W.C. asks from Littleton, CO on June 05, 2008
Thanks for the responses. I thought burping after a bottle was normal for a nine month old! However, yesterday while I was at the doctors office for their 9 mos well baby check, my daughter burped (I had just feed them before the appointment) and the doctor said that they shouldn't still burp after a feeding. I told her that they burp after every meal! Sometimes 3 or 4 times. I told her if they don't burp after their last evening bottle, and I put them down for the night, then they both wake up screaming. I just pick them up, and right away they burp. Then I immediately place them back down and they go right back to sleep. The doctor said that this is not normal. I questioned her, but she said "Do you burp after you eat?" I said, "no, but I'm not drinking out of a bottle." The whole issue came up, because, both of them have never had an interest in baby food, and Ben has been vomiting whenever I put something chuncky in his mouth, like a piece of banana. Alos, my daughter had infant reflex as a newborn until she was 3 months old. I stopped the prevacid, but my doctor thinks she might still need it, because of her disinterest in baby food and her burping. Also, I should mention that when I put them on the floor after a feeding, and they are playing on their tummy's, they do spit up. She suggested putting both of them on Prevacid and seeing what happens. I guess it can't hurt. Any advice?
H.G. answers from Denver on June 06, 2008
The way I see it, burping is natural- everybody does it, some, more than others. My husband burps after meal and then some- I hardly ever have to burp, but the fact remains- it's normal and natural. So why introduce something that is not natural (in this case, prevacid) to stop something that is normal? I am a bit perplexed at why your doctor is recommending a drug for something as simple as burping. I would be curious if there was something else fueling his recommendation (like an incentive from the drug company or pharmasuetical rep- trust me, it happens more than it should!) If I were in your position, I would find another Doctor- one who is a lot more naturally minded and sees themselves as a care provider, not a drug pusher.
Also, it is normal for babies to not be interested in food until after their 2nd birthday. My daughter is 14 months old and hardly eats any solid food. She breastfeeds when she wants, and this works for her, she is perfectly happy and healthy. Yesturday, she ate 3 strawberries, 1/2 a banana and a cracker for lunch , today- nothing... that's just the way it goes. I wouldn't worry too much about your babies not eating solid food- they will eat when the time is right. As long as you can see that they are thriving (not going by what the doctor says or by the percentile charts) then don't worry!
I think, from what you've said, that your babies are fine and don't need to be on medications for burping. Trust your instincts, and listen to your heart!
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V.W. answers from Salt Lake City on June 06, 2008
Burping is a part of life!! I am not a professional, nor do I have burping md at the back of my name, but I don't think that should be a problem. Burp your kiddos! As for laying on their tummy and having some spit up, who doesn't? When I eat a large meal I can't lay on my tummy and feel comfortable either. I'd say that is totally normal! Putting your babies on prevacid is NOT NORMAL, despite what the doc says. Look at the side effects list and ask yourself if you want your baby to have side effects from an adult medication. No trials have ever been done on infants because that is not allowed. The drug pushers are testing them out on the babies of this medication happy country and it hasn't been going on long enough to know the side effects that would not reveal until later in life. I'd obviously urge strongly against the prevacid. Burp your babies, don't lay them on their tummies right after a meal and for heaven's sake get a second doctor opinion before putting an infant on a medication. There are natural products that can help with spit up babies. Aloe drink is one of them. It is a PLANT, we put it on our outside owies and it is just as good on the inside ones as well.
Take control girl!! You sound like a terrific mom! Let them burp and be burped!
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L.P. answers from Missoula on June 06, 2008
I would totally go with your gut. If your babies are gaining weight, developing normally, and otherwise healthy, I would not give them medicine. There is some research out there about over-diagnosing acid reflux and although I don't know the numbers, it stated that most doctors would flippantly label a child as acid reflux. Get a second opinion and remember it's better to burp and taste it than fart and waste it!
L.W. answers from Salt Lake City on June 06, 2008
umm, i think your doctor is crazy. burping isn't normal???? what the heck, yes it is i burp! and you are your childrens mom, and you know what is best for them. i would not put my kid on drugs because she was burping. crazy!
D.F. answers from Pueblo on June 06, 2008
Sometimes doctors say and do things that makes me scratch my head....then I ignore them. Not always, but in this case I would.
My son will be 2 in a few days. Guess what? He STILL burps when he drinks and oftentimes after a meal. I'm 32 and even I still burp after I drink (though not all the time, of course).
All a burp is is the expulsion of excess air that's accompanied food into the stomach. I don't really understand why a doctor would find this so troubling.
S.L. answers from Colorado Springs on June 10, 2008
My daughter is nine months old, breastfed, and still burps after meals (usually in the evening). I wouldn't use meds if that is the reason.
If your little ones are growing well, meeting milestones, gaining with each appointment, even if just a little bit, etc., I would not put them on medication. Spitting up when put on the tummy just means that tummy is full.
BTW, my son was on Prevacid and Reglan as a tiny baby, because his reflux caused him intense pain (he would scream from the acid) and often caused him to stop breathing completely. His was extreme, but I still took him off the meds as soon as he improved. So I'm not against using medication when it is necessary, but it doesn't sound as if it is in your case.
A.K. answers from Pocatello on June 05, 2008
My 10 month old burps after I nurse her and during and after meals. It is natural and it releases gas. I don't pound on her nor do I insist that she burp, she will if she needs too. I'm sorry but your pediatrican sounds like a ditz. People burp all the time.
M.M. answers from Denver on June 07, 2008
I would question seriously whether giving anyone any medication "can't hurt". From what I understand, any antacid type medication actually changes how the stomach digests food. Acid in the stomach is what helps digestion, and if you medicate to stop the acid, you can hinder good digestion.
My son was diagnosed with acid reflux, and they put him on prevacid and Axid, etc. On the advice of a friend, I took him to a pediatric chiropractor. Two adjustments and the problem was solved - the reflux was gone, he was comfortable, and he did not need any more meds.
The chiropractor also said papaya acts naturally to calm the stomach without messing with the acid needed for disgestion. When either of the kids has tummy troubles, we give them papaya (you can get the extract in a chewable pill to save having to keep fresh fruit on hand). Even my husband, who used to pop antacids like M&Ms has successfully switched to the papaya and no longer has trouble.