reflux questions

Jennifer - posted on 03/10/2009 ( 85 moms have responded )

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Does anyone out there have any suggestions for me. i swear my 5 week old has reflux, she has a good amount of the symptoms, and i know she is uncomfortable. When i brought it up to her dr she had a wait and see approach and other than switching to a gentle formula, she feels it is all normal infant behaivours. i am 100% she is wrong. I know that a good amount of time my baby is uncomfortable and i feel so bad for her. my question is, until i go back to her ped and try to discuss this AGAIN, what are some little things i can do to help her be more comfortable? last night she wanted to eat constantly, then constantly spit up after each bottle, and just cried this awful pitiful little cry. thanks for any advice you have!

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Rebecca - posted on 03/10/2009

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Try Enfamil Lipil AR....this is a formula with added rice that thickens when it hits the stomach. I am a baby nurse in an NICU  and I used it with my son...worked wonderfully. Also elevated the head of her bed by 45 degrees, feed her more upright...Go back to your Dr. say it isn't any better but worse...he may take your word for it & poosibly put her on some zantac &/or ranitidine....he may also want to do a barium swallow which is a special xray to diagnosis reflux.   Do not give water. I hope this heps

Alyssa - posted on 03/12/2009

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My 3 daughters had reflux and we used the car seat for there bed for the longest time. It kept them more upright and they seem to sleep better in there car seat, also make sure she gets burped really well and document everything so when you go the the doctor you have everything written down and documented so they can see what is going on. 



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Kristie - posted on 03/10/2009

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hi you can get infant gaviscon from the pharmacy it will help the buring that she will get after and it will help her to keep it down aswell i have five boys and they all had reflux but my twins had it the worse. try if you are bottle feeding to hold the bubby up verses laying her down as someone told me have you ever tried eating lying down this worked for my last but not for the others if it becomes more and more frequent take her to the ped ward they will help you

Michelle - posted on 03/12/2009

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the doctors "diagnosed" my son with reflux so i switched his formular to a lactose free one. it stopped basically all the throwing up. my sisters daughter has reflux and the only way to get her to sleep was in the car seat because she wasnt lying flat. it was a bit of a bugger getting the car seat in and out all the time but it got her to sleep and kept her asleep. just something to try. sorry if someone has already mentioned this but i couldnt be bothered reading every single one, theres just too many!!

Kristie - posted on 03/12/2009

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I feel your pain! It took a couple of frantic calls to the doctor but finally we were given Prevacid.....it was a wonder drug for my son! I placed a half tab on his tongue and it dissolved. This along with having him sit upright for 30 minutes after a bottle helped us. If your dr. is not listening I would suggest going elsewhere.

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Rhonda - posted on 03/19/2009

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Listen to your doctor!  It very well could be a reaction to the formula she is on.  Two of my kids have allergies to foods/dairy and the third was collic.  The baby is so young at this time and it can be a process of trial and error to determine the cause of the upset.  Bottle feeding my first, the allergy to milk caused excessive spitting up and restlessness.  After spitting up, her tummy settled down and all was well until she ate again.  She was then put on a soy formula, by her doctor, and everything was normal.  My 2nd, breastfed, dairy allergies went through my milk and caused the same reaction. Hence, I stop with the dairy in my diet to take care of problem.  The third, breast fed, was collic which started around 5 1/2 weeks of age.  Collic gets worse around 6 weeks of age and sounds more along the lines of what your baby is experiencing.  She wanted to eat constantly, cried all the time, nothing settled her down.  I elimnated several things in my diet, by the docs suggestion but it did not help. So doc authorized the use of mylycon drops before feedings and it helped quite a bit.  But symptoms did not go away.  However, all symptoms completely disappeared around the age of 3months.  Between you and the doc's things will get figured out.  Hope this helps.

User - posted on 03/13/2009

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Talk to the doctor about doing a trial of a reflux medication such as Zantac. If it doesn't help, you can stop it cuz you know it's not reflux. If it does help, great! and you know she does have reflux!

