Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Louise | 2012/05/08


infant reflux

hi doctor
my baby will be 5 months old on the 20th of May (he was also born a month premature) At his 14 week injections he was 64cm and his weight was 6.5kg. He has been struggling with reflux for almost 2 months now. We have been to his peadiatrician on numerous occassions. He has been on thick n easy, Nan AR, Novalac AR, Mitilium, Losec, etc. Things seem to go well for about 2 - 3 week everytime we change milk or add something to the mix, but them he starts vomiting again. he has also started teething now, which means that the reflux is very " sticky"  from the mucus, etc. i also spray his nose with Sterimar is it comes out of his nose, etc. during his night feeds he hardly vomits. he only drinks 120ml bottles (every 3 hours) and sometime he doesn''t even finish the 120ml. I feel frustrated and helpless. We have used S26 &  SMA with thick n easy(whcih caused a very running tummy) and nestragel, NAN AR, Novalac AR and Novalac AR Digest. He also eats 2 tsp of cereal twice a day in between feeds, but this doesn''t seem to help either

The only other option i haven''t tried is adding rice cereal to his milk.

Please help

Thank you

Expert's Reply



You have not given me your son's present weight, but at 14 weeks his weight was excellent and was exactly on the average for a baby of that age. You mention that he was born 4 weeks prematurely which makes this an even greater achievement on your part. So even though your baby son is refluxing it is not affecting his growth/weight gain. Also I presume that he does not have any other bad effects such as a persistent cough or wheeze as a result of his reflux. There does not appear to be any need to consider any extra treatment as he is on the maximum treatment usually needed for infants with reflux. The only treatment he should be on is Losec to reduce his stomach acid and possibly Novalac AR Digest. Babies usually grow out of the tendency to reflux quite early, sometimes when they are about 6 or 7 months old.Hopefully your baby will do the same.

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