HELP! my baby girl has Gastroesophageal reflux :(

Allison - posted on 06/08/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone, i am here asking for the opinions or suggestions from mothers who have gone through this also. My 6 week old daughter was recently diagnosed with GER by her pediatrician. Some of her symtoms are spitting up frequently (every bottle) and not just a little, like half her bottle, and sometimes projectile, she acts in pain while she eating and sometimes will not want to take the bottle, though i know she is hungry, she arches her back constantly and grunts all the time, also she always makes sounds as though she clearing her throat.

The doctor gave her Zantac to take and advised to keep her in an upright postion at all times. I was a little concerned about giving her the zantac so early, but i have been. I burp her very often when feeding and have been keeping her in the upright position, but it just ISNT WORKING!!!

Has anyone gone through this?! does anyone have any "home remedies"? or suggestions for things that worked for you? Or things your Dr told you to do? it seems like every Dr has something different to say!

I dont always trust the DR. they arent always going to tell you the things you could do-theres too much liability these days, not to mention the number of misdiagnosis' not only my family have gone through, but myself. i need a MOTHERS opinion! i see the nasty and opinionated comments people can make on here, and im not interested in any of that, so please spare me. Just need some help for my poor baby!

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ok so i did a little research here's something you may want to try other than putting rice in her milk.



Enfamil A.R.®

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Research shows that spit up is the most common feeding problem among formula-fed babies. Enfamil A.R. provides:



Added rice starch formula goes down smooth, designed to thicken in baby's stomach to stay down

More balanced nutrition than adding rice cereal to formula

Approximately 4x more spit up free feedings after switching to A.R.*

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Ajia - posted on 06/08/2009

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I've been dealing with the same thing for 2 months. I would first advise trying a different formula. Try something like Similac Sensitive, if that doesn't work go to Soy (it may be a milk allergy), if that desn't work try Alimentum or Nutramigen, if that doesn't work try Neocate (you need a prescription for it, it's broken down to amino acids for babies with protein allergies). As far as antiacids go, if the Zantac doesn't work (that's the first one I tried too), the next one I tried was Prevacid and it didn't work, and the next one the doctor gave us was Prilosec which seems to be helping a little. Just know that you have options and are not just stuck with Zantac. To be honest, this is something that you may have to just suffer through until your daughter is 6mo-1yr, and doctors don't care much about it if your daughter is "thriving" which they believe to be gaining enough weight. But I disagree, all that means is that their body is able to process the fat in formula, it doesn't mean they are getting all the nutrients they need. You have to just become a tough parent that won't take no for an answer. Keep making appointment after appointment if things don't get better. I'd also advise making an appointment with a Gastroenterologist. They will be more sensitive to what you're going through than your pediatrician. Also, ask the Gastro. about any procedures that might be necessary like a barium x-ray/swallowing test. And a Gastro should be able to supply you with a "wedge & sling" that you can try to get your daughter to sleep in which will keep her at an angle.

I know this is a lot, but I honestly feel your pain and frustration. At 3 weeks old my daughter had an episode of reflux that she aspirated on and stopped breathing. It's the scariest thing I've ever been through - I thought she was dead. I had to keep suctioning her mouth and nose, give her cpr, and call 911. But at 2 months, on Alimentum and Prilosec, she's still vomiting, but it's not even every day let alone the frequency that it was before. She's doing much better than she was. Hang in there. And please message me if you have ANY questions.

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Marjorie - posted on 02/13/2013

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i have a 3 month old baby girl and also experiencing the same. she vomitted every bottle we fed and she cries a lot. we switched formulas many times but still did not work. can you please help me?

Julie - posted on 06/11/2009

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My daughter had the same when she was born shes now 6 months and keeps everything down, she was proectile and wasnt getting the food she needed, i went to the hospital in the end cos i was worried, try ELECTROLIDE its a flavoured water with salts in that the body needs to stop her dehydrating, she wont need a feed or nothing its perfectly safe my daughter was on it from 4 weeks old till she was 7 1/2 weeks xx

Risa - posted on 06/11/2009

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We found out recently that my 15mo old son has a hiatal hernia (which is where his stomach goes through the lil hole in his diaphragm into his esophagus-not supposed to do that). Anyway, he started projectile vomiting when he was 3 weeks old. A lactation consultant told me he might've been eating too much. We backed off by about an oz per meal and it helped...then he started again so we switched him to Lactofree Formula(he was supplementing)because I'm lactose intoloerant and have a milk allergy. Thought it might help...it did for about a month or 2...he started again...we switched to soy. Same deal. And again with Enfamil AR...worked well for awhile but then he couldn't hold down his solids. And on top of all that he got colds evertime he started throwing up a lot. He had his 12month check up. Doc kept saying he'll grow out of it. We switched docs and found out that he was below the growth chart on his weight. The new doc finally ran blood tests(never been done w/the other doc) Lots of stuff was off so he had us have an ultrasound of the kidneys. That was fine. Finally we got the Zantac, had an Upper GI done, found out about the hernia. The doc has changed his dose a couple of times for the Zantac and it's helped a lot, but also propping up his mattress with phone books helped some. With my son he could be sitting up or laying down and he would lose it all. I also find that suctioning out his mouth before bed helps..it pulls out the already formed saliva acid stuff that they choke on. If mine has a cold, I do his nose too cuz he can't breath well with his binky which gets his gag reflex going causing choking and more vomiting. But his Zantac has really helped a lot so far. Now we're hoping he'll outgrow the hernia so they won't need to do surgery. But I have heard that prilosec helps so you might ask a doc about that if you haven't already. I passed my son his stuff and the prilosec never helped me, but everyone's different. My son is now 15 months old and finally back on the chart at 22lbs and growing. He hasn't outgrown anything yet, but you just keep doing what you need to or see other docs and see what they say until you find one who will listen. Sorry this is so long, but I hope it helps at least a tad bit. Good luck!

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My 2 month old son spits up a lot. Right now he's on Enfamil Lipil with iron. Not sure if it's the milk....him moving around a lot (he's very active), reflux, or allergies. When I put rice in his milk, he doesn't seem to spit up. Weird I know. However I don't put rice in every bottle. I don't want him getting too big. He's already 11 pounds. I was thinking about switching his formula. So I agree with the other ladies.

Leslie - posted on 06/09/2009

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Try soy or lactose-free formula. Enfamil makes both kinds. If that doesn't help, ask your doctor to refer you to a pediatric gastrointestinal specialist. Is she gaining weight like she's supposed to? That's the most important thing. My daughter had reflux, but the Zantac worked wonders for her.

Natasha - posted on 06/08/2009

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ok well it sounds like your describing my daughter about 7 months ago! same symptoms, it was reflux, zantac did not work, went to see a GI specailist who prescribed prilosec. took a few weeks but started seeing improvment!she is still on prilosec now and its still working. good luck!

Kym - posted on 06/08/2009

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Have you tried soy formula yet? I had to put my son on it because he couldnt keep his food down and was withering away.The doctors were useless and so were the things they recommended. So I tried changing his formula to something that was completely different. He still spit up some but not nearly as much and he seemed less uncomfortable. It costs more but it is worth it. Good luck! I feel for you, it sucks to see your baby hurt so much :(

Oh, and keep her mostly upright while she eats and for like 30 min to an hour after.

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