Reflux Help Needed!

Brita - posted on 09/29/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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One of my twin boys has really bad reflux that is making everyone's life miserable. I feel absolutely horrible for him because he is so uncomfortable. He spits up, throws up, and screams constantly and my husband and I have to fight with him to take a bottle. I'm concerned that he will start to loose weight and/or become dehydrated. He's already 1 pound less than his twin brother (which is the biggest gap that they've had since they were born). I just need some help/suggestions/encouragement....anything would be appreciated!

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Brittney - posted on 10/03/2009

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try swithching fromulas my son had the same problem. he was on the soy similac (the red one). also gas drops helped a little but the best thing to do is go see his doctor my son was put on medication and it seemed to help. pushing him in a stoller at night time also helped it seemed to soothe him. also walking around the house and laying him close to me too me and patting his back helped. we also put cereal in his bottles as soon as 3 weeks old it helped hold it down alot. we had to do alot of trial and errors but we found a solution and you will too. good luck

Lauren - posted on 10/01/2009

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My son also had some pretty bad reflux. I took him to the dr and got him on RX - prevacid worked best for him out of it, xantac, and axid. He was also on reglan, but I don't recommend it (several lawsuits against in right now). At 6 months, I started him on cereal(bowl, not bottle) and that helped alot. Keep him upright as much as possible. If he will take a pacifier, they say that helps if you stick it in right after feeding. But take heart, it should start improving around this age!

Jennifer - posted on 09/30/2009

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Enfamil AR and then a prescription (Prevacid) from the Dr. I propped my sons mattress up so he would sleep laying as if he were sitting. I stayed away from all citrus and acid foods and liquids. It's not fun, but most babies grow out of it.

Cheryl - posted on 09/30/2009

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My son had this i took him to the doctor they tryed him on gaviscon infant which worked for a while then stopped and his reflux got worse so i took him back and explained what was happening and they gave me somting called zantac which i had to practacly tell them i wasnt moving till they gave me some and that sorted him out fine. Hes now15months and has grown out of it which they do eventually its each to their own on age tho, hope this helps

Dalynn - posted on 09/29/2009

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You can take him to the doctor and ask if there is anything they can give him. My daughter has lower reflux and our doctor put her on previcid to help decrees the acid in her tummy. (This was only prescribed after they did 2 ultra sounds and 1 upper GI) Though technically they say it does not keep them from spiting/throwing up but I have seen a huge decrees in the amount my daughter spits/throws up daily. I used to be an assistant director at a daycare and I know some of the infants used differnet thickening agents...one was called THICK-IT...there was another one with a honey bee logo on the packaging

Dana - posted on 09/29/2009

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Hey there. Two of my three kids (all boys) had reflux. With the last one, Albert, prilosec had come along. This was my miracle drug. I had tried many changes in my diet, which had somewhat helped the first one, but it did not have any impact this time. Albert started prilosec at 8 weeks old. It changed everything. Screaming stopped, throwing up was way less, spit up way less. Ask your pediatrician for a referral to a pediatric gastroenterologist. He stayed on this for about 1-1/2 years at which time he started rejecting it because of the texture. We switched him to Prevacid, which wasn't quite as good, but was still way better than nothing and at least he was taking it. At just over two years old we were able to stop all meds. My first one didn't have it as bad, but it still lasted over a year. In both cases, the doc said it will probably come back around 30 years old. Good luck. I know how hard this is and having twins I'm sure exacerbates the frustration 'cause you're twice as tired. Take care!!



One other suggestion. If you're doing formula, there's a sensitive stomach one called Allimentum that we used after I stopped breast feeding. Other formulas caused reflux problems.

Dalynn - posted on 09/29/2009

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You can take him to the doctor and ask if there is anything they can give him. My daughter has lower reflux and our doctor put her on previcid to help decrees the acid in her tummy. (This was only prescribed after they did 2 ultra sounds and 1 upper GI) Though technically they say it does not keep them from spiting/throwing up but I have seen a huge decrees in the amount my daughter spits/throws up daily. I used to be an assistant director at a daycare and I know some of the infants used differnet thickening agents to mix in the bottles...one was called THICK-IT...there was another one with a honey bee logo on the packaging but I don't remember what it was called. Your doctor should know/have some info on those types of thickening agents as well. Hope this helps! Good luck!

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