L.F. asks from Austin, TX on December 05, 2008
Reflux - Austin,TX
Hi, My two month old has bad reflux. If I lay him down after a feeding, he squirms, grunts, cries out and spits up. As a result, I have to situp with him for about 30 minutes or so, everytime I feed him (this makes for a long night). For a number of reasons, I don't want to ask the pedi for medication. I was thinking of letting him sleep in his car seat or bouncy seat. Does anyone have any suggestions or reasons the carseat/bouncy shouldn't be used? I'm assuming this will pass in a few months.....
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J.P. answers from Houston on December 07, 2008
L., I know I'm late in responding. My daughter had reflux and she slept in her bouncy until she was 6mo old with no problems. After that we moved her to the crib with the head elevated. Also, someone mentioned Enfamil AR and she did really well on that. Good luck and I don't know about others, but hers has passed as she got older.
C.G. answers from Houston on December 07, 2008
Do you have a baby swing cause my Pedi. suggested for us to put her in her baby swing and leave her mostly if she goes back to sleep.
S.H. answers from Waco on December 06, 2008
I have 4 kids and 3 of them had reflux. With the 1st, we just put her in the bouncy seat after feedings. She slept through the night at 8 weeks so sleeping in the bouncy seat wasn't an issue. With the 2nd, they put her on medicine. With the 3rd, I had a different pediatrician with a different approach, he suggested cutting out milk from MY diet, and it made a huge difference. So, if you're breastfeeding this may help.
V.B. answers from Houston on December 05, 2008
I think it's fine to let him sleep in the carseat/bouncy...in fact, my pedi recommended it for my son (sleeping on an incline, although I just raised the mattress at one end of the crib by putting some rolled up towels under it). I would, however, caution you to reconsider not medicating your son. Reflux can cause long-term damage to the esophagus if it isn't treated, so it might be a good idea to get him the medication. If you've done your research and feel otherwise, then that's fine, but I know that the only thing that worked for my son was the meds. He would scream and cry and arch his back for 30 minutes every time I fed him and once he was on the medication, he was fine. He still spits up, but the pain is gone and that was really important to me. He's 6 months now and sitting up on his own, so we're looking into taking him off the meds. It doesn't last forever, but do what you can to make your little guy comfy. The bouncy or carseat is fine (just make sure he is strapped in if he's in the carseat so that he doesn't get strangled by the straps if he happens to move around while he's sleeping) if you want to go that route or you could try propping up the end of the crib like I did. Good luck and I hope your son feels better soon!
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S.H. answers from Houston on December 06, 2008
The medications are VITAL--they prevent damage to his esophagus and failure to thrive (low weight). My grandson had the same trouble, and even today (he's five years old) he is much smaller than all of his classmates. (By the way, his reflux lasted about 7 or 8 months!)
Try raising the head of his bed so that he sleeps at an angle. This helps somewhat. (Put bricks under the legs on the bed or under the mattress.)
Unfortunately, holding him upright is the only way to prevent the milk from coming right back up. When his little body matures, this problem will go away, but until then, you need to help him all you can. Many babies actually stop breathing when they are in so much pain. I personally witnessed this with my grandson when I kept him overnight at about 3 months of age. He turned beet red and didn't take a breath until I blew in his face. Scarey!!!
D.E. answers from Houston on December 06, 2008
You had a ton of responses and I read through a bunch but not all so if this is a repeat sorry. And this really isnt the answer to what you asked but it will help and it is not medicine.
BabyBliss Gripe Water
Both of my children had reflux as babies and medicine did not help. Then I found the Gripe Water (it is all natural also) I put it in one bottle a day and it was like magic for my little ones. Of course they spit up sometimes, but it was not reflux. A nurse recommended it to me and I tell everyone about it and everyone I tell has had the same reaction I did - it is wonderful.
E.P. answers from Austin on December 06, 2008
I had the same problem with my now 5 month old. The good news is that it went away when she began to roll over (at 14 weeks). I tried the car seat a few times until I read that it was a bad idea because of the soft sides (for suffocation). We let her sleep in a swing sometimes, but then we had to sleep with one eye open. Another idea is to elevate his bassinet with something under the feet of it. That way his head will be a little bit elevated. They also sell a crib wedge at baby stores, I found one at special additions on Lamar. It is a good idea if you swaddle your baby. Otherwise, I have found that the baby will just wiggle around and roll off of the wedge. Good luck. I hope you get to sleep soon!
J.H. answers from Houston on December 06, 2008
Sleepoing in his carseat or swing are good iedas. That is what we did with our son in those early months when he had reflux too. I put his carseat in his crib and put him in his carseat to halp for when he got older...I didn't want him to no be used to sleeping in his own room. Hope that helps.
A.C. answers from San Antonio on December 06, 2008
My daughter was diagnosed with reflux when she was only a month old. I didn't want to put her on meds either...but I figured that the meds were better than the damage being done to her little body. She ended up being on the meds the first year of her life. At 12 months we took her off...but about a month later she started having issues again. She wasn't spitting up anymore...but I could hear it coming up and down in her throat...and she was waking at night a lot. I put her back on the meds...and by 18 months she had outgrown it...and is med free.
We never put her to sleep in the carseat or bouncer...but we did elevate her head by elevating one side of the matress. I don't know if it was that...or the meds...but everyone slept better! :)
Just know that the meds do NOT stop the spitting up...they only neutralize the acid so that it doesn't cause any damage or pain. That was something that was really hard for my mom to understand at first. She couldn't understand why my daughter was still spitting up all the time when she was on meds to help it.
Best of luck with whatever decision you make.
J.S. answers from San Antonio on December 06, 2008
My daughter had horrible reflux. I tried breastfeeding and that only seemed to aggrivate it. I switched her to Soy formula and she did better. But she cried all the time because she was in so much pain and sleeping her in the car seat actually made it worse because she lacked the muscles to keep her body up straight and being slouched only made the acid come out more. I slept many nights with her asleep on my chest while I reclined in a chair. If your child isn't bothered by the carseat then do it. I know the decision not to get medicine is personal but if your child is crying a lot and arching his back then he is in pain and you should do all you can to relieve it. If you want something more natural then try Kid E col drops. I believe Dr. Christopher is the brand and you can find it at a nutrition store/vitamin store. I noticed a difference within 2 days when I used it with 2 of my children. I used prevacid as well with my youngest because she wasn't gaining weight she was spitting up so much. Best of luck. By about 4 months my daughter completely outgrew it all. she is almost 9 months old now and doesn't use either medicine now.
P.J. answers from Houston on December 06, 2008
We never had reflux, so I can't give you advice on that, but I think having your baby sleep in a car seat is fantasic! My first child was a terrible sleeper, so when I had my second child, I tried something new...I swaddled her and put her to sleep in her car seat. She slept wo well it was almost scarey. I actually had to wake her for her feedings...unlike my first one who ate every two hours all night long. There is nothing wrong with using a car seat. Babies are used to being in a confined space and they feel comforted by it. Just make sure your son isn't sitting in a drafty area if you keep the car seat on the floor. And if you keep it up on a surface, be extra careful that he doesn't fall. We sometimes put the car seat in the crib and sometimes even put it in the middle of our king sized bed with pillows around it for stability. By the way, she slept in the car seat until she was six and a half months old. Good luck.