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i think soon2 be is probably right plus if babe is bringing back milk giving baby rice ensures he is still getting some nutrition as it is easier to stay down and is as close to milk as possible.
[QUOTE=weepyone]i think soon2 be is probably right plus if babe is bringing back milk giving baby rice ensures he is still getting some nutrition as it is easier to stay down and is as close to milk as possible.[/QUOTE]

Rice cereal is not close to milk at all. Actually, it is very nutritionally void compared to breastmilk and formula, which is why I don't understand it is a first "solid" food. But anyway...

Reflux is an imature valve that connects the stomach to the esophogus. It fluctuates and doesn't trap acid down, so when stomach acid rises it becomes uncomfortable for baby. The cereal is heavy and slowly digested, so it helps prevent the stomach contents, which would pretty much be pure liquid, from rising.

My DD has been diagnosed with reflux since 3 weeks of age and I've never given her cereal for it, and she is what our prediatrician described as a pretty moderate-severe case. She's been on zantac, and that couple with modified feeding (on an incline, frequent burping, etc) she has done great.

Also, the amount of milk they spit up is usually minimal. It looks like a lot more then it is. As long as he's gaining weight and still making good wet diapers then the spit up is nothing to worry about, other then, of course, controlling the pain associated with the acid, which is what the Zantac is for.
Well, that is the thing, he is not spitting up at all. I hear gurgling when he burps, but no spit-up. He is 18 pounds 12 ounces so I know he is eating well.
There is just no explaining this sudden onset of crying.

I am going to try the Zantac and see what happens. I hope it works!
No, actually they told me NOT to put it in his bottle, but to spoon feed him. I gave him the Zantac a few hours ago and i can say that he has not cried once. I am not sure, we will see, but I feel it is a blanket diagnosis. It is worth a shot though...
I forgot to mention that it took a good week for us to see complete results with the Zantac, so hang in there with it. By two weeks she was a completely different baby.

I also agree that reflux seems to be a "cover all" diagnosis. There are things you can do to see if the reflux resolves itself without meds so you don't have to medicate unnecessarily. For example, feeding on an incline and holding your baby upright for 20 minutes after each feeding, along with frequent burping and sleeping on an incline. We did all these things, which helped, so we were pretty sure it was reflux, but it just wasn't enough to make her comfortable. We also found that the prescribed dose was too much, so we adjusted it down until we found the right amount. We went from 1ml twice a day to .5ml twice a day.
He may have silent reflux. That's what two of mine had. The milk comes up but not all the way and they swallow it back down. It burns as it comes up, then comes the crying.

Another thought, have you changed anything in your diet? Maybe something you are eating is bothering him.
No, nothing in th diet. I eat very clean and bland. Broiled chicken, brown rice,etc. Nothing I know of. When he burps, I hear a gurgle and then he swallows and cries. Maybe that IS what it is? I am going to try the Zantac and see what happens.

I am also going to try the rice cereal. I was not planning on doing this until he was 4 months, but if it makes him feel better that is all that matters to me.
[QUOTE=skeetersquirt]I am also going to try the rice cereal. I was not planning on doing this until he was 4 months, but if it makes him feel better that is all that matters to me.[/QUOTE]

I would try the Zantac first, and then, if you feel you still need it, try the cereal. Like I said, DD has a pretty severe case and the Zantac did wonders. We noticed a difference within 2-3 days, but by two weeks she was completely different.
Faith is now 4 months old and Ive been adding rice to her bottles since she was 2 months old due to her throwing up her milk ever since birth. I would rather do that then give her meds at this age. Good Luck
We gave DS rice early because he was screaming all the time, the dr thought it might be a little reflux, she said, I won't tell you to give him rice, but you can. My friend (with three kids) and my grandma (who raised two of her own and helped with 7 others) actualy suggested it to us first, and we tried it and it really helped alot!
It kind of soaks up the acid I think. I dont' think that is the best way to expalin it though.
i'm new to this so be easy on me:) i had your same concerns about rice cereal..i have a 2 month old daughter whom which was 2 months premature and couldn't keep any kind of milk down due to acid reflux..i was ready to give up but her doctor told me to try it before we put her on medicine mainly because she's still so small..it has honestly worked wonders. i have to make her formula very thick but it stay down alot better..so in my opinion it's alot better than putting her on medication. hope this helps :)
My son has reflux too. He takes prevecaid. I switched formula to Enfamil A.R. it is much thicker and he hardly spits up.
hi my son had acid reflux and now my daughter has acid reflux. my sons pediatrician put him on zantac and rice cereal in his bottle it worked wonders the dr said it was because the cereal makes the formula thicker so it stays down easier. my daughter was a preemie and she was put onto alimentum (formula) prevacid and she is also on 6 tablespoons of rice cereal to 6 oz of formula. it helps them to keep it down she was tested in the hospital and that is how we found out she had the acid reflux because all she was doing was throwing up, crying and losing weight because she could not keep anything down. she is doing really well now on the cereal, medicine, and special formula. the cereal helps it was a god send when we did not know what was wrong with my son. my mother suggested it so i tried it and it helped a lot for the first time after we tried it he did not throw up and that night after i gave him a bottle with the cereal in it he slept through the night.
i hope your baby does well on the zantac and the cereal.
My dd also has reflux, a severe case, and my doctor gave me a prescription of Prevacid to fill if I felt my daughter absolutely needed it. (Her own son has the same severe case) I don't like to use medication if I don't have to, (especially when she's so small) I was nervous about trying the cereal too, but I did, and boy has it done wonders. My daughter will be 4 months on Sep. 28th, and she's been on the rice cereal for about a month now. She sleeps 11 to 12 hours a night, without waking up, and naps during the day about 3 times, for a half hour to an hour each nap. I keep her head elevated slightly when I put her down. She continues to gain weight, the spit up is minimal, I always make sure she burps during a feeding and after, and I never had to fill that prescription. If I don't use the cereal, it all starts up again, so I've been sticking with the cereal, and she's so much happier.

