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Oct 07, 2010
reflux, food allergies, and teething
My daughter Avery was 6 weeks when diagnosed with reflux. She was just uncomfortable all the time. Although reluctant to start her on meds, we decided to put her on Zantac. Within days, we noticed quite a change in Avery. She seemed happier and more content. She clearly is gaining weight (she was born at 8lbs. 12 oz. and by six weeks, was over 12 lbs.) and sleeps great (usually 11-12 hours a night!). Within the past week or so; however, I've noticed her becoming fussy and uncomfortable again. Since I'm exclusively breastfeeding, it's hard to know how much she eats at each feeding, but it seems like she's not all too interested in eating. Everytime she does nurse, I hear her stomach gurgling and growling. She burps a ton. I'm just not sure how to help her... I feel like it's my fault and I'm doing something wrong, especially since she seemed to be doing better and now is going back to uncomfort! My son has food allergies... I'm wondering if something I'm eating is making Avery feel worse? My son also got his first two teeth at 4 months old... so my husband and I suspect Avery is teething (she's drooling like crazy, always tries to eat her fingers, although her coordination is not the best at 3 months old!). Not sure if the wet, foamy mouth is a symptom of reflux or not! I just feel bad because she always seems so uncomfortable.... ugh!
Oct 08, 2010
Lorenzo b.4/25/07 1 week in NICU w/ aspirate pneumonia from a reflux episode; diagnosed GERD at 9weeks; Used Zantac for 5months. Currently using Chinese Medicine and Craniosacral Therapy. GERD, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Sensory Processing Disorder. Ask me about breastfeeding a refluxer! Pic: day 5 in the NICU.
Welcome! Zantac is VERY weight sensitive, so if Avery is gaining weight well, she may just need an increased dosage. You can check out the dosage charts at to check her dose against their recommendation, and/or call her pediatrician to verify the need for an increase.

Teething can certainly also make reflux worse, so if that's going on too, you may want to consider something to help with the teething -- there are some good homeopathic remedies (Hyland's being a common favorite) on the market if you are trying to limit her pharmaceutical intake. That said, however, most have lactose in them, and if allergies are an issue (and a family history certainly makes that worth looking at) then you may want to check labels very carefully. Have you tried eliminating any of the foods that you son is allergic to from your diet? That might be a good place to start, or, if he isn't allergic to dairy, eliminating dairy and soy is also a great place to start.

With the same caution about lactose, you may also want to look into using probiotics for Avery (I took them, also, when I was exclusively breastfeeding), which help to replenish the digestive microorganism in the digestive system. Many of us have had good success with their use.

And finally, hang in there -- one of the toughest things about reflux is that feeling of just never knowing if what is ailing your baby is reflux or something else. I'm 3 and 1/2 years into this with my son, and I still feel that way sometimes. My advice is, come here to get input, trust your instincts and know that you are never alone....

Oct 09, 2010
Thank you so much! What great advice you gave. Reading many of these posts, I"m quickly realizing that I have it pretty easy. Avery sleeps great and eats well... I just hate seeing her so uncomfortable all the time! I am absolutely trying to decrease her pharmaceutical intake, so I'm very open to homepathic remedies. THank you so much for your kind words and good advice!
Check with your
doctor first!