Hi all, I have a 3 and a half month old boy who has been a terrible sleeper since he was born, the nurses in the hospital couldn't understand why this newborn refused to sleep!! He has terrible reflux and throws up all over everything, especially me, all day and night. I had to put him on formula cause he couldn't keep the breastmilk down, he would scream with hunger and feed every 45 min, now he's on formula, novalac AR (i wish we could get enfamil AR pre-made in south africa!!) and the vomiting is no better but he is fuller and happier for a bit longer. I want to start him on solids at 4 months, does anyone have any experiences or advice for me about anything to do with reflux, sleep problems or solids from 4 months? He wakes up all the time at night, I am so so tired.

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Amy - posted on 02/26/2009

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My son had the same problem. Our doctor prescribed Reglan and also had us put 1 tablespoon of rice cereal for every 2 ounces of liquid. The quick fix would be the rice cereal...you'll be surprised how well it works.

User - posted on 02/26/2009

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My biggest advice is that if you think the reflux is something more then really keep on your doctors- don't let them intimidate you!  And ask friends and family for help- find someone who will watch the baby for a few hours so you can nap, your body needs to heal from being pregnant and mentally you need this too.  You don't have to be supermom!

Taryn - posted on 02/26/2009

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Thank you moms!! I appreciate all your info! I have done the allergy test and the pyloric stenosis test and they are all negative, he just has severe reflux!



I would love to try him on liquid zantac but you don't seem to get it in this country. Is there anyone that can help me by sending me some?? Could anyone find out how much it costs and how much the postage will be and I can pay you?



From a desperate mom!!

Jamie - posted on 02/26/2009

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hey and for sleeping and solids: by this time your 31/2 moth old will only need 3 hours sleep in the day time . personally we take a bit of our outine from gina ford and he has a 45 min nap around 21/2 hours after he woke. and then around 4 hours after that for 2-2.1/4 hours. with him being younger he may need a nap at 5 ish but dont be affraid to wake him up . by this time we will be ready for a good play to tire him and then a bath and massage allways help sleep. and you would benefit from structuring his feeding time and make sure he hads what he needs before bed , it is all about fitting in all of his feeds. i you put him down arround eight i would feed him at 11 to keep him going but dont wake him just let him dream feed.



i weaned my baby at 4 months old and it was the best thing i did we put him to bed at 9pm and he sleeps straight through

good luck with all :-)

Jamie - posted on 02/26/2009

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my son was projectile vomitng from 2 weeks old and and at 3 weeks old he didnt hold down anything i took him to the doctors and he told me i was exadurating and to keep feeding him. so i did i tied but he still held nothing down. i then spoke to my health visitor who was fantastic she gave me 3 option and a possible 2 reasons for the vomiting ..... 1 oesophageal reflux : very common and easily treated... so we tried that. i tried infant gavisgon and he threw it straight back up allmost immidiately she offered me the option of changing his milk but i was too worried that night we went to a&e and pediatricians sent us home. the following day my health visitor got ma another appointment with the doctor and then he told me he had PYLORIC STENOSIS and required an opreration it all went well and he is a very happy 6 month old.



i am not positive that your little bot could have this because he is a little old now but the point im making is get yourself heard . http://www.expresschemist.co.uk/product_...

this is a link for infant gavisgon it is really great and worth a try .

good luck . jamie

Dallas - posted on 02/25/2009

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My daughter did not have reflux but I did not have any milk for her so I had to put her on formula at 4 wks and she had an allergy to cow's milk so I put her on Enfamil Nutramegen and mixed rice cereal in her bottles which filled her up and allowed her to sleep better. I read the book the Baby Whisperer and followed a lot of the advice in it and it really helped me establish a good sleep routine for her. Goodluck.

