Reflux

Jackie - posted on 06/17/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Does anyone babies have reflux?
We are 99% sure that our little fella has it now and so do his docs but his appt isn't until the end of the month. Does anyone have any suggestion until then, cause they said they well more than likely give him something.

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Jackie - posted on 06/19/2009

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Thanks everyone, love all the advice *knock on wood* the last 2 nights have been great and his eating has picked up too this week, like he actually wants to eat and it doesn't seem to be bothering like it did before and he is sleeping alot better...hopefully this keeps up *knock on wood* not long now till his docs appt to figure out everything

Betsy - posted on 06/19/2009

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My son also has reflux diagnosed almost at birth. He has been taken several meds, but Axid works best for us 2x a day. It is weight dependent so we monitor the amount on a regular basis. Also, we thicken his bottles, still. 1 teaspoon of rice per oz of formula. We also use Enfamil AR formula which itself is thicker and designed for reflux. Small frequent meals helps. So does solid foods. Now that he is eating rice and oatmeal throughout the day that has helped alot. You can elevate the bed, but my son is too wiggly to do that now so we stopped (he just ends up down at the bottom of the bed when we elevate it.) Reflux gets worse between 4-8 months as your little one learns to move more and use those stomach muscles. It gets better when they spend more time sitting and walking vs. laying. Good luck!! We all feel your pain!!

Meredith - posted on 06/18/2009

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My little one has been taking Axid since she was about 2 months which helped some along with keeping them upright after eating. Our doc told me to start a small diary nothing big. He said start for a week to note what else may be a factor in the spitting. One thing I did find right off that bothered my daughter was anytime I drink milk. My daughter was a horrible sleeper until she hit 5 months at which time I had finally read "The Happiest Baby on the Block" which was a huge help with getting her to sleep and keeping her asleep. I originally used the nest which came with a small ramp and we just removed that from her crib this month. I will say that I have noticed that now eating food she has the same problem as she did with nursing which is foods that seem to have more acid especially at the end of the day cause her the most problems. She now finally sleeps 8 hours but on the nights when her tummy is upset it can be an all night event of crying. I have also heard that Zantac is more common now with fewer side effects for reflux. Also mylanta has been known to help but it depends on your docs thoughts so it couldn't hurt to call your regular ped and ask if it is ok to use in the mean time until your appt. Hope some of this helps.

Jackie - posted on 06/18/2009

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whats Mylanta???? I keep him upright for at least 30 mins after eating, i have elevated his crib mattress. He was really bad there a couple weeks ago for power puking but now he is more less puking a tiny bit but swallows it, guessing acid. They said they are going give him something when we go to his appt not sure what, they did say something but i can't remember at the moment what they said they would more than likely give him. How do you babies sleep at night??? Mine is/has been a bad sleeper since 4 months when all the trouble started..he is also on puffers. i've tried the let him cry it out but he pukes after 20 mins, and that doesn't work cause the doc doesn't want me to give him anything at night....any of you have any tips on that as well???

Mandi - posted on 06/18/2009

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I would ask your doctor for some samples of acid reflux med. If they think that's what it is they shouldn't have a problem with it. Also thicken the bottle if possible with rice cereal. Doctors told us 1 teaspoon for every ounce. Feed more frequently! It sucks but it helps. We do 4 oz every 2 and half hours... most of the time every 2hrs. and about 2.5 containers of solids total a day. It's hard right now to get my little guys to sit still for at least half hour after eating, but that's what they suggest. My son still gets sick all the time but at least the med. is keeping the acid down. He's not in pain at all. He's been on med since 1 month. First Axid and now Prevacid. It's worse now I think than ever. We even go to a GI specialist and they are no help! Waste of time if you ask me. So if you or anyone else has any other suggestions I'd like to hear too. Good luck!

Zojoho - posted on 06/17/2009

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Hi Jackie,

Are you b/f or formula feeding? you can get some thickener to put into your bub's milk which helps keep it down a tad more. It's called Karicare Food Thickener (not sure where you're from, but in Australia that's what it's called) and is a powder that you add and it makes the milk a bit thicker.
All 3 of my kidlet's have had GERD..so it's just the norm for us really. It's also hereditary (I think I was the one to have suffered as a baby going by my baby book) and baby's generally have it from birth..and the severity of symptoms vary between each child.
Elevation when sleeping, playing, feeding etc. are key, perhaps burping in the middle of a feed, using Mylanta helps when baby's are in pain after he's finished..keep baby upright for at least half an hour after a feed..does he spill/vomit much?
It's a shame that you can't get into your appt. any earlier..med's. do work to a certain extent, but sometimes it can take a lil' switching and swapping to find the right one..so good luck with that.
Ummm..not sure what else to tell you LOL..*scratches head* well, let us know how you get on, and if you have any other questions just ask Hun. Mwah.

Jackie - posted on 06/17/2009

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well my thinking is he did have all along but they kept saying it was other stuff, i did elevate his mattress and that seems to be helping a bit.

Michelle - posted on 06/17/2009

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my 5 year old has reflux and is still on meds my oct 08 little bit lily was on reflux meds till 6 months and now sh'es fine without them.... it's very unusual for a child this age to just now be diagnosed as reflux as it's typically diagnosed at a month or so old.. i wont say it's impossible as my 5 year old was 4 years old before he started showing signs and ended up on meds..a big suggestion would be to elevate the top of the crib mattress that helps alot

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