Help for silent reflux in 2 month old baby
Q. My 2-month old daughter suffers from silent reflux which disrupts her sleeping and eating patterns. She was prescribed Zantac by her pediatric gastroenterologist. Her symptoms are not alleviated, they actually seem to get worse. I also started a dairy-free diet in case she is allergic to milk protein. I am interested to know if it is safe to give such a young baby HLC Neonate Powder probiotics, if this product is dairy-free, and what would be the dosage for a 2-month old baby. Is this product known to help acid reflux in babies?
A. HLC Neonate Powder is very safe for newborns and infants, and it is dairy-free. If you are breastfeeding, she could be having sensitivities to other proteins in your breast milk besides dairy proteins. Though it certainly doesn’t hurt to remove dairy from your diet to see if helps her symptoms improve.
An ongoing 5 year trial by Pharmax LLC shows that newborns and infants given these HLC probiotics do significantly better than the control group in allergies, asthma, gastrointestinal ailments, and immune system health. Once a healthy intestinal microflora is established this can help reduce these problems. Reflux is a bit more complex, though many babies go through reflux or colic at some point. You baby may show some improvement once she has been taking the probiotics for a while.
For Breastfeeding: Press clean finger into powder and have baby suckle finger. Or use a tiny plastic spoon (i.e. used at the ice cream/gelato store for flavor tasting). These fit perfectly into the Neonate bottle and then into their tiny mouth, and easily smears onto their tongue. Then follow it with a little breast milk, or let them mash it around their mouth with saliva. They may not even notice they have that tiny bit of powder in their mouth (it tastes slightly sweet).
All you need is one little dab for a dose (1/16th tsp), give one dose, three times a day for best results.
Almost all babies spit up, especially newborns. Spitting up decreases once the muscles of the esophagus, the muscular tube that connects the throat to the stomach, become more coordinated. This process can take as little as 6 months or as long as 1 year.
The following tips may help your baby to spit up less often:
- Feed your baby smaller amounts at each feeding.
- Feed your baby slowly.
- Hold your baby during feedings.
- Don’t prop your baby’s bottle.
- Don’t hold your baby in an extreme upright position or place your baby in an infant seat during feedings.
- Try a new type of bottle or use a nipple with a smaller opening to reduce air intake.
- Limit active and rough play after feedings.
- Try putting your baby in different positions during and after feeding.
- Burp your baby frequently during feedings.
- Do not add cereal to formula without first consulting your health professional.