Adin - posted on 02/25/2009

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Hi there,

There is a blanket called the Guardian. It helps with acid reflux and sleeping on the back. It works if you prop his crib mattress up too. I agree witht he swing sleeping to and after each feed, nursing or food, make sure he is in an upright position for at least 30 mintues. Hope that helps

Rachel - posted on 02/25/2009

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My eldest daughter had both colic and reflux so i know exactly were your coming from. I changed her to a thicker formular and slept her on her tummy(i know that this is a big no no but it works) i also proped her cot mattress up and that helped heeps to. Also when she's crying in pain have you tried putting her in a warm bath on her tummy this also helped for my daughter. Good luck with it all and remember it does get easier

Tamara - posted on 02/25/2009

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Hi,



 



Is the vomitting immediately after a bottle or in little amounts at diff times??



I'm not sure what its called but my bro had a condition when he was a bub that straight after a bottle he would projectile vomit it EVERYWHERE!!.



I cant recall what it was but I can ask my mum?? & ask how it was treated if u like??



 



 

Abbie - posted on 02/25/2009

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Also my son is almost 11 months old. I forgot to add that. Plus the bones in the spine in about the section between the shoulder blades is related to the digestive area so if your baby is out of alighnment that will play a huge role in the Acid reflux!

Abbie - posted on 02/25/2009

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I would get him to a chiropractor ASAP!!!!!!! My son wasn't a sleeper either, still doesn't nap. But I had him adjusted by a chiropractor starting at 6 weeks. Honestly we have never had a problem with him spitting up! Also no earaches! Only 1 cold ( we live in MN btw) Also maybe try a soy formula which is a bit cheaper adn usually helps with tummy problems.

Christina - posted on 02/25/2009

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Quoting Taryn:

Hi all, I have a 3 and a half month old boy who has been a terrible sleeper since he was born, the nurses in the hospital couldn't understand why this newborn refused to sleep!! He has terrible reflux and throws up all over everything, especially me, all day and night. I had to put him on formula cause he couldn't keep the breastmilk down, he would scream with hunger and feed every 45 min, now he's on formula, novalac AR (i wish we could get enfamil AR pre-made in south africa!!) and the vomiting is no better but he is fuller and happier for a bit longer. I want to start him on solids at 4 months, does anyone have any experiences or advice for me about anything to do with reflux, sleep problems or solids from 4 months? He wakes up all the time at night, I am so so tired.



i started my daughter on solids her 2nd month.she loves it and shes doing great! although you have to be real careful and observant.

Helena - posted on 02/25/2009

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I suggest buying the book 'Save our Sleep' by Tizzie Hall. Is is a fabulous book that has lots of information on sleep problems and starting solids at 4 months. You can purchase online via www.saveoursleep.com.au. It is $33 AUS and well worth it. She also has a forum on her website that you can join and ask a lot of questions about sleeping and solids. I'm sure she will be able to help you. Good luck :-)

Florimari - posted on 02/25/2009

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oh, did you have your baby tested for food allergies? Maybe he is allergic to MILK... as my baby was (he use to cry a lot with breast milk, then the formula)... You can start trying solids now... make a potato puree add water and try to feed your baby, no salt, no water... see how it goes. check your baby for rashes on face, if that happens try another vegetable like carrots and pumpkim. Better first test your baby for food allergies...

Cheers

User - posted on 02/25/2009

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I also would ask your doctor about a milk allergy or intolerance. I have a friend whose little one went through the same symptoms. As for sleep issues my pediatrician says you can let them cry out at 6 months but I started at 4 with both of my girls and they were sleeping through the night by five months. I started my first on solids at 4 months and it took her 2 months to get the hang of it, I started my second at 6 months and she got it in a couple weeks.  But as I am sure you know every baby is different so do what your instincts are telling you.

Angela - posted on 02/25/2009

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By any chance did you ask the doctor if it could be a milk allergy... my son was like that when he was a baby and i switched him to a soy based formula and he never puked again

Lisa - posted on 02/25/2009

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I am a pediatric nurse and I would consider asking the doctor for an ultrasound the check for pyloric stenosis.  The pyloric sphincter is the opening to the stomach and if it get narrowed-most that have this are born with it-it causes projectile vomitting and inadequate weight gain.  This is dangerous and if not surgically repaired can cause problems.  The test is quick and you can have the results in a day...If he hasn't done this, he should...also is he on meds for reflux?  He also could have a cow's milk allergy and may need soy formula.  Babies with this, don't tolerate mother's milk either.  Just a few thoughts, I hope this helps.



