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Dr. Joe de Livera Please help Reflux in 5month old

Dear Dr. de Livera,

I just read how many people you have helped with this and many other issues and pray you can help me with mine. I have a 5 month old son who was diagnosed with silent Acid Reflux.(he doesn't spit up much) HIs pediatrician and GI both want to put him on zantac which I resist. He is currently on formula with added rice starch(the regular one he was spitting up all the time. I guess it was not thick enough for him.) He is generally a happy baby and is gaining weight well. However his feedings are always a battle. He starts whinning when seeing a bottle. Then he starts sucking, gulps, like there is something hard he's swallowing in his throat, pushes the bottle away, arches his back, cries and calms down only when I stand up with him and carry him. He also coughs throughout the day, and hawks (like he'[s congested and trying to clear his throat. He also sneezes a lot and has long hiccups. I read about Nat Phos 6X, which I have purchased. Could you tell me what the dose is? Is it safe to give it to such a young baby? How long do I give it for? Is there maybe a better combination or should it be given by itself. Anything else you can advise on this issue? Please help. I'm so desparate at this point.
 
  mishu on 2010-08-25
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
I am glad to note that you have already armed yourself with Nat Phos 6x which is precisely the remedy that I would have prescribed for your 5 month old baby. It is absolutely safe to be used and
you can use it for as long as you wish. It is perhaps1 Million times safer than Zantac which is a PPI (Proton Pump Inhibitor) drug which works by reducing the flow of acid into the stomach. It is known to cause other dangerous side effects which you can read on the Internet. I am very surprised indeed that pediatricians still persist in prescribing this dangerous drug which you will read is habit forming and in the case of your baby you do not want to turn him into an addict.

Dissolve a tablet in his feed and report his response after 12 hours. The effect of Nat Phos is almost immediate and is usually noticed within 15 minutes when your baby will hopefully be relieved of his gastric distress. NP has a habit of softening the stools and if this occurs, you can halve the dosage.

You can also investigate if the formula you are now feeding him is the root cause of his present gastric problems and if so you can change it.

You stated:
'He also coughs throughout the day, and hawks (like he'[s congested and trying to clear his throat. He also sneezes a lot and has long hiccups.'

If after his gastric problem is solved, he still persists with this problem I would suggest that you have him checked for Asthma especially if either you or your husband suffer from this disease.
 
Joe De Livera last decade
I am so very thankful for your reply. I will do what you prescribed immediately and report back to you in 12 hours.
Neither I nor my husband suffer from asthma. Our pediatritian informed me that these are all symptoms of acid reflux. I forgot to mention that these symptoms occur specially after the feedings.
 
mishu last decade
Your son suffers from GERD or Gastro Esophagal Reflux Disease and your pediatrician has confirmed it:
'Our pediatritian informed me that these are all symptoms of acid reflux.'

This is indeed rare in a baby just 5 months old and in his interest you will have to trace the root cause. Rest assured that with the stabilizing of his GERD he will be OK soon.

It may be the formula or some other cause which you will jointly have to investigate with your husband and eliminate. It is also possible that you are over feeding him as you stated:
'He is generally a happy baby and is gaining weight well. However his feedings are always a battle. He starts whinning when seeing a bottle. Then he starts sucking, gulps, like there is something hard he's swallowing in his throat, pushes the bottle away, arches his back, cries and calms down only when I stand up with him and carry him.'
 
Joe De Livera last decade

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