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Your Questions About Acid Reflux In Infants

Michael asks…

How does acid reflux happen in infants?

Does it just one day “happen”? My baby has been diagnosed with it and he didn’t have it before. He’s 3.5 months old. How did this happen?

Wendy answers:

I wish it didnt exist!! Its horrible!! Dylan was diagnosed at about 5 weeks old… And it only got worse from there on out. He still suffers badly from it. Its horrible. Your baby may have had silent reflux, so you may not have realized what was going on…

If dylan hadnt puked so much all the time, i probably wouldnt have taken him in.. The throwing up (mixed with the screaming and back arching) was what concerned me the most…

Now he has allll the side effects of reflux… But they do get better, and slowly will grow out of it. Good luck.. I feel for you!!

Oh.. Adn check out this website that i found today, it really is awesome for gerd parents and helps you to relax and not worry about the severity of it :

http://pediatricadvice.net/2006/10/gastroesophageal-reflux.html

William asks…

Gripe water or gas drops to sooth acid reflux in an infant?

99% sure that my newborn is suffering from acid reflux. He has every single symptom. The Dr. put him on some medication a week ago, which is helping slightly, but he’s still crying and suffering most of the time he’s awake. I was wondering if anyone has tried gripe water or gas drops (or anything else that worked) – and was wondering if it helped at all. Please let me know what your experience with these types of products was. Thanks!

Wendy answers:

There is a pepto-bismal (sp?) for babies, available on prescription.

That will help with the acid part.

For the reflux, try to keep baby upright (or at least semi-upright, sort of car-seat position) after feeds.

I know he hasn’t got control of his head yet, so it’s not easy!

But if you have a baby bouncer chair, carseat or sling he can go into for half an hour, it will help him a lot. Gravity will keep the milk down.

Sandra asks…

Is Gastroesophageal Reflux and Acid Reflux the same thing?

I have an infant that keeps throwing up, and no not spitting up, throwing up. He’s being treated as we speak, but I wanted to know if there is a difference in the two.

Wendy answers:

I found this answer by a Digestive System Specialist…

Answer
Acid reflux is one cause of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a disease in which stomach acid or, occasionally, bile flows back (refluxes) into your food pipe (esophagus).

Because GERD may also be caused by bile reflux, the term “acid reflux disease” is more specific in describing the cause. But it doesn’t describe the body part affected by the acid reflux.

Most doctors prefer “GERD” because it’s a more comprehensive term. Drug companies that market and sell acid-suppressing medications, however, often prefer to use “acid reflux disease.”

George asks…

Anyone know if gastroesophageal reflux (acid reflux) happens more commonly in INFANT boys then in infant girls

Wendy answers:

I think any baby can be affected by it equally across the board.

Carol asks…

Does Zantac improve weight gain in infants?

My baby is a happy spitter but is not gaining weight well due to his frequent and copious regurgitation and my pediatrician is suggesting Zantac (we’ve tried everything else). From what I’ve read, it seems as though technically Zantac reduces acid but not reflux in infants. So I’m wondering if, clinically, any of you have seen a decrease in spitting up?

Wendy answers:

My daughter is a happy spitter as well. At her two month check up she had only gained 2 lbs. Due to the severe spit ups. My doc put her on zantac and reglan. She said the two need to be prescribed together to be more effective. Well, I wasn’t excited about putting a 2 month old on drugs, but it was to better her health. She is now 17 weeks and she has gained 8 lbs. Total. The two worked really good for her. I gave them in the am before her feeding and then just before her night feeding. They made her sleepy, so this was the perfect time for them.

I only stopped her on them 2 weeks ago because I started baby cereal and stage 1 fruits. (I will probably get a thumbs down for that, but I am her mommy and think I know what is best for her!) I found that once she had more then formula in her tummy she seems to be happier and little to no spit up was happening. It was actually a fluke because I had forgot to fill the prescription and learned that she no longer needed them.)

I know it is scary to put your infant on drugs, but I am glad I chose it and then took her off as soon as I could. Best of Luck!

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