 



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Lisa - posted on 02/25/2009

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I am a pediatric nurse and I would consider asking the doctor for an ultrasound the check for pyloric stenosis.  The pyloric sphincter is the opening to the stomach and if it get narrowed-most that have this are born with it-it causes projectile vomitting and inadequate weight gain.  This is dangerous and if not surgically repaired can cause problems.  The test is quick and you can have the results in a day...If he hasn't done this, he should...also is he on meds for reflux?  He also could have a cow's milk allergy and may need soy formula.  Babies with this, don't tolerate mother's milk either.  Just a few thoughts, I hope this helps.



 



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Crystal - posted on 02/25/2009

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I didn't have this experiance with my kids, but I had a friend who did. Their doctor gave the baby a medication for the reflux. For an adult one would take prilosec or zantac. There is something they give babies. Good Luck!

Rachel - posted on 02/25/2009

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My daughter has reflux, she is now five months old, and my doctor had me add 1 TBS of rice cereal to her bottles starting at 3 months old. This helped somewhat, but they also put her on a reflux medication. When she was four months we started spoon feeding cereal and jar food. She loves them and spitting up has slowed WAY down! The Dr. said at 6 months we are going to try to take her off her meds and see if she has out grown it.

To the people who say to keep them propped up, you try it! When you have a baby who is finally asleep, I am sorry but you do not want to keep them propped up for an hour while you could be sleeping. She spit up being propped up in a swing and bouncer.



I hope this helps!



Rachel

Therese - posted on 02/25/2009

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Sounds like a little bit of solids might help. My only other thought is... milk or wheat allergies? Has that been ruled out?

Lisa - posted on 02/25/2009

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my little girl was the same we tried everything in the end at 10 weeks i but her on food and she was so much happier and fuller it was like a miracle and much nicer for her i am sure



xx

Nicola - posted on 02/25/2009

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Oh, I forgot to mention...the solids will only make it worse because if he is having digestive problems, solids will add to the issues. I would hold off for sure.

Nicola - posted on 02/25/2009

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Hi Taryn, My 6 month old experienced everything you are talking about. I started on solids early too but it seemed to only help for a bit but then made the problem worse. Also, adding cereal to his formula didnt help either. It is a myth that giving a baby solids will help them sleep through the night because babies are either sleepers or they are not. Mine wasnt and it didnt matter how much food I gave him he still woke up screaming through the night. So I started putting him in his baby swing and it turned out that the constant swinging through the night did help him sleep longer but he was still waking for food. Then my sis in law told me that letting him sleep in that swing all the time was bad for his posture in the long run. I went surfing on the net and it turned out she was right. Then I stumbled upon a product called Amby Baby. They are quite pricey but we were lucky enough to find one second hand. We have been using it for 4 months now and it has helped soooo much. He does still wake for a feeding in the night but he also can sleep for 6 or more hours. But he doesnt wake up screaming his head off anymore and it easier to get him down and he's not waking every three hours anymore. The only downfall is that we are perplexed on how to transitition him from it to a crib because he is so used to the bouncing motion and close sleeping quarters. Google Amby Baby to learn about it. It has been good to us. Don't worry, there is nothing wrong with your baby probably other than acid reflux that is causing him discomfort. I though there were all sorts of things wrong with mine but he has grown out of it for the most part and settled into a routine and yours will too. Hang in there and checkout the Amby Baby.

Caryn - posted on 02/25/2009

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My daughter also had trouble with breastmilk, then formula, she had childhood lactosse intolerance which she out grew--once we switched her to soy formula she was instantly cured.

Alice - posted on 02/25/2009

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I would probably hold off adding solids to the mix as for babies solids are a challenge to digest so if you are having problems already, adding more challenges is probably not the answer. Have you had all the normal checks to see your child isnt lactose intoleratant, their stomach is properly formed etc.?

