Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Infant Acid Reflux

I mentioned in the last post that Hallie has been dealing with acid reflux. She was about 3 months old when she was diagnosed, but it wasn't her pediatrician who diagnosed her, oddly enough it was a lactation consultant.

I was having issues nursing Hallie so I paid $85 and sat down one on one with a consultant.  It changed everything! (My next post will explain the nursing side of the advice.) Anyway, as I started to explain some of Hallie's behavior the consultant instantly called it Acid Reflux. She continued listing off other symptoms, all of which Hallie had. Instead of feeling overwhelmed at the diagnosis I was relieved, finally, I knew what was wrong.  I wish I had known earlier what was plaguing Hallie. For three months the doctor continued to ignore my pleas for help calling Hallie's fussiness Colic. I hope this post helps another family. 

Here are some of the symptoms:
  • Frequent or recurrent vomiting (Hallie's spit up would often be chunky-pre digested milk)
  • Frequent or persistent cough (Out of no where Hallie would cough or choke.)
  • Heartburn, gas, abdominal pain, or colicky behavior 
  • Regurgitation and re-swallowing
  • Colic (frequent crying and fussiness)
  • Feeding problems (Hallie would wiggle while she was nursing b/c she was uncomfortable)
  • Recurrent choking or gagging
  • Poor growth
  • Breathing problems
  • Recurrent wheezing
  • Recurrent pneumonia
Because the pediatrician had over looked all of these symptoms the lactation consultant wrote everything down for me and told me to consider getting a new doctor.  I immediately made an appointment with a different doctor and I took the list of symptoms with me.  They agreed it was reflux and wrote Hallie a prescription for Zantac.   

Within days of starting Hallie on Zantac things got better. Before Zantac we could never put Hallie on the floor laying on her back.  That was the first improvement we noticed, she could lay on her back and be content for a few minutes. Things continued to improve for a few months until many of her symptoms returned.  At that point we decided to take Hallie off of Zantac because we knew it was only covering up the problem rather than healing it. Many parents choose to use Zantac until their child no longer exhibits any reflux symptoms. We, however, decided to try other alternatives. 

Here is a great website with many alternatives 

My doctor also recommended feeding Hallie solid foods (baby food) three times a day and no lactose. Acid reflux is more common than most people think. Good luck if your child has it. I feel your pain and wish you the best. 

Here are more fabulous websites about reflux: 

Anyone have any other suggestions or advice?

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Sleeping through the night

I'm sure none of  you have this problem because your babies all sleep wonderfully through the night. However, I need help! Hallie is almost nine months old and will only sleep next to me. When she was first born she slept in her own bed but ever since her acid reflex kicked in she's never gone back.  (I will post the signs of acid reflux in a future post.) 

My husband and I have tried the famous "cry it out" method a few times. It breaks my heart and she always out lasts us. (Crying for over an hour and a half.) I know I'm mostly to blame for her bad sleeping habits. I've gotten too comfortable nursing in bed and now she thinks she can't sleep without the boob. I guess you live and learn. I will not be as lenient with my other babies. At least that's the plan. :) 

Anyway, here's my question: What other methods besides crying it out can I try? What has worked for you?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Teething Question

My little Hallie is getting two bottom teeth.  As can be expected she has been even crankier than normal.  To remedy this we pulled out the baby Tylenol and baby ore-gel. They seemed to help the crankiness but not the clinginess. Both teeth have cut through, however, she is still cranky. My question is: How do I know if it is her teeth that are still bothering her or if she is cranky for another reason. I don't want to become accustomed to giving her Tylenol just because she is cranky. Advice?  

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


This blog is for advice, stories, questions, support etc. that young mothers may have.  I myself am a young, 24 year old, mother of one adorable, stubborn, clingy, and energetic 8 month old girl. I know I need help and imagine other mothers do too. I plan on posting questions etc. every few days and I hope that you, the readers, will respond by commenting. Let's help each other out!