Does anyone have any tips for dealing with infant reflux?

Deniece - posted on 07/19/2009 ( 37 moms have responded )

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I think my 5 week old daughter has reflux. She has all the signs, arching of the back while eating, wet burps, frequent hiccups, and sour breath. I'm calling the doctor tomorrow to see what can be done, but I wanted to know if anyone had to any tips in dealing with this. Also one more question...how old was your baby before you gave them rice cereal?

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Lorraine - posted on 02/27/2013

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tummy sleeping Or, i bought a "sleep sling" from the states. Elevated the crib mattress at probably 50 degrees. It's not a drug, safe for the baby and it Truly works. check it out!

Christine - posted on 07/19/2009

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Both my daughters had it. And neither spit up. My first was just very cranky when she would lay down. I am a Nurse Practitioner and I never thought. Luckily her Pediatrician did not believe in the ' colic' diagnosis and she had the xray test and it showed the reflux. Within 24 hours of starting Zantac she and I were sleeping much better. Plus I had to start putting rice cereal in her bottles. But it was so worth it. She felt much better and I did too knowing she wasn't hurting. I know alot of parents hate to medicate their kids but I can tell you from a professional standpoint that Zantac is very safe and it works so well with little side effects. Hope this helps

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My Abby had a problem and we tried everything! We finally decided to feed her less at a time and a little more often and it was like magic!

Shelle - posted on 07/24/2009

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From an expert, zantac three times daily and reglan before bottles and bedtime. Keep upright for 30 minutes after feeds. Keep at 30 degree angle in crib- there are wedges online. You may even get insurance to pay for it if your doctor writes you a prescription. One teaspoon of rice formula per ounce of formula. You will need different nipples for that. Frequent burping.

Mellissa - posted on 07/21/2009

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My son Zachary had issues with getting sick after meals found out that if you elevate them for 30 min to 1 hour after a feeding they are less likely to have the reflux issue. After a feeding I would let him sit in a bouncer chair or the swing for 30 min to 1 hour.

I nursed and didn't do the rice cereal. My Best Friend started supplementing with rice cereal at 8 weeks as her baby was really hungry.

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Jessica - posted on 10/17/2013

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My 7 week old since he was 4 weeks old has all the symptoms of Gerds so i took him to the docs and he gave me Zantac to give him twice a day so ive been giving it to him every 12 hours but it seems he needs it every 8 hours. My baby will screams when i try to feed him and shakes his head, spits up, has hiccups 4 to 5 times a day, didn't like laying on his back, sounds like he is spitting up and swallows it, arches his back and grunts and groans, has what they call "catnaps". Since ive started the zantac he sleeps now 3 to 4 hours at a time a night and has longer naps during the day and when feeding him now he doesn't scream so its about 90% better till around the 8 hour time hits. Im still waiting to see a peditirician to confirm its Gerds. Its hard to know if your doing the right thing by giving them the medication.

Brandi - posted on 02/18/2013

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Not every kid that has acid reflus can tk e meds to help it and some have it worse than others its not right that usaid what u did everyone can speack their oppion stop bein a no it all bitch and if u are on meds it can make it were u dont have any acid ive had it happen and plus how do u know if they have kids I have a 1 yr old and shes on mefs and they dont work ur not a doc so shut up if u cant be nice

Kristani - posted on 07/26/2009

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Also, switching to a soy formula may help. Ask first before changing any formula because it can give your child gas.

Kristani - posted on 07/26/2009

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Both of my children had reflux as well. It wasn't until the second one that I was informaed that there were two kinds of reflux: the kind you see, and the kind you don't see. A upper GI series could help, however, if your baby has the kind you don't see, (which is when it comes up into the throat and sits there, burning their throat) it's hard to catch on a UGI. the kind you see is of course when your child showers you with whatever they just drank. It's gross. One of my boys had one kind, and the other-the other kind. My second son was doing about the same things. He seemed so miserable, especially when we layed him down. I took it upon myself to make an appt with both the pediatrician and GI dr. The GI dr. is who fixed my poor kid. He put my son on a liquid dose of prevacid. He said I could give him a small amount of mylanta in the meantime (to neutralize the acid) My pediatrician suggested Karo syrup, but Gi dr said absolutely not bc it can make them constipated. Also, cereal helps. Your is still young, but I started mine on oatmeal cereal at 9 weeks-with a spoon! Yes, he took it! Don't give them rice, it will bind the stool and constipate your child. After the prevacid, little James was like a new kid! Ask about it. Hope this helps.

Kirsten - posted on 07/24/2009

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Veronica Knott - get off your high horse. We are talking about babies who have reflux. I had two babies that suffered from this, sometimes medication is the only thing that works... you probably don't even have kids...take your opinons elsewhere!

Holly - posted on 07/24/2009

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we used instant carobel by cow and gate its a natural thing rather than using gaviscon and it seemed to work for our daughter it thickens the milk so helps to keep it down it does usually get better when they get to sitting up age anyway

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If you are breast feeding, maybe write down what you are eating or drinking that might cause the situation to be worse or better at times. This might give you some ideas of what foods to stay away from. If you are bottle feeding, you might want to try special formulas such as Alamentum. It is much easier for the baby to digest.