I would be seeing a health professional before introducing anything new

Goodluck :)

Roberta - posted on 02/25/2009

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My doctor told me to sleep my son on an incline.  We put boards under one end of his crib and that did the trick for us.

Holly - posted on 02/25/2009

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Quoting Rachel:

my son, now 9 years old, also had reflux as an infant. He would projectile vomit the contents of an entire bottlle just minutes after finishing. (very frustrating at 3am) Our Dr prescribed a small daily dose of liquid Zantac which cured his reflux. He took that for about 6 months. Hope this helps!



My son, now two, had the same problem and my Dr. prescribed liquid Zantac as well (the red medicine) and it worked.  I also used Mylicon drops which was my lifesaver for sure.  Not sure if they have that there, but it's worth looking for. 

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You are not alone, Taryn! My 17 month old son suffered from all the same things and still suffers from night terrors occasionally. We tried everything and I was miserable for most of his first 6-8 months. Can I tell you what worked for us finally?



- While he was small enough, he slept in his swing. The swinging motion helped soothe him and often helped him burp so the reflux wasn't as severe. When he was about 4 1/2 months old, the pediatrician suggested that we put him to sleep in his crib but on a pillow (or sleep wedge), a firm but elevated pillow. We placed one of those sleep positioners at his sides so he wouldn't roll over onto his face. That worked like a charm!



- We replaced his formula with a soy based one. Turns out he has some lactose sensitivity when he was a newborn. The soy also helped with the pain of the reflux. At around 6 months, I replaced one of his bottles a day with a regular milk based formula. He tolerated it well so after a week or two, I made it 2 bottles a day of regular formula for another week and so on. Now he has no issues with milk whatsoever.



- I stuck with the smaller amounts of formula but feeding more often for about 6 months. After that I gradually increased the ounces and the number of feeding gradually decreased on their own because he didn't need to eat as often.



- Because he had such severe problems with the reflux, he didn't start solid foods until about 8 months. That was the pediatricians suggestion. It's been a longer adjustment to solids but it's been worth it, truly.



I trust that some of this helps you, Taryn. Just remember - you're not alone!! Look to other mom's for help - we're here for you!

Kim - posted on 02/25/2009

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I cannot relate to the sleeping issue, as my son has been a great sleeper. He used to wake up a few times a night to eat, but now he's asleep for 12 hours. On the other hand, I can totally relate to the frustration of reflux. My son still throws up on everything, including down my shirt. That's a fun one. I nursed him for the first 4 months in addition to formula feedings, but no matter what I gave him he couldn't keep it all down. He was still peeing, pooping and growing, so I knew he was doing well. A lot of people would tell me I was feeding him too much, and I used to hate hearing that because that was not the case. The formula would hold him a bit longer, so I gave him formula before bed as opposed to nursing him. He still threw up all the time. I was originally giving him Similac Advance, but changed to Similac Alimentum, which helped a little....but only a little. He was on Zantac for a few months as well, but that didn't help the vomiting either. It helped take away some of the acidity, so he was more comfortable, but the amount didn't change. I had him sleep on a wedge when he was younger, but I would find him wedged in the corner of the crib by morning, so we took that away. I tried giving my son rice cereal (by spoon) at 2 months to see if that would help, but it didn't, so I waited until he was older. Now he eats solids twice a day, and has his bottles as well. He still pukes all over me! Now it's just colorful. :~) Propping him never worked either. I just have to wait until he outgrows it. I've had people tell me of their kids outgrowing this at ages 7 months, 9 months, 11 months and THREE YEARS!!! Can you imagine? He's 6.5 months now, so I just patiently waiting. How long is he asleep for? Is he only waking up for feedings or just to be up? Good luck. I hope this helped.

Erin - posted on 02/25/2009

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My doctor put my son on reflux meds- liquid Zantac- when he was 1 month.  He is now 3 months and I can tell when he has graduated to the next dose.  He had similar behaviors as your son before getting on the medication.  He kept crying so I thought he was still hungry.  What he was doing was self soothing by drinking more milk than he needed to sooth his burning throat and tummy.  He would throw up several times after that and still be fussy.  It was very very frustrating, so I know what you are going through.  Like I said it only took 2 days on the meds before I noticed a huge difference.  He was not fussing and was eating so much less.  We were over feeding him, but that stopped because he  was satisfied and comfortable after a normal nursing session.



