reflux - when does it get better?

Mandy - posted on 04/24/2012 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone. I'm just wondering when the reflux in babies tend to ease up a little? My beautiful little girl is 5 months old and a silent refluxer. She is in the severe category and is on a anti reflux formula as well as meds. It just doesn't seem to be getting any better.

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Selinam - posted on 07/19/2015

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Hi my baby is 5 and half months n has had reflux since a month old. He's on zantac but it doesn't do much. Doc isnt worries cos his weight is fine but clearly he's in discomfort spitting up several times after each feed. Doc had us start solids but we only just did n he's on breakfast only so not enough to replace a feed. Hence no real improvement on the reflux front. Older one had reflux tok but she's now 10 n i can't remember much!! HELP

Barb - posted on 05/03/2012

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U may need try Prilosec if Zantac not working. By sister is our pediatrician but check w doctor.

Liz - posted on 04/25/2012

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Two of my daughters had reflux. One did okay with zantac and we were able go stop that when she was two. My other daughter was much more severe and like yours a silent refluxer. It was horrible! She wouldn't sleep unless in a carrier strapped to me orI had to prop myself upright and she would sleep on my chest. The zantac did not help, and prevacid only somewhat helped so she was also taking malox in addition to the prevacid . I stopped nursing to put her on A special formula. It was only when she started solids at about 4 months that we discovered what was causing her reflux. While she does not have a true dairy allergy she cannot tolerate any dairy or even lactose free dairy. We switched her to soy formula and almost overnight she turned into a new baby. Now that she is older (15 months) she is drinks coconut Milk.,soy yogurt and is able to tolerate small amounts of dairy like cheeses. She still takes zantac and occasionally will eat something which will cause her reflux to act up (like carrots!) But it is much more manageable and she is more comfortable. Pediatrician says she should outgrow it by age 5. If you haven't tried to elimate dairy you should give it a try

Mandy - posted on 04/25/2012

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Thanks girls for your opinions! I appreciate any advice/suggestions and words of encouragement!!!

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Selinam - posted on 07/19/2015

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Hi Chantelle i know its an old post but how sid solids help the reflux? Did u cut back on milk?

Hannah - posted on 05/03/2012

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my baby has acid reflux and is a silent refluxer. she is 6 months old and has started solids. we have noticed it get worse with mango which made sense b/c it is acidic...but also with sweet peas. anyone have trouble with sweet peas b/c of the AR? or could this be a food allergy/intolerance?

Eva-Lotta - posted on 05/02/2012

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Initially my duaghter was a really fussy eater (breast feeding) and was always upset and always returning some of it... Then our paeditrician said that maybe she was lactose intolerant (she was also 11 weeks premmie and pretty underdeveloped) so we did a complete change and gave nothing but lactose free formula which made her happy and she wasn't as gassy but she still had reflux (although a little less). One day when she was about 11 months it just stopped. If it continues then I would talk to your doctor and potentially do an elimination diet to see if she is intolerant to something. Good luck!

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The doctor told me they usually outgrow it by ten months but ... Then we joined a children's treatment centre due to my son's ultra rare disease and our PT told us they usually don't expect the reflux to stop until they are walking as all the sitting/lying down as infants exascerbates the refux. My son is three so it doesn't look like he will outgrow it but I attribute that to the structural changes to his posture due to his rare condition.

Liz - posted on 04/25/2012

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Oops wasn't supposed to post yet:) If you do try to elimate dairy you will need to at least give it week. Some kids with a dairy intolerance may not have a reaction for a few days after ingesting and it may also take that long for their system to regulate after stopping dairy. Good luck! Hang in there!!! I now how awful it is to see them in pain and not be able to do anything to help. At some point she will feel better!

Nikki - posted on 04/25/2012

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My daughter had severe reflux she would spit up and cry most of the day she was miserable ... after being put in the hospital for a week due to dehydration he GI doctor recomened BIOGIO she had been on 4 different medications and none of them helped. After being on BIOGIO for a week we could see an improvement my daughter is now 5 months old she still has reflux but it is a lot better she seems to be a lot happier now than before and seems to be in less pain.

Taralee - posted on 04/25/2012

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Hi Mandy, When I was a preschool teacher I had seen a few children who had Reflux. All slept with angel monitors, b/c they stopped breathing when they choked on the stomach acid in the thorax. All those children COMPLETELY grew out of it by 2 years at worst case. The more severe case had to stay on Simple Thick for the first 18 months before moving on to not acidic, not too sweet puree. Those more severe cases still experienced Reflex in their sleep even on solid food...BUT....it did go away....they did grow out of it. I know it is stressful, and scary at times, but she will grow out of it. I also saw many children experience yeast rashes due to the simple thick, b/c it change the bacterial count in the bowels, and therefore, left them more vulnerable to yeast rashs. I know it is worrisome, but it will eventually go away in the toddler years at worst :)

Chantelle - posted on 04/25/2012

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hey :) both my kids had reflux and it cleared up about 5 months but they werent to bad have you tried giving her little bits more often and it stopped around the time i gave my kids more solids like 2 meals a day weetbix and formula and banana and stuff like that hope that helps

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