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Aug 11, 2008
amber f
switching to table foods, HELP!
Nolan wants to eat what we are eating. I am hesitant because I don't want his diet to affect his reflux. I give him pancakes, bannanas, bread, and other things I think he can handle but I try really hard to keep him on his baby foods. I would keep him on baby food until he was off of reflux meds but he isn't having it. He takes it but it is starting to be a battle. He wants to do it himself and nothing gets in his mouth. I know what baby food works for his reflux and I'm just too afraid to try a lot of different foods. How did some of you handle the switch? I know meds really help him when he has new foods but the goal is to eventually wean from meds and he is doing so good now I'm not sure I want to give him foods that could mess everything up. I know that it is trial and error. But I also know that my older two kids at 10 months were eating way more table foods and were starting to completly switch to table foods around 11 months. They simply refused baby food and cereal and wanted to self feed. I am probably worrying about nothing because all the foods we have tried seem to have no impact on his reflux.

Opinions please!!!!!!

Aug 11, 2008
mom2halleyann
Donnessa, mom to Halley born 3/10/07
Reflux (mostly) resolved at 14 months
and Addison born 8/17/09. Currently exclusively bf and on 7.5mg Prevacid
We were the same way with Halley because we had such a rough time getting her started on solids. We were afraid to try anything. Unfortunately, there isn't really a "right" answer - just take it slow. We only introduced new foods at lunch (or breakfast). So far the only thing that has given her any significant issues is tomato based sauces. You can go to the FDA site to get the ph numbers for various foods to see what to try first. If I recall correctly lower ph = higher acidity, so try the higher numbered foods first. Good luck!
Aug 11, 2008
mollysmom
Connor 11/22/02
Grace 7/2/04 reflux free now!
Molly 7/10/07 the reason I'm here!
We ran into this, too, and it is even more difficult with Molly's food allergies added to the reflux. Lately I have been planning most of the meals around what she can have, that way I am not making two meals every time. I also made reflux-friendly meatballs, and plain baked chicken and put them in the freezer cooked. That way I can pull one out and heat it up when we are having meatballs, hamburgers, meatloaf, or chicken with some kind of sauce or spice, etc. That way she is still eating similar stuff, but it won't give her any problems. I give her whatever vegetable we are having without any butter or anything. If we are having a side dish that she can't eat, I usually just make her some plain pasta, and put on a little bit of beef broth, or her dairy-free margerine. If we are having tacos I keep some of the meat out before I add the taco seasoning, and I give her that with a soft taco/tortilla, and some of her shredded soy cheese. If we have pizza, I give her some of the crust, and some of her own chicken and a fruit or veggie. Sorry this got so long, but I hope some of it helps!
Aug 11, 2008
mom2coy
Coyle Eagan. One Year Old. Doing well on Cow's Milk flavored with juice :) Drinking two bottles of Go&Grow daily. Eating solids better but still have rough days. No More Silent Reflux-that I can hear anyway.. but puking again. Zantac 2ML 2X daily.
Going thru the same thing here. Coyle is refusing anything by spoon and won't even really let me hand him a thing. It is especially difficult for us as well because like molly-coy has food allergies & his reflux isn't any better with solids. that being said, i try to stick to foods that will not be an issue as well. Canned chicken is wonderful (sam's club); freeze dried fruits ( i know most have problems with apple but coyle loves these); carr's crackers; steamed vegetables (best thing i ever got was a steamer, plain pasta (but since he isn't allergic to milk you can even grate cheese on it); etc. Since he doesn't seem to be affected by what you've tried so far i'd stick with similiar foods and go from there. i too make most of his meals myself and just make those whenever i get the chance.

molly's mom.. gotta have that reflux-friendly meatball recipe if no eggs/milk/or soy...
Aug 11, 2008
michelle&aurora
Aurora born March 17, 2007
3 years, 8 months old
Weighs 25.8 lbs
8 lbs 11 oz at birth.
Recovered Chronic Projectile Vomiter
Prevacid Free since September 08
Egg allergy diagnosed Jan 26/09
Has a Pectus Excavatum
Has an Epipen
I can totally understand your fears. It's really just a matter of trial and error, unfortunately. Of course, you want to avoid the obvious culprits, like citrus and tomatoes. I think it's GREAT he's ready for table foods!!!! It's sort of hard for me to know what affects Rory's reflux because she's really just starting to eat halfway normally. Every baby is different, but the only thing that really, really bothered her tummy was potatoes, and she handles them fine now. She got a bit rashy from certain dips too. But I think as long as you are giving him "normal", plain stuff, he'll probably do okay. Maybe intro slow and keep a running log of food and reaction for a couple weeks. Good luck!!
Aug 11, 2008
mollysmom
Connor 11/22/02
Grace 7/2/04 reflux free now!
Molly 7/10/07 the reason I'm here!
mom2coy
For the meatballs I just use ground beef (85% is what I usually use, the leaner ones aren't as good), ener-G egg replacer (I found it at my local health food store), and cracker meal. I also use a tiny bit of garlic powder and pepper for flavor because I know Molly can handle them. Before I found the cracker meal, I also used crushed up cheerios and crushed up crackers. And I have read that you can use pureed vegetables in place of egg, but I haven't tried that yet. While on vacation all of us ate the meatballs, but we used sauce and Molly didn't. They were actually pretty good!
Aug 11, 2008
emibug
Kathryn, Pager Volunteer and mommy to Emily Mia 02/04/07. 3 years old with GERD. 30mg Prevacid and Pepcid AC. Mylanta needed for flares. Failed prilosec med switch. Tried and failed many med weans but GERD and pain are well controlled. Functional constipation. Reoccurring SBBO. Suspected IBD or autoimmune disease. Resolved issues: MSPI, CSID (acquired), Stage 2 kidney reflux, Chronic diarrhea.
Audrey Meadow 06/20/08. born 34/35 weeks. Still b/f and eats everything! ftt and chronic constipation.
with emily i gave her little pieces of dark meat chicken, b/c it;s mushy. broccoli steamed until SUPER tender. and the tiny shell noodles. since emily was never really spoon fed she wanted to jump right into self feeding at 11 months as well.