Hope this helps.

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Hi, Both of my babies too had reflux. My son was much worse than my daughter. We tried special formulas, medication, etc. but nothing worked. He was miserable which definitely made me feel miserable and useless as a Mom. Until I finally found a doctor with a solution. He was an older pediatric gastrologist.. His advice was to rice cereal into every bottle that I feed my son. He said that before all of the special formula that is what they did. I tried it and it was the best treatment we found. It does not cure it, but it does help tremendously. He still spit up after almost every feeding, but he was more satisfied and held a lot more of the bottle down. When my daughter was born with the same problem I did the same with her.
The trick is to start with a teaspoon or so per bottle and thicken until you see results. With my son I had to make his bottles really thick and my daughter no so thick. Don't forget to make a bigger hole in the nipple too. I hope this helps. Good luck and God Bless!!!

Melissa - posted on 02/25/2009

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Hi!  I'm a nurse practitioner and my son had similar problems for the first two years of his life.  Putting him on Zantac and Zyrtec can be helpful.  The Zyrtec is over the counter, but Zantac you would have to get a prescription for (until your little one is old enough to swallow the pills).  It's very pricey if you don't have insurance--about $100-150 per month.  Talk to your pediatrician about this.  Good luck!

Amy - posted on 02/25/2009

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My first son was the same way! He was eventually put on a prescription Zantac after a trip to a specialist...Maybe talk to your pediatician about something for the pain in his esophagus if you haven't already? My son started holding food down a little better and didn't seem as cranky. It gets a little better around 6 months when they eat more solids too, but that first year was rough. Make sure you get a break once in a while so you don't become depressed like I did. Good luck :)

Stacy - posted on 02/25/2009

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My son also had reflux as a child.  As someone else had mentioned before, the best result he had was taking the zantac.  Think about it.  Little baby with a burning sensation every time he drinks and spits it up every time.  This was the best resolution for me.  I remember the spitting and throwing up contsantly and no sleep for him or me. Good luck and call the doctor!

Sherri - posted on 02/25/2009

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From a parent with a reflux baby...



the more you feed them at one time, the more they spit up.  Feed 1/2 as much food twice as often.  (Example.  instead of 4 ounces every 3 hours, give 2 ounces every 1.5 hours.)  As for sleeping, I put my son in this wedge (see this link.... http://www.tuckersling.com  ) in a matter of a few days, he was sleeping sound all night and happy all day. 



this same advise helped 2 of my friends and they've helped their friends with the same.  even adults with reflux will tell you, a fuller tummy is not better tummy - it's just means there's more liquid in there to push back up the esophagus. 



 



It Takes a few days to get the right amount of food down at each feeding, but hang in there, it will work.  I changed my formula to Similac Alimentum.  it's very gentle on the espohagus... doesn't burn as much.



I hope this helps!

Mari - posted on 02/25/2009

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I would recommend the miracle blanket for sleep. It is the best swaddle blanket. My son the first 6 weeks of life wouldn't sleep for anything. His day night reversal was horrible. I bought the blanket and started feeding him every 3 hours. Within 1 week he was consistently sleep 7 hours. He is now 13 weeks and sleeps for 9 hours straight. My bestfriend's baby who is 10 weeks has a mild case of colic and borrowed my extra miracle blanket. That night he slept for 9 hours. And now is on a full week of sleeping through the night. Read the website. You can order through the website or online through babyrus or target.



Good luck!

Jaime - posted on 02/25/2009

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I started putting cereal in my son's bottle when he was about 3 months old. It helped a lot with him being fuller. The cereal shouldn't really effect the reflux because it is so bland. I didn't have any problems with my son processing the formula. But I do agree with a previous mother that they should be able to prescribe a childs reflux medicine that might help with the vomitting.

