A.M. asks from Boynton Beach, FL on April 03, 2007
Acid Reflux - Boynton Beach,FL
My daughter is 4 1/2 weeks old and I believe she has acid reflux. She throws her head way back, wont lay on her back, gets terrible gas,gets very cranky and wont stop crying... the list goes on and on. Antway, she is now on zantac and i give her gripe water occasionally. Does anyone have any other suggestions.
J.J. answers from Boca Raton on April 07, 2007
C.J. answers from Orlando on April 05, 2007
My daughter suffered from GERD. She also was on Zantac. There were a few things that I've done to try to calm her digestive system. One thing that did work was that instead of plain water to prepare her milk; I boiled 2 tbl of rice with 1 cup of water until the starch was visible in the water. I then used the starch water to prepare her formula. There is also a formula that contains the rice starch as well "Enfamil AR". You might want to try that, my daughter has never thrown up that formula.
S.S. answers from Miami on April 05, 2007
my son was the same way... and he was put on zantac at 3 wks of age. my best advice to you is this... burp her very well and keep that medication consistant. it takes about a week for you to notice any improvement. my son started to eat more, meaning that he wasn't having gas pains and stomach problems. I never used the gripe water, but i heard it was pretty good. I would stick to the medication only, and not use ther gripe water anymore, just to make sure that the meds are working and your not giving her too much. i used the playtex bottles with the bags, which reduced the amount of air he was ingesting, which I think helped a bunch too. Big thing, burp her very well cause those gas bubbles hurt them so much sometimes. it wouldn't hurt her to cuddle and pat her back for 45 minutes after feeding to make sure all the burps are out of her. Also, I was told to keep them sitting in an upright position so that the milk will be held down by gravity and if they do throw up, it's not too much.
Hope this helps and good luck. Just remember, keep the meds consistant and give it at least a week before you change it.
M.R. answers from Boca Raton on April 04, 2007
My son suffered from same thing and we had to change his formula many times plus i had to buy the wedge thing for him to sleep with his head a bit raised and also we bought a humidifier. He's 12 months now and all that is history, thank God. Just know that it willbe history for you too. I didnt give him that zantac b/c it used to make his constipation even worse so i just dealt with it by changing formulas which helped a bit but not entirely. My ped kept saying he'll grow out of it but i was so frustrated and desperate!! Now i know he was right. Just be patient and continue doing what ur doing. I can sell you the wedge for $5 if you want, I've been selling all the baby stuff b/c i'm a sahm.
Good luck and it will pass, just hang in there.
C.T. answers from Boca Raton on April 04, 2007
Try to elevate her bedding with a folded blanket or a simi flattened pillow.. this is good for ear aches too.. Doctors usually don't tell you give them anything but their formula.. have you considered changing her formula? the water may fill her up when she's hungry... try feeding her less formula more often.. or even adding a little bit of rice cereal in her formula to thicken it up.. sorry i have different tactics.. hope they are of help.. Best of luck!!
M.M. answers from Boca Raton on May 04, 2007
I had the same problem. My daughter always threw up ocassionally making a sour face as if it burned.I brought it to her doctors attention, so she prescribed zantac. I think it didnt do her any good, infact she threw up right after I gave it to her. I took her off it. Shetold me to try to put cereal in her milk to make it thicker, and hold her head up as I fed her and for about 15 min after she ate. Dont lay her down right away. She still kept on throwing up. The doctor then recommended I change her milk and see which one suited her better. I changed her to Enfamil prosobee lipil (soy milk) with the blue label. Over the weeks she threw up less, and as she got older it stopped. There are other types of Enfamil you can try. There is one with the peach or pinkish colored label called Enfamil A.R. LIPIL. This one is thickend to help baby keep down formula.
B.H. answers from Melbourne on April 05, 2007
hello, my son lived, and i mean lived in his swing. it was the only thing that kept him some what happy. also, i added rice cereal to his bottle at every meal and that helped tons. he has grown out of it and he was about a year when that happened. goodluck and remember patience is a virture and batteries for the swing are a must. lol
M.S. answers from Orlando on April 05, 2007
my son had it really bad. he was on zantac before he was one month old. he would projectile vomit after almost every feeding if i layed him down to early. i normally had to carry him after feeding and keep him in an upright position for at least an hour. if i dindn't he'd vomit. i'd even have to wait to change his diaper. if i layed him down to change his diaper he would start to cry in pain or just vomit, which would make him hurt as well. i even breastfed for 6 months. i didn't have the option of changing formula's. i even had to breastfeed in a wierd way to keep him upright during feeding or he would vomit all over me. i did have to watch carefully what i ate. i couldn't drink coffee, have anything with red sauce, spicy, etc. i had a very plain diet until he outgrew it. you daughter will do that soon. i also gave him alot of the gas drops after almost every feeding. along with the zantac. it does help reduce the acid and gas. just keep her upright after feedings and like everyone else says prop elevate her bed.
M.A. answers from Orlando on April 05, 2007
Hi A.! Congratulations on your new little one! I am sorry to hear she is having intestinal problems, though. Our son had reflux too. He is 5 months old now and has pretty much outgrown it. The challenge at that age is that their intestines haven't developed enough and even if you are exclusively breastfeeding, the baby will have a difficult time digesting.
We only gave him Zantac a couple of times because we really hated to give him medicine. We did use the GripeWater more and it worked much better for us than the Mylicon drops (and it is better for baby supposedly). I would recommend sticking with the GripeWater consistenly and make sure you burp her very well before and after each feeding. This will help eliminate gas bubbles. Also, bicycle her legs and hold them to her body so that she has to push out with them. This is another great way to get rid of those gas bubbles. I also recommend reclining her bassinet or crib mattress so that her food doesn't gravitate up and so she doesn't choke when she spits up.
We didn't find any miracle cure and he still cried a lot, especially in the evenings. Rest assured, though, that it will take time, but she will be a happy, reflux-free baby before long. She just has to develop those intestines!
One more thing, if you are using formula, there may be a sensitivity or allergy, so consider switching to a different brand or type (soy, etc.) Best of luck. Hang in there! A few more weeks and she will start smiling! :)
H.G. answers from Fort Myers on April 04, 2007
i would say try gas drops enykind would work(in the baby isle)! my baby was very gassey! they worked wonders!