How to Help Acid Reflux Babies

If you asked me 4 years ago if my eldest child would ever stop spitting up, I would have shrugged my shoulders in tired despair. My first baby had acid reflux, and most days I had to change clothes at least twice. If you have a baby that spits up all the time, there are a few things you can do to make life a little easier.

I am not a doctor. I encourage you to ask your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. These are things that worked for me and my son. Always talk to your doctor. Every baby spits up, but some spit up because of excessive acid reflux.

Does You Baby Have Acid Reflux?
*Does he spit up if you give him a little bit of a bottle or not?
*Does he cry for more milk and then he spits it up when you give it to him?
*Does he whine or cry when he spits up?

If you answered yes to one or more of these, then call your doctor for instructions.

What worked for us
*We changed his formula, and that helped.
*Held him upright at a 45 degree angle for 45 minutes after each bottle. He would fall asleep in my arms, which made it difficult when it came time for sleep training. It helped him not spit up, though.
*Raised one end of the crib mattress.
*He was on acid reflux medication from the doctor.
*I would burp him after every ounce.
*Make sure there is no air in the bottle nipple.
*I always packed 3 of everything. The diaper bag was always filled with multiple bibs, burp cloths, changes of clothing, and at least one outfit for me. We used the little plastic bags to put the dirty cloths, etc in so that it would not dirty everything else up.

Take Heart
Once your baby starts to sit up on his own, he will more than likely stop spitting up. You can do it! Just be prepared, and know that messes will happen. The spit up season of life will pass.

Amanda

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