Aisha - posted on 03/13/2009

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Everything has been said but here's a recap from my perspective:
1)There are normal causes of reflex
2) There are abnormal causes of reflex

The normal causes of reflex: baby behaves normally, despite projectile vomitting/spit up, happy post spit up and inbetween, gaining weight appropriately, no breathing/sleeping issues; you can do conservative measures here (some were already outlined) or NOTHING (your child is growing through a normal process of stomach/esophagus growth).
2) Abnormal causes of reflex: Your baby is unhappy, not gaining weight, occasionally breathing issues, and Proj vom outside of eating; she needs a complete physical and a physician should OBSERVE her feeding (weather bottle or breast), then a decision can be made as to the most appropriate test, and least invasive for the many causes from GERD to Pyloric Stenosis...
good luck mom

Kim - posted on 03/13/2009

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Hello. I didn't read all the post to see if someone already mentioned this...but both my kids had reflux. My oldest got it at 13 mo and it was severe. It went on for mo and mo and she ended up being hospitalized. She threw everything up. Everything, they did test after test on her. We were sent to a specialist in SF and that's when they diagnosed her w/ acid reflux. The prescribed zantac for her and she still takes it. It goes off of weight so the dosage has to be adjusted as they gain/lose weight. Has helped tremendously. She is 5 1/2 now and still does have gagging issues bc of it but is 99% better than before. My son whom is 16 mo old had is as well but not anymore. He doesn't even take his med anymore. Ask your ped ab zantac. It's liquid base and it can't hurt to try it for a Mo and see if it helps. Good Luck!

Mel - posted on 03/13/2009

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im glad to hear that she is gaining weight Jennifer. my daughter is currently still losing and almost 12 months now. how has she been lately? has anything been done about it yet?

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Let her sleep on an incline.  They have pads that prop baby when they sleep - it's supposed to help and/or eliminate.  You can buy them anywhere they sell baby supplies.

Diana - posted on 03/12/2009

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when my 3 year old was born she had acid reflux, my doctor had told me to put rice cereal in her bottle 1 or 2 tablespoon to make it thicker, it worked.  we tried medication but she would just spit it back up, so the cereal was the way 2 go.

Chrystal - posted on 03/12/2009

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I had that prob with my son. And they had to do an upper GI just to be sure. He would eat and the project it across the room and nothing seemed to help. His was so bad that I ended up having to breast feed him till he was a little over a year. He could not have bottles or formula. I tried every suggestion I was givin. It was just somethin he had to grow out of. But you deff want to try to make sure you use bottles where they cant get alot of air, like DR. Brown. Also like the lady said below keep them sitting up while eating and for a bit after eating. My son also had collic which made him that much more uncomfortable. But if your doc keeps telling you that its nothing I would deff. find a 2nd opp esp. if it keeps on and you feel like she is not getting enough to eat or is loosing weight.

Susan - posted on 03/12/2009

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I am not sure what you know, or think, about chiropractors, but if you don't like the thought of medication, this is another good option. One of my brother's boys had very similar problems with the constant spitting up after eating and the loud, nasal breathing. After trying all the expensive formulas, they took him to a chiropractor who made a few adjustments and all was well. If you don't know of a chiropractor, you should ask around as each one practices a little differently.

Sasha - posted on 03/12/2009

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My son was diagnosed at 4 weeks and was gaining weight like crazy- 90% for weight and breastfed!! He was eating like every hour to soothe his belly but my doctor did not hesitate to understand and diagnose based on the numerous behaviors I was telling her about (arching his back, chin up constantly, unhappy spitter, etc). We were cautious to start an Rx so we started my son on over the counter Mylanta. The Mylanta worked well to address the symptoms when he was having problems. It really soothed his belly when he was having an episode but it did not prevent the reflux so it did get to a point where we did put him on medication, he was 5 months old. I fed him while he was sitting up, I kept him propped for about 20/30 minutes after eating, and I did use a sleep positioner so he slept on an incline!! All helped but did not completely prevent the reflux. Gentle formula worked well but breastmilk was the best. I did go to formula completely by 4 months with him and he did do well in spite. Like I have seen other mother's mention, I did probiotics (acidophilus being one) which I used primadophilus for children 0-5 yrs. It is a powder that is refridgerated and easily mixed in a bottle. I used probiotics because him bowel movements were so odorous and a bit uncomfortable which I felt was all connected to the reflux. He did much better with the probiotics as well (used before he could eat yogart after 6 mos.). I started primadophilus when he was 3 months and my doctor did not have a problem. She indicated that I should not use anything that was loaded with herbal supplments.



