acid reflux

Stacy - posted on 01/16/2011 ( 20 moms have responded )

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My little girl was born Nov 15 she has acid reflux. When my now five yr old went through it the doc said 2 use baby rice in the formula they don't recommend that any more. She only takes 4oz of formula every 4 hours but spits up a lot any suggestions.

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Anna - posted on 01/24/2011

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Hey Stacy, my son was born on Nov 18th and had the same problem! but he wanted to eat every 2-3 hours and when I mean eat I mean 6-8oz every feeding but it would all come back up.
So my doctor said to put one teaspoon for cereal in his bottle at feedings (make it where it's like formula not thick at all) and this has worked for us, (he just turned 2 months) I would talk to your dr about that...
I have also have seen where other moms don't agree with putting the cereal in the bottle because of chocking, (they spoon feed) which I can see if you prop your baby up to eat, but I don't... my husband or I hold him on every feeding because he does have the acid reflux

I'd talk with her dr and ask what would be best or get a second opinion and good website/article to check out is http://www.kidsgrowth.com/resources/arti...
Good luck and I hope this help!

Stacy - posted on 01/28/2011

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I used the cereal with my now 5 year old and it worked. The only thing is I put it in a bottle and u have 2 make the nipple opening bigger. We did the same thing with my 2 year old but at that time the doc was against the ceareal and put her on the formula enfamil with added rice which did not work for us at all. I have not tried the drops yet but have also heard of a drop called colic calm that is a type of gripe water that seems worth a try. I seen that in the website link that Anna Durham has in her reply.

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Katy - posted on 03/11/2011

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Oh also we found gripe water to work a lot better than gas drops. It also helped a little with the reflux. Also if adding rice or using a rice formula the doctor suggested adding 1 tsp of Karo syrup to the morning bottle which ALS helped to keep things "moving" and easy those pains.

Katy - posted on 03/11/2011

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My son was born 11/11/10 and also has reflux. We tried adding the rice which helped but in no way solved the problems. He was also put on Zantac for the pain ( does nothing to stop the reflux). We decided to try Enfamil ar and it worked much better than adding the rice. He has been very congested now for about 2 months so they wanted us to try Nutramigen and alimentum to rule out a food allergy. He is doing much better reflux wise but his wheezing still has not went away. Any suggestions?

Cassie - posted on 03/06/2011

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s26 AR formula! its what I found was best anyway. Its got thickener in it and it thickens once its in their tummy. My only issue with it is it tends to clog the teat of the bottle so I let it just thicken in the bottle, I mix about 10 mins before my bubs due for a feed

Julie - posted on 02/01/2011

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My baby girl was born on Nov 29. She was super fussy, spitting up a lot, and arching her back and crying when feeding. She is exclusively breastfeeding. Our pediatrician thought it sounded like reflux and gave us a prescription for Zantac at 4 weeks. Since starting the Zantac, she's become so much less fussy! She still spits up but Zantac doesnt prevent that - it makes the stomach acid less acidic so it doesn't hurt as much. She is spitting up less now, but that is probably because she is getting older and her digestive system is becoming more mature.

Angela - posted on 01/29/2011

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my first (born at 36 weeks and small for date) and my second (overdue and large for date) both had reflux I did a lot of research into the rice in the bottle option and decided the long term possible effects such as bowel cancer/crohns disease/irritable bowel syndrome (20-40 years later) and the risk of childhood obesity/diabetes/heart issues etc due to the force feeding via the bottle just werent worth it for me..... What you can do is find a formula that thickens in the stomach and therefore causes less reflux, also hold the baby upright when feeding and keep them upright for 20 minutes after a feed (a bouncer is great for this) There are medications like ranatidine that you can get if you want to go down that road or you could try ginger drops (I never used either of these) but remember - they will grow out of it pretty soon and it will all be a distant memory :-)

Jennifer - posted on 01/29/2011

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My second daughter spit up almost everything when I nursed. I didn't think I could fix it but I went to a Le Leche League leader and she told me to stop drinking/eating dairy. it was amazing! She was a new baby! almost never spit up again. Now my 3rd little girl spit up but it was different. she is SUPER fussy and squirms a lot. so much she cant barely sleep. I tried for 4days watching what I ate and it still didnt get better. I got her on Zantac and it is like a whole new baby too. I guess what I am trying to say is it could be a food allergy in some kids and acid reflux in others. I could totally see a difference in my 2nd daughter to my 3rd daughter with their spitting up symptoms. My 3rd still spits up but she is much happier.

Liz - posted on 01/29/2011

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i have to give my daughter who was born 4 days earlier 4oz because shes been spitting it all up

Maureen - posted on 01/29/2011

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Vanessa- you can use the same formula thickening drops in breastmilk. Make sure you arent eating anything on the no-no list. I had to stop nursing & go only to a gentle formula, it was in the end the best way to dramaticly reduce her spit up & reflux. My dr agreed, some babies just handle formula better. I hated to have to stop nyrsing so soon but its whats best for her.

Maureen - posted on 01/29/2011

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There is stuff specifically to thicken formula. My dr recommended it for my baby born Nov 4th. Stir dont shake the formula, shaking adds extra air. Mylacon gas drops also help a lot. I switch to the gentle formula designed to help with reflux & spit up and have seen her spit up decrease dramatically.

Maureen - posted on 01/29/2011

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There is stuff specifically to thicken formula. My dr recommended it for my baby born Nov 4th. Stir dont shake the formula, shaking adds extra air. Mylacon gas drops also help a lot. I switch to the gentle formula designed to help with reflux & spit up and have seen her spit up decrease dramatically.

Anna - posted on 01/28/2011

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Vanessa-
When I was breast feeding my son I would add cereal to his bottle, cause without the cereal in my sons bottle he spits up almost ALL that he takes in..... (but now he is nothing but formual and cereal)

Vanessa - posted on 01/28/2011

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Just curious if there are any other moms who breastfeed exclusively who have this problem and what to do about it. I rarely use formula for my little guy because it makes him so constipated. Not sure if I could add cereal to breastmilk and it would be the same. If anyone has any info let me know. :D

Vanessa - posted on 01/27/2011

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Wow there's a lot of November babies lol My little man was born Nov 24th and he has reflux too. My doc gave me a reflux prescription for him to try and see if it helps but so far he still spits up almost all that he eats. Its frustrating because I'll breastfeed him and burp him then a minute later he'll throw up nearly everything, then be hungry again. I feel bad for my little guy and I'm not quite sure what to do about it. He's 9 weeks old now and I don't know if I should try cereal or what.

Pearl - posted on 01/27/2011

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Hey my naughter was november 17.. try the range novelac they have a range for reflux, constipation, diarrohea everything i find them very well.

Stacy - posted on 01/27/2011

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Thanks for the replies we have switched formula to a formula for protein sensitivity that the doctor wanted her on it helps some but I am also thinking of trying the gas drops. She is drinking 5 oz now and I'm hoping she starts gaining weight. She still.spits up a lot but not the whole feeding at once.

Erin - posted on 01/27/2011

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My baby boy was born Nov 2 and has the exact same problem. We were using rice in his formula too but it made him really consipated so we stopped. So we switched to Enfimil AR which is made for babies that spit up. Our doctor said that all it does is gel in his stomach so he doesn't spit it up. You can also get baby Zantac for you little one. It has to be prescribed by your doctor but you can get it.

Kristie - posted on 01/25/2011

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My oldest daughter was this way. I used the gas drops before each feeding and it helped keep her stomach settled enough to keep her bottles down

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