my son has reflux, when dose it end!!!

Lisa - posted on 09/30/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )




hey all you yummy mummies!! i have a 4 month old son who has had severe reflux. he's on medicated formula and thickner and he's also on medication.

im wondering if any of your babies have had reflux and if so, when did you see the light at the end of the tunnel?


Anita - posted on 10/01/2009




my son had reflux for the first 4-6mths...i didnt put him on any meds but i burp him half way through his bottle and when i burp him i lay him on his tummy on my left forarm and rubbed his right side in a upward circlular motion instead of patting on back..this rubbing helps them burp faster and doesnt aggrivate them and bring things up....what also helps is to look at what formular u use or what ur diet is like if u are breast feeding..and if u are bottle feeding..then u have to experiment with all the different types of teets on the market...

i guess once ur baby starts solids then it should ease and finally go away...


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What ever these doctors tell you, don't operate! It starts getting less by the age of 2. But for now raise the head piece by putting one brick underneath. Never let your baby lie down straight, especially after eating & drinking.

Kerry - posted on 10/03/2009




I'm so sorry to hear that your bub has reflux. I spent the first few months of my sons life trying to find a "cure". He was also on meds and thickened formula he would throw up most feeds and i often woke him at night to give him a bottle because that one would usually stay down. I empathise with your frustration of worrying about food intake and having to clean up all the mess!! My advice is to get on and enjoy your son, no meds will stop him bringing up milk, it will just ease the discomfort for him (as we realised after many trips to the childrens hosp, when the doc explained the diff between reflux - actually bringing up the milk and acid reflux - where they don't actually spew but it is painful in their throat) My son got better once he sat up then took a bit of a step back when he started to crawl (because of the movement on his tummy i think) then stopped completely at 1. We gave him solids a bit earlier than planned too at 4 months and this seemed to help a bit. If your son is healthy weight and wees a lot then he's fine...enjoy him, I wish we did more!!

Shirley - posted on 10/03/2009




Both my daughters are reflux babies. My 19 month old daughter was on S26 thickened formula and on Losec solution until she was 13 months. Every few months I would try to take her off it and the reflux would come back, until she was 13 months took her off it for a few days and never had to give it to her again, oh except for once when my husband gave her oranges twice a day for about 3 days and tomatoes in her eggs at breakfast those 3 days ( way too much acid ) but now if we watch how much acid foods she gets she is fine, she remained on the thickened formula until we weened her off formula, her cot was elevated etc . My 5 month old is now also on S26 AR and on Losec. Her cot is elevated and I feed her sitting up. I won't be attempting to take her off the losec until she is eating more solids. Each child is different they say that the pyloric sphincter starts to tighten around 3 months, the only way to really test if the reflux is gone is to take your son off the meds for a few days, if he still has it after about the 3rd day without the meds he will start to show symptoms again ( sorry this means you will have a very sleepless night or 2 until the meds kick in again) but that is the only true way to tell. I would keep him on the thickened formula however for as long as he is on formula, there is no need to change it.

Michelle - posted on 10/03/2009




my son has gavisgon infant which is brill, he is now 2 and a half and still has it due to dairy intolerance he is also on nutamigen a special formula from gp, i found that when i winded him it was best to just hold him in the up right positon without rubbing his back just sit there with his head held up right and he would wind himself, a midwife showed me this at about 2mths and it worked a treat there was no rubbing so the milk didnt work it way back up,

good luck

Molly - posted on 10/02/2009




my son had reflux really bad when he was born and our doc gave us baby preveced and that worked like a charm and soon it just went away

Melissa - posted on 10/02/2009




My son had it and I want to say he was about 7-9 months old when it stopped.

Stacie - posted on 10/01/2009




I know what you are going through my two month old son has reflux really bad and is on medicine and all that. My specialist said that it could be up to the age of 1 or later before they outgrow it if they do.

Michelle - posted on 10/01/2009




Hi/ i have a two year old and when he was little i had the same problems it took them several different formulas till they finally got one that worked..but it wasnt just the formula, They did finally put him on A.R. Lipil by enfamil and that seemed to help alot buy he was still tending to throw up alot. So we decided to switch his bottles. We tryed everything till we found one that we like. Try getting a playtex vent bottle they are like three dollars and i know they sell them at walmart they are vented very well they have vents in the bottom of the bottle so that the air goes out but they are also vented in the nipple so that the baby gets just formula not any air. They say they are for colic babys and for babys that have spit up problems. try them and see if it works. i swear by those bottles. also try to keep her upright for about a half hour try not to lay her down or put her on the floor. hope this helps never hurts to try. never know if it is really the formula of if they are just getting to much air in when theyre drinking. hope this helps!! Good Luck.

Louise - posted on 10/01/2009




We used medication and changed to thicker feeds which both helped but the thing that helped the most was keeping him upright in our arms for 20-30mins after the feed. These things all helped cut down the frequency of vomiting but we still got feeds coming back up til 8months. My little one is nearly 2 and it all seems a distant memory. The pediatrician told me when he was diagnosed that 1 in 50 children are diagnosed with reflux but by the age of 1yr only 1 in 1000 still have problems so the statistics are on your side.

Candice - posted on 09/30/2009




if the meds aren't working after 2 weeks, change them. i also found my daughter did better on soy than any other special formula. if tour child is vomiting food regularly, make sure to push for tests, it could be pyloric stenosis. i wish you luck. been there. was enough to make me get my tubes tied!

Kirsty - posted on 09/30/2009




Hi, my son had colic and he had reflux for a little while. Have you tried infant Gaviscon?

It comes in a sachet. I also found that if I made sure that there was no wind in his stomach, he didnt get it so bad. I would rock him from side to side, then back and forward.

Is your baby eating more than its stomach can handle? I know babies only eat/drink what they need but sometimes they dont know themselves.

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