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Reflux disease in my 8 week old son...

Posted by on Jan. 3, 2010 at 10:44 AM
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i have been having MAJOR issues the past month feeding my son. its like feeding is a tramatic experience to him or something. AND its very frustrating to my husband and I. My mom took my son over night on NYE & commenting on his eating after spending the night with William. So yesterday I was reading American Baby mag & ran across a lil article. It seems my son has all the signs & symptoms of reflux disease. He has fast/tense eating...he pulls back & fights the bottle while grimacing. He does NOT like to be on his back at all. Poor lil man has had chronic congestion & very noisy breathing. He gets the hiccups ALL the time and wakes up screaming. Being a 1st time mother I thought some babies were just like this until my mom said something isnt right with him. Yesterday I read the article on reflux disease & thought oh my goodness that my 8 week old son. I will be up at the butt crack of dawn calling his doc to get him in 2morrow to be seen. From what I have read they give babies Zantac. Does anyone have a baby or have had a baby with reflux diseaser any suggestions? I already feed him sitting up and do not lay him down 4 at least a half hour after feeding. n basically i have to carry him around in a carrier all day & night & when he naps I have to put him on his belly....HELP

         Look at my Lil man now!!! Only 7 weeks later

by on Jan. 3, 2010 at 10:44 AM
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lora2905
by on Jan. 3, 2010 at 10:48 AM

How early was your son? Was he in the NICU? Do you breastfeed or formula feed?

My son has is he was on Zantac and it didn't work. He was on prevacid and it worked for a little but not long. I have had to change my diet since I breastfeed and as he is getting older, it isn't as bad. Do you have a bed wedge for him to keep him at a 30 degree angle when sleeping? Tell your doctor you want to see a GI doctor. He will be the best for you and your son.

avpriddis
by on Jan. 3, 2010 at 11:37 AM

I don't remember what they put my dd on, but Zantac sounds familiar (or Zyrtec?).  Anyways, it does sound like reflux.  Try raising his mattress on one end.  We put a pillow under one end of the crib mattress and it helped a TON with sleeping better.  Also if you haven't yet get a humidifier for the congestion, it will help keep the passages open a bit more.  I know it's tough watching them go through that.  It took us a whole year before we figured out what was going on. 

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sahm_of_rj
by on Jan. 3, 2010 at 11:42 AM

My friend's little girl has reflux.  They had her on Zantac and later Prevacid I believe.  There are all kinds of tips and tricks to it, such as feeding them less and feeding them every 2 hours, keeping them elevated (like sitting in the swing) for 45 minutes after they've been fed, etc.  Hopefully your pediatrician will refer you to a specialist and you can get something going.  Poor baby, and poor mommy!  I know that can't be easy 

atlmom2
by Ruby Member on Jan. 3, 2010 at 12:37 PM

MY dd was born with it but not diagnosed until she was 4. 

phenomenallyMe
by on Jan. 3, 2010 at 12:50 PM

My 10 month old had it.  It can be quite frustrating.  Our dr suggested feeding him smaller bottles more frequently through out the day.  Also prop him up while sleeping, so he is not laying on his back.  My son seemed to do better in the vibrating chair (sitting up)or on his tummy.  Oh and you should have him sitting up for 30 mins after feeding.  We switched my son's formula to Enfamil AR which is for babies that frequently spit up.  Our son just gradually quit spitting up and has not had problems since he was 5 or 6 months old. 

We use the generic form of the formula.  I compared it to the walmart brand and it had all of the same ingredients plus walmarts is $10.00 cheaper for a big can. 


I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.  Mother Teresa
mom2ljh
by on Jan. 5, 2010 at 6:27 PM

My 2 1/2 year old has reflux.  He was on Zantac as a baby.  We used Nutramigen and thickened all bottles with Thick It.  It worked all right, but he's doing much better on Prevacid, which we started back in October after being off meds for over a year.

smallz711
by on Jan. 6, 2010 at 6:24 PM

thanx for the advice moms. i switched my son to soy formula because of the way he was fighting the milk so much on top of the gas & hiccups etc...he is doing a bit better with the soy and doesnt fight his feedings quite as much or as in tense. he absolutely HATES being on his back in anyway. he hates getting his diaper changed, hates when i give him a bath n he is on his back when i flip him over to wash his back and he is on his tummy he LOVES his bath. i put him on his belly for his naps when i can keep an on eye on him. he will NOT sleep on his back. At night I put him in a wedge and he sleeps on his side.

His pediatrician had him get an Upper G.I yesterday just to make sure he didnt have an obstruction. It came back fine thank god. I had to wait for that to come before the doc would prescribe anything. I am picking up his zantac later. As for now I have him on soy and i put gripe water in his bottles along with a lil bit of rice cereal.

MayhemMomma
by on Jan. 6, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Does your son ever fall asleep in his carseat? If so, you may want to consider getting this thing called a Nap Nanny. Its a bed for babies that is shaped kind of like a cars seat. It's around $150.00. If you looking for a cheaper alternative, and you have a baby swing, he can sleep in it. My son had Acid Reflux, and would scream like he was being tortured, every time I put him on his back. Even when I changed his diapers! I couldn't afford a Nap Nanny so he slept in his swing at night. I put the swing directly next to my bed, and he slept there till he was 4 months old. The only disadvantage is that eventually they outgrow the swing, and switching over to a bed can be difficult. Eventually, it all comes together, though, so hang in there.

busymomkristin
by Member on Jan. 6, 2010 at 10:00 PM

My son is now 9 and was born with reflux worse than the doctors had seen in a long time. I liked prilosec. You need to put something under his matress to keep him at an angel almost 90 degree and than put something around him so he doesn't slip down. Burp him an extra lot and give him small feedings more frequently. Yes don't lay him down after feedings and don't bounce him or have much movement after feeding. Also you can add cereal to his bottle to help things stay down.

DanielleK21
by on Jan. 6, 2010 at 10:05 PM

Try Enfamil AR Lipil it has rice starch in it which makes it thicker. My son has had to be on it for the last 3 months its wonderful and yes WIC does cover it with a perscripton from your pedi. They just dont like to tell you that. WIC will cover almost any brand with a perscription.  Id reccomend trying that before trying a medicine. KWIM.

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