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Dec 31, 2009
haylee bug
Mother of a reflux baby
Feeding Solids
Our new pediatrician suggested we start offering Haylee solids at her four month exam. He already ruled out giving her rice because it upset her stomach so bad. So far we have had a bad experience with prunes, banannas, and peas. (it just seems to give her terrible stomach pain and increased reflux). We moved on to peaches at the advise of the Gerber rep. and have had luck, but I wanted to offer her something else. Any sugguestions?
Dec 31, 2009
jeddsmommy
Jessica, Mommy to Jedd, severe reflux, severe food and oral aversions, Finally G tube free!!! VSD repair 4-24-07 (open heart surgery), hypospadias, repaired 3 times and Ear tubes Visit Jedd at his CB site: www.caringbridge.org/visit/jedd
I'd try pears next. They seem to be the least acidic of the foods you can give. They are also supposed to be very gentle on the tummy. Jedd did well on them and he did well on green beans (when we could get them down the hatch, they mostly went in his feeding tube).
Dec 31, 2009
vigilantmom
Ryan was born May 20th 2008. 9 lbs 2 oz. Ryan’s magic bullet was 30mg of Prevacid capsules mixed with Caracream from Marci-kids (I am forever indebted to the team at Marci-kids), Claratin for the mucos, and Mirlax for the constipation. Within 2 months of this combo he jumped from the 6% to the 50% for weight and continues to climb. Be strong, listen to your instincts. Read his story for more specifics that just might help you too - Karen
Four months seems really early to start solids especially for a refluxer. I would take it super slow. Maybe give oatmeal a try.
Jan 02, 2010
mommy2k
I know that some doctors will go ahead and let you start solids at four months but some say wait til 6 months. With my experience we started my daughter with solids that early with no problems but she didn't have reflux as bad as my son. We had major problems with solids when we started him on it and wish we had waited until 6 months. I agree with pps. Take it slow and try the mildest foods. Good luck!
Jan 04, 2010
haylee bug
Mother of a reflux baby
starting solids
thanks for all the advise. I thought four months was early, but when I talked to the doctor he said it was more for learning how to eat. He wasn't too concerned at how much was getting into her system, which helps with the starting slow!! I tried two teaspoons of pears today and all is well so far.
Jan 06, 2010
georgiasmommy
Allison
Mommy to Georgia Kate 12/3/08
just my 2 cents....We too tried solids around 4-5 months old. Georgia's reflux got worse and has not let up...If anything, Oatmeal was a bit better. But her little body just didn't do very well with it....lots of gas/constipation etc.
Jan 07, 2010
haylee bug
Mother of a reflux baby
feeding solids
georgiasmommy, I appreciate your input. As a new mother, any advise helps. It's hard to get most doctors (and specialists) to understand unless they have had a reflux baby themselves. Somedays I don't know how I would make it without reading the advise and support from other parents. I have to say it makes the reflux roller coaster a little more bearable. My daughter has always had terrible gas. She had constipation with the rice ceral and still seems to have constipation or a very hard time passing stool if we don't give her prunes or peaches, but they seem to give her more gas then just formula. So did things get any better when she turned 6 months? I'm assuming you have to be feeding her solids now. The doctors said her iron will start to decrease after 6 months, but at this point I don't think her stomach can tolerate too many of the foods that contain iron.
Jan 07, 2010
georgiasmommy
Allison
Mommy to Georgia Kate 12/3/08
GO WITH YOUR GUT INSTINCT. You're the mommy...you're right, they don't know what it's like....It's SO HARD. Especially when you do everything you know how! Does she do well with mylicon? We use lots of it! lol Georgia's reflux hasn't done well. She went from spitting up lots to silent reflux.....I could hear it and see the painful look on her little face when it happened. Georgia's Iron levels have always been fine...and she was breastfeed only....now my first born drank BM and formula and she had low iron....go figure! don't worry about it.....you don't want to bind your baby up just so they get used to eating....they will eventually!!! Is she BF or formula fed? Allison
Jan 08, 2010
haylee bug
Mother of a reflux baby
Feeding Solids
Allison, Thanks for you help. It really is nice to go through this experience with people who have been there (or in your case still there). It seemed like her first doctor said she'll grow out of it by 3 months. Even the ER doctors blew me off. It's just seems hard to find a dr that actually cares. As long as you baby is gaining or maintaining weight they don't seem to care. I think they should be required to spent at least two weeks with a reflux infant prior to getting their lience to practice, then maybe they'll be more supportive because at times it seems like I'm wishing away the most joyous times of having an infant just so things are better. As for the mylicon, it really doesn't make a differance for her (although with the combition of reflux meds it did cause her some constipation/hard stool). My daughter too seems more of a silent refluxer. We do have spit up, but rarely have vomit. She was breast fed the first few weeks but her newborn screen came back saying she had galactosemia. At that point they said she could only be on Neocate until the second screen results came back. She failed the second screen as well so her dr at the time confirmed the galactosemia until futher testing. Needless to say I should of continued pumping because a month later the Mayo clinic results said she did not have the disorder, but was a carrier and could then be switched to regular formula. We did try soy and she vomitted every time so we went to a gentle formula, but she still has extreme gas, although the doctors said I would know if she had a milk allergy. I have heard reflux babies have more gas too because she still had extreme gas even when on Neocate. If you don't mind me asking did your first child have reflux as well? I'm afraid to have anymore if the second one has relux. I'm learning for all of you that reflux last much longer then 3 months.
Jan 09, 2010
georgiasmommy
Allison
Mommy to Georgia Kate 12/3/08
No my first daughter had NO problems. I was spoiled! Then came Georgia! lol I too had reflux, so I wonder if what Georgia has is what I had. I also NEVER slept when I was an infant....as my mom watches Georgia she notices may similarities to how I acted. She wonders if I had silent reflux as a baby too!!! I actually had a fundoplication only 2 months before I got pg with Georgia. I find it all kind of ironic! I was told they figured Georgia would grow out of it...then that solids would help....solids made her WORSE. That is when she stopped sleeping at night, would wake up choking or screaming! SO now she sleeps with me.....right at my side so I can get to her....Yes I am creating a monster....lol. But as I see it, she SLEEPS much better with me! and I NEED my sleep to be a better mommy to her. Unless you have a refluxing baby, you just can't IMAGINE! I have so many people judge....and it stinks! I am SO glad I found this site!!! What type of meds is she on?
Jan 11, 2010
haylee bug
Mother of a reflux baby
feeding solids
Allison, My mom is my babysitter also and she said I was the same way too. (I'm just glad I found a babysitter who understands because I would never trust her in the hands of a daycare). Back then they just labeled everyone colic and told you to deal with it so I guess I'm thankful I have other options!!!! Well we were on a max dose of Prevacid which worked great for about a month, but then then she appeared to be having extreme side effects from it. Every time I would give it to her she would scream and scratch her face and pull her hair and you could hear her stomach turning not long after taking it. I think the prevacid worked at healing her stomach, I know it had to be tore up after so many formula changes and struggling to find a medicine to work at first. Now we are working with her doctor and have started her on Zantac, which is less of a drug, but she seems to be doing so much better. We have had to adjust the meds a few times, but it seems to be a lot easier for her stomach to handle. As for her sleeping with you I DO NOT feel you are creating a monster. People with normal kids have no idea and no right to judge. I get judged all the time with people saying my baby just cries because she's spoiled. I have spent many of days crying and almost regretting having a baby, not because I don't love her, but because some days I'm just exhausted and tired of being reclussive because people are jerks. This site really helps me get through the day sometimes!!!1
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