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Old September 2nd, 2009, 02:37 PM   #1
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Reflux advice needed *cross posted*

Please share any advice you have on dealing with a reflux baby. For example, keep them upright for at least 30 minutes after eating, let them sleep upright, etc... Anything is welcome.


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Old September 2nd, 2009, 02:56 PM   #2
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I found this online for you...

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Feed smaller amounts per feeding (at least 1 ounce less than you have been). Maintain the total feeding time at less than 20 minutes. For nursing mothers, try nursing on one side per feeding and pumping the other side, then alternate sides for next feeding.
Wait at least two and a half hours between feedings because it takes that long for the stomach to empty itself.
Avoid tight diapers because they add pressure on the stomach. Also, do not put pressure on the abdomen or play vigorously with your child right after meals.
After meals, try to hold your baby in an upright position. Use a front-pack, backpack, or swing for 30-60 minutes. Reduce time in a sitting position (eg. infant seats).
Constant sucking on a pacifier can inflate the stomach with swallowed air. In addition, sucking on a bottle with too small a nipple hole can also contribute to spitting up. If the formula does not drip out at a rate of one drop per second, clean the nipple better or enlarge the hole.
Burping is less important than giving smaller feedings. Burp the baby 2 or 3 times during each feeding. Do not interrupt the feeding rhythm to burp, wait until the baby pauses and looks around. Burp each time for less than a minute.


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Old September 2nd, 2009, 03:00 PM   #3
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Incline the crib mattress as high as you can or get a wedge from a medical supply store but they run about $60.

The bouncer/swing will be your best friend.

Smaller more often feedings or bigger farther apart feedings - try see if either helps your baby


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Old September 2nd, 2009, 04:08 PM   #4
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Thanks ladies!


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Old September 2nd, 2009, 07:18 PM   #5
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I meant to type more but Ethan pulled out my keyboard cord.

If you plan on medicating remember certain medications are very weight sensitive [Zantac has to be raised every half pound] and most medications will stop working over time. Also some doctors are simply afraid to treat reflux with the amount of medication required. DS takes more Prevacid than most adults I know to control his reflux and took twice as much when he was 3-15 months when his reflux was worse.

Allergies or sensitives can be a contributing factor dairy, soy, eggs, are the most likely.


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Old September 2nd, 2009, 08:40 PM   #6
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Travis has reflux. You may want to check with your doctor, but he is on Prevacid (amazing) and cereal in every bottle! He lived in his bouncer for the longest time! It was perfect. When sleeping we propped the head of his mattress. Smaller more often feedings. He was doing 3oz every 2 hours up until last week. Burp frequently. Keep upright, they say, at least 30 minutes after eating.

I think that's all I can think of now!


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Old September 3rd, 2009, 12:01 AM   #7
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Well all of the ladies above pretty much said what I was going to. One thing that helps Chloe a lot is patting her back after eating for a long time. She's usually very fussy at night and the only way she'll fall asleep is if I keep patting her back. Sometimes I have to put a little effort in doing so... I also read that sucking can help sometimes. So a pacifier might help some too.


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