C.S. asks from Krum, TX on July 18, 2008
Acid Reflux or Just His Personality? How Can We Get Some Sleep?!
Hi everyone, this is my first time on mamasource! I am the proud mama of a beautiful 7 week old baby boy...with bad acid reflux. He is on baby prilosec but he is still spits up a lot. It is so bad that I can't lay him down in his crib at night. I have a infant wedge and I have raised one side of the bed off the floor but it still doesn't help. He chokes on his spit up when we lay him down. He is overall a very uncomforrable baby. Sometimes I can't do anything but hold him. He likes to be up on my shoulder. Some days he is not happy anywhere but my shoulder! He doesn't cry all the time like colic, just when he is put down. He will stop crying instantly if you pick him up. He doesn't like his swing, bouncer, play mats, boppy...nothing but holding him works. I love holding him, but nothing is getting done around my house. At night I can have him in my arms alseep, put him down and he wakes up. It seems like he is so unhappy. It breaks my heart. I have to go back to work in 3 weeks so I need to figure something out! I don't know how I will be able to stay up all night then go to work everyday. We have tried rocking, not rocking, total quiet, cds, patting him, tv, no tv. I hope his acid reflux goes away because I know that is part of his problem, but is it the entire problem? His doctor says he can't be spoiled yet and I understnd babies like heartbeats. I have tried the heartbeat cd. Nothing works for him. I think so of his fussiness might be because he doesn't get enough sleep. How much should he be getting? He has also become strange about eating. Sometimes he will eat 3 ozs, sometimes 4ozs...and sometimes he will cry until I give him a 5th ozs! He wants to eat every 3 to 4 hours.
I would appreciate any ideas!
It is so hard to function without any sleep day or night!
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R.L. answers from Dallas on July 20, 2008
I second the advice on getting a sling. You will at least be able to get some stuff done around the house and he will be a much happier camper if you get one. I make & sell them so if you are interested let me know.
J.A. answers from Dallas on July 20, 2008
P.S. answers from Dallas on July 19, 2008
Looks like you have gotten some great answers, I have not read through them all, but something a much braver mom than I tried with my little one was to wrap her up tight (she enjoyed being swaddled) and placing her on her tummy in the swing, laid back as far as it could go. It would soothe her right to sleep.
J.T. answers from Dallas on July 19, 2008
Are you breastfeeding or on formula? Very important because if you're breastfeeding, he may be sensitive to something you're eating, if formula, he may need an alternative. There is no such thing as "baby Prilosec". It's the adult version just mg less. Proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec increases the rate of some infections, causes a B12 deficiency, and decreases the rate of absorption for iron and calcium. (Journal of Pediatrics, Vol 150, No. 3, March 2007: 262-267.)If you decide to take him off the Prilosec, (out of my scope of practice to tell you to take him off as a Chiropractor)do not take him off cold turkey. This can cause his acid pumps to go in overdrive and cause a rebound effect and cause things to become much worse now that his body is essentially addicted to the drug.
If you are breastfeeding, eliminate each of these for one week and see if there is any change: wheat, dairy, corn, eggs, soy and nuts. Some veggies like onions and brocolli can cause problems as well.
If you are giving formula he is most likely having a bad reaction to it like most babies do. The majority of formulas found at the grocery store are sometimes 55% corn syrup (corn is one of the most allergic grains) and soy rates right up there with it. Cow's milk should never be given to children until 1 year of age, and yet many formulas have it. Dr. Sears (pedi extraordinare) has a great alternative, goat's milk. If you can get raw goat's milk straight from the farm, it would be best, but the Meyenberg brand is wonderful too. Here's the recipe straight from Dr. Sears:
GOAT'S MILK FORMULA
MEYENBERG Instant POWDERED GOAT MILK BEGINNING FORMULA
Instant (12 oz container) Powdered Goat Milk
6 Scoops (84 g)
Water 36 oz.
Brown Rice Syrup 6 ½ Tbsp. 20 Calories (per oz.)
As baby matures during its first year, gradually increase ratio of powder to water until whole milk level is reached. Discontinue adding rice syrup (carbohydrates).
Goat milk is the closest we can get to human milk. But, it does lack as much carbohydrate needed for infants, that's why you add the brown rice syrup. Do not add corn syrup or table sugar as a carb, to high on glycemic index and will cause insulin levels to increase rapidly.
I would also add an infant liquid multivitamin like Polyvisol, an infant Omega-3, and a powdered probiotic for better gut flora (will increase immune system function and aid in digestion). If you start on this regimine right away, he will be much better by the time you re-enter into the workforce.
If you're breastfeeding right now, the goat's milk formula will be a good supplemental formula if you're unable to pump effectively for his entire nutrition.
