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Will you tell me about your experiences with a reflux baby? Also about why GERD was suspected, how your baby was diagnosed and how s/he was treated for it? And how successful the treatment was?<br><br>
I am beginning to think my son has it. He has always been a difficult nurser, lots of fussing, arching and popping off and on the breast. He'll never stay on either side for long, he'll fuss before, during and after feedings, he sometimes chokes during feedings, he burps and has gas a lot. He nurses very frequently and never for long. He'll never sleep laying down. He must be held in a rocking chair at night to sleep, either in the cradle-hold nursing position, in which he's slighly inclined, or upright being held against my chest. This is the position he sleeps best in. He is gaining weight very slowly. He coughs and chokes sometimes for no apparent reason. However, he has only spit up, I think twice. Ever.<br><br>
Does this sound like reflux? Suggestions?
 

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My DS would spit up some but would never projectile vomit. He arched his back, coughed, and had gas a lot though. He would also do the popping on & off thing while nursing. One weekend he either got sick, or couldn't control the reflux and vomited 4 or 5 times in about 12 hours. So to be on the safe side they had him admitted and did and upper GI (barium swallow) to test for reflux. According to that he has it and so they put him on Prevacid (which he refused to take at $125) and then changed him to Zantac. He has been on the Zantac for 5 months now and has almost no problems now.<br><br>
He does sleep on a small wedge pillow that I had bought while pregnant. Its stiff and has a slight incline so that he's not sleeping flat. Of course he usually rolls on to his side & in to me and is therefore half off of it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Without medication I believe the reflux is somewhat painful for them, because of the acid backing up. Kind of like mild heartburn maybe? If you really suspect it I would have him checked out to be sure.
 

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It is important to remember that reflux is a symptom and not a disease. If you suspect that your little one is reluxing definitely get it checked out, but don't medicate it into submission. Find someone who can tell you why the babe is having the problems. For example, dd had severe reflux issues due to a neck injury. SHe also had a torqued diaphragm which caused her to spit up just about everything she ate. After chiropractic care and craniosacral therapy she exhibited no reflux symptoms at all. I decided to go that route after my pediatrician tried to put her on meds, telling me that they wouldn't cure the reflux, she'd still reflux and have pain, it just wouldn't make it out of her mouth. Since medication couldn't fix it anyway I figured I'd find something that could.
 
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