I had to stop breast feeding my son at 3 months of age because of this and put him on a special formula. However, always follow what your doctor recommends! I hope everything works out for the best!

Lisa - posted on 07/23/2009

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It could be the formula. I changed my daughter to soymilk and that was the ticket.

Lana - posted on 07/23/2009

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Try Infant Gaviscon it comes in powder form from the Chemist and you do not need to swap and change formulas or stop brest feeding.It is also instant working and feed smaller amounts more frequently so as to not over fill bubs at any one feed

Jhody - posted on 07/22/2009

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I had a girl infant who she is now a 6 year olds healthy, smart, and beautiful. She had sever Gi issues whcih she would vomit up 1/2 the amount formula she would drink each time. She has bloody stools due to having allergic reactions even to hypoallergenic formula Nutramegen formula, which is what the MD's might do is to have you either switch to a soy based formula or a more broken down formula hypoallergenic formula .She was around 1 months when they started her on tagament I think it was 2-3 times a day-which help with the reflux and the pain the acid of reflux can cause. She was also 2 months when they told me to add rice to her formula. She was great after the tagement for the pain and help with the reflux but the rice cereal help alot to also helped keep it down.Around 6 months she stoped the meds and the rice in cereal. I now have a 9 month son and he has had no problems thank god!:) Good luck!!!!!

Vickie - posted on 07/22/2009

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My sons doctor thought that he also had acid reflux. The tests came back negative. He was then sent to an allergy doctor and we found out that he is allergic to the protein in the milk and has several food allergies. We switched his milk many many times trying to find something he could keep down. Thank goodness for Similac Alimentum. He is 2 1/2 and still drinks the stuff.

Isabel - posted on 07/22/2009

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Hi there,
My first daughter had reflux and it ended when I started giving her soy milk only!

Kelli - posted on 07/22/2009

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I have three girls, 14, 10 and 10 months. Yes, I am crazy. I gave all three of my girls rice cereal around 2 weeks old. I preferred that to medication. I hope all goes well and congratulations!

Krystle - posted on 07/22/2009

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My Son had the same thing from about three weeks. The doctor put him on zantac and it made a big difference. Now he is six months and eating solids so everything is staying down better I have now stoped the zantac. It was a life saver. Good luck

DonnaMarie - posted on 07/21/2009

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My son went through this and it was hell. We changed formulas, rocked him, cradled him, put him on the dryer ran the vacuum, drove around in the car we made him sleep in his car seat for the longest time (that helped alot). We ended up using Similac Alimentum formula (very expensive but we had it covered under insurance due to illness) and the dr. ended up putting him on zantac. He was a completely different baby after that. It took a few weeks to get adjusted to the 2 things but it was worth it. Also we used the dr. brown bpa free bottles. We also tried those over the counter gripe waters, and mylicon. Mylicon helped but never took away the reflux. Talk to your doctor and see what he/she says. Good luck and keep me posted on the outcome.

Trisha - posted on 07/21/2009

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my son had that and I had to change his formula to one with rice starch in it. It is perfectly fine to give your infant since she is probably not ready for cereal yet.

April - posted on 07/21/2009

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I found the the gas drops really worked. Both of my boys had it. I also gave my boys rice cereal in the bottle after 3 months and feeding them cereal at 4 months.

Janet - posted on 07/21/2009

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My daughter had reflux starting at birth. I elevated her mattress in the crib and let her sleep in the swing during the day. I also added rice cereal to her bottle at the age of about one month. I know this is early, but my second daughter was born with a heart defect and cried allot. Her cardiologist told me to start feeding her cereal at the age of 6 weeks and it helped her to calm down. The cereal help with the reflux also. I breast fed both of them and just pumped and added the cereal to that. Hope this helps.

Lindsey - posted on 07/21/2009

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Keep her elevated while feeding and in an upright position an hour after..try sitting her in a car seat. A hot water bottle also seemed to help my little girls belly

Michelle - posted on 07/21/2009

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By 5 weeks my son was bottle fed. When he started to reflux, the pediatrician instructed me to turn to a staydown formula for a couple of weeks. I used SMA staydown and it really worked. I started Zack on rice cereal when he was months old.

Beth - posted on 07/21/2009

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At my pediatrician's suggestion, we let my first-born sleep in his carseat for 5 months. That helped ease my mind; he would spit up a l lot, especially after the night-time feedings.

My second son had acid reflux so badly, he stopped breathing once while we were still in the hospital after his birth. We switched to a lactose-free formula and I went on a lactose-free diet, then started nursing again two weeks later. He never had a problem again.

