Ok. So, Carter has been on Zantac. It's only partially been working. We have went from Enfamil Newborn, to Gentlease, to Nutramigen. NOTHING is working. My pedi is out this wk so I went to see a different one today. We are going to do Prevacid instead for him. I've been putting rice in his formula but she wants me to put more in it. We started the Nutramigen yesterday and since then, he's been spitting up way more than normal. I think I'm going to go back to the Gentlease and see how that is combined with the Prevacid. So, my problem is this....
HE JUST SCREAMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm at my wits end with it! He finally went to sleep around 8 after screaming off and on since 4ish. He hasn't really ate since 1:30 today. He is still peeing and stuff so that doesn't really concern me much. I just want him to stop screaming. I give him gas drops and gave him some Gripe Water earlier. They only help briefly. I don't know what else to do. Now that he's asleep, I'm crying. Any suggestions?
Oh no, I would be crying too!
In the nursery at the daycare I used to work at we had a baby with bad reflux problems. I remember having to make sure she sat up for half an hour after every feeding, there was a wedge under her crib mattress to keep her at a 30 degree angle, and when the crying got really bad the teacher in there would put her face down on the teacher's lap and pat the baby's butt.
I really hope it gets better SOON!
No help, just ((hugs)) and sending positive thoughts your way so you can keep your sanity! Hope you can figure out the winning combination asap!
sorry you're going through this. I really dont have any advice. Hope this works out for you real soon.
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It might possibly be colic symptoms, but since this is my first I am not to sure. I think keeping him propped up is a good idea. I know you said you are on enfamil, but maybe you might want to try another brand. I had to switch to similac sensitive cause jayden was puking everything up. He has done very well on the sensitive formula. I know they say not to keep switching formulas but maybe the enfamil just does not sit well with him. I hope you can get him on one that works so you and him can stop crying.
I assume you are keeping him sitting up as well as propped up, but I agree with Joni on this. Reflux is harsh on an adult, I cant imagine what it is like for a newborn.
I wish I could offer more help I have no experience with reflux and a newborn.
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Have you tried putting him to sleep on his tummy? I know that they say you aren't supposed to let them sleep on their tummies, but my neighbor had a son that had bad reflux and she put him on his belly and it helped. She just gave that advice to another friend of ours whose baby she takes care of and he has bad reflux, and they said putting him on his belly helped a lot.
He sleeps propped up in the boppy pillow. I hardly ever have him laying flat. He did ok through the night and so far today has been ok. He got fussy after his last feeding, spit up, then has been ok again. Hopefully the meds will start working soon and we will be happy again. Thanks for the thoughts and advice.
Reflux sucks a lot.
a few ideas (you're probably already doing them)
1. Burp after every ounce
2. Keep him upright for at least 30 minutes after each feeding
3. Dont lay him flat - boppy, bouncy chair, swing, car seat....etc.
4. If you're doing Prevacid, get the pills not the suspension, get a pill cutter, cut it in half, and put the half in his mouth between his cheek and his lower gums (I assume he's on 7.5 mg once a day?). Sounds wierd, but it's dissolveable, and shouldnt be solid long enough to cause any issues. Prevacid in suspension is messy and tends to be very dose-inaccurate.
5. Ditto the change brands advice for formula. Nutritionally, enfamil, similac, earths best, parents choice, good start, etc etc etc are all the same, but they each have some "special" additives that make them unique (enfamil has DHA/ARA, similac has "prebiotics", etc). Some kids react very badly to the additives. BUT if you're going to play the formula game, give each formula at least a 2-3 day trial before changing again, giving 1 bottle of X, then a bottle of Y then a bottle of Z will completely confuse the issue.