The decision was made at 5 mos to start an Rx because even with all the comforting things I was doing I was exhausted and could not stay ahead of the reflux! I had started foods at 4 months and it just seemed like everything, even pears, upset his stomach. Pears are so gentle how could they upset his belly?? And most importantly which my doctor identified with 100% was that he was UNCOMFORTABLE- there is no reason for him to be in pain. Once we started the medication his symptoms decreased almost immediately. I wished I had started him on an Rx at 3 months. The medication was a god send because before the medication his routine was just so off. His belly just over-produced acid and the only thing that truly rectified the issue was medication. He has done well and now a strapping 8 month old were are starting to wean him off the medication as it seems his system has matured and begun to rectify things on its own.



Listen to your gut and change dr's if you need to. Wait and see will not stop the reflux. Mother knows best. Wishing you the best!!

User - posted on 03/12/2009

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I am having the same problem. My baby is 17 months and will not give it up. if she sees one she has to have it. i dont mind giving her one at night but during the day i cant stand it just because it messes up their speach

Bobbie - posted on 03/12/2009

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My son had the sametjhing. I tried ceral in formula but didn't help.  It gets better when they are older. In the mean time try feeding less amounts more often that seemed to help for me.

Amanda - posted on 03/12/2009

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I just had a baby and she is 4 weeks old and has a lot of the same symptoms Jennifer had mentioned. I am breastfeeding though and we found out that she was getting too much milk...she was throwing a lot up after each feeding, especially if you laid her down afterwards. Then after throwing up she got the hiccups every time, and she did a lot of grunting and got red in the face, etc. I think I finally have most of it under control though...I only breastfeed her half as much as I used to (even though she was throwing up she was still gaining a lot of weight) so the doc said she was just getting too much. I also have to hold her upright for a while after her feedings to help ensure she doesn't throw up. Don't know if that helps anyone or not...

Beverly - posted on 03/12/2009

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try propping up one end of the mattress with a couple books pillow anything like that that will help everything go down

Prue - posted on 03/12/2009

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I was a reflux child and so when i figured out my son was i asked my mum. I simply changed his teat in his bottle and gave him a reflux formula. Its a Wyeth brand formula called S-26 AR its in like a pinky peachy colour tin. Smaller feeds more often also help. I changed to a teat that flowed onto the top of the mouth or onto the tongue instead of directly down the throat.

His now 3 and drinks normal milk.



This is some information on reflux from Wyeths page:

http://www.wyethnutrition.com.au/$$Reflux.html?menu_id=420&menu_item_id=4



hope that helps

Peta - posted on 03/12/2009

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my son to suffered alot with this but i really didn't want to put him on meds at such a young age so my doctor and i went threw different options. you can try baby rice in the bottle or i did try a thickener im not sure where u live but there is one made by Karicare but i found a formula called novalax AR very good he loved it it helped him sleep threw the nite too which is always good haha

Jessica - posted on 03/12/2009

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My son was diagnosed with Acid Reflux at 4 months.  He is now 5 months and still sleeps in his carseat at night, it seems to help him at night.  For him laying flat was the worst.  They did finally put him on meds twice a day which help alot.  Hope this helps.  Good luck!

Rebecca - posted on 03/12/2009

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I would go see another Dr !! My Daughter is older but she has reflux also.. She is on medicine .. I have a friend who has a 4 mth old and has been on medicine since he was 1 mnth so I would ask another Dr... !!

Emma - posted on 03/12/2009

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My sn suffered to with the same thing and i tried all the medicines and botles that helped a bit, but most of the time he was bringing up most of his bottles. When the same problems started happening with my daughter the midwife just suggested the same cause of medicines to try and help.