Veronica - posted on 07/20/2009

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I just have to entirely disagree with so many people here about the drugs. Drugs cause so many issues and leave toxins in your system - why are people so fricken up the drugs a**es??? Im getting all bitchy here, but im so damn sick and tired of people resorting to drugs and surgeries too -- there are alternatives - healthy alternatives. Detoxifying your system, getting minerals and vitamins, and eating foods and taking certain herbs and supplements to 'heal', and support your health, and clean out your system, and give you what you need in your body. Our bodies can heal themselves, but when you stick crap in it, all that crap builds up somewhere and creates more problems. Does that make sense to anyone?? Our earth is not healthy anymore - you are not getting the same nutrients in food as we did years ago - there are too many pollutents and toxins in our soil, water, and air - which then goes into our food - why do you think there are soooooooo many epidemics out there, and cancer is one of the biggest ones. Do you know cancer feeds on acid -- lets balance our ph in our bodies and get the cancer gone. Seriously, if drugs were so good and helpful - why do people end up depending on drugs to "keep" them sustained? Why do you think people have to be switched from one to another, and most importantly how do you think so many have fatalities because of it? Drugs are toxins - who knows what they put in them. Listen to the commercials - if you take this med. you may end up with bloating, constipation, diarrhea, swollen glands, headaches, tiredness --- why would you want any of that??? Side affects to natural supplements, and vitamins, etc. : healthy, happy body and mind. Thats all i have to say -- please dont take too much offense to this - but im so tired of hearing it already.

Nancy - posted on 07/20/2009

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Zantac is a good medicine but a treatement (1 or more sessions) by a chiropractor helps best. (no medicines needed anymore!)

Elizabeth - posted on 07/20/2009

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My 5-mo old has had reflux since birth, he also has laryngomalacia (soft larynx) and that intensifies the reflux. He is on Zantac 3x a day, we keep him upright for 20-30 mins after feeding and elevated 20-30 degrees when sleeping. We also have been doing cereal in some of the bottles for about a month now. He is doing better but still suffers if he goes longer than 8-9 hours w/o medicine. In his first few months, we kept feedings small and more frequent. This helped too. Good luck, its not fun but they always grow out of it by one year or so, if not sooner.

Veronica - posted on 07/20/2009

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Ultimate Aloe Juice. It balances the ph in our bodies, it helps support the immune system, and helps repair and heal the digestive tract etc. I would highly recommend that you go natural because medications only cover up the symtom and not the problem. Plus the meds for reflux - heartburn, etc. strip away the acids, therefore the stomach will produce more and more acid, and before you know you end up with more problems - from ulcers, erosions and worse- cancer. Our Aloe Juice is 150% all natural, its been Certified by the International Aloe Council - and it tastes great - for children I would recommend the strawberry kiwi flavor. And yes your infant can drink it to. My son had thrush, I gave him the aloe and it went away - didnt have to do the meds. (He is 9mo. old)

Take care, and I hope you find what you are looking for and that your little one gets the relief she needs.

Veronica Knott, Independant Distributor of Market America

Eunice - posted on 07/19/2009

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My son was born at 32weeks and was in the NICU for 5 weeks . After being in the NICU for 2 weeks they did a ph probe test and it showed he had acid reflux. He had all the signs arching back, hiccups, crying like something hurt. They put him on ranitidine & zantac. Try keeping your daugther up right 20--30 minutes after every feeding & frequent burping too helps , & keep her head elevated when she sleeps. My son is already 7months still had acid reflux but its controlled with the medicine. Good luck

Siobhan - posted on 07/19/2009

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There are lots of things to do, sitting up 30 mins after feeding, always keep them on an angle, even while sleeping (wedge), if formula...there are thickened formulas, if BF (which is the best for reflux as it is a natural antacid) feed frequently (wear a sling if needed so babe can nurse frequently), the list goes on and on. My little guy was on Baby Zantac and started rice cereal at 4 months, that is when we weaned the zantac (we let him outgrow his dose) and he is doing wonderfully at 9 months now.

Katina - posted on 07/19/2009

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My son had reflux as an infant and Zantac worked wonders. We tried adding rice cereal 1st (didn't help). He went from vomiting 15+ times a feeding to 5-8 times per feeding. Once he started baby food the throwing up greatly diminished so we took him off Zantac. Unfortunately, once he started finger foods it come back with a vengence. He was then had an upper endoscopy that should the signs of beginning damage so we put him on Prolosec at 18 months. By 3 YO he was off the meds and we have had no future problems (he is now 5 1/2). I firmly believe if we hadn't entervened with meds he would have wound up with lasting damage from the reflux. Good luck!

Marihett - posted on 07/19/2009

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Try feeding her in a more sitting up position, with her head turned to you. My boy is now 6 months & I'm starting him only now on rice cereal.

Monique - posted on 07/19/2009

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My son was given ranitidine syrup to take @ 2 weeks old. The doctor also suggested thickening my breast milk so he started getting rice cereal @ 2 weeks. I gave him about 2 ounces of cereal with around 4 ounces of milk. He eventually grew out of it around 3 months but by then he was sleeping with me because that projectile vomiting and him waking up gasping for air terrified me.

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