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Dear mommies,<br><br>
My 4 week old DD has reflux <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">. She was perfect the first two weeks and then somewhere in the 3rd week, we noticed that breast milk often leaked from her nose/and she regularly spit up. The Ped advised holding her up/burping etc which we do diligently. She is currenly less than a pound over her birthweight and we are trying to see if reflux is affecting her wt gain. I mostly bf her and give 2-4 oz of formula per day.<br><br>
In addn to the burping/sitting up whatt foods can i try to avoid? Ped has left that to me. She feels that since there are no allergic reactions to any of the food in the baby or myself, avoiding foods might no help. I woukd still like to try...I am a vegetarian (milk/eggs are fine but no meat whatsoever). Should I switch to soy milk? Pl advice.<br><br>
thanks<br>
deepa
 

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these are the foods you can eat on TEDS<br><br>
The basic TED foods are:<br><br>
Turkey<br>
Lamb<br>
Rice<br>
Sweet Potato<br>
White Potato<br>
Zucchini<br>
Yellow Squash<br>
Pears<br><br><br>
Most moms use sea salt, pepper, and olive oil while other moms include additional spices, sugars, and other oils.<br>
Some moms use only “green and yellow squash” (as per the Dr. Sears information) while other moms include all forms of squash (winter squash, etc.).
 

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For us, milk was the biggest culprit. I think I should have done a TED and also eliminated egg and wheat (which DS tested reactive for at 18 months) but I was so overwhelmed at first-time parenthood, not to mention a refluxy babe, that dairy was all I could handle. My stupid old pedi was positive it *wasn't* dairy, esp since I didn't really consume that much, but once I stopped ALL dairy his reflux and poopy issues dramatically improved. They say you need to be d/f for 6 weeks to get it out of your system--I saw results in about two weeks, but my lacto-ovo veggie SIL says she never saw a difference and their son is still on meds at 1 y/o. She never did a TED, though, just dairy and eats lots of soy for protein.<br><br>
We had DS's adenoids removed at 2 y/o at the advice of his allergist and ENT and that has made a huge difference in his sleep. He can now eat dairy w/o noticible issue, but the ENT still thinks we should avoid dairy.
 

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While my son was never diagnosed with reflux, I had the feeling that he would have if we'd had a more 'medical' ped. Anyway.. he regularly spit up.. and it was projectile. It really helped when I eliminated dairy (especially ice cream : ( ) and had no high fructose corn syrup. I also eliminated wheat for a bit too, but it was quite challenging and he didn't seem to be as affected.<br><br>
Now my son is 10 months and I added dairy back in after the spit ups got better, I think it was around 6 or 7 months?
 

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First, almost a # over birthweight at 4 wks is GREAT! Evan was 7#8oz at birth and 8# even at 4 wks. Ilana was 7#2oz and 8.5# at 2 mos. Both had reflux and were on meds before then.<br><br>
2nd, I would NOT do the TED at this point. It's too drastic for this situation IMO (from a mom who had to do it). When he spits up does it bother him? Does he arch his back a lot and get rigid? How is he sleeping? All babies spit up at least some, it's normal, but if it's bothering him and he cries a lot b/c of it, that's different. If you wanted to see if it helped, I would start w/ dairy and soy elimination (1/2 the babies who react to dairy react to soy too so it's easier to do both at once). I have a list I can get you of ingredeints to avoid if you'd like it. This means switching baby's formula to something like Alimentum or Nutramigen, but Evan and Ilana reacted to both of those and needed a rx formula, Neocate. Keep that in mind when using it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My stupid old pedi was positive it *wasn't* dairy, esp since I didn't really consume that much, but once I stopped ALL dairy his reflux and poopy issues dramatically improved.</div>
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What sort of "poopy issues" are associated with reflux? Just curious. My ten week old (who I'm 99% sure has reflux) only poops once a week and it's explosive. The lactation consultant said some babies are just like that, but I wonder...
 

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Thank ladies. I was under the impression that I should switch to Soy milk instead of regular milk?? But it looks like some of you are saying that both regular milk and Soy are a no-no. So then what is the substitute for milk or milk based products like yogurt?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thank ladies. I was under the impression that I should switch to Soy milk instead of regular milk?? But it looks like some of you are saying that both regular milk and Soy are a no-no. So then what is the substitute for milk or milk based products like yogurt?</div>
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Our baby didn't have reflux but she did have serious sensitivities to foods in my diet early on. Thankfully she grew out of that (she's 19 months now and fine with pretty much anything in my diet). But the key is to eliminate as much as you can while still maintaining a healthy diet, then gradually reintroduce some foods one at a time, giving it a few days before introducing a new one to ensure it won't be problematic.<br><br>
Soy was more problematic for us than milk and I avoided soy for nearly a year. Milk and ice cream I avoided completely until probably around 9 months or so. But yogurt and cheese were okay for us and might still be okay for you (or will be sooner than regular milk, likely), since the enzymes in them are broken down already -- unlike milk or ice cream, for instance, where they're not.<br><br>
I would cut out caffeine, milk and milk products except some yogurt and cheese on occasion, soy, and strongly acidic foods. Also chocolate maybe.<br><br>
Also, avoid giving your LO Gripe Water as it typically contains sodium bicarbonate which can be very bad for reflux babies.<br><br>
Good luck Mama and sorry your LO is having a tough time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 
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