One day i went to my friends an realised i hadn't brought a spare bottle so she made me up one using a different milk to what i used. Straight away my daughter drank and burped with no side effects or pain. it wasthe first botle she kept down nd actually enjoyed in months.

My advice really is it could be something really simple and the milk he drinks may not agree with him and to just try another brand

Kirsten - posted on 03/12/2009

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One of my twins boys, Dylan, had reflux...i was so stressed! I put him on a Nestle Formula called Nan AR (Anti reflux)...absolutely amazing stuff. I placed a wedge under the cot mattress to slightly raise him while sleeping, after feeding i would keep him propped up in his snug and safe for about 30 minutes, he was also placed on Losec...a tablet that the dr prescribed. Only had to give him half a tablet twice a day...also amazing stuff. I was so worried that this was going to carry on forever but i have good news. Dylan has just turned one, is doing great, is off the medication now for nearly four months and is only 200gr lighter than his brother who didn't have reflux. I must also let you know that Dylan took to solids a lot easier than his brother Josh, due to the Antireflux formula...this is because the Nan AR formula is a lot thicker in texture, therefore introducing things like cereal was a lot easier. Hang in there, it will get better!

User - posted on 03/12/2009

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My daughter was diagnosed with relux at 6 days old......We added a teaspoon of rice cereal to every ounce of milk.....(after we tried 4 different formulas).....Also, I would not jump to Soy because that is a common allergy for babies.....You might also try probiotic....Our little one has been taking one since she was two weeks old....You can use Culturelle and put 1/2 of the capsule in abottle 2 times a day....There is also one that we ue now called BioGaia....it is wonderful...hard to find( do not carry it but will order it for you $40....but well worth it....it is great for tummy issues(gas and colick)

Tell you ped that you want your baby tested and if he/she does not agree...FIND A NEW ONE!! Good luck.

Jennifer - posted on 03/12/2009

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Call the doctor and get in and tell her exactly what you think is going on!  That is what I did with my last daughter.  I could not wait until her next doc appointment.    I got medication for her that day and she was much better!

Roo - posted on 03/12/2009

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My second daughter was diagnosed with reflux when she was 3 months old.  Had the same problem.  The doctor was hesitent to diagnose her with reflux as opposed to just spitting up.  The problem was, my daughter was projectile vomiting, A LOT!  Although it is normal for infants to spit up, you really need to pay attention to how much is coming back up. Since I'm a nurse, I knew that the amount coming back up was excessive.  My daughter was hungry, and she'd want to eat, but when she started to, she would start to cry & get fussy.  She was hardly urinating, she got dehydrated, and then wasn't gaining any weight.  She finally got diagnosed with GERD & failure to thrive. 



Have you tried infants Mylicon?  You may want to change formulas, too.  When you switch, make sure you give it at least 3-4 days to see if there is any difference.  Unfortunately, if  your daughter really has reflux, there isn't much else you can do.  Some babies are just fussy, some are colicy.  Not many truly have reflux.  And unfortunately, for those that really do, most doctors think that moms are overreacting to fussiness & some spit-up.  If your daughter isn't producing any urine, or not gaining weight, be sure to point that out to your doctor.



Luckily, my doctor did end up correctly diagnosing my daughter, we saw a specialist.  She was put on Previcid, special formula & had a feeding tube.  but by the time she was  11 months old, her esophagus was healed, and she hasn't had any further problems.  She's six & a half now.  She doesn't like spicy foods though.  Good luck, I hope this info is helpful along with the other responses you get.

Valerie - posted on 03/12/2009

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Both of my boys had reflux. Until your baby is older there isn't much they will do for you. My little one had to get on medicine to help keep him from spitting up, but they have to do a test first where you feed them a bottle of stuff before they do an xray. If they want to do that test just be prepared because they have to tie them down and it's really hard to watch. I got cranky with them about it, but that's what they have to do to keep them from moving. Other than that there's really not much you can do right now. Your dr has to give you the medicine and tell you when you can start cereal. I'm sorry i don't have a wonderful answer for you.