Also, if you're in the Plano area, your son will also benefit from chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic adjustments will aid in recovery by gently aligning you son's spine to allow the nervous system to function properly. The nervous system controls and coordinates every function in the body, including digestion and acid production in the stomach. If there is an underlying interference in that region, the remedies that I gave you will have some effect, but the cause has not been addressed. If you don't live in the Plano/North Dallas area, i can refer you to a great Chiropractor in your area to get your son a nervous system check up.
Good luck and email directly with any questions you may have at: ____@____.com.
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J.L. answers from Dallas on July 24, 2008
Wow you have had a TON of responses so I will be brief. My daughter suffered from reflux but not to the extent of your little son. I took her to see a specialist who prescribed two different medications that stopped being effective. I ended up taking her to the chiropractor on the advice of her pediatrician because there is a bone in the body that if it is out of alignment it can put pressure on the esophagus and cause reflux. Its been a few weeks of adjustments four days a week and I have definitely seen improvements. I would absolutely recommend this especially since it could mean no more medicine and better sleep! My daughter's chiropractor is fabulous, I love her!!! Her name is Doctor Melissa Shelton and you can visit her website at: http://www.drmelissashelton.com/
M.R. answers from Dallas on July 19, 2008
My youngest had acid reflux and colic at 7 wks and had acid reflux(projectile) until 15 months, So I feel your pain. We switched formulas a few times. Hyland's Colic tablets, little tummies gas drops, Zantac and prosobee formula is what helped.
They only way he would sleep was in the swing and on his tummy w/a paci. burp him every ounce or so. I would NOT give him more than 3-4 ounces at his age and he never drank more than 6 oz at the most.
Keep him elevated at least 1 hr after he eats. Keep him elevated as much as possible. He will grow out of it.
I hope this helps.
A.M. answers from Dallas on July 18, 2008
My story sounds the same as the rest, so I won't repeat. What I will mention is that the drugs (prilosec, prevacid, ect) don't stop the reflux from happening, they just kill the acid. What worked better than anything to make my son more comfortable (other than meds) was a product called Simply Thick. You add it to their milk and it makes it closer to the consistancy of a milkshake. It works wonders and it is better than mixing with rice cereal which can cause problems.
Also, until my son was about 3 months old, he slept on my chest and I slept with pillows keeping me elevated. At around 3 months, we got his problems under control and I was able to get him to sleep in an elevated bassinet.
One more thing that helped, I got a hotsling and he was comforted by riding in that during the day. The first time he ever slept for a solid 5 hours was the day I got my hotsling.
You aren't alone in this!
C.C. answers from Dallas on July 19, 2008
I took me over a year to get my 3yr old DD to sleep through the night in her own bed. Do to medical, her high spirit and we don't know what we are doing... She was born to months early and spent 25 days in the hospital. I could go feed her every 3hrs. Sometimes while I was feeding here she would do the project/vomit, they would try and tell me it was normal baby spit up. I have worked with babies before and never seen it with such force. About two weeks after she got home she started crying more and more. The ped kept telling me it was colic, I kept pushing. They eventually put her on different reflex meds, they didn't work then sent her to childrens medical center for a swallow study. There was a muscle in the throat that was not fully developed (strong enough), from being premiee or the tube down her throat and it didn't close while drinking/sucking. They thinked her formula - allergic to food thickner so we used AR formula wich is used for babies with reflux. She also had her extremly large tonsiles removed last month.
L.J. answers from Dallas on July 19, 2008
I would say it is his personality. If it was acid reflux he would have projectile spit ups and you would know it. The best thing to do is just hold him. I am a mother of four children and I have OCD when it comes to having everything in it's place and the house has to be spotless all of the time. Not good; any how, he will be little once and you do have to go back to work. Your house can wait, the mess will be there everyday again even if you clean it up. Just hold him and share this time w/ him and be there every moment. One day he will be older and want to go and be w/ his friends and you'll be last in his life but first in his heart still. Just hold him however he wants to be held and know you are comforting him every second of every moment he requires you to be there for him.
E.C. answers from Dallas on July 19, 2008
My daughter was the same way. She ended up sleeping in her battery operated swing at night, near our bed. She slept there until she was about 6 and a half months old. Then we transitioned her to a portable crib in our room. When she could easily roll over from back to front we moved her into her own room and her crib there. That swing was a life saver in the early months. By the way, we used rechargable batteries for the swing.
M.B. answers from Dallas on July 20, 2008
Our daughter had the same type situation. She had very bad reflux and was on pediatric Zantac (8 years ago). She would spit up often and a lot. Our pediatrician told us to be still when feeding her (not rock), make sure she was upright, then after burping her, we held her for 1 hour on our chest while she slept. This kept her upright long enough for her formula not to come back up.
They told us to keep her out of the swing and bouncy chair until she was older and the reflux was better or gone.
I hope this helps. This will pass. Good luck.