You situation sounds all to familiar. I have been there with my twin girls who are now 7 months. My older twin would stop breathing and has turned blue twice due to the reflux condition and her air way being blocked. She was hospitalized in order for them to determine what was going on. It was reflux. I used the A.R forumula as well. What worked for me was keeping her in an upright position at all times and giving her only what she needed while feeding and allowing her to use the pacifier. I also noticed that it has gotten better now that she is eating BABY FOOD just as her pediatrician said it would.
Have they given you a prescription yet?
i have been in your shoes. my daughter had acid reflux really bad when she was little. she had to sleep in her bouncy seat in the middle of our bed until she was about 6 months old. she was on similac for fussiness and gas. that helped alot, but her pediatrician also put her on Zantac and Previcid twice a day. At first they started with 1 and then when it didnt work they tried the other. then they said that the 2 medicines together might be our best bet. once she started taking both of them each day, she was able to lay down flat and sleep for a while. before that, she wasnt able to lay down to sleep at all. she would wake up screaming after about 5 minutes. I also bought a wedge that goes under the mattress at the head of the bed. She grew out of hers by the time she was 1 1/2. Hope this helps!!
With my oldest she also had reflux. I am sorry that you both are going through this. It is a tough and draining time for both of you. I like to go the natural route as much a possible. Even with breastfeeding(which is the easiest food to digest) she was still super fussy and spit up tons. Unfortunatly, like the previous posts, I had to go the zantac and pepcid route. It helped. It also helped to have her mattress propped up. I just placed a pillow underneath the mattress. As far as formula, none of my kiddos could stomach any other formula other than lactose free formula, I think because the actual liquid is not as heavy, it is more the consistency of skim milk. Hope that helps. Just know that it WILL get better!
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My son had reflux something awful when he was an infant. We tried almost every formula out there. Like most have said we had to keep him upright most of the time. He slept on a wedge. Most ppl suggested raising the head of the mattress by putting a few books or something under it. We also had to do small meals more frequently and burp more often. Unfortunately we ended up having to start him on meds. We tried tagamet and prevacid which unfortunately didn't work. So we had to start with Nexium powder packs. It went away at about 1 yr old but unfortunately has returned and we are once again on the Nexium. We tried alimentum and nutramigen with our son with 1 tablespoon per oz. The alimentum was most successful but we were able to get back to plain old similac until he switched to milk. But like I said we did 1 tablespoon per oz which is what our dr suggested. I thought it sounded like a lot so I double checked with him before I did the first time and he said that it was correct. So with the cereal and nexium we finally got it under control as an infant, and with the nexium, once again as a toddler. Hope this helps and good luck with it all. I know how tiresome it is.