Jamie - posted on 03/12/2009

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Quoting Carolyn:

Get her an ultra sound!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! my son was 18 days old, and they told me his spit up was normal too, but i folowed my mom gut and i knew it was not normal because he was shooting the throw up further out of his mouth. i made his ped. do an ultra sound to check everything out, sure enough he had pyloric stenosis and needed imediate surgery that day! the pyloric valve is at the bottom of the stomach. it's what dumps the food out into the intestines when the tummy gets full. well his had an extra layer of tissue around it which was preventing the food from being dumped out and causing it to be forced back up when his belly was full. that's why he was throwing all his bottles up. he had the surgery we were there over night and left the next afternoon, they just make a very tiny incision and scrape away the extra tissue, and what a difference it made! he was still throwing up here and there because of the acid reflux that was cause from the constant throwing up, so he had to be on zantac 3 x's a day until he was about 5 mths old. the zantac really helped alot! i learned from that situation to ALWAYS go with your gut feeling, if i hadn't my little boy would have been suffering this whole time. good luck to you let me know!



My son too had this, it took 3 times going to the Dr and 2 times in the ER for them to do anything( all in a week time). When I got the to the ER the 2nd time they told if I would have waited 45 more min I would have lost him. Go with your gut not the Dr. Get a new if you don't trust them!!!Good luck. I thank god we have a childrens hos. close by.

Maria - posted on 03/12/2009

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My daughter had reflux real bad when she was little too. She was also diagnosed at 2 wks. Her dr said to feed her sitting up and let her sleep at a 45 degree angle. She spent her sleeping hours in a bouncy chair, cuz in a crib in order to do that she would end up as a little crumple at the foot of the bed. Also put a teaspoon of cereal in her bottle, that helped thicken it up a little bit so she didn't spit up so much and it also helped her feel full. She is now almost 16 yrs old. This all helped and it didn't last so long. I think she finally quit spitting up and feeling uncomfortable when she was just a couple months old.

Desiree - posted on 03/12/2009

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My son had it and the drs. kept telling me it was normal, I asked for a second opinion and they did the barium liquid/x-ray. Sure enough he had GERD. They prescribed him baby pepcid and he took it for a month. he hasn't had a problem since!! Good Luck, I know its difficult to watch your baby go through anything.

App+7mnejhu - posted on 03/12/2009

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Get her an ultra sound!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! my son was 18 days old, and they told me his spit up was normal too, but i folowed my mom gut and i knew it was not normal because he was shooting the throw up further out of his mouth. i made his ped. do an ultra sound to check everything out, sure enough he had pyloric stenosis and needed imediate surgery that day! the pyloric valve is at the bottom of the stomach. it's what dumps the food out into the intestines when the tummy gets full. well his had an extra layer of tissue around it which was preventing the food from being dumped out and causing it to be forced back up when his belly was full. that's why he was throwing all his bottles up. he had the surgery we were there over night and left the next afternoon, they just make a very tiny incision and scrape away the extra tissue, and what a difference it made! he was still throwing up here and there because of the acid reflux that was cause from the constant throwing up, so he had to be on zantac 3 x's a day until he was about 5 mths old. the zantac really helped alot! i learned from that situation to ALWAYS go with your gut feeling, if i hadn't my little boy would have been suffering this whole time. good luck to you let me know!

Jessica - posted on 03/12/2009

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Hi there!  My son had reflux at 2 weeks of age.  You might want to switch peds if they are doing nothing for you.  He was put on baby prevacid and a special formula called nutrimagen.  He also consistently slept up right in a bouncy seat, would never lay on his back almost until age one.  He is a little over 2 now and doing great.  Good luck