i would go with the least allergic, least acidic foods and least spicy foods (like listed above) and try it out. then one dinner every couple days introduce something like steamed carrots or mashed potatoes or stuffing or a tiny bite of what ever you make for dinner. Good luck i'm sure nolan will do just fine :)
Aug 11, 2008
mom2coy
Coyle Eagan. One Year Old. Doing well on Cow's Milk flavored with juice :) Drinking two bottles of Go&Grow daily. Eating solids better but still have rough days. No More Silent Reflux-that I can hear anyway.. but puking again. Zantac 2ML 2X daily.
mollysmom
thank you so much. i'm excited to make these!
Aug 11, 2008
mom2coy
Coyle Eagan. One Year Old. Doing well on Cow's Milk flavored with juice :) Drinking two bottles of Go&Grow daily. Eating solids better but still have rough days. No More Silent Reflux-that I can hear anyway.. but puking again. Zantac 2ML 2X daily.
amber
so, how was dinner?
Aug 11, 2008
amber f
We had noodles so he ate them. He has had that before so no biggy. Thanks for asking and for all the advice. I see now that I can still give him what we are having just not the high acid things ie sauceless speggitti. Thanks for all the pointers I knew you all would come through for me:)
Aug 11, 2008
mom2coy
Coyle Eagan. One Year Old. Doing well on Cow's Milk flavored with juice :) Drinking two bottles of Go&Grow daily. Eating solids better but still have rough days. No More Silent Reflux-that I can hear anyway.. but puking again. Zantac 2ML 2X daily.
im so glad that he is taking to table foods well!
Aug 11, 2008
mollybeth
Cooper was born 12/19/07. Birth weight: 7lbs10oz. Weight as of 2/11: 8lbs9oz. 6/23: 14lbs12oz! Struggling again 12mo: 18lbs. Breast Fed exclusively, on strict elimination diet until Dec 08. MSPI as well as other food intolerances Diagnosed w/ GER at 5 days following barium swallow. Choking with apnea spells. Ftt. dx w/ Laryngomalacia following brochoscopy 1/29. Aspiration. apnea monitor until 5mo. pH probe 1/29 showed severe reflux. Sandifers Syndrome. lbrady and tackycardia. echo and EKG 2/18: Came back normal! Swallow study 2/29: some NG reflux. Unexplained seizure 4/1. Negative CF sweat test 4/4! EGD 11/19: reflux damage in esophagus. pH probe 11/19, reflux improved. Safe foods: pears, apples, peas, rice, small amounts of chicken, potatoes, and carrots.
Currently drinking Elecare vanilla 30cal/oz and breastmilk.
Meds: Nexium 10mg 2x daily. Carafate as needed, miralaxx as needed, probiotics daily
The meatballs sound yummy. That is the egg replacer we use and it is great. i may try them w/ turkey and some gluten free cereal. Cooper wants what we have too, but that is not an option since he is so young and can only handle pears, peas and applesauce. I hate that he doesn't have a finger food yet.
Aug 12, 2008
katiesmommy
Tracey, mom to Katie diagnosed with GERD at 3 week.
Can you sometimes make him the "same thing" but without spices? Maybe use stage 1 carrots as spaghetti sauce for him? We are going through the same thing but since Katie is off of solids she only gets shaved ice. She won't eat it unless we share it with her and then she devours it!
Aug 12, 2008
mom2coy
Coyle Eagan. One Year Old. Doing well on Cow's Milk flavored with juice :) Drinking two bottles of Go&Grow daily. Eating solids better but still have rough days. No More Silent Reflux-that I can hear anyway.. but puking again. Zantac 2ML 2X daily.
mollybeth
does he have his pincher? i bake peaches and dice those up for coy. i make a fake "cobbler" by dusting it with cherrios (crumbs) and sprinkling brown sugar. can he tolerate molasses. you can also steam peas or apples and give those to him as well.
Check with your
doctor first!