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  1. #1
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    Jan 2007

    Default Any babies on Zantac

    I wanted to hear some of your experiences with Zantac. We think my 6 w/o has reflux and are going to start it today. I'm a lil nervous about giving meds.

  2. #2
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    Oct 2006

    Default Re: Any babies on Zantac

    We give it to our preemies. Many many preemies have reflux and they start with reglan and add zantac...most babie take reglan and zantac. Nothing to worry about, it really doe help them!

  3. #3
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    Jun 2006
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    Default Re: Any babies on Zantac

    Medication definately can help some babies but since you asked for experience, we opted out of the medication. It was a stuggle to get him to take it - it tasted worse than anything I have ever had in my life and was appalled that I had to get it into my infant son, when other teniques were available to us.

    Long story short we suffered from OALD and over supply, dairy and other allergies and on top of that (or partly due to that) my son had signs of a pretty bad case of reflux, we took him to a local specialist who, dissapointingly, without getting a full history, immediately recomended a battery of testing and medication and offered up no alternatives. I wasnt comfortable with that and after researching the testing and medication, we went back to out regular ped who took the total opposite approach - do nothing and wait.

    Either way I wasn't happy and needed to help my son - I did many hours of research and ultimately stopped giving the meds and used other techniques such as keeping baby on an incline while sleeping and feeding. Keeping upright for 30 minutes after feedings etc. Basically we held him non stop for months - he's still pretty lazy

    That's what we did and he is much much better now at 8 mo

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    Default Re: Any babies on Zantac

    My girl is on Zantac, I wish she wasn't, and tried several different things before I finally agreed to start her on it. But for me, I felt like I had no other choice. It does have a strong smell, but I never tasted it myself. My daughter, however, who doesn't care what you put in her mouth, will drink anything. She's loves to feed! I've never seen anything like it. I guess thats a good thing.

    All meds have risk of side effects, but zantac in my opinion, has less than other meds for reflux. My daughter has not suffered any adverse reactions and we have seen a big improvement in her health.

    Good luck, read up on side effects, knowledge is power. If you know what your looking for, it will help you spot reactions, and put your mind at ease when you don't see them.

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    I love Zantac - I really didn't want to put my son on meds, and cried the first night I gave it to him. It does smell awful and at first he hated it - but it made a HUGE difference for him. He's a much happier baby now. After the first couple of weeks, he stopped fighting it and now loves to suck it out of the little dropper. He's seven months now, and we're just starting to wean him off of it - but it made a huge difference for his quality of life. I completely recommend it.

  6. #6
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    Oct 2006

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    Our DD took it. She finally started gaining weight after about two weeks on it. Before that, she was a sllllloooooowwwww gainer. Her first full month on Zantac, she gained a two pounds...in a month....after gaining 3 oz a week at best for the first two months. DD didn't seem to mind it. It worked well. She didn't have any issues with it.

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    Dec 2006

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    I knew my child had reflux the day he was born. I asked the nurse in the hospital how you could tell and she just laughed at me. He wasn't spitting up, so I thought he didn't have it. Then I started doing some research and asking questions. I gathered lots of info from other moms, on this and a couple of other boards and complied a lot of info.

    I tried EVERYTHING suggested for reflux before I gave my son medication. We did put him on Zantac because he was still having respritory problems despite all our efforts to relive the reflux.

    Here is some info I gathered from the ladies here, and other boards and through doing research.

    These are some of the symptoms of reflux. Your baby may only have some of them, and may have other symptoms that are not listed.
    (I‘ll * the ones my son has)
    Spitting up frequently
    Unexplained crying-colicky behavior*
    Poor sleep; frequent waking *
    Fighting/crying during feeding*
    Arching neck or back during feeding *
    Frequent hiccups *
    Congestion *
    Wheezing *
    Coughing *
    Strange odor on breath
    Poor weight gain
    Frequent choking episodes
    Fusses when legs are lifted during diaper change*
    Fusses when in sitting position (like in a car seat)*
    Chewing or smacking of lips after feedings*
    Apnea-spells of not breathing
    Bradycardia-spells of slow heartrate
    Wet Burps*
    Curdled spit up*

    There are a couple of common misconceptions about reflux:

    First, your baby does not have to be losing weight to have reflux. On the contrary, many reflux babies actually overeat because eating eases the pain.

    Second, your baby does not have to be spitting up to have reflux. This is known as "silent reflux" (thisis what my son has) and can actually be harder on your baby because their esophagus is getting burned by the acid on the way up and again when it goes back down. It's also a lot harder to recognize as reflux.

    If you’re Breastfeeding:
    Cutting certain foods out of mom’s diet can relive some symptoms and lessen others.
    If your child is experiencing colic, reflux or GERD, it may be something in your diet that is passing through your breastmilk. Here is a list of common foods that may cause problems.