Brandi - posted on 03/11/2009

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Dont give up!!! I went thru the same thing and th dr. i had at the time said the same thing your is then one night after trying different options that were given to me by the dr. and switching formula things took a turn for the worse and my daughter was in the tub and started throwing up so fast she couldnt breathe she started turning purple and i had to call 911 ... I will never forget this nite it scared me to death as well as my husband we were admitted into the hospital where they diagnosed her with acid reflux i then switched pediatricians and finally my prayers were answered after several hours of no sleep several tests being on edge they gave her medicine which was zantac and she is now nine months old and off the meds and doing well they also told us to thicken her formula with cereal and that did help also while feedign her sit your child straight up and thenwhen done feeding keep upright for a half hour... i hope this helps and good luck i know it is so hard seeing a baby go through this... take care

Stacey - posted on 03/11/2009

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Both of my girls had reflux.  My first daughter was diagnosed with reflux at 2 months.  I breastfed so the doctor prescribed Reglan which worked great!  Once we started Reglan she fed well and stopped making the gurgling pirate noises and slept fantastic!  She was only on it from age 2 months until 6 months.



My 2nd daughter was diagnosed at about 4 weeks.  She also was on Reglan and we formula fed her.  The doctor changed her formula to Enfamil A.R.. That worked like a charm!  No more spitting up and she started sleeping through the night at 3 months.  We stopped the Reglan at age 6 months, and continued the AR until about 8 months.



Neither of my daughters had a negative reaction to the Reglan.  Once they were on the Reglan they were so much happier and slept great!



Talk to you pediatrician and thoroughly describe your baby's symptoms. 



Good luck!



 



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Penny - posted on 03/11/2009

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Also, my daughter was put on Enfamil Nutramigen... it's a little more expensive, but the proteins are broken down in it, so it's easier on the belly. You can call Enfamil and they will send you a free sample as well as ask your doc for free samples. They have them at the doctor's office.

Penny - posted on 03/11/2009

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My daughter had that problem and we put a pillow under her blanket to give her a little bit of curve going up, so she wasn't laying flat. My daughter was put on medicine for acid reflux. If you've never had it, it's VERY uncomfortable... imagine what it's like for a baby. My daughter used to spit up A LOT until she was put on that medicine. You need to find another doc, and QUICK! There's no reason why they couldn't give her any medicine. Your poor baby! I feel for you too... you must feel helpless. Really Jennifer, try the pillow idea. If they are propped up just a tad, it helps SO much!

Samantha - posted on 03/11/2009

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Hi Jennifer.  My son is two and a half and had reflux and formula allergies as an infant.  I think you should go back to your doctor and push the issue.  I know it is hard.  You don't want them to think you are over-reacting, just stress the symptoms you are noticing and how frequent they are.  My pediatrician first had us 'test' if it was reflux by giving Mylanta to see if it helped.  When the Mylanta was helpful, it helped towards the diagnosis as well.  We also ended up using Zantac but the best thing we did was change the formula to a pre-digested protein called Elecare.  It is a costly prescription formula but that is why your doctor should be guiding you on this.  Sometimes it takes a lot of trial and error to get to the right solution, maybe the first thing you try will work, but definitely trust your gut!  I wish you the best of luck!

Devanne - posted on 03/11/2009

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my son had to switch to the soy formula and i have to keep his bed tilted up and i had to take him to cooks and they did a sono and they noticed he had some problems with acid reflux so my sons doctor gave him 2 different kinds of medication to help with the reflux and it helped so much he bearly spits up. hopefully that helped..

Jennifer - posted on 03/11/2009

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Quoting Vanessa:



I would say its very early days for a diagnosis & the doc maybe right to wait. My son had severe colic  & that causes alot of discomfort & trapped wind & cried every night for an hour solid until he was about 15 weeks old. My daughter was totally different, I thought she had reflux but our doctor wanted to wait & see how she faired. She went from a very healthy 11lb 11ozs (birthweight, yeah I know a monster), right down to the bottom of the growth chart & was very thin by the time she was 12 months & her fontanelle was always dipped so we knew she was dehydrated all the time. She was constantly throwing up even on my milk & after a discussion with my doc & my constant mastitis, we agreed to try her on 'Wysoy' soya milk, but she was still throwing up more than she kept down & when she was sent for tests at about 6 months, they couldn't find anything wrong. She gradually grew out of it & the only advise that I can give you really on my own experience is try boiled/cooled water in between feeds, try a water filter, & I tried my daughter on solid foods as soon as was poss, which helped her alot. It was just all milks she had no tolerance for, but loves milk now, lol.



