my 5 month old has reflux and is constantly spitting up. does anyone know of anything that will help?

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Lydia - posted on 02/12/2009

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My son threw up every time he ate as an infant. He also was very small and it didn't seem as if his milk was ever digested. I switched him to goat's milk when he was 7 months. I wish I would have done it sooner. He held it down way better and when he did spit up it was just that, spit up. Not throw up like it was before! He looked much healthier within two weeks and continues to do great. Goat's milk is pricy, but well worth it. I also added rice syrup to the milk for extra carbs and started a daily vitamin regiment for infants until he was a year old. I googled infant goat's milk formula and found a recipe for infant formula using goat's milk. Do the research and decide what works best for you.

Alex - posted on 02/10/2009

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been to specialist, lots of doctors this is what really helped more than prevacid or anything and infants and babies can take it. I have really researched this. Enzymes (Houston Enzymes) only formual for babies. sprinkle 1/4 tsp. in every meal or drink. Get baby (Jarrow brand)- (it is a powder form) probiotics, give baby ONLY at night right before bed on empty stomach it goes to work best. If nursing to sleep sprinkle aapropriate amount on you and let baby take it that way. If you are nursing: YOUR diet has to be as if you have reflux: no acidic foods or drinks. Look at the list, I'm sure you have. no cinnamon, coffee, coke, tom, oranges, ham(lots of preservatives and sodium) It forces you to eat well. Go to goat milk if you are introducing milk: easiest to digest and hormone free. Remember anything that they eat that also may cause gas with inflate the reflux. So sorry but it will get easier. Brynn is 16 mos and has been held up at night to sleep for most of her life.

Doreen - posted on 02/09/2009

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Hi ladies,

My baby had the same problem. Of course his doc wanted to give me Zantac!! As Darlene said: NO WAY!! so I gave him homeopathis colic remedy for babies from hyland, and a good probiotic :) and fed him small amounts of milk at a time. I also raised his head a little bit by putting a towel under the mattress. It was a matter of days.

I hope this helps.

Sarah - posted on 02/09/2009

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My baby has reflux too and she spits up a lot as well.  I am glad that I'm not the only one dealing with something like this.

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Check out the local health food store. Start your baby on a good pro-biotic powder (mix with breast milk or water). You can google pro-biotics and their positive effects on colic/reflux. They worked wonders with my baby. These can be pricey, but worth it. Also, I agree with Maia...they grow out of this too, but they can be very uncomfortable while dealing with the acid.

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If she is breastfed and still gaining weight well, there is really nothing that needs to be done about it. Some babies spit up a lot and others don't (I've had one of each). If she it otherwise healthy and the spitting up is just an annoyance, I would keep the cloth wipes handy and remember that someday you will look back and laugh about it. If there are health concerns (like she isn't gaining weight), and she is breast fed, you can look at your diet to see what may be causing the reflux (wheat and dairy are the top two) and cut those out of your diet temporarily. You should give it at least a month to see if there is a difference once you change your diet. If she is formula fed, look into a goat's milk formula since goat's milk is the easiest on a baby's digestive system. Once she starts on solids, give her the milk first and then wait 20 minutes or so before feeding her any food to avoid having the spit up include the solid food.

Orangegloves - posted on 01/25/2009

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Our doctor prescribed infant gaviscon. It's made from seaweed and you just add one sachet to the feed and it thickens it when it comes in contact with the stomach acid. I cant believe how long I put up with her sicking up before I said something. Also, I started weaning her at 5 months 2 weeks, and solid food makes a bit of a difference, although when she sicks up now it smells like adult puke and makes me sick too which isnt great but it happens only two or three times a week rather than constantly like it was before the gaviscon. You can buy infant gaviscon OTC too.

Darlene - posted on 01/25/2009

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Colic Calm! This stuff is amazing! It is all natural and it even helps with bloating, gas, teething, etc. You can google it - it will be easy to find. I've used it since she was two weeks old and they wanted to give my daughter Zantac. No way!

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