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Monday, May 18, 2009 sandys1418, Community Member, asks

Q: When do babies generally outgrow the reflux?

My 11 month old has been on Zantac since he was approx 4 months old. I recently stopped giving the medication to him and now all of a suddden he is drinking a lot less. He is not even taking half of the bottle.  I do not know if this is due to him still having acid relux or if he is teething. I know I need to start weaning him off of the bottle but he still needs liquids and this is rather sudden.

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Jan Gambino, Health Guide
5/19/09 6:07am

Hello!

Most babies with reflux symptoms improve greatly during the first year. Most outgrow reflux during the first or second year. Maybe your son had a decrease in symptoms and the doctor suggested weaning him from the Zantac? This is a good way to test whether the medication is still needed. Certainly check in with the doctor and figure out if he has an illness, new tooth or a bit of lingering reflux.

It might help to keep track of how much he is drinking (or not drinking) for a few days so the doctor has some data.

Let me know what you find out.

Jan Gambino

The Reflux Mom

www.refluxmom.com

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By sandys1418, Community Member— Last Modified: 11/17/10, First Published: 05/18/09