 



my older daughter had colic, and would just scream for hours. she had bad gas issues. Kaity does have some gassiness, but she doesnt cry like Cara did. only after throwing up or when she is hungry. and its not that awful colic cry. its a very wimpery pitiful cry. she is also an extremely noisy sleeper. alwasy sounds congested, always clearing her throat and grumbling. so much worse than just normal noisy baby sounds. she also gets really red in her face, esepicaially around her eyes , and alot of times she does that when she is eating. :/





 

Jennifer - posted on 03/11/2009

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Quoting Laura:



DO NOT OVER FEED HER. At 5 weeks old her tummy is still so tiny. She may be eating because that is the only way she knows how to sooth herself. I have no idea how much you should feed her (





definately not doing that. she only eats 2-3 oz at a time, every 2-3 hours. unless she is spittin gup more then she wants it more often, she SHOULD be eating a little more. she is small and was early. but she is gaining so thats at least a plus.



she is already on similac sensitive, NOT the kind with rice in it, just the sensitive, the equivalent to enfamil gentelease, which my older daughter was on for colic. its not helping.

Vanessa - posted on 03/11/2009

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I would say its very early days for a diagnosis & the doc maybe right to wait. My son had severe colic  & that causes alot of discomfort & trapped wind & cried every night for an hour solid until he was about 15 weeks old. My daughter was totally different, I thought she had reflux but our doctor wanted to wait & see how she faired. She went from a very healthy 11lb 11ozs (birthweight, yeah I know a monster), right down to the bottom of the growth chart & was very thin by the time she was 12 months & her fontanelle was always dipped so we knew she was dehydrated all the time. She was constantly throwing up even on my milk & after a discussion with my doc & my constant mastitis, we agreed to try her on 'Wysoy' soya milk, but she was still throwing up more than she kept down & when she was sent for tests at about 6 months, they couldn't find anything wrong. She gradually grew out of it & the only advise that I can give you really on my own experience is try boiled/cooled water in between feeds, try a water filter, & I tried my daughter on solid foods as soon as was poss, which helped her alot. It was just all milks she had no tolerance for, but loves milk now, lol.

Jennifer - posted on 03/11/2009

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i dont think its an allergy. and i know she doesnt have it that bad, lik eyour little girl. im sorry she has to go through that , poor thing with a tube :(

i am pretty sure what she has is reflux but probably on the much less severe side.

Karen - posted on 03/11/2009

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My grandson had reflux and it was solved by someone recommended a thickener to put in with the formula, it was called instant carobel, it worked wonders. My daughter stopped using this when he was on solid food. It was a god send and she doesn't know what she would have done without this. Try this I am sure it will help as he use to vomit all of his formula up, until we tried this. Hope it helps. Kepp me informed xx

Ashley - posted on 03/11/2009

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My son was diagnosed with reflux when he was 2 weeks. They put him on meds because the rice cereal in his bottles didn't do anything for him. He is also lactose intolerant and has soy protein allergy too (we got soy formula through WIC). It's horrible.

Try putting a pillow underneath the crib mattress (or if you have a swing, swaddle her and let her sleep in that). Hold her upright for 30 mins after each feeding. Burp after every ounce or two of formula. If these things don't help, then do what I did: don't take no for an answer. You know your baby better than any doctor does.

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Try Gripe water for now and then switch to Nestle's good start formula (purple/orange can ready to feed), this formula is much easier on the stomache. This really helps with the reflux and gas. All the Dr.'s kept telling me it's the formula but I tried every formula under the sun and I really was tired of listen to these Dr.'s because nothing worked. Then I tried the Gripe water which works like a charm, but I did not want to give it with every bottle for the gas/reflux. So inturn one of my close friends told me to try the Good Start RTF and he will be fine. Sure enough he was fine and no longer needed the Gripe Water. 