Everyone is different, I wish you luck.
some babies take longer to settle than others my ds is 4 months old and his reflux is still pretty bad even though he has started weaning but i must admit gaviscon infant makes things alot easier on his poor little tummy
good luck with whichever approach u decide is best 4 you
everyones baby is different try not to worry yourself about it you will get there i am
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Hi ladies,
excuse my ignorance but how can you tell that yourbaby has acid reflux ( symptoms ???) because I think my baby has it....he has been spitting a lot after each feeding ( he is now almost 2 months ) and when I mentioned this to his ped. he told me that I shouldn't worry because he is gaining weight...( he gained 2 pounds the first month...but he does spit up a lot after each feeding ( big quantities too ) I was thinking that I am overfeeding him ( I breast feed him) he eats more often comparing to my previous babies( every 2 hours)
is acid reflux going to stay with them forever ??
thank you for your help and again excuse my ignorance because I never had to deal with this before.
it could be possible that your baby has acid reflux
my son was being sick after feeds at 1 week old projectile really scarey at the time if your baby is sick after every feed then maybe it is acid reflux we took our son to pedsat one week because we were worried only to be sent home sayin they wernt worried because he was putting on weight only too return 3 weeks later and be diagnosed with acid reflux
is your baby crying when they are sick?
is it projectile like dopes it go long distances?
and you said your baby is feeding more frequently i would go see your peds too double check just in case
let me know how you get on
good luck lesley:wave:
thanks lesleykev for replying,
no it is not projectile ( never happened that way )but he spits a lot after each feeding, and he is gaining weight
he does cry sometimes specially before going to bed because his tummy get bloated ( is it related )..thank God he has an appt on friday for the 2 months check up because I am starting to get nervous about this problem...
[QUOTE=North_of_60]Rice cereal is not close to milk at all. Actually, it is very nutritionally void compared to breastmilk and formula, which is why I don't understand it is a first "solid" food. But anyway...

Reflux is an imature valve that connects the stomach to the esophogus. It fluctuates and doesn't trap acid down, so when stomach acid rises it becomes uncomfortable for baby. The cereal is heavy and slowly digested, so it helps prevent the stomach contents, which would pretty much be pure liquid, from rising.

My DD has been diagnosed with reflux since 3 weeks of age and I've never given her cereal for it, and she is what our prediatrician described as a pretty moderate-severe case. She's been on zantac, and that couple with modified feeding (on an incline, frequent burping, etc) she has done great.

Also, the amount of milk they spit up is usually minimal. It looks like a lot more then it is. As long as he's gaining weight and still making good wet diapers then the spit up is nothing to worry about, other then, of course, controlling the pain associated with the acid, which is what the Zantac is for.[/QUOTE]


I have you say your child's case couldn't have been severe. Severe children throw up PROJECTILE vomit, and often...which results in weight loss. I know this because mine had reflux, and my daughter's was worse than my son's. Hers was so severe she'd stop breathing during sleep sometimes. She had to have a sleep study done. Which showed it was just AR causing it.

Both ofm ine had rice ceral by 2-3 weeks of age. They were fine, and are still not overweight, if that is a concern. 3 yr old dd is 28 lbs, 2 yr old ds is 26 lbs.





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