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Sep 19, 2011
bunnyf
Is my girl a reflux baby?
My baby girl is 8 weeks old. We have to wait another two weeks for her first paediatrician visit (slow Quebec med system…), but I’m not sure if she has acid reflex problem. It’s luck I can find this website so I can do some homework before seeing the doctor. I hope I can get some advices here: I use the mix feeding for her (mostly formula Similac plus breastfeeding). At the beginning, she hiccoughed automatically after each bottle-feeding. It's a series of hiccoughs, more than 50 times, but I didn't take it serious, since she looked comfortable after that and fell into sleep. Then after 3 weeks, she stopped hiccoughing by herself, but I find she spit up frequently when lying down and sometimes looked uncomfortable after feeding. Now after 6 weeks, things are getting worse: she couldn't sleep flat in the crib; even if I put her into the stroller for sleep (more than 30 degree), she often cried to wake in half an hour. I tried to burp her but sometimes it does not work. Also she is suffered for the long-time hiccoughs. She always looks hungry and I have to feed her whenever she asks or ease her with a finger. She's getting weight, but I'm worried about her development would be delayed if she can only have a good sleep in my arms. Is my baby a reflux girl? Or just a normal spitting up problem caused by the air in the tummy? Does the anti-acid medicine have any side effects?
Sep 22, 2011
lorenzomama
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.
Sorry it has taken so long for a reply to come your way! Hopefully you have started to peruse the Reading Room on this site, which has an enormous amount of information about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of GERD.

Generally, physicians currently listen to parental observations about potential reflux, and if it sounds anything like it, they recommend a trial of medication and if it helps, they consider it confirmation that reflux was the issue.

There are a few things I consider it helpful to be aware of at the outset. One is that, while hiccups are considered normal in infants, they do seem to be more prevalent and more severe for reflux babies -- and if they are causing discomfort or distress, then they are not "normal." Gas, too, is considered a normal part of an infants maturing digestive system, but it can exacerbate reflux and it can also be a sign of food allergy or intolerance which either exacerbates, or causes, reflux episodes. Reflux can cause anything from minor to severe sleep interruption -- from simple and infrequent arousals, to severe sleep apnea, so sleep, IMO, should always be considered a potential challenge with a reflux baby. In terms of delayed development as a result of sleep loss, however, from my experience (my son woke every 10-40 minutes for over a year, never slept longer than 3 hours in a row for 2 years, and has never slept longer than 9 hours out of 24 in his entire life, even as a newborn) it takes very severe sleep loss to lead to developmental delays. That is not to say that it doesn't cause problems in other areas, or that it isn't hell for parents.... And finally, all medications have potential side effects. Most are minor and uncommon, but it is always wise to educate yourself about what potential side effects are associated with a specific medication prior to giving it to your child.

Good luck with the pedi visit, and I you should find some helpful tips in the Reading Room in the meantime!

Sep 22, 2011
lorenzomama
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.
Sorry, I meant to indicate that you can find the Reading Room on the home page, in the menu on the left, under the category GERD.
Sep 22, 2011
bunnyf
Thank you very for your kindly reply. I find a place to see the Dr. tomorrow and hope to see his diagnosis.
Check with your
doctor first!