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    Old 11-02-2005, 06:47 PM   #1
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    Acid Reflux in Baby

    I went to the Dr. today because the baby just doesnt' stop crying sometimes for hours. She could fall asleep and as soon as I put her in the crib she starts to cry. The Dr. thinks she might have acid reflux so she gave me a prescription for Zantec. Has anybody gone through this or know someone who hass?

    How long does it take to get results? I feel SOOOOOOOO bad for my Babygirl!!

     
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    Old 11-02-2005, 06:54 PM   #2
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    Re: Acid Reflux in Baby

    reflux is common in babies, because they spit up all day, and by the evening time their throats hurt them, and that is the reason they get more cranky at night. The zantac will take a few days to work. good luck to you, you are definatly not alone.

     
    Old 11-03-2005, 07:33 AM   #3
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    Re: Acid Reflux in Baby

    I think that reflux is pretty common. We thought ds had it, because of his night wakings, but it turned out to not be reflux ( just a baby that doesn't sleep), but I was told it takes a few days to work too. In fact, people that gave it to their kids that had it, said it worked like a miracle drug, hope she feels better soon!

     
    Old 11-03-2005, 06:00 PM   #4
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    Re: Acid Reflux in Baby

    My sons now 4 months and was diagnosed with reflux when he was around 1 month. He was put on Zantac and Enfamil AR (added rice) Within about 3 days we had a completly different baby! I was a little concerned about the Zantac though. I did loads of research on it as far as being given to infants. I couldn't find anything bad, but the earliest studies were only a few years ago, so they really don't know the long term effects. We decided to give it a try because we really had to do something to help him. Like I said it really seemed to help.

    He was on it for a month when we went on vacation. Our routine was all messed up and we kept forgetting to give it to him. But he seemed absolutley fine without it. so we decided to keep him off. He continued to be fine without it. A month ago we tried to wean him from the Enfamil AR. That was a mistake!! All his synptoms came back. I did a very gradual switch also, and it seemed the less AR he got the worse he got. We went right back to the AR and again he's been 100% fine.

    So our miracle cure ended up being the formula and not the drug!

    Gripe water also did wonders for us!

     
    Old 11-03-2005, 06:20 PM   #5
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    I have to agree. My twins both had reflux and the doctors tried to put them all tons of meds. It turned out different when I added cereal to thicken the formula and it started to stay down. Also I got a tip from my friend with twins. She suggest that I rolled up a towel and put it under the mattress of the crib to raise the mattress. So when I put them to bed their heads were at the top and the formula would stay down and they slept sound. Before the cereal I would literally have to cover my floors in towels, it was THAT bad. My daughter was two weeks old when I was putting tablespoons of cereal in her formula. They had me on Nutramigen but they changed when they turned about two months old. It finally completly stopped. Now being a mother I have the relux. hahaha Good luck, this will be a thing of the past soon I hope.
    Ps. did they do an upper GI on your daughter yet? This is were they give her barium and watch if it comes back up? They see of the flap is closing in her throat. It's painless but can tell you alot.

     
    Old 11-03-2005, 07:21 PM   #6
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    Re: Acid Reflux in Baby

    Thanks for the input. I tarted the meds today and hope to see a change. The dr. didn't mention anything about changing to a different enfamil. i am on the regular kind now. I hope it works. She doesn't spit up hardly ever, so I am not sure if it even is reflux. Now is the waiting game.

    For those who have been through this, how long until u saw a change?

     
    Old 11-03-2005, 07:56 PM   #7
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    Re: Acid Reflux in Baby

    You might also try having her sleep in her carseat, her swing, propped on her side or on her tummy. Most babies, even those without reflux (but reflux does make it much worse) do not sleep very well flat on their backs.

