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So, I think my 4-week old has a mild form of reflux. It's more like he's spitting up all the time, but it doesn't come out of his mouth. It's so frustrating because I can tell he is uncomfortable (he sticks his tongue out and makes gaggy expressions).<br><br>
Because of it, we have to keep him upright after a feeding which makes sleeping harder. And, I have to burp him which also makes sleeping harder and often he doesn't burb for 10 minutes (and I don't think my burping him actually gets it out, it just happens in its own time).<br><br>
Today he hasn't slept well because every time he falls asleep in my arms or on my chest and I try to put him down after 20 minutes he starts to get refluxy and agitated and it wakes him up.<br><br>
Maybe this is more of a problem for me than him?<br><br>
Anyway, my pediatrician isn't concerned and I don't think he has it so bad as to be concerned about damaging his esophogus. I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced this? Will he outgrow it? Should I be burping him differently?<br><br>
We occasionally use the Mylecon, but I don't really think it makes a difference. Haven't tried gripe water yet. And, I really don't want to get him on reflux meds. Any suggestions?<br><br>
Thanks!<br>
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My dd spit up CONSTANTLY until she was about 7 months or so and more upright and mobile and her digestive system matured. As a holdover from this, she's now VERY VERY attached to her blankie. Why you ask????? Well, easy. Since she was constantly throwing up we would always have the baby on our shoulder(to keep her upright) with a blanket under her head to catch the barf. So she was used to having a blankie to hold onto(ie, a barf rag) and now she can't go to sleep without her blankie. Fortunately we've gotten her onto a nice silk blankie instead of a recieving blanket that caught barf for 7 months. We had a large rotation of about 10-12 blankies that we consistantly ran out of and we washed daily! So you arne't the only one. Other than small, frequent nursing sessions and keeping baby upright for abou a half hour or more after feeding(the sling is great for this!) and having baby sleep on an incline and making sure not to keep pressure on their little tummies, I have no advice. For us, dd was a happy spitter so it was more of a laundry problem than a medical problem. I don't think there's much you can do for him but wait until his gut matures and food stays down. Good luck!<br><br>
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All of my babies have required sleeping in their car seat for like a month or more till they got over that stage of not being comfy laying down. The care seat at night was the only way I got any rest at night. During the day they where fine but maybe that because they where always being held.<br><br>
In Dr Williams lastest newsletter he mentions using slippery elm for acid reflux with almost instant relief. He states that slippery elm is very safe and nutritious.<br><br>
I know I have use slippery elm for myself while preggo and it soooo took care of my heartburn.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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THanks...good to know (well, not good really) that others have experienced this.<br><br>
I was checking some more on it on kellymom and definitely think he has silent reflux. He's gaining weight just fine, so I am just concerned for his discomfort.<br><br>
I've decided to stop burping him so much and let it come out on his own (and stop the burping by putting pressure on his tummy like the books recommend). I am also considering trying to get him to sleep on his side to see if that helps. AND, hopefully my sling comes in the mail soon so we can get moving with that! We have the Ultimate Baby Wrap, but it's just not working as well as I want it to, so hopefully the sling will work.<br><br>
I've been trying to reduce my overactive letdown by feeding from one side for a while, but this is tough when he only eats for 10 minutes and then might go 2 hours without eating again! I'm also considering eliminating dairy for a bit.<br><br>
I just hope he grows out of it sooner than 1 year!
 

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Silent reflux generally causes more damage than classic reflux b/c it burns going up and down. We're still battling it at 10.5 mos and it's frustrating. I would definitely reccomend cutting dairy and soy for at least 2 wks (I have lots of info and can help you) and seeing what happens. Refflux and intolerances often go hand in hand. While cutting foods didn't fix Evan's reflux (he still needs Prevacid and Mylanta), eating the wrong thing, dairy especially, is a sentence to be awake all night crying! The sooner you get this under control, the sooner you guys can feel good about your relationship. I've wanted to qui nursing so many times b/c of this and wish I'd been more agressive earlier. Like you though, it seemed mild and we just were waiting till he outgrew it. Ugh!
 

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How much, how often, in what fashion? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/notes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="notes">:
 

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You definitely *need* to completley eliminate *all* dairy, and possibly soy for at least 3 weeks. Recent studies have confirmed that 50 to 80% of all infant reflux is actually caused by cow's milk intolerance. It takes 2 to 3 weeks to get all the dairy proteins out of your milk, so 2 weeks might not be enough to show improvement. And I wouldn't count on your pediatrician to have any knowledge whatsoever on this. My pediatrician told me there was no way it could be a dairy intolerance and I should just use the zantac and reglan and forget about it. I didn't follow her advice and it's a lucky thing I didn't. At 17 months, DD is still severely reactive to dairy and soy and will still gag and choke if I eat them. My friend's baby had such severe reflux she had to be put on a monitor after it caused 2 stop breathing episodes during which she turned blue. I told my friend to eliminate dairy, so she talked about it with her regular ped and with her pediatric GI. They both told her it was a ridiculous idea. She tried it anyway and the baby was completely normal. She tested dairy and the baby got sick again. Since she eliminated it totally after the test, her baby has been removed from the monitor and is a totally normal little baby.<br><br>
You have to be aware of hidden sources of dairy, though. Obviously, you should avoid all milk, butter, cream, cheese and lactose. But you also have to read labels and avoid casein, sodium caseinate and whey.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: get rid of the dairy. First thing my sister said to me. Her 2nd ds had a very bad case. My ds3 here, 5 weeks old was showing some pretty obvious symptoms of silent reflux. Cutting out the dairy helped a little. Putting him in a carseat made it worse (confirmed by my sis telling me recent research shows that puting the babe in a carseat USUALLY makes it worse, not better.) Putting him the swing, which lays back to about a 30 degree angle or about there seems to help though. BUT, the thing that seems to have pretty much cured him is taking him to our pediatric chiropractor who dabbles in accupuncture/pressure. I mentioned that he was refluxy, so she did some accupressure on a few spots on his tummy and he was reflux free for almost a week!!! So I took him in for another adjustment and it's been over a week now and he's just now starting to show litle signs. Nothing bad yet, and it could just be because I let a tiny bit of dairy slip in a few times the last few days. But she told me to come in when he starts showing signs and she'll adjust him again on the accupressure points and after a few more times he sould be completely cured. I was very amazed, but it's true! Chiropractors are amazing!
 
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