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January 3rd, 2011, 04:46 PM
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So Megan has been throwing up a lot in the last I'd say month. At first we thought it was a milk allergy so we switched her to Soy formula which seemed to be fine for about a week. Now she is almost always spitting up no matter what kind of formula we give her. DH made an appt for her tomorrow so I am having him ask about reflux. What are the signs of it? Anyone know treatments for it?
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January 3rd, 2011, 05:05 PM
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Babies with reflux will spit up a lot, but not always. My son's reflux manifested itself as formula (or breastmilk early on) shooting out his nose and then he would proceed to choke. A lot of times they will cry a lot during and after feedings and arch their backs or bring their knees up to their stomach because of the discomfort. (My DS never did any of this, either)

Some of the things we tried early on were just keeping him elevated pretty much all the time, especially during and after feedings, and trying to burp him every couple of ounces. They say that wearing your baby can help them with their reflux too, probably because they are upright more, plus being worn is pretty comforting anyway.

The thing that did the trick for us and finally stopped the horrible choking was switching to an added rice formula, although I think all those types of formulas are milk based. So if there is a milk allergy you could try thickening the formula you are using with rice cereal. I think the rice starch formula works well because it doesn't contain the whole cereal, just the starch (and is probably a more even consistency than formula+cereal) and it doesn't thicken until it gets to the baby's tummy so it stays down better.

And there's always reflux meds, which the doctor can discuss with you. I don't know too much about them.

You may check out the GER-Reflux board for more info. I stopped in there a couple of times.

Also, have you tried a non-milk, non-soy formula like Alimentum or Nutramigen? I know it's possible for some babies to have issues with both milk and soy and these formulas are hypoallergenic.
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January 3rd, 2011, 06:29 PM
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The only problem with trying a diff formula is I'm not sure if WIC will cover it. I guess we could always try and find out if our doc has any ideas on that. When she spits up its like she starts to choke and then burp/blech. After her appt tomorrow I will update. Thank you!
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January 3rd, 2011, 06:49 PM
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We are on WIC as well and they covered the 3 different formulas that we tried, we just needed a form filled out by the doctor each time. The pediatrician gave us several sample cans of the Enfamil AR and after we tried it for about a week we had them fill out the WIC form so we could get that formula instead of the one they usually provide. So I would see what formula they recommend and ask if they can give you any samples to try first.
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January 7th, 2011, 04:45 PM
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Emersyn has reflux, well she's starting to grow out of it now... she spits up after each feed, a lot more than a normal non-reflux baby... I think in the end she was on Omeprazole, which tasted disgusting & she refused it most of the time. She was also on Zantac & then Gaviscon.
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