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Monday, June 06, 2011 Luvinfamily, Community Member, asks

Q: Acid reflux in 7 month old?????

I am in need of answers please. I am a mother of 2 beautiful girls. Ashlynn 2, and Sophie 7 months. Sophie has been a gasy baby since day 1. I am breastfeeding her and she has also been getting solids for almost 2 months now. She has always been a baby that spit up (at least we thought it was just spit up) and now with solids she still even after a few hours spits up. She doesn't seem gasy throughout the day, it seems to start about 1/2 hour to an hour after she goes to bed. The reason I think it's gas is because she has her knees pulled up to her chest and screams. There is basically nothing we can do to relieve this. Because of the spit up, does this sound like acid reflux? Like maybe it's not gas and her tummy is in pain???? After eating solid food, you would think 2 hours later it would be well on it's way to digesting, so she shouldn't be spitting it up looking like it did 2 hours before??? I am at a loss, dr's say gas, but i have a mothers instinct that it's something else. Any suggestions? My husband and I NEED sleep, and Sophie needs relief.

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Stephanie, Health Guide
6/ 8/11 10:09pm

Some of us don't move things through our systems as easily. I learned this from my daughter who was similar to yours. The dawning realization came to me when 7 hours after eating carrots she spit them back up on me despite nursing twice in the mean time. They looked just like they did going down. After that I found out that carrots are particularly hard to digest. For my daughter, the higher fiber foods that we think of as being so good for them were actually the hardest for her to digest. In addition, they also caused her to be constipated which only worsened the reflux.

 

You may want to consider backing off on the number of foods she's eating right now. Go back to just the few that you think are bothering her the least. Then again go back to slowly reintroducing them. All the while, keep a food/symptom log. See if you notice any foods that are more of a problem than others for her.

 

The food/symptom log may also help you figure out if there are better times in the day for her to get the solids than others. Maybe she does better if she eats them earlier in the day so that she has more time to get them through her belly before it's time for bed.

 

Stephanie

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By Luvinfamily, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/19/12, First Published: 06/06/11