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Mar 19, 2011
Mom to two refluxers. DS 4.5 years, on prevacid since 5 weeks. Trial wean this Intolerant of dairy and soy DD born Nov 2010. Currently on zegerid. Had stomach malrotation & surgery at 9 months. Avoiding dairy/soy with her while BFing.
Starting solids ?
How did starting solids go with your refluxer? What age did you start? I got the ok to start with my 4.5 month DD. I have just given her a few tastes here and there. I tried to give her a bit more oatmeal cereal yesterday and she vomited it all up. It was scary seeing her throw all that up. I didn't start cereal til about 5.5 months with my other child. He never threw up any of the solids. Is this normal with a reflux child? I worry about her choking on it. Thanks!
Mar 19, 2011
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:
Yay, I'd say it is par for the course for a refluxer to have a hard time with solids. I've heard that pears are really gentle so why not start with those instead of cereal.

Also, remember that solids will sit in the system taking longer to digest and if there is a motility issue, it will and can come back up.

The up side to solids, when they do agree with the system, then they are heavier and will make puke a less often event.

Mar 20, 2011
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
I waited a long time to start "solids" with Ryan. Main reason though was because his fluid intake was so poor. I was worried that if I added solids it would fill him up with few calories and he would drink even less. I am with Jessica... I would start with pears instead of cereal and maybe wait a little longer.
Mar 20, 2011
Debbie, Mom to:
Derek,10/29/02 GERD,Can't have any legumes(soy, being the worse), allergic to PN/Tree Nuts, struggled to gain weight for years, my "picky" eater,Takes Zegerid. Johnny, 12/05/99 GERD, managed by diet, allergic to cashews/pistachios.
I started my son at 6 months. He never did well though until we had him on a good dose of reflux meds.
Mar 25, 2011
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.
The recommendation I am familiar with, for even non-refluxers, is 6 months for solids, and even then the point is just to let them experiment with them, without concern for getting nutritive and caloric intake from them.

My personal experience was having a refluxer who appeared to want solids very early on, but who was unable to successfully consume them until he was over 2 years old. My observations from being around on this forum for nearly four years is that many refluxers have a harder time coping with the introduction of solids than the average child, for varied reasons, and that the key seems to be careful observation, slow introductions and following the baby's lead. Watch carefully for food sensitivities, too, since many refluxers seem to be more sensitive and/or inclined to have allergies.

Check with your
doctor first!