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Reflux: Seeking advice on baby care

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    Obiwan is offline Registered User
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    Reflux: Seeking advice on baby care

    Hihi. My baby is 9 weeks old, and if you have read my earlier post, it turns out that he might be suffering from reflux.

    I am bottle feeding ebm in the day, and enfamil at night.

    Any mothers here with experience with reflux? Would appreciate any advice/wisdom you can share. Thank you in advance!!

    Difficult period, hoping it will pass soon. How long did it take your child to get better....?

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    Yes, my first had reflux and out grew it by 8/9 months. We started giving him zantac at around 2 months old. I nursed him and then topped him up with Nutramigen which is Enfamil's hypo-allergic formula. I found feeding him more frequently helped and I also him weaned him on to solids right at 5 months b/c this meant less liquid in take for him.

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    Thanks Southside852!

    Does formula make a diffidence to a reflux baby?

    The doctor gave us a mild antacid to be given to him twice a day before feed, and asked us to keep him upright for 30 minutes after feed.

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    I cut out acidic foods while nursing him and since we were not 100% sure whether it was reflux or perhaps an allergy to cows milk, our specialist in the UK said use nutramigen. I don't think formula though makes a difference though. Yes, we kept our son almost totally upright while feeding him too and he slept on a wedge in his crib. We also at one point raised his crib too by putting some books under one side of it so it was at a slant. Having a reflux baby is tiring, but good news is that they grow oiut of it. zantac seemed to really help too.

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    My son had reflux the first months and it stopped after 3 sessions at the ostheopath... we had terrible nights, vomiting, caughing, he would even stop breathing and I was waking him up blowing on his face. We tried medicines, raising his bed, small feeds... until the ostheopath helped with a few head massages ! i wish we did that first...

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    We had good results with anti-nausea + antacid

    My little one has had reflux issues since she was about three weeks old. She interrupted feedings to arch back in pain, crying, sometimes trowing up, and that prevented her from eating enough to gain sufficient weight. What helped was a combination of medication against nausea (Motilium, she took it three times a day at the beginning) and against stomach acidity (Losec which comes in tablets, for some reason giving her a crushed tablet diluted in water means that the product stays longer in her system than with a liquid antacid). We also make sure that she stays upright for 30 mins after day feedings. Now that she is almost six months she takes both products only once a day but she still needs them.

    Might not be the same with all doctors, but our pediatrician took this quite seriously, which I think was right. From observing my daughter I would say that she developed her physical and social skills much faster once she was rid of the pain. Well, I guess it would be the same for us grown-ups -- difficult to learn things if one does not feel and feed well...

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    Frenchy, I would also love to get the name of that ostheopath if you had a good experience with him/her.

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    She was at IMI in Central, it was in 2007 so I'm not sure she is still working there. But they have one or two other ostheopath, maybe worth give a try. They help release the muscle which goes from behind the head to the stomach.

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