    As wqs suggested to me, I suggest you eliminate all foods at once, for 2 weeks (it can take up to two weeks for a food to get out of your system) Then reintroduce one at a time to confirm it is an allergen. (Remember it takes just minutes to 24+ hours to pass into your breastmilk) Keeping a journal can help with this. Always write down the time and note what you eat, and how much and always note any of baby’s behaviors and note the time. You will soon see what effects your baby and how long things take to pass in to your milk.
    I’ve * the foods I’ve had to cut out for my son

    *Dairy products
    *Caffeine – coffee, tea, soda, chocolate
    Soy products
    *Chocolate (sorry!)
    *Citrus fruits
    *Prenatal vitamins (The iron may be irritating to baby. Ask your OB for an alternative if this is the culprit.)
    *Green peppers
    *carbonated beverages

    I have heard of many breastfeeding mothersbeing told by their doctor told them to top their GERD baby off with formula due to the weight loss or lack of weight gain or dor whatever reason. Why would you add something to a GREDling’s diet that would be even harder on their tummy!?!?

    Lets look at some facts here:
    1. Breastmilk is fully digested in 90 minutes
    2. Formula takes 3-4 hours to digest
    3. Reglan is a motility drug; it makes the stomach empty faster. Although it does have some scary side effects it is often prescribed for GERDlings and is a miracle drug for many GERDlings (usually the formula fed ones)
    4. Many GERDlings have a sensativity to milk protein.(found in formula)
    5. More than half of babies that have sensitivity to milk protein will also have sensitvity to soy protein.(soy formula)

    Okay, so WHY are doctors telling moms of breastfed GERDlings to 'top baby off with formula' ? Why take baby off of the perfect food (breastmilk) which can be made free of allergens without compromising nutrition (elimination diet for mom) and instead of or 'in addition to' give the baby something that is likely to aggravate the condition?!?!?!

    Why give a baby a drug that makes the stomach empty faster then suggest mom feed baby food that take twice as long to digest!?!?!?

    Doesn’t make much sense dooes it!???

    "Breastfed babies with reflux have been shown to have fewer and less severe reflux episodes than their artificially fed counterparts. Some breastfed babies with reflux have few symptoms. Human milk is more easily digested than formula and is emptied from the stomach twice as quickly. This is important since any delay in stomach emptying can aggravate reflux. The less time the milk spends in the stomach, the fewer opportunities for it to back up into the esophagus. Human milk may also be less irritating to the esophagus than artificial formulas." Breastfeeding the Baby with Reflux, La Leche League International, 1999

    There are many other ways to try and relive reflux beside medication and they should be tried before giving an infant an medication.

    Hold infants upright
    Keep infants upright during feedings, and for at least 30 minutes after feedings. This will decrease the amount of gastric reflux. Placing them in a swing, bouncer, car seat (as stated below) will put a bend in their tummy area which will put pressure and could cause reflux to worsen.

    Laying infant down while awake
    If you lay the infant down after feeding, place the baby on his/her stomach (prone position) on an incline of at least 30 degrees. This can reduce regurgitation. But only place the infant in this position if he/she is awake. Laying on the stomach is not recommended during sleep for infants from birth to 12 months because of the link between this position and sudden infant death syndrome. Based on guidelines set forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics, positioning the infant on his/her back (supine position) during sleep is generally recommended. In infants with GERD, the risk of SIDS generally outweighs the potential benefits of prone sleeping. Prone positioning during sleep is only considered in unusual cases where the risk of death from complications of GER outweighs the potential increased risk of SIDS. It is very important to discuss this with the infant's doctor before undertaking any changes in sleeping positions.

    As noted above, position the infant on his/her back, and elevate the head of the bed 30 degrees. Gravity will help keep stomach contents where they belong.

    Smaller, more frequent feedings
    Feedings every two to three hours when the infant is awake will reduce the occurrence of gastric reflux. Overfeeding can increase abdominal pressure, which can lead to gastric reflux.

    Diet modifications for mothers who breast-feed
    Certain foods, such as dairy, caffeine, chocolate, and garlic can promote reflux, so if you breast-feed your infant, you should consider cutting these foods out of your diet.

    Burping the infant.
    Burping the infant several times during the feeding will help minimize gastric pressure, and the reflux it can cause. Waiting to burp the infant after he/she has a full stomach can increase the chances of regurgitation.

    Loose clothing.
    Avoid tight elastic around the waist, and keep diapers loose.

    Avoid certain beverages
    Don't give your infant caffeinated beverages, orange juice or other citrus juices.

    Positioning in infant seats and car seats
    The way the infant is positioned in the car seat can cause regurgitation to increase. If the infant slouches over, it causes abdominal compression, increasing the risk of reflux. Using simple supports to keep the infant upright will prevent this.


    Let gravity help your baby whenever possible. Keeping your baby upright during feeding and for 30-45 minutes afterwards will help a lot. Also, many reflux babies have a really hard time laying flat to sleep. My baby was always very restless, noisy, and constantly squirming and grunting. It took me a while to figure out why. Finding a sleeping position that will be comfortable for your baby can be quite a challenge.

    Here are a few suggestions:
    Let him sleep in a bouncy seat
    Elevate the head end of the crib by placing books under the legs
    Elevate the head end of the crib mattress by placing a pillow or quilt underneath
    Use a
    crib wedge
    Use a
    Tucker Sling

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