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Baby with reflux - help!!

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AS94x Tue 05-Mar-19 09:14:14

My little boy is 5 months old and is suffering from horrible acid reflux that doesn’t seem to be getting better with treatments. He has carobel for his milk (which he is to be taking better and not bringing anything back up) and is on ranitidine but we still have a screaming match every night with him, especially when he goes down to bed, he will cry for 45-1hr straight. We have tried anti reflux milk, pitting his next2me crib at an angle, holding him upright after feeds for 45 mins, keeping calm after feeds, burping him more etc: which was working for about a week but now isn’t. He is on aptamil first infant milk and we were giving aptamil pepti but he doesn’t take it. I don’t know what else to do and don’t know much longer him screaming himself to sleep can go on. He is fine during the day (majority) but evening is so bad and only seems to be going down to bed. Does anyone have any advice/tips/theories on what could help? X

SummerHouse Tue 05-Mar-19 09:21:07

I had a reflux baby. It's extremely hard. flowers
I took him to a cranial osteopath.
Not sure if it helped or not but if he was a fake we got our own back by orange voming on him. blushgrin
It will pass. We have the best 7 year old in the world now but he did spend his first year as a very unhappy soul. flowers

guiltynetter Tue 05-Mar-19 09:21:09

I could have written this post, my DS is 5 months and has horrendous reflux, he was really hard to feed (screaming, pushing the bottle away) and crying up to an hour afterwards, and evenings were terrible. We are on Alfamino milk for milk allergy and ranitidine. Ranitidine was doing nothing. However a week ago we started on omeprazole and I can't believe the change in him. he's drinking all his bottles no crying. and in the evening he's still hard but better than he used to be and I've been able to start a bedtime routine 😊 we saw a paediatrician (referred by gp) and he gave us a brilliant treatment plan, could you ask to be referred?

SummerHouse Tue 05-Mar-19 09:24:32

There is probably Colic in the mix there too and we found only constant movement helped e.g. pushchair, sling, car. It is so tough.

Fuzzyheadache Tue 05-Mar-19 09:25:04

Sorry for both of you!!
We used aptimil reduced lactose formula. Worked like a dream! We also had a colic pillow in his Moses basket and then moved it to his cot.

Hope you manage to get it sorted, unfortunately it’s trial and error ☹️

gambaspilpil Tue 05-Mar-19 09:29:50

My DS was a lot younger when he was diagnosed with reflux. I invested in anti reflux mattresses that I popped under his cot mattress and pram. When treatment wasn’t working I would have a chat with the GP as she agreed a baby shouldn’t be left in discomfort like that. Ranitidine did work like a dream for my little one. I found omperazole was too much. I would be going back to your HV or GP and seeking support as something needs to change. Good luck

Seekinginput Tue 05-Mar-19 09:31:38

All 3 of mine had reflux.
DD1 was a projectile vomitter. We struggled through that thinking it was colic.
DD2 we ended up taking her to A&E when she was inconsolable when the gp was useless. They prescribed omeprazole, wonderful stuff.
DS was diagnosed when in hospital with something else. His throat sounded raw when he cried, it was so sad.
He had Dr. Brown bottles, cow and Gate Comfort milk and was prescribed ranintidine and domperidone which is all he needed to get through.
Go back to the GP and see if you can get some omeprazole.

SummerHouse Tue 05-Mar-19 09:33:35

I wish I had pushed for more now. I just accepted the GP suggestion of gaviscon. And carried round my crying baby with streams of vomit down my back and nodding politely at people saying "awwww. Is he hungry."

acquiescence Tue 05-Mar-19 09:36:04

Ranitidine stopped working for us after a while and we switched to lansoprozole, it is working a lot better. The other thing that helped was night weaning, any milk he had on the night gave him more reflux symptoms and wind.

Blueblueyellow Tue 05-Mar-19 09:40:36

Op my baby was really gassy and colicky, I used the aptimil ready made bottles for about 2 months untill she was a bit bigger and able to handle the normal formula.The ready made bottles don't have as many bubbles. Yes it cost a fortune but the difference in her was worth it. Maybe you could give that a try?

Blueblueyellow Tue 05-Mar-19 09:43:42

You can get them in tesco.

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