Re: GERD in infants
Hello!! My first recommendation is to get your son to a pediatric gastroenterologist.
My almost five year old daughter had severe type 1 Acid reflux--Nearly four times worse than most adults who suffer from reflux, and was diagnosed at 2 months. She never spit up much, but it would cause her to aspirate, and stop breathing. This was at two months old. At three months old, she had her first anti-reflux surgery, after being on meds, and still aspirating. The Nissen Fundoplication is supposed to be a one time deal. It helped for nearly a year, and now at five years old, she possibly is going to need her NINTH surgery, and her sixth re-do fundoplication (three dilation surgeries)! I highly, highly recommend you finding a good gastroenterologist, and try anything and everything you can, and DO NOT let them push you into the surgery, unless everything else has been tried.
It doesn't sound like your son's is as severe, so hopefully surgery will never have to be an option.
Some things that we tried before her surgery was to thicken up the feeds. (She was nursed, so it made it kind of hard) When she had a bottle, we would put rice cereal in it, to where it was almost like a formula/breastmilk milkshake. Or, there is a formula for acid reflux...I think it's Enfamil AR.
We also put a wedge under her mattress, so she would sleep inclined.
Instead of feeding large meals, we would let her take sips all throughout the day.
Anyway, this hits close to home, so if you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me. Good luck to your little man, it's no fun!! Hang in there,