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Mar 04, 2013
aug2012
6 month boy with reflux
Hi I'm new to this forum. My son was born at 36 weeks 4 days but came home with me from the hospital, he was very healthy for being early. At 4 weeks he was diagnosed with reflux and put on 0.5 ml Zantac twice a day. My son is 6 months now and we are still on Zantac. At times during the day, he is all smiling & happy. But, whenever he's troubled with spit up, he cries and refuses to sleep on his back. We have to carry him on our arms. The reflux became worse after the 6 months vaccination. Anyone out there have similar story where reflux increased after vaccination. My son is breastfed all this time. He feeds evry 2 hours (yes, even during the night).He's OK with the weight gain. He's close to 14 lbs now and is proportional to his height. The ped doesnt see any problem with his weight gain or growth in general. We are having hard time with his waking up all the time. He is also a light sleeper. He also is arching his back more recently. He feeds on cereal twice a day. Night times are hard to manage as he wakes up crying all of a sudden and doesnt go back to sleep on his back. We try to rock him to sleep in a carseat/rocker/slider.
Mar 06, 2013
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.
What is his current dose of Zantac? It is very weight sensitive, so when babies are growing rapidly, it is important to get regular weight checks and make changes to the dosage as needed. Some babies also grow into a need for a change of medications, so be sure to discuss that option with his pediatrician.

My son's reflux would increase after vaccines sometimes, which I always took to be the stress (both emotional of having them, and physical of the body responding to them) triggering more reflux. There are many triggers for reflux, an unfortunate abundance of them in the first year -- teething, growing, new foods, new experiences, developmental milestones -- so it can be incredibly difficult to determine with accuracy what a child's triggers are (or, as in some cases, if there is anything that DOESN'T trigger reflux).

Sleep is the bane of the existence of many a GERD parent. My son was legendary in his inability to go to sleep or to stay asleep, and if you search through the posts here, you will find an abundance of threads on sleep. As difficult as it is to deal with the light sleeping, until the GERD is well controlled, light sleeping is actually an incredibly healthy thing for a baby with reflux to do, as it helps to assure that they will wake and respond if refluxed material enters their upper airway. Obviously it would be better to not have the reflux creating any problems during sleep, but in the absence of that, light sleeping is a friend to the GERD sufferer. I co-slept with and breastfed my son for a very long time -- he was an every 2 hour (or more frequent) nurser for a VERY long time. Obviously I can't technically "recommend" it, but many a GERD baby around here has found sleeping much easier on their stomach, even though physicians advise against it. Does he currently sleep with the head of his sleeping surface elevated?

It can be difficult sometimes, in my experience, to convince physicians of the severity of a reflux problem in the absence of failure to gain weight. Don't let that deter you from getting the best available treatment for your son -- no one knows your baby like you do, and there is no reason at all that your observations ad concerns should be treated with the respect they deserve. Often, when a breastfed baby with GERD tolerates his mother's milk well and is responded to on demand, there is not weight gain problem, but only because mama is working so hard to make that so.

What kind of cereal is he eating? Some babies with GERD have trouble tolerating solids of any kinds, or of specific kinds, at 6 months. Regardless of what others may tell you, it is possible for a baby to get all of their calories and nutrition from breastmilk for a year or more (my son did it for 2 years, as he couldn't eat solids until then and weight and nutrition were never an issue). So you have some leeway to play with the solids a bit -- to eliminate them or adjust them to see if that helps with the reflux.

Mar 08, 2013
carol81
Hi there, Another mom of an 6 month old with reflux here. My daughter was diagnosed at 2,5 months. The spitting up became a serious problem around 4 weeks, but our first pediatrian did not take her problems seriously, because she didn't (and still has) no problem gaining weight. Because of the reflux and no help from the doctors I stopped breastfeeding at 7 weeks. The even flow from the bottle and the possibility to thicken the milk has helped her though. So I am not too sad about that. She has been on prevacid since the diagnosis and was finally doing allright untill her 6 month visit at the doctors. For her it was a combination of vaccinations, starting solids again (second try) and switching formula (to step two formula 6-12 months) We just went to see the doctor again today and agreed on no solids until 8 months, staying on step 1 formula and current medication. With my baby it seems any food will upset her. It either gives her constipation, which leads to fussyness and trouble falling asleep. Or it causes gas, which leads to the same problems. And any stress in her body causes the reflux to get worse again, which makes falling asleep even harder! Luckily falling asleep is the biggest problem with her, once she is well asleep we can move her from our lap to her bed without problems. She still wakes up at night for a bottle. And we seem te either have very fussy evenings and good nigths or quiete evenings and nights where she wakes up an extra two or three times where I have to get up to give her the pacifier. Sorry no advise for you, but I get how difficult it is!!!
Mar 13, 2013
aug2012
6 month boy with reflux
After talking to the pediatrician, we upped his medication to 0.8 ml twice per d per day. He's on banana & carrot cereal. Will be going for a weight check in next couple of days to see if he's on track. Thanks for everyone's responses.
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