Reflux Breastfeeding And Sleeping

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Sarahsmommy - March 14

So these are the questions I didn't think to ask at the doctors yesterday, and plus just stuff I need suggestions on from moms who have been through this. Poor baby Sarah had been crying since Saturday and wasn't sleeping and was sounding hoarse so I was like I'm taking her to the doctor, something is going on with her. I had been thinking she might have reflux so that's what the doctor agreed it was. So they put her on Zantec(sp) and said it may be a week before I see a difference. She has been smiling more which is a good sign. But I was just wondering if I need to change anything that I eat, or even if there's something I can add to my diet that may help her. She's already getting gripe water for her colic. And the doctor said rice ceral will make her constipation worse. Also is there anything I can do to help her, and me, sleep better at night? If I keep her in the bed with me that seems to help. Mainly because I nurse her a little and she goes back to sleep, but I'm going crazy. So if anybody had any suggestions please help. So this was so long.

 

Shelly - March 14

There are a lot of foods that can cause discomfort to the baby.You may want to google it so you get the whole list.I know broccoli and coffee are some of those,i just can't remember all of them.Advice on the sleeping thing....hmm...it also depends on how old your baby is. Sorry I can't remember,I just "moved" back to this forum.let me know the sge and I'll think of some tips that I tried. you may want to do a routine at night too. I did this when Jesse was 12 weeks old.In the evening,between 8-8:30 I give him a bath with one of those calming lavender bathlotions ( I use Johnsosn's bed time bath) that always relaxes him and makes him drowsy. I dry and moisturize him,put his sleeper on and give him a bottle. When he is almost done,and hopefully still awake but very drowsy put him in bed very carefully,and always my hand on his chest,I tell him I love you and goodnight,take myhand away and he goes to sleep.The basic thing is to start a routine now. It is very important for babies,and it gives them a sense of security!!!

 

Sarahsmommy - March 14

She's 3 months. She's really good at sleeping at night, I put her to bed when she's still drowsy and all that, it's just the thing with the acid backing up in her throat and burning her at night. So I'm at a loss for what to do to help her with that.

 

Shelly - March 14

How about elevating her a little,that may prevent for that acid reflux!

 

olivia - March 14

Will she sleep in her infant car seat? My girl had a little reflux and the doctor suggested having her sleep in the infant carrier seat. We didn't do it because the problem sorted itself out, but the more upright position is supposed to be very helpful. I am surprised she is constipated with only b___stfeeding. Is it the zantac that causes the constipation? I only ask because exculsively b___stfed babies are very rarely constipated.

 

amyh - March 15

I was told last night from my midwife that it can take up to 6 months or longer for babies to stop throwing up. The muscle stopping the acid from coming up is not at the correct angle yet and not fully developed, so it causes some babies to spit up worse than others. She said to tuck a bib in her clothes to add a layer adn that the baby will automatically turn her head to throw up. If she becomes too wet, she will cry and let you know. I know it sounds horrible, but I would much rather do this than already put my child on medication. I actually did it last night for the first time and not only did I hear less from my baby- less fussing, because she wasn't always wet, but I slept so much better too.

 

Sarahsmommy - March 15

amyr, I think you comment was rude. My baby hardly ever spits up. She has silent reflux so she's not crying because she is wet. Ceral is not an option because of bf and the constipation thing. And also if you were in pain from something would you want somebody to tell you to put a bib on you so you could turn your head to throw up and not do anything to fix the problem? Why should I make her be in pain when she doesn't have to be. I think that's very cruel.

 

Bonnie - March 15

Okay I have a child with a pretty hefty case of silent reflux..........firstly, all babies reflux somewhat. If a baby does not cry and gains weight fine then there is nothing to be concerned about. However, a baby who cries from reflux needs to be taken care of. When they cry it is because the acid burns the esophagus. If it is not treated it can cause permanent damage and crete further problems. Crying because baby is wet is not the same as crying from reflux pain. If your a mom with an infant crying from reflux pain, believe me you will know the difference. It can make colic looks like a breeze. There are several things to try but if medication is needed, then by God get the baby on it............Sarahsmommy.....If the Zantac does not work after a week, go back to the doc. They do make stronger maeds and he may need to refer you to a GI specialist. Zantac is a wonder drug for many though. Are you thickening the formula yet? This is a huge help. I do not use rice cereal because my Mason also has formula allergies. I use something calle Thick It and you can get that at drug stores (they may need to order it for you, it is around $8 a can). Thick It is just modified sornstarch and maltodextrin. If your LO is constipated (Mason is from the medication) I highly recommend you start using this stuff. But be warned, it REALLY makes them go, lol. You can ask you ped about it, it is very safe. Thickening the formula really helps the reflux stay down as well. I thicken Masons formula about the consistency of honey..Also, make sure you elevate the bed. Go to www.infantrefluxdisease.com there is a ton of info about this and the forums are great.

