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Hi,
my daughter is 5 months old, she has 5 bottles a day, the first 3 breast milk, and the last 2 formula.
last month she started pulling away arching her back, and screaming, during her feeds. She would be fine within a few minutes of us giving up on the half finished bottle.
She has been having infant Gaviscon with her feeds for the last 3 weeks, and that was working, but now she has started again. It seems to be worse for the afternoon and evening feeds.
If her tummy is completely empty when she gets her bottle (after 3 1/2 - 4 hours) she doesn't usually have a problem, but sometimes she gets hungry before then!
I was wondering what other options there are for babies with reflux when gaviscon doesn't work.
I'm also not sure if it could be a milk allergy? She seems to react the same way to whether it's breast milk or formula.
Does giving solids usually help with reflux?


Rochelle, NZ, baby girl born 22.10.2003

Hi
We found out that Aimee was lactose intollerent at 3 months old when we started her on formula as she would vomit about 2 hours after drinking formula with lactose in it and bring it all back! she was a spilly baby anyway but then at about 4-5 months she started to arch her back and scream during feeding as if she were in pain and it would take her over an hour to drink her bottle, we got an appointment with a specialist and he gave her Losec and she settled down by the next day.
We saw 2 different doctors who told me there was nothing wrong with her and we would have to wait till she grew out of it and the third doctor gave her Zantac but that made her even worse so he refered her to a specialist.

If you are worried go to the doctor and see if they can help, it can be really hard dealing with an unsettled baby.

2 little darlings 29/01/03 + 17/03/05

Hi,

I have a 6 1/2 month old baby with reflux. He has had reflux since about 2 weeks old. He had exactly the same symptoms as your little girl, but what made it worse was he also had colic. We didn't know what was wrong with him as we are first time parents. I was constantly carrying him and soothing him during the day, (as he would cry approx 16 hours out of 24) and the only way he would sleep is in my arms at night on the sofa. When he was 6 weeks old we took him to a paediatrician, and it was the best thing we ever did. He noticed the signs straight away and put him on Losec. We saw a change in him immediately. He is now on a stronger dosage (15mg morning and night) and is monitored every couple of months by his paed.

I urge you to see a paediatrician straight away. I would hate to see anybody go through what my husband and I went through with our little boy before he was diagnosed with reflux.

Good luck and keep me posted on what happens.

Sam

Mum to toddler

My 1yo had very bad reflux which was diagnosed when she was about 3 mths old, and finally went away at around 9 mths. In between, we used Gaviscon and Zantac. We also gave smaller feeds, more often (if she had a big feed she would vomit it all up and I'd just have to feed her again).

I found the Australian Breastfeeding Association's booklet on reflux really helpful. Just comments like "I can stay home and be covered in vomit, or I can go out and be covered in vomit in more interesting places" really funny but also so true - you just get over it and move on, as long as baby is comfortable.

See your doctor or pediatrician straight away if you think this is baby's problem, because I was warned that it can cause ulceration of the throat & other problems if left untreated.

Good luck!

Mel.

2 DD: 5.5 yrs & 1yr

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