B.V. asks from Rio Rancho, NM on December 03, 2009
Milk Allergy or Reflux Please Help - Biloxi,MS
My 6 week old has had excessive mucos in his nose and throat which has been causing him to gag for the past 4 weeks. He drinks 4 oz every 2 hours, he does not make it past 2 hours of sleep, I try to distract him when he wakes up but will scream until i give him his bottle and he acts like he is starving. I use a cool mist humidifier, saline drops and the bulb to help with the mucos and it does not make a difference. I took him to the Dr thinking maby he might have a milk allergy to the formula and Dr says he has reflux??? and perscribed zantax but he has no signs of reflux except the gagging but he gags cause of the mucos.
any advice please!!!!!!!
D.C. answers from Jonesboro on December 08, 2009
M.B. answers from Fayetteville on December 04, 2009
The congestion could be caused from a milk allergy. He also could have reflux just like the Dr. said. What kind of formula does he use? If it is a milk based one, buy a soy based one to see if it helps. If it does, tell the Dr. and ask to be switched to the soy one, if you have WIC (you have to get a Dr. prescription to switch to the soy one). If you do not have WIC then just switch it yourself.
H.M. answers from Oklahoma City on December 04, 2009
I had this problem with my son, except I was nursing. New babies don't always understand their bodies so they cry for food even though they are not hungry, just in pain. Then they cry because they are too full. It's just an endless cycle. I cut dairy from my diet and used lots of gas drops on my son, which helped. My daughter had the same issue, but I had to use formula because of low milk production. When she started showing the signs around 6 weeks I switched to a soy based formula and she was perfectly fine.
J.C. answers from Hattiesburg on December 07, 2009
My daughter had something similar about that age. We tried every kind of formula out there for her stomach, but nothing worked. I massaged her tummy and did the exercises that are supposed to help get the gas out, used the bulb and drops, and everything me and my Mom-in-law could think of. The doc finally did a scan to make sure everything inside her was ok and put her zantac. Everything turned out to be fine, and the zantac really helped (took a few days for it to really start working, so give it a chance!)
Hope your little one feels better soon!
J.T. answers from Montgomery on December 04, 2009
My daughter was throwing up and was real congested. The ENT diagnosed her with reflux. The medicine helped her. Good luck!
G.B. answers from Tulsa on December 04, 2009
We had J on Reglan at that age and it really helped. The thing that aggrevates it the most is overfeeding. When he is upset he is getting air trapped in his tummy so if you feed him on top of that then he will be in pain and spit up lots of milk. Keep him sitting nearly all the way up when you feed him and after for a while, we even had J sleep in a bouncy seat until he was just too uncomfortable and needing to turn over. We sat it in the baby bed and since it had straps on it and toys hanging down from the bar across the top we could put him in it during the day too and just pick up the whole thing and sit it on the counter. After he had digested some of his formula then he could get out and do tummy time and play more.
If it really is too much mucus then hold the baby on his tummy on your arm, groin in hand, head in crook of elbow and hang his head and help it drain out. You are doing other stuff right so he should be better soon.
S.M. answers from Baton Rouge on December 04, 2009
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M.B. answers from Baton Rouge on December 04, 2009
I am not sure it is Reflux either. Of course each baby can express different symptoms and have varing degrees of severity.
If you think it is just mucous and based on what you describe I would almost agree, then I have only one suggestion.
Most people use saline drops and suctioning wrong!
Not saying you are as I am not there to see.
You are suppose to put a few drops in each nostril.
Wait for them to mix with the mucous.
Then squeeze the bulb syringe in.
Then place in the nostril you are sucking from at the same angle as the nostril flares. Also at the same time place you finger over the other nostril to seal off and release the bulb. Of course release the other nostril too. It is easier said then done, takes practice and is best learned if you have your doctor or nurse show you how to do it. You repeat this multiple times and you will be suprised by the amount of mucous you are able to pull out.
I can tell you that I did not get it right for my oldest until she was near 7 months when the doctor asked me to show how I was doing it. I have it down now for my second and the stuffiness is better after suctioned.
Of course you do not want to over suction as you will just cause inflamation in the nasal cavity, so I think you are only suppose to do it 4 times a day. I do twice a day, in the morning and then before bed when congested.
Though your baby is only 6 weeks and so I highly recommend having your doc show you how to do it.
Only other things in general that have been told to me by medical persons and are now part of my opinion. are:
Babies born before 39 weeks have a higher incidence of reflux.
Spitting up does not mean acid reflux.
Baby bottles should not be thickened with cereal until 4 months.
When adding cereal, start with Oatmeal or Barley, rice ceral increases constipation.
If you think it is an allergy, switch to a soy formula.
As for thickening formula to keep it down for a child that acid reflux, one that spits up alot or one that has congestion and just needs the formula to stay down out of the way of mucous, try a ready to feed mix like in the ready made nursette bottles or in the cans. Powder formula once mixed with water is not the same thickness as ready to feed formula and so it is lighter and comes up more often. I know this for sure and spent alot of time verifying this information.
I am a mom to a severe acid reflux baby that could keep nothing down and no med helped until she was nearly one. To add to that she did not stop vomiting until 2. We still have GERD, and are hoping it is outgrown with age, though not likely. We maintain an acid free or reduced acid diet and have not needed medications for almost one year. And now onto to baby number 2 who is a stuffy allergy filled blessing, hoping reflux clear.
R.U. answers from Oklahoma City on December 03, 2009
Sounds like my little baby. While he did indeed have reflux, the congestion eased up when we started the medication Singulair for allergies. If your dr isn't able to help your baby, I would find a new one.