 

Bonnie - March 15

Oh duh! I just saw you b___st fed.....I know tehre are some moms on that Web site that b___st feed, you should post on there and ask what they do. Good luck! :)

 

Sarahsmommy - March 15

Thanks Bonnie I'll go see that website now.

 

Sarahsmommy - March 15

Oh and the doc told me to call back if I don't see a difference in a week or a week and a half and we can try prevacid. She seems to be having some improvement already though. She used to be a VERY smiley baby would smile about everything. Then starting Sat she wouldn't smile about anything. Yesterday she started to smile again, so I think the Zantac might be all we need. It smells like mint mouthwash and she hates to take it, she did better this morning though. So she's getting better.

 

olivia - March 15

I am glad she is feeling better. I am still wondering about the constipation though. Can she have another GI issue the doctor has not discovered? Did they say constipation can be a side effect of the Zantac? It really is almost unheard of for a bf baby to be constipated. You can try omitting milk and cheeses from your diet, some babies are sensitive to spicy food as well with b___stmilk. Also, does she have the hiccups a lot -- like several times a day. Most babies get them but reflux babies get them a lot more. Your b___stmilk will always be okay for your little girl no matter what you eat. Unless she starts losing weight, vomiting, or having diarrhea you should not have to adjust your diet or nursing. If it is anything in your diet the common culprit is milk products. Isn't it heartbreaking to see our little babies in pain? I am so glad she is perking back up for you.

 

olivia - March 15

sorry, i totally repeated myself in that post and it is confusing. I was trying to say you don't need to omit the milk stuff from your diet unless this continues and she starts losing weight. The meds are just used until her valve gets stronger and better at keeping the acid in her tummy, reflux isn't (that I know of) caused by an allergy.

 

Bonnie - March 15

Reflux can actually be caused by a lot of things. Allergy included :) Reflux in infants is usually secondary tom something else and allergies is the most common cuplrit. Too much air in the belly can also cause it as well as physical issues. Or they can simply have reflux.....it is a roller coaster trying to pinpoint everything down. ........... Zantac definately has a very strong mint taste to it. You will notice improvement with that medicine pretty fast. You can also ask about Pepcid which is the same type of med. Mason has that and the taste is not so strong.......Unfortunately it was not enough and Mason had to go with the stronger meds like Prevacid. Those meds DO take a full 2 weeks to take effect. It is good that yours is doing better on the Zantac. ..... When they test for allergies they generally check the stools for blood. But I am not sure if it is different for b___stfed. Like I said, the ladies on that Web site will no more in that department. Once you get the reflux pain under control then you may start looking at factors to see iftehre is something causing the reflux (like lactose intolerence) or if she just simply has it.........Reflux meds definately cause constipation. I know there are several things you can do. There is glycerin suppositories (which I would recommend doing now until your doc can decide the best course of treatment. They do not enter the bloodtream and are contact only and not addicting. However, not fun to give. :P But it will get her going in the meantime.) There is juice, the Thick It which I use (but only good if thickening bottles), and I believe there is a prescription called Miralax or something like that some of those ladies use. ......anyway, as Olivia said, if it is related to your diet it would probably be dairy products. See how she does on the Zantac and go from there. Glad to hear she is doing better :).(BTW< I am Mirra on that Web site)

 

Bonnie - March 15

Bleh, typos.....what can I say, I am a sleep deprived mommy :P

 

Angela in California - March 16

amhy - Babies with reflux do not cry because they are wet, they cry because they have stomach acid coming up their esophagus and it burns like hell. It's a pretty serious condition. Lots of babies "spit up" and don't have the same condition and are not in pain. The Zantac is designed to help them produce less stomach acid, so that when they spit up (and it doesn't stop them from spitting up) it won't hurt as bad.

 

JEN - March 16

Zantac did wonders for my son, but you need to give it time (sorry!!!!). Also, what kind of gripe water do you use? I use colic calm for my ds's gas, and the charcoal in it is supposed to help with reflux- my son has been sleeping through the night since we started it- not sure if it coincidence or not, but hey....Also, my son sleeps so much better in his ba__sinett as opposed to in bed with me. He is a light sleeper, and everytime I rolled over he woke up. Good luck with your lil one, and don't worry- it will get better soon!

 

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