Infant Reflux when does it get better?

posted 6 days ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Honey bee

Have you tried cutting out dairy and carbs from your diet and the formula? My friend who breastfed did this and it cleared everything. I formula fed when I was having too many BFing issues to stay sane and I used Nature’s one formula. They have a couple varieties to help with this issue including pea protein and a gentle formula. I think often it’s the dairy that really causes a struggle, especially if you’re seeing a lot of mucus. Try also taking probiotics. I did that all throughout my pregnancy with my second and he was much less sensitive. It got better with my one baby by the time he was sitting up. The other never handled dairy well and he’s now six. Also, make sure you keep him sitting up after feeds. It’s a young at night but does help. 

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Helper bee

Big hugs to you, baby feeding issues are hard! No advice on the formula, but for my second baby I had to cut dairy and egg to see an improvement, and limit soy. The dairy takes a couple weeks I think to get out of your system, and then the babies system. it worked for us, but we didn’t have the reflux issue.

Post # 4
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Helper bee

Sorry you are going through this! I’ll second the comment about dairy – my daughter was diagnosed with a dairy protein allergy early on and had bad silent reflux, was always super congested/mucousy, and had slow weight gain. Our doctor precribed Nexium once a day (oral suspension that we syringed into her mouth) and I was instructed to cut dairy entirely, which unfortunately takes 6-8 weeks to clear out of your system and is surprisingly in a lot more than you’d realize!

The medication helped very quickly and me cutting dairy did help too eventually, but around the 7 month mark, my supply completely tanked, so we ended up switching to formula, which was also a challenge since she HATED the Alimentum and Nutramigen formulas (I can’t blame her, they smelled horrible!), but I eventually found a German brand called Hipp HA Combiotic and she did very well on it, though it is harder to source and it is more expensive. 

She’s 20 months now and we actually still give her a bedtime bottle of it – she’s such a picky eater that I feel better known she is getting SOME nutrients at least. 

Feeding challenges are so stressful, just know it will get better after some trial and error! In those early days it really felt like we were never going to figure things out or get it right, but our little gal is now a happy, healthy toddler, it just takes time to find out what works for your little one! 

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Seconding the dairy aversion idea. We tried about 5 formulas and settled on Soy (Enfamil Prosobee). I tried the Nutramagin for one feeding and it was disgusting and we immediately went back to soy. I think you’re supposed to wait a week to fully try out a new formula but there were two of them (nutramagin and I don’t remember the other one, I think gentlease) that were SO bad right away we couldn’t wait a week. Soy wasn’t the best and we still had issues, but it was the best of the ones we tried so at some point we just said it’s good enough and this is him needing to grow into his esophagus. Each time we’d try one out thinking it could be better than the Soy, we ended back at soy being the lesser of two evils. 

We used gas drops in every bottle (and sometimes between feeds), and burped every 1 oz (this was a pain but it worked). I can’t recommend the gas drops enough, they were life savers!! I also don’t recommend propping up the pack and play, that is very dangerous and baby should be sleeping flat on their back, even with reflux it’s evidence based that that’s the safest position. I know this is hard to hear and it doesn’t help you now in the moment, but it does get better.. and for us that was around the 3-4 month mark. We just considered him undiagnosed colic which is traditionally from 6-12 weeks and soon enough he outgrew the issues and started to grow into his body a bit more.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

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@Cheekie0077:  I do think the meds did help, especially since it took forever for the dairy to clear out of my system, so it was a good ‘band-aid’ until the cause was dealt with. Overall though, both of us were much happier when we switched to formula – I knew she was getting enough to eat and that there weren’t any traces of dairy in my system giving her trouble, so ultimately I think that was the best move for us. 

I hope once your little guy gets used to his new formula that things will level off for you too! Definitely experiment with different brands too if you find this one isn’t working for him. I know how frustrating it is trying to figure out what works, but you will eventually find your groove!

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2019

I had a similar experience with my son who is almost a year old now. He had silent reflux, where it wasn’t causing much if any pain, but he would spit up multiple times after a feed. It was exhausting and disheartening. Because of this he had alot of weight gain issues, he was growing in other areas but between birth and 4 months, he only gained 2lbs. I tried the dairy restriction and got special formula but it didn’t matter. What worked for us was time and adding in rice/oatmeal cereal at 4 months to both formula and breast milk bottles; he would still spit up but not everything. We would only add rice/oatmeal to one or two bottles a day to make sure he didn’t get backed up. We also had to up the nipple size to get the rice through. He also took pepcid from 3-6 months, keep in mind that pepcid doesn’t stop the spit up it just helps with the pain. If your little guy is in distress or pain, I would try the pepcid, I know it worked for other mothers. **I say this as someone with experience not as a pediatrician, of course listen to them**

All this to say, at 6 months it was like magic, the spit got less and less and it was almost like it was never an issue. We stopped the pepcid, and adding rice/oatmeal to his bottles and he was fine. I was able to actually nurse him more frequently and not pump as much; this was a huge relief because pumping is hard! 

I know it seems like it won’t ever get better but it usually does! Sometimes it just about powering through and knowing it’s not forever. Take care of yourself, Mama!

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Sugar bee

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@Cheekie0077:  My daughter had awful reflux starting around 7 or 8 weeks old. I EBF, and when my supply was low, we started supplementing with formula. I took her to the ped, and he referred us to the gastroenterologist, and they recommended cutting dairy. That fixed it. 

ETA: We also tried Pepcid and it seemed to help for a little bit then she started scream crying in pain randomly. I searched online and found that could be a symptom of the Pepcid for infants. We stopped the Pepcid and that stopped the scream crying. Even if you’ve given up breastfeeding, you can still use a dairy-free formula. We used HiPP, which is a European formula, and LO did great on it. 

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Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Have tongue ties been ruled out? They cause that, it’s super common and most docs know little about them. Both of my kiddos were tongue tied and were revised 

Post # 11
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Helper bee

How is your LO’s weight gain? The drugs are pretty strong and can affect bone density. Our doctor told us only to use them if weight gain was poor or if our baby was miserable. Sounds like you are holding your LO upright for 15-20 minutes after eating. You can also get a very very slight wedge for your bassinet. We have a Snoo but they sell a wedge that raised the bassinet like 4 degrees. I think the allowed safe limit for wedges is like 10 degrees. 

Sorry you are dealing with this! Our pediatrician said it gets worse until it starts getting better around 4 months. If you can try to alleviate pain with some of the natural methods (formula change, holding upright), I would before trying the meds! Good luck! 

Post # 12
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Honey bee

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@Cheekie0077:  I really would give natures one a try. It’s organic and not filled with all the crap that even those fancy reflux formulas have. My oldest son who had more severe issues (horrible constipation and gas) did well on the sensitive version. The pea protein I’ve heard is also very good. My youngest did well on the gentle version, which is very similar to breast milk, but it does technically have dairy in it so maybe not a good option in your situation. Whenever I switched formulas it would take a week or two of adjustment before I could see a difference. I hope you guys get some sleep and resolution soon. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee

Hi back, friend! Well, I’m glad he has excellent weight gain so you don’t have to worry about that. How many hours is he sleeping during the night / day? Unrelated to this, but Anev told me to check out the respectful sleep training group on facebook which has great sleep resources (even if you don’t want to train eventually, it helped me figure out night sleep and nap schedules). 

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