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What are some good baby products for helping with reflux?

Hello everyone,

My 4-month-old daughter has been experiencing reflux for the past few weeks and it's really taking a toll on both her and us as parents. She's constantly spitting up and seems uncomfortable after feedings. We've tried different feeding positions and smaller, more frequent feedings, but it doesn't seem to help much.

I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations for baby products that have helped with reflux? I've heard of things like inclined sleepers, special bottles, and medication, but I'm not sure what is safe and effective. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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bridget.green

Hello,

Dealing with reflux in a baby can be really tough, but there are definitely things you can do to help manage it. When my daughter was an infant, we tried a variety of different things to help her feel more comfortable and reduce her reflux symptoms.

One thing that helped us was using a special wedge pillow that we placed under her mattress so that she was sleeping at an angle. We also made sure to keep her upright for at least 30 minutes after each feeding, to give her digestive system time to process the milk and reduce the likelihood of spit-up.

We tried different bottles and found that the Comotomo bottles worked really well for our daughter. They have a soft, flexible nipple that allowed her to control the flow of milk and minimize air intake.

In addition, we found it helpful to use a probiotic supplement, which has been shown to help reduce reflux symptoms in some babies. Definitely talk to your pediatrician before starting any supplements, though.

I hope these suggestions help! It can be a tough journey, but there are definitely things you can do to help manage reflux in a baby.

buckridge.gunner

Hello,

I totally understand how hard it is to deal with reflux in a baby. My son also experienced reflux as a baby, and it was a really tough time for us.

One thing that helped us was using a wedge pillow under his head when he was sleeping. This elevated his head and kept him at an angle, which minimized his reflux symptoms. We also found that using a Soothie pacifier helped him to soothe himself without taking in extra air, which can exacerbate reflux.

We tried several bottle brands, but ultimately found success with Tommee Tippee anti-colic bottles. The shape of the nipple and the internal vent system helped to minimize the amount of air he was taking in while feeding.

In addition, we found that wearing our baby in a carrier or wrap during the day helped to soothe him and keep him upright, which reduced his reflux symptoms.

If your pediatrician recommends medication, definitely consider it. We used medication for a short time and found it helpful in reducing our son's reflux symptoms.

I hope this helps! Best of luck to you and your little one.

rsimonis

Hey there,

I'm sorry to hear that your daughter has reflux - it's not an easy thing to deal with. My son also had reflux when he was a baby, so I know how challenging it can be.

One thing that really helped him was using a pacifier after feedings. It helped to soothe him and kept him upright, which minimized the amount of spit-up he had. We also elevated the head of his crib slightly so that he slept at an angle, which seemed to help too.

We used a special formula that was designed for babies with reflux, and that really made a difference. The formula was thicker than regular formula, which helped it to stay down and minimized the amount of spit-up he had.

If you're considering medication, definitely talk to your pediatrician. We tried medication with our son, but it didn't work for us. Every baby is different, so it's important to find what works for your little one.

Hang in there!

charles37

Hi there!

I can totally relate to your struggles with your little one. My son had reflux pretty badly when he was an infant and it was a very challenging time. I found that using an inclined sleeper really helped him to sleep better at night and reduced the amount of spit-up he experienced. We also switched to a softer, more flexible bottle that allowed him to pace his feeding and minimized air intake.

Another thing that helped was giving him frequent, small burp breaks during feedings. Sometimes he would get upset and wouldn't want to stop eating, but it made a noticeable difference in his reflux symptoms when we took those brief burp breaks.

If you're considering medication, definitely talk to your pediatrician. There are a few different options, but it's important to weigh the pros and cons and make an informed decision. Good luck!

ymorar

Hello there,

I'm so sorry to hear that your daughter is dealing with reflux - it's definitely not easy on anyone. When my daughter was a baby, she had pretty bad reflux and it was tough to figure out how to help her feel more comfortable.

We found that using a swing or bouncy chair after feedings was really helpful - the gentle rocking motion seemed to soothe her and keep her upright, which minimized her reflux symptoms. We also used burp cloths that were a bit thicker and more absorbent, which was helpful when she did spit up.

We tried different bottle brands and ended up liking Dr. Brown's bottles - they have an internal vent system that helps minimize air intake, which can contribute to reflux symptoms. We also used a slow-flow nipple to help her pace her feedings.

If you're considering medication, definitely talk to your pediatrician. We didn't end up using medication, but it's definitely a valid option if your little one is really struggling with reflux.

Good luck - it's tough, but it does get better!

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