Lara - posted on 02/25/2009

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With regards to the sleep pattern, you are going to have to be really really strict. Have agood routine of bathing him, giving milk, cuddle untill he is just dropping off then lay him in his cot. He will wake and cry... let him cry for bout a min lay him back down and soothingly say night night again... he will cry again.. this could go on for 10 times,, just try and keep ur cool. it will get less and less each night. It took me a week to solve our daughters sleep problem..but as hard as it was its worked !!! check he ia warm enough and comfortable. He is playing games at the mo and is manging to control !!! have to be firm to be kind..sounds hash but u need your sanity back

Elise - posted on 02/25/2009

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Are you sure your little one isnt allergic to milk products? Have you tried soy? It might be a good idea or maybe you should ask your doctor. When I was little, I threw up every night because I couldnt drink milk or regular formula. It took a while for everyone to figure it out but I needed soy products instead. Just a thought. :)

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HI... I have a few ideas.. not sure if you've heard them already, but it's worth a shot.. My daughter is 2 months old and started having reflux issues early.. very mild, but enough that she was put on Xantac. this helped a little.. so I changed her bottles to Dr. Browns and started propping her up to sleep with a small "boppy" pillow meant for tummy time. She hasn't had an issue since and we've stopped the zantac.  Also, I have a girlfriend that had to have both of her babies sleep in their infant carriers until they were too big for them. This really helped her.. So I would definitely elevate the end of the mattress and play around with different bottles.  Like I said.. Dr. Browns is my ne best friend!!!! Good Luck!!!!

Tracie - posted on 02/25/2009

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Hi there, my youngest suffered from reflux for the first year of his life.  He went on Prilosec for it.  it really helped.  But, to answer your question, yes, at 4 months I had him on solids.  It helped a little, but every baby is different.  Just start with rice, and introduce on fruit/veg at a time.  Good luck, and just remember, it will get better:-)

Tracie - posted on 02/25/2009

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Hi there, my youngest suffered from reflux for the first year of his life.  He went on Prilosec for it.  it really helped.  But, to answer your question, yes, at 4 months I had him on solids.  It helped a little, but every baby is different.  Just start with rice, and introduce on fruit/veg at a time.  Good luck, and just remember, it will get better:-)

Tracie - posted on 02/25/2009

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Hi there, my youngest suffered from reflux for the first year of his life.  He went on Prilosec for it.  it really helped.  But, to answer your question, yes, at 4 months I had him on solids.  It helped a little, but every baby is different.  Just start with rice, and introduce on fruit/veg at a time.  Good luck, and just remember, it will get better:-)

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Quoting Taryn:

Hi all, I have a 3 and a half month old boy who has been a terrible sleeper since he was born, the nurses in the hospital couldn't understand why this newborn refused to sleep!! He has terrible reflux and throws up all over everything, especially me, all day and night. I had to put him on formula cause he couldn't keep the breastmilk down, he would scream with hunger and feed every 45 min, now he's on formula, novalac AR (i wish we could get enfamil AR pre-made in south africa!!) and the vomiting is no better but he is fuller and happier for a bit longer. I want to start him on solids at 4 months, does anyone have any experiences or advice for me about anything to do with reflux, sleep problems or solids from 4 months? He wakes up all the time at night, I am so so tired.




After 5 months of misery, tears, and utter exhaustion we found out that my son had terrible Acid reflux and we had to get him some very pricey meds! The reflux became a source of many ear infections and even more pain and less sleep. We started him on some kind of Zantac for infants and it helped a little and then we were given a stronger compound medication. There was nothing that I could do for him until we were given the meds. Feeding them solids early is not reccommended and probably not going to help the reflux and realistically not the hunger either, and they say that it is not safe to start before 6 months. My doctor made sure we did not add soilds in before then. We also got a special incline mat for his bed and that helped a little too! I hope that you have access to a godd pediatrtian that can get you what you need for the little one! Reflux is almost devastating without treatment (for the mommies) and painful for the babies!



Good Luck!

