Reflux?

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Reflux?
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Sat, 12-04-2010 - 10:25am

Has anyone dealt with reflux with their little one? I'm pretty convinced that Evan has it - he cries after feeding pretty much every time, when he cries he arches his back like he's in pain, it's hard to console him (or impossible!), and he spits up quite a bit/multiple times. Once he spits up, he seems to feel better.

We have tried the positioning techniques: feeding him more upright (when feeding with a bottle), burping throughout the feed, keeping him upright for 20-30 minutes after a feed, and having him sleep on an incline. It doesn't seem to be helping much, and i just feel so bad for the little guy!

Does anyone have any other tips? I really don't want to put him on medication if I don't have too, but if it's still like this by our next pediatrician appointment we might have to go that route.





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Registered: 04-29-2008
In reply to: cassiopeiae
Thu, 12-09-2010 - 2:19pm

My Evan had mild reflux in the beginning and somehow we figured out it was because I was eating a lot of peppermints/breath mints.

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Registered: 04-22-2006
In reply to: cassiopeiae
Tue, 12-07-2010 - 9:46pm

Thanks for this, Melissa. Evan has a good chunk of the symptoms listed, but sometimes worse than others. It's a bit confusing, but I'm pretty convinced it's reflux. One thing I don't get is he doesn't seem to have the same problems at night. He goes to sleep pretty easily after feeding and doesn't fuss like he does during the day.





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In reply to: cassiopeiae
Mon, 12-06-2010 - 5:40pm

I pulled some info that the former CL of Reflux put together.

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Registered: 04-22-2006
In reply to: cassiopeiae
Mon, 12-06-2010 - 4:44pm
Megan - I'm glad to hear that the Zantac helped Ry! Too bad it took 7 months for the doctors to figure out what was going on though. How frustrating! We're going to see how the next couple weeks go, then follow up with the pediatrician again then. He's gaining weight really well and the positioning techniques seem to help (though not get rid of everything), so we're hoping he'll just grow out of it.

Adrienne - I know what you mean about not being able to tell the difference between him wanting to eat because he's hungry or because it's for comfort.




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Registered: 09-08-2007
In reply to: cassiopeiae
Mon, 12-06-2010 - 3:09pm

I think James might have a slight case as well (or just gas, idk)--he spits up a lot and often cries if we try to lay him down after eating.

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In reply to: cassiopeiae
Mon, 12-06-2010 - 2:57pm

Our poor little guy had undiagnosed reflux for 7 (I think?) months. He spat up a lot, did the whole back-arching thing like you're describing, and our ped said he didn't think it was serious enough. Ry went to an ENT at 7 months to get a scope to check on his laryngomalacia, and the ENT found acid damage all up and down his poor little throat :(. He put him on Zantac and things have been much better since. He also started putting on weight after he went on the Zantac, probably because he could actually hold his food down!

Anyway, I totally understand not wanting to medicate your little one. I, personally, don't like to give Ry anything unless I'm absolutely convinced it's necessary, but I think reflux medication can be very helpful for little ones, and he won't be on it forever. You can ask your ped to start with a low dose of Zantac, and then up it or switch to something stronger like Prevacid or Axid if that doesn't work.

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Registered: 11-01-2005
In reply to: cassiopeiae
Sun, 12-05-2010 - 11:28am
Maxim was predictably crabby from about 9-11 every night in the early months. When he finally moved to an earlier bedtime, his predictable crabby time is now between 5:30 and 7:00, and his bath is the only thing that soothes him and its fun for him too. Its worse if he has a bad nap day. Its totally normal for most babies to have fussy periods for the first 3 months or so.

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Registered: 04-22-2006
In reply to: cassiopeiae
Sun, 12-05-2010 - 10:13am
Thanks for the suggestions, ladies. I did talk to our pediatrician about it last week, and she said to keep trying to positional things because she doesn't like giving medication to babies if they don't need it (I already like her!). We also don't think it's a food intolerance because he doesn't show any other symptoms of one (rashes, diarrhea/constipation, etc.).

Anyway, we'll keep trying things - sometimes they work really well, other times not so much. So maybe he's just grumpy at certain times or something!!




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In reply to: cassiopeiae
Sat, 12-04-2010 - 7:09pm

Ray was a reflux baby... but that was 7 years ago... so much has changed...

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In reply to: cassiopeiae
Sat, 12-04-2010 - 11:15am

I dont have any experience with reflux but have you tried any sort of elimination diet yet?

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