I take Layton to the pediatrician tommorow. He has reflux, so for the gastro. I have to keep track of when he eats, how much he spits up, how long he is fussy, etc. for this new double blind study to see if I qualify to let him try new medicine Fri. I swear all I do is take him to the Dr.

 I hope then I can get him on a schedule with naps and a bedtime before 12-1 am lol

Any advice with that girls? I can't seem to get him to sleep and he eats constantly! My pump rental broke so I hope they can give me a replacement tommorow too. 

Thanks much,

Connie 

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gspd
Feb. 5, 2007 at 12:49 AM ok...so check out www.doctoryourself.com and www.freedomyou.com when someone in my family has stomach problems I give them juiced cabbage about 2 to 4 oz of it....might try that??? not sure

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EmisM...
Feb. 5, 2007 at 12:54 AM

My daughter also had acid reflux, BAD!!  The first 4 months of her life she was miserable!!   Cried all the time, couldn't hold anything down, and would projectile vomit all the time.  Then, at 4 months, a miracle!  We put her on Axid, an acid reflux medication, and life was great.  She stayed on that medication until 12 months, and never had another problem.  The one or two times we tried to wean her off it to see if she was ready, she would start the crying again within a day or 2 and then the spitting up.  We'd put her back on it and she'd be fine again.  If we ever have another baby with this problem, I will insist he/she be put on Axid right away.  (Just FYI, we also tried some other acid reflux meds, but they all tasted so bad she would throw them up, even with the added artificial flavoring).   I know it's scary to put your baby on meds, but it seems cruel we let her suffer so long now that we know better. 

Good luck.  Any other questions about it, please ask.  I've looked into a lot of things about it.

 

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EmisM...
Feb. 5, 2007 at 12:56 AM Forgot to tell you, about 3 months we added rice to her bottles, which helped some (the thicker formula stays down better).  But, the schedule is never going to get easier.  The doctor recommends no more than 4 ounces each bottle, because anything more is likely to come back up.  So, that means that at 1 year, we are still trying to get Emily off the night bottle, because she simply could never take in enough during the day.  SORRY!!!

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Diva_...
Feb. 5, 2007 at 12:57 AM Hey girl!!  I am 100% for nursing, it is the best for your baby!  But, it sounds like he's not getting enough if he's eating constantly.  What I would do (and have done with my own) is supplement with either pumped breast milk or formula.  He may just be going through a growth spurt, and if that's the case, when nursing him he is actually building up your milk supply.  If your just pumping, it's possible that your milk supply has dropped (that's VERY common), and you may not be making/pumping enough to satisfy.  They have special formula for babies with reflux/spitting up.  It's VERY common with babies...........I would be VERY careful about giving him any meds at such a tender age.  Especially with a study........in a study they are using your baby like a genuie pig, and waiting to see what the results are of him using the meds.  You don't want to take any chances with any side effects or life long effects it may have.  I would try to reduce the amount with special formula.  One thing too, make sure to burp him very well while feeding him.  You may find that even though he does have reflux, if you feed him in little increments of 2-3oz at a time, and burp in between, that he may not spit up as much.  I don't know if that will help you, but it has helped me.  Good luck!

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justb...
Feb. 9, 2007 at 7:39 AM Keep nurning him I agree but if his reflux is that bad, he definately could use a little help.  He's also throwing up so much so of course he's going to want to eat more.  Hit little tummy hurts.  Whenever one of my 3 were sick, they were always more hungry if they threw up.  Formula and breast milk doens't last as long in the tummy as a meal does to a bigger child.  I applaud you for nursing and just keep hanging in there Mommy.  Also when you do get him to sleep try to elevate him a big to keep the acid from coming up in his throat.  That stomach acid probably hurts like heartburn and that is NOT a happy little one.

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nevae...
Feb. 9, 2007 at 11:49 AM

Hey there, I also had to go through what you are!! I took my daughter to Children's of Pittsburgh at the age of two months,  and had to put her through a bunch of testing. She has assperation and acid reflux!! So after that they decided to thicken her bottles with rice and put her on Zantac and Pepcid! It is helping tremendously!! No more projectile vommiting!!!!

 As far as schedule My daughter is now going to be 8 months on the 20th and she still isnt on a regular schedule!! It is hard with a crazy life to have your child on a schedual!!!

I was given some advise about eating issue and it helped a lot!! Give him some yogurt, it will make him fuller longer. Either give it to him with some juice in a bottle mixed, or just spoon feed some to him!! My daughter loves it!!

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nevae...
Feb. 9, 2007 at 11:49 AM

Hey there, I also had to go through what you are!! I took my daughter to Children's of Pittsburgh at the age of two months,  and had to put her through a bunch of testing. She has assperation and acid reflux!! So after that they decided to thicken her bottles with rice and put her on Zantac and Pepcid! It is helping tremendously!! No more projectile vommiting!!!!

 As far as schedule My daughter is now going to be 8 months on the 20th and she still isnt on a regular schedule!! It is hard with a crazy life to have your child on a schedual!!!

I was given some advise about eating issue and it helped a lot!! Give him some yogurt, it will make him fuller longer. Either give it to him with some juice in a bottle mixed, or just spoon feed some to him!! My daughter loves it!!

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bobbi...
Feb. 9, 2007 at 9:49 PM I have twins girls - just a few days older than Layton.  Ava was colicky with acid reflux too.  First, I was told to watch what I ate and drank while breastfeeding.  I had to watch my dairy intake. Now because I had twins I could not keep up breastfeeding and pumping for 2 - I tried and lasted about 2 months - so I had to suppliment with formula.  We went thru a few of them -Soy - Alimentum and Nutramigen.  The Nutramigen worked great but we still had a problem with her spitting up some.  We had to put her on 15mg Pepcid (1/2 tab a day - it was strawberry flavored quick disolve).  She is a whole new baby!!!  I dont like to give little babys meds but I really needed to do something before she did damage to her esophogus and belly from throwing up all the time.  Also, be careful of the rice cereal - it can be binding - ask doctor about single grain oatmeal.  And if you get any good tips on sleeping - I can use some - I know about the 1-2am!!!!

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redne...
Feb. 10, 2007 at 9:17 PM My youngest grandson which i am raising had reflux he was put on previcid which helped alot. They also put him on Isomal formula. He did really good on that he is going to be 10 months old and has no signs of reflux as some grows out of it . They also suggested putting rice cereal in his formula to thicken it a little which ididnt need to do hope everything goes well for you

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