Sarah - posted on 02/25/2009

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Oh and another thing... My son wouldn't eat any of the cereals! He did however eat the real 'big kid' oatmeal. I don't know what it was about the baby cereals that he refused (barley, oatmeal, rice,etc.). I had to work with fruits and veggies only to start off with solids.. But the foods he did eat, helped his tummy tremendously. So definately start him on solid foods. The best way for your baby to start is on veggies. If you start on fruits, they tend to get a better taste for it. That way, when you start fruits, they won't stop eating the veggies. Start with one veggie for a whole week only with breast milk, then move to another. :)) Hope it helps you. Life is a trial and error process I feel. Remember also to hold your baby facing outward in your arms (like he's sitting up) and bounce yourself. It calms the baby down and gives you excersice at the same time. Your legs will burn like fire, but after a couple of days it gets easier and easier for you. Take care!

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about 2-3 tsp. you need to thicken it up. the doctor says it's the best thing. and make sure at night you try to sit him in a slighty upright position to help him sleep better

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My son had reflux until he was about 10 months old. the doctor told us to just put alittle ceral in his formula to help keep it down. and at night try to sit him in a slightly upright position to help him sleep. he is going to wake up but it might help him sleep onger. you just have to try and keep him comfortable. the doctors say they grow out of it at about a year old.. good luck

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We went through this too! My son was diagnosed with reflux. The doctor ordered the test where he drank the baroum (sp?) and they watched how the liquid went down his throat. Ended up that we saw a specialist who gave us a Prevocid pill that dissolved in water. First it was twice a day, then once a day. It helped soooo much. Even though you are supposed to give it in the am, we used to give it at night...gave our son reflief and allowed us to sleep. Also, the specialist suggested putting cereal in his bottle b/c it's heavier. I am against this, but did start feeding him cereal early. If you want to start solids, I would not start fruits and veggies until the doctor gives you the all clear, but go ahead and start on cereal. Allowing the baby to sleep upright also helped....my son was almost a year when he finally got off the prevocid. Good luck!

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My son was in and out of the hospital from about 3 months old to 10 months old. He had reflux so bad that I too had no sleep and cried all the time. Actually I figured out on my own that on top of reflux, he vomited almost immediately when I ate ANY DAIRY OR SOY!!!!! After I ate pizza one night just to test my own theory, he threw up and screamed with pain. I knew it must be the dairy. Once I stopped, he continued to throw up only after I ate breads or chips, etc. I started driving myself crazy wondering and worrying. The doctors just kept changing medications for the reflux but still my poor little guy vomited, kicked his legs out, arched his back and refused to nurse. I was determined to still find an answer while my baby started loosing weight. I started looking at every single label on every single package, can or container of food and juice. I realized after wondering about food alergies, 'maybe it's wheat and dairy'. So I cut that out and he still had the same damn symptoms. So then I tried cutting out SOY, which is in almost everything!!!! Chips, tortillas, cans of soup, breads, candies, chocolate (dairy), you name it, it has SOY or DAIRY. To say the least, he wanted to nurse well after 18 months, but I cut him off because I was done. He still puts his hands down my shirt to grab my 'boobies' as he likes to say, which is sometimes embarrassing but he is healthy, happy and has a great weight now. After the diet I had to figure out on my own became my lifestyle and was the hardest thing I have ever had to do, I lost 65 unwanted pounds and without working out. Just cutting the dairy and soy for my boy, was really worth it in the end. It's a matter of how much you can take of that quick lifestyle change. By the way, my son had to take reflux medicine (Prevacid) up until I weened him of that around 22 months old. He still would vomit but ONLY if I forgot to give him his medicine because it's such a strict instruction (1/2 hour before eating and 2 hours after eating food and drinks!). I tried myself to see if he would get better eventually by giving him less doses and watched to see if he vomited. He is now 100 percent better. I haven't even been to the doctor for it! They don't even know that he isn't still on it. Honestly, I don't think they care (Kaiser Permanente). Good luck with your poor little guy. I feel so bad for him. I know what you are feeling and just remember that you can still breast feed. You just need to figure it out with the foods you are eating and the medicine that works best for your child. :) You can do it!

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