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    Old 11-05-2005, 11:28 AM   #8
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    Re: Acid Reflux in Baby

    My DD was diagnosed with reflux at 3 weeks. They put her on zantac and reglan. We also added the rice cereal.We couldn't use the Enfimal AR. It made it really hard for her to go to the bathroom. She would cry every time. We found out that she had it because one morning she woke up and she sounded like she was getting sick. Like she was trying to cough something up and couldn't. Then she started the projectile vomiting. We took her to her ped and they immediately sent us to the hosptial for blood test, chest xray, and an upper GI. They wanted to rule out pnemouia and all that first. The upper GI came back positve and they called us that night at like 8pm when they found out. Told us they wanted her to start zantac, reglan and the rice cereal asap. They called them in and wanted us to start them that night. After a couple of days she was doing great. So we just used rice cereal and mixed it myself in her formula. She was on the meds until she was nine months old and they took her off of them. Well all the sudden she started having alot of problems with ear infections and i felt like my doctor wasn't doing anything for her. I am talking like 6 within a month and half. So i took her to another ped and they suggested putting her back on the zantac and see what happens to her ear infections then and the fluid that sits in her ears all the time. They believe that she still has reflux and it contriduting to the fluid sitting in her ears. We just started back on the zantac. We were told by her 1st ped that she would grow out of the reflux. They told us by around nine months they usually grow out of it. By then they are sitting up and eating heavier foods. Now i am worried that since she hasn't that it will be something that she always has to deal with. I was wondering if anyone knows how long this should go one and if it is something that she will always have to deal with?

     
    Old 11-06-2005, 01:13 AM   #9
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    Re: Acid Reflux in Baby

    My 11 week old has silent reflux and I was told to not put her in her carseat ( she hates it anyways) nor bouncy chair or swing for long periods of time. I guess it puts pressure on their tummy. Her doc is against giving her meds despite my insistance. I was told to have her spend as much time on her tummy on the floor to help strengthen her tummy muscles. I was also advised to raise her crib at the head. The specialist I saw told me not to introduce food or cereal to her until 6 months which contradicted her doctor telling me to feed her jarred food at 4 months. If anyone has had some success with dealing with reflux I'd love some advice.The one thing I did find that helped was keeping her upright for 30-45 mins after she's ate. She also has an allergy to milk and soya based products and is on a hypoallergenic formula - enfamil nutramigen. The nutramigen helped with the diarrhea and screaming for hours but she is still refluxing .Is there a safe doseage for over the counter antacids or herbal remedies for a child so young with reflux?

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    Old 11-06-2005, 04:17 PM   #10
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    Re: Acid Reflux in Baby

    We were always told to keep her in an upright position. We kept our daughter in a swing all the time and she slept in her carseat or the swing alot when she was little. We adjusted it so that she wasn't sitting straight up, but that her upper body was elvated a little. I can't believe your doctor won't give her the meds she needs. I am sorry this was a very scary thing for me. Until my DS meds started working the projectile vomiting was horrible and the crying was just heart breaking. She was in so much discomfort. For the not puting her in her carseat or the swing. I thanked god a few times that she was in the swing when she did the projectile vomiting. If she wouldn't of been she probably would have choked so bad she would of stopped breathing. We started a tablespoon of rice cereal for every 4 oz of formula at like a month old which our ped had us do. Then she had us start soild baby foods a four months. For any of the herbal remedies or anything i don't know. I think i would be seeing another doctor for a second opinion.

     
    Old 11-06-2005, 07:51 PM   #11
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    Re: Acid Reflux in Baby

    Thanks brwneyez. I was thinking about getting her another doctor. I have had issues with her doctor before about her food allergies and nagged her to send my daughter to a specialists.It took 3 visits and a trip to emerg to get her to liesten to me on the food issue. It's frustrating when a doctor blows you off. My daughter whimpers in her sleep sometimes from the reflux and it just breaks my heart.

     
    Old 11-07-2005, 08:20 AM   #12
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    Re: Acid Reflux in Baby

    I'm not going to post this without putting a huge disclaimer on it...DON'T TRY WITHOUT RESEARCH AND TALKING TO A DOCTOR.....but has anyone tried any kind of herbal remedies. I only ask because when I was a baby I had terrible stomach problems. Projectile vomiting everywhere and my mother couldn't get me to keep anything down. The doctors actually diagnosed me as a "failure to thrive" baby because everything I ate came right back out. After trying everything the doctors gave her my mother actually listened to my grandmother, who had 7 kids, and started putting a tiny bit of peppermint in my milk and my mom said she never looked back. The vomiting stopped and I shot right up to normal shortly after.

    Again, I'm not saying to go and try it. Aside from allergies in some people strong menthol can cause jaundice in some and can cause babies to choke. Some people recommend dissolving a milder candy in water as opposed to the strong oil. It may be something to ask about anyway. Chamomile is supposed to work similarily as well and is more recommended than peppermint these days.

     
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