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my son was throwing up every feed and i just felt something was wrong. the doctor sent me away with gaviscon but i kept on and was refered to the childrens hospital where they diagnosed pyloric stenosis. his stomach muscle wasnt letting the food down it was just building up. in the end he had a stomach op and was feeding well 6 hours later. altough this may not be your problem if you feel something is not right believe in yourself. my family all told me it was normal but the hosp said well done for acting quickly lots of parents wait until their baby has lost a lot fof weight or it takes this for doctors to refer the child. if it is reflux you will need special meds prescribed. hope you get right. x

Jenny - posted on 03/11/2009

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My first girl had reflux and i took her to a ped said to use Karicare AR she was a different baby then with my next daughter she showed signs of it to, so i just put her straight on Karicare AR , and my little boy who is 10 mths i tried other formulas but he wasn't happy so i just put him straight on Karicare AR he sleeps better he is alot fuller, please give it a try i;ll be surprised if it doesnt work. My boy is still on 200 mls and he doesnt even finish that he should be on 250mls.it is very thick and needs to be mixed well.they dont bring anything up if they do its not much, she needs to be on a angle when feeding and i always put a telephone book under cot mattress. i hope you everything goes well when your baby is happy so will you be.

Wendy - posted on 03/11/2009

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hi my daughter was like that after ever bottle she was sick i was back and forwards to the docs she cried constantly i found if i laid her on her belly on my knees and massage her back it didnt cure it but it eased her a little bit it was when she was 6months old i took her off formula milk and she had milky cup of teas i never looked back after that.i know what u are going through its awful when your baby is crying and u cant help apparently later on we found out something in her stomache hadnt matured i cant remember what they called it as my baby is 10 yrs old now.xx

Stacy - posted on 03/10/2009

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Have you tried gas drops? They go in the bottle after mixing and take all the bubbles away... I'm not sure if that would help, but if it doesn't get better I would get a second opinon.

Kimberly - posted on 03/10/2009

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My daughter had Reflux very bad also. We were getting ready to leave the hospital 2 days after she was born and she stopped breathing and turned purple on me. They ran all kinds of tests, only to find out she had reflux. She would have a bottle and while burping her it would start to come back up and she would choke on it. She stayed on the same formula but the DR. told me to add a little of the rice baby cereal to the bottle it made it thicker so that it stayed in her belly better. They also prescribed Reglan and Zantac for her, and elevated her crib mattress. Also we didnt lay her down for at least 20 mins. after she ate. It can be stressful at times but this seemed to work for us. She is for now and is perfectly fine. Thank God!

Shannon - posted on 03/10/2009

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Both of my children, now 7 and 4 had reflux (GERD). Both kids slept better in an upright position...car seat, bouncy seat and swing. We also had to put them on Alimentum formula. My daughter had pyloric stenosis and the formula switch mixed with rice cereal was a success! We persisted with her pediatrician and he referred us to a specialist. Mommy knows best! More than likely what you think is probably correct. Trust your God-given instincts! Good luck, it gets easier!

Lissa - posted on 03/10/2009

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Have you checked to see if your baby is tongue tied? Sometimes when they are they can't latch on properly and they suck a lot of air in as well as milk. This causes wind pocket that when they pop can cause babies to spill. It can present like reflux. It's easy to check the tongue and it would save you giving baby medicines and you guys having drama, with an unsettled treasure.



 



To check for tongue tie just look and see if baby's tongue is a heart shape the muscle underneath the tongue is attached to the tip of the tongue pulling it in tight. that's what makes the heart shape. All you have to do if it is tongue tie is just get the little muscle cut ansyour good to go. ;) good luck

Linda - posted on 03/10/2009

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Don't give up. My little one was like that and the dr keep telling me that I was crazy. I knew something was wrong too. Keep asking if you can try zantac. It won't hurt them if they don't have reflux and you will know within three days. They say 10 but trust me 3 days is all you need. Until then try maalox before feeding I believe it is 1/2 tsp. Last let her sleep in her car seat. Strap her in and put the car seat in the crib. The position really help the reflux. Trust me you will get through this. My little one didn't sleep for the first 3 months of her life.

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