the very same issues!!! First off- do you know how long this reflux will last?? I use hydrocortisone cream for the rash (clears it up in a day or two) and I keep putting a little baby powder in the creases to keep it drier. Seems to be working so far. ;)

Jillian - posted on 03/08/2009

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our dr suggested using a diaper rash cream. It helps keep the moisture away a bit. Good luck!

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