Could This Be Reflux

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maryl14 - January 18

my lo is 18 days old and when i feed him he is fine he burps great but then after wards about 15-30 mins after eating and during that time being burped he starts to act like he is gaging on something but he doesn't spit up anything and it freaks the h__l out of me i try to burp him again but nothing and i can't get any sleep at night because i scared he'll do this at night and choke he doesn't spit up his formula and doesn't seem to have gas any ideas or comments would be much appreciated

 

MellyMel - January 18

Mary, my daughter did the exact same thing since she was around 2 weeks old and she has reflux. Don't worry about her choking because babies will always either swallow it or spit it up. I use to worry she would do it at night when I am asleep and choke, but the doctor told me she would swallow or spit it out. She is fine and is 2 months this week. It doesn't mean she HAS reflux, but gagging is a symptom. She is on Axid for it too. Does he have any other symptoms yet such as projectial vomiting, arching his back, fussiness with nipple, kicking out his feet or wet burps??

 

maryl14 - January 18

now that you mention it he started arching his back yesterday and kicking his feet every burp is wet the only bottle he'll drink out of is a dr brown's i have tried several others and he want take them he puhs them back out with his tongue no vomiting though

 

maryl14 - January 18

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MellyMel - January 18

Mary, it sounds like he could have it. Please see your pediatrician and get a referral to see a specialist, because he may need some medication. Please remember that it does cause them pain, so if you think(and it sounds like he might) he has it, please see a doctor soon. My first baby wasn't diagnosed until he was 5 months old and it was my first and I had no idea what infant reflux was 8 years ago, so when my daughter started showing signs I took her right away. It hurts their poor little throats.

 

maryl14 - January 18

he has an appointment this afternoon so i'm going to mention it to the doctor

 

maryl14 - January 18

ok went to aydan appointment and they said he has reflux now they said raise his mattress up at the head and if that didn't work to add cereal to his bottles now does this work because i have elevate his head and he still does it

 

Kara H. - January 18

Max always did well if I let him sleep in a semi-upright position like in his swing or in his bouncy seat. These measures worked until he was about 8wks old, then he needed to go on an acid reducer because he was screaming in pain from 7am to 11pm nonstop everyday. It took a couple of weeks to see the full effect of the medicine but it made a big difference.

 

Christy1 - January 18

Hi...my ds is 4 weeks old and he got diagnosed with acid reflux today. He gags also and it was scaring me to death, but the dr. said he is doing the right thing. He started on Zantac and rice cereal in his formula. The dr. also said to feed him less amounts more frequently and this is so hard because he cries and cries. She is right though because when he doesn't eat so much he sleeps better and I can tell he is much more comfortable. We propped up his mattress in the ba__sinet, but it doesn't seem to help. The pediatrician suggested we let him sleep overnight in his car seat. Anyone have any opinions on this? It makes me a little uneasy, but he does seem to sleep well whenever we put him in it. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks! Christy

 

aurorabunny - January 18

Mary and Christie---the mattress propping will work well at about a 45 degree angle...just make sure it's not so steep that they will just roll or slide down. Also, there have been more studies done that show that sleeping in a car seat or in a complete upright position can actually make reflux WORSE because of the spots where it puts pressure in the tummy. I would say that the propped mattress is a better idea. You could also make a "nest" out of towels to support your lo s so that they don't slide down. Also don't forget to hold them up for at least 30 minutes after each bottle---that helps us TREMENDOUSLY. And Christy--keep an eye on the Zantac and make sure it works. If your little on only has mild reflux Zantac may be enough to kick it but it didn't do the trick for us and I know also a lot of other more severe refluxers just simply need more. We didn't see good results until we switched to Prilosec. Hopefully it will work for you. Good luck with those babies guys!!

 

care - January 19

Not to scare anyone, but just be careful with the reflux. My ds is almost 4 wks and on Sunday he stopped breathing after being fed because he aspirated on his spit-up. He was diagnosed with severe acid reflux. He is wonderful now, but you can still tell he is a little uncomfortable after feeding. He is a completely different baby now, he is pleasant and is sleeping good. He also wasn't putting on weight because of the reflux. Like I said, this isn't to worry anyone, the doctors said that it is not very common to stop breathing, we were just very unlucky. Good luck with everyone!!!

 

aurorabunny - January 19

Care--the same thing happened to my son when he was 5 weeks old. He was sounding congested (because of the reflux, come to find out) so our nurse suggested we give him a little water. Water+severe acid reflux baby=BAD IDEA!! It's so thin that he refluxed up before he even had a chance to breathe, and we had to call the ambulance, spend hospital time, apnea tests, stomach probe, the whole 9 yards. Thankfully he's 6 months old now and doing much better but what a TERRIFYING thing for us moms to go through. I still don't sleep that much as paranoid as that sounds.

 

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