3 Month Old Baby With Reflux-any Solutions Out There?

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3 Month Old Baby With Reflux-any Solutions Out There?

I have a 3 month old baby girl with acid reflux. I have done a lot of research in desperation trying to find answers to my baby's behavior from birth pretty much. She had been extremely gassy and fussy from the moment she was born and has gotten worse and worse. She has a lot of the symptoms that are typical of GER babies....spitting up, fussy, not sleeping well unless held upright, congestion sound in her throat, contant drooling, sudden crying episodes at anytime of the day or night, and most recent a hoarse voice. when she was about 1 1/2 months her Ped prescribed Zantac and now has her on Prilosec. She still is not any bettter. Does anyone have any solutions or advice? She is currently breastfed and formula fed. I have eliminated mostly everything from my diet and Dr. has her on Nutramigen. I am desperate to find relief for my poor baby girl. If anyone can offer any solutions or advice I would greatly appreciate it.

Tanya

Answer

Oh my. How frustrating to see her symptoms getting worse and worse. That is not good. Certainly changing the diet and trying medication are typical treatments for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). I wonder if the doctor has tried splitting the dose of the PPI or trying another brand. Sometimes parents tell me that one brand works better than another. Is the medication compounded (crushed and made into a liquid). Sometimes the compounding makes the medication unstable and it needs to be made every 1-2 weeks rather than once per month.

It sounds like her diet has been modified quite a bit. Sometimes diet makes a huge difference, sometimes not as much. When a mom tells me their baby is gassy, it makes me think the food isn't being digested properly. Sometimes this is a food allergy, sometimes an intolerance. There is a fine line between modifying the diet to eliminate triggers and affecting your nutrient and the baby's nutrient needs.

Some breastfed babies are gassy due to an imbalance of foremilk and hindmilk. Make sure she is draining each breast at each feeding. Some babies only drink from one breast at a feeding, especially if they are eating small amounts or nursing frequently. Also make sure she is not eating all of the time. Let her stomach rest a bit and then resume eating. If she is really fussy, it could be hunger or something else.

I have given you a lot of ideas to think about. Let me know if you want me to give you more information. I have written quite a bit about these topics on this site. You can search on this site to locate the posts.

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Take care,

Jan Gambino

The Reflux Mom

Answered by Jan Gambino