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Babies Encyclopedia: What can be done for a baby that has acid reflux?

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Asked by CafeMom Team at 2:23 PM on Sep. 10, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • medication prescribed by a doctor

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 2:25 PM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • Do you mean reflux? My ped gave me medication for it. It helped a little, but really it took her growing out of it for it to really go away. She also was switched to a formula for babies who throw up a lot.

    Answer by Musicmom80 at 2:25 PM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • Zantac will relieve the symptoms as well as putting a little cereal in the bottle.

    Answer by SWEETPEAS3MOM at 2:26 PM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • Gripe water helped mine some, try to find ones made without sodium bicarbonate. I also kept my girls upright for about 30 minutes after they ate, and keeping one end of their crib mattress elevated seemed to help some.

    Answer by MagnoliaQueen at 2:26 PM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • try to keep them upright for a while after they eat and you can put a wedge under the top of the crib mattress so they can sleep on an incline.

    Answer by foxracing43701 at 2:26 PM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • I'm a grandma and it seems like so many moms today think their baby has acid reflux. I think the first thing to do is to take your baby to the doctor. Acid reflux can cause damage to anything it touches up to and including the back of the throat. The baby can gag and get acid in it's lungs and that can be very serious. If your baby has serious acid reflux it needs to be diagnosed and treated.

    Here is what Dr. Bill Sears (Ask Dr. Sears) says to do: keep baby upright after feeding, offer small feedings frequently, feed tummy-friendly milk (breastmilk or hypoallergenic formula), position your baby for comfortable sleep, and get support. Notice feeding cereal is not recommended.


    Answer by Gailll at 3:03 PM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • Breast feed your baby.

    Answer by happy2bmom25 at 3:45 PM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • There are a few things you can try before medication: elevate the head of a baby's crib or bassinet, Hold the baby upright for 30 minutes after feeding, thicking bottle feedings with cereal(dont do without doctor supervsion), change feeding schedule consult with doctor first, and maybe even try solid foods(discuss with doctor first) My friend used gripe water and it helped a little bit :)

    Answer by Brittney20 at 4:37 PM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • hold your baby upright during and after feeding

    Answer by bamakat at 4:56 PM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • Breastmilk does help soothe the burn. Also meds such as Zantac or Axid are the first line of defense. After those fail, you would move on to PPI's such as prevacid.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 5:07 PM on Sep. 10, 2010

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