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Jan 27, 2009
Just starting out
Hi, We are just starting out on the GERD journey. We have a 6 month old foster child that we have had since he was 8 weeks old. He has never had a "baby" cry, it pretty much has always been a scream. He arches his back, turns his head very far to the left/right, has a dry "cough," spits up quit a bit, and when he naps during the day it generally is only for 20-30 minutes and he wakes screaming. If we spend a LOT of time burping him, it's not as bad. So we have started with burping him for 10 minutes, resting 10 minutes, then burping him again for about 10 minutes. Sometimes he sleeps through the night, sometimes not. But when he wakes, he is always screaming. We have just started him today on Zantac for a 30 day trial, and only because I have researched, and one of our therapists has researched. Many trips to the dr, and they couldn't figure it out. I should also add, that he was born drug addicted, and may have some difficulties because of this, too. We have a EEG scheduled on Feb 10, so maybe we will see then what else we have to deal with. When he sleeps, we swaddle him snuggly, because if his hands are free, he just can't "let go" enough to sleep. At this point though, he is getting too big to swaddle, so I don't know what we will do as he gets bigger. Any/all suggestions are welcome!!
Jan 27, 2009
Jordyn 11/30/04 DX GERD at 1month old
miricale blanket
My dd was one that needed to be swaddled also. We used the miracle blanket. It is bigger than a recieving blanket and we were able to use it well into the 1 year mark (although she was preemie and fft) It has a bottom part that is like a sack and when her legs got too long or we were in the car we just omitted that part. I have also heard others suggest just getting a big legnth of fabric from the store and making a bigger blanket to swaddle in. Watch with zantac it is a very weight dependant dosage med. There were times we had to increase dosages in less than a months time. You may also want to concider seeing an allergist to make sure that the cough is from the reflux and not that the cough is aggrevating it. My dd's reflux symptoms often increase with a cold swo now when she gets one we have to increase inhaled steroid dosages to battle that problem. Hope that helps and good luck on this roller coaster. Just remember you are your childs biggest advocate if something dosen't seam to be working speak up right away. Zantac is usually pretty quick to see results. And may I say I think it is wonderful that you are fostering. This world needs more genuinely careing foster parents (speaking from expirence).
Jan 27, 2009
This is our dd, Alessandra. Dx with GER 10/07. Ran the gamut with meds and now done with them (crossed fingers). Using magnesium, probiotics and prebiotic supplements. With the exception of teething and general sassy attitude, all is well now. They really CAN grow out of it!
Welcome! We had many of the same issues as well. Some thoughts - Zantac doesn't always work, and there are other meds out there (Prevacid, Nexium, and Prilosec are the PPI's most often used; Pepcid, Axid, and Zantac are the most common H2 blockers.) PPI's are more long-lasting in their effects, but take longer to see results. H2 blockers have more immediate results, but are rapidly metabolized and are more weight sensitive. Maalox or Mylanta can help with what's known as "breakthrough pain" or the pain of when the meds wear off.

Elevating the head of the sleeping surface can help keep the acid down, though many wigglers have problems with that (we got permission from our ped to prop her on her left side instead.) Holding him upright for 30 min or more after feeding, thickening the formula, changing the formula, using a sling during the day to hold him and give your back a break....

Before you do anything, I'd still talk to your MD and/or pharmacist. These are just some of the many things we've done to help our little ones. I give you many props on fostering - there are so many forgotten kids in this world!

Jan 27, 2009
Just Starting ..
Thanks for the comments! I have been looking into the guardian sleeper. I will also look into the Miracle Blanket. My lil guy is sleeping, just went up to burp him (again) and he is back to sleep. The biggest help so far, is just being consistent with the burping, LOTS of burping! But my arms, shoulders and back are KILLING me now! I have gone to the doc and gotten muscle relaxers and pain meds for myself. I have a sling, but he is over 15 lbs. so I don't know how well it would work. I am thinking that a large sling type swing would be good for this baby to sleep in. Keep him upright, able to swing a little. I still have the issue of keeping his arms still. Thanks again, and there are thousands of kiddo's out there that need a loving home! Look into foster care in your area! The pay sucks, but the rewards are HUGE!! O :>}
Jan 27, 2009
I am Jacky, mommy to Joslyn Olivia (April 2008) and Katelyn Isabel (November 2009).
Joslyn was dx'ed with Silent Reflux with breath apnea at 5 days old. VERY SCARY!
Katelyn is a spitter reflux baby. Started at 3 days old as well. (Both were/are breast fed.. symptoms came on when my milk came in).
Joslyn has been reflux free since she was 12 months (suffered poor weight gain for a few months) and Katelyn is now on Zantac... waiting to see if it works.
first let me THANK YOU for being this little guy's mommy! What a huge heart you have!

Joslyn was and is a snuggle baby sleeper. We have bigger than normal baby blankets which helped us snuggle her to sleep. We would wrap her up tight and that helped. We also used a sleep positioner to keep her held tighter.

Have you tried maalox? If it is causing him pain Maalox may help.


Jan 27, 2009
Sara, Mom to Isobel 10/01/08 Dx Silent reflux @ 6 wks. Prevacid 22.5mg split in 2 doses. Pepcid .5ml twice a day. Diagnostically confirmed milk protein, egg and cat allergy. Suspected corn, pea and squash allergy. Trialed Alimentum and Elecare without success, currently on Isomil Advance RTF with moderate success. Barium Swallow and UGI 3/08 Pondering a ph probe and endoscopy.
Check out a sleepy wrap. it's the best thing ever for carrying baby - even big babies. Also, the wrap puts the babe in perfect burp position. My GI gave me burping lessons! He said: mylicon BEFORE meals, tilt baby slightly to your right if he's facing you(to tilt liquids into upper pouch of stomach and thereby air up and out the esophagus) use cupping technique to his left ( your right) of the spine where the stomach is. Hope this is clear- I'm posting from my iPod one handed while burping my own babe.
Check with your
doctor first!