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Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 10:36 pm 
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my 4mth old daughter screams out , arches her back and seems to be in terrible distress when eating. I have been to gp on several occasions regarding this but they keep saying it is wind. everyone who has seen my little girl feed says it is not normal, currently the gp told me to try baby gaviscon to no avail. This is extremely stressful for us both as it is awful watching your baby in so much pain, the screaming in pain sometimes goes on right up to her next feed. Gp also advised me to put her onto solids, this has made no difference, just as bad. i cannot take her out as if i feed her when we are out people have approached me and said why are you force feeding her she doesnt want it. I'm at my wits end can anyone help, or has anyone's child had the same symptoms? [/b]
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Posted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 1:47 am 
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More details, please - does the baby eat and scream, or refuse to eat? Is the GP concerned about weight being low? Did the GP examine the baby's belly, feeling for bowel obstructions and listening for sounds of gas in the belly? Have they looked at the esophagus for signs of acid reflux? What does the baby "eat": breastmilk or formula or rice cereal? What positions does the baby prefer while eating: upright, side-lying, or on tummy? How often are you feeding (? hours apart?) How much urine / poo daily?
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Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 3:29 pm 
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O my sounds like a case of ACID REFLUX (GERD) to me.Poor Baby.Your baby is probably crying because it hurts to eat that's also why she arches her back.It's like heartburn. Honestly if your docter is not helping you get down to the bottom of this find a docter who will!! Don't stop trying to look for answers.And a good docter would do the same. My 3 month old daughter was in and out of the hospital.No one knew what was wrong with her until I read the Fussy baby book. The docter said it was colic.Colic usually means they don't know what is wrong with the baby.I was furious.Her symtoms continued to get worse. I had to demand that something be done for her.So the docter did an upper G.I. and low and behold she had a bad case of acid reflux.
I would look into acid reflux,gerd.By the way your baby doesn't have to have all the symtoms of reflux to have it. My daughter is gaining weight good and 1 of the symtoms is poor weight gain her docter said she didnt have it because she was gaining good weight.Good luck
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Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 8:15 pm 
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It has taken 10 months to fully diagnose the problems with my daughters eating-she had suffered from silent reflux - feeding time was a nightmare keep on at your GP / Health Visitor ask for a home visit around feeding time so they can see exactly what the problems are and keep a diary of her feeding.Things will hopefully get better- you are not alone!
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Posted: Fri May 02, 2008 8:14 pm 
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I had the same problem with my baby .The symptom kept coming and going for a month,but the last time she refused to feed for a week I took her to five doctors, but nobody knew what was wrong.She stayed in the hospital on iv fluids and now hasreturned to feeding.Just try to relax and try feeding her when she is sleepy.
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Posted: Mon May 05, 2008 2:23 pm 
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I had (still sometimes having) problems when it comes to feeding my almost 4 month old baby. He refuses to "eat" (bottle milk only). I have also found that it helps to feed whhile he gets very sleepy or almost half asleep. Also I have put a very TINY bit of peanut butter (salt and sugar FREE) on the teat, to get him going. ALTHOUGH this is against recommendation as babies can very easily be alergic to peanuts. My baby has been in hospital twice in two weeks due to this refusing to eat and becoming very lathargic, BUT 3 pediatricians could not identify the pronblem and ALL tests have been done, with no answers. There is no pain invloved when trying to feed him, he just totally refuses to eat, 13 hours has gone by without him wanting to feed. Again if anyone has any advise PLEASE HELP
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Posted: Fri May 16, 2008 7:59 pm 
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i tried doing a stool analysis for my baby and it turned out there was an infection,after she took an intestinal antiseptic things are getting better
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Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 7:47 pm 
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Hi

I have just been searching the internet, at my witts end with the same problem and am so glad to have found you.

My baby is also 4 months and has exactly the same problem. He was diagnosed with acid reflux at a day old and was put on Rinitadene (spelling?) and Dom Peridon, however when he left the hospital 2 weeks later they decided he didin't need these and prescribed Infant Gaviscon. However the last few weeks he has started with the same symtoms as you describe (back arching, rigidity, screaming with pain). My GP recommend that we tried bigger teats (size 3) and if that didn't work to change his food. The teats thing had a degree of sucess and I've just been and bought new food. However I am only giving it another day or so and then I am going to demand to go back to the hospital.

The only thing that sometimes works is feeding him whilst walking round and jiggling him, but he is getting too heavy for this and is often so upset by this time that he throws it back up.

Do let me know how you get on as I am desperate for a solution!

Thanks,
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Posted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 3:25 pm 
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hi erica and pinkbownow my baby just refuses to take both solids and milk.she never gets hungry and never is interested in eating. idon't know what to do.how are ur babies?
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My boy is 8 months and he has difficulty eating. He cries everytime he has nipple in his mouth. He is on Prevacid which is a proton pump inhibitor, it helps with decreasing the acid production in the stomach. I know he has reflux b/c when he spits up I can actually smell the acid. So, Prevacid helps with that but he still cries when the nipple is in his mouth. He is also taking a special formula called Elecare. This formula is allergen free. I figured if he does have allergies than this formula must help. The formula has assisted with the gas and the colic pain he had earlier and the allergic colitis but he still cries. My boy only eats in his sleep. He does not like any jar baby food. It takes his about 45m-1h to finish one bottle. I have tried everything. I had full time job but I can ony work several days per month b/c he won't eat. Several days ago I also noticed some ulcerations in his mouth. My PMD told me that it is a commom childhood illness and should go away soon. We are seeing a GI doc, nutritionist, speech therapist and they all are not really worried. The child is between 25-50% on the growth chart so everything seems ok to them. I don't really know what to do and how to help him. It is possible that he has an oral aversion from having the reflux for some time but he has been on high doses of meds so it really should help at this point.(3 months on prevacid) I guess an endoscopy is the next step but the general anesthesia really scares me. I wish there was a magic answer out there for us. Any thoughts? Thanks
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Posted: Sat Aug 09, 2008 2:41 pm 
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von76 wrote:
my 4mth old daughter screams out , arches her back and seems to be in terrible distress when eating. I have been to gp on several occasions regarding this but they keep saying it is wind. everyone who has seen my little girl feed says it is not normal, currently the gp told me to try baby gaviscon to no avail. This is extremely stressful for us both as it is awful watching your baby in so much pain, the screaming in pain sometimes goes on right up to her next feed. Gp also advised me to put her onto solids, this has made no difference, just as bad. i cannot take her out as if i feed her when we are out people have approached me and said why are you force feeding her she doesnt want it. I'm at my wits end can anyone help, or has anyone's child had the same symptoms? [/b]

Just to add. When the baby arches her back and seems to be in distress it is hard to tell if she is actually hurting or if she has been in pain for some time and maybe she associates the pain she had before with this meal. It is called oral aversion. What is baby gaviscon?
You can try testing that baby for allergies. Many babies are allergic to milk protein and to soy. If that is the case you can try another formula like Alimentum but it tastes nasty. Neocate and Elimentum have no allergens but are very expensive and you must notify your MD before changing any formula.
GERD is another possibility. It can be silent which means the baby may not even spit up but damage to the esophagus is still done. So, there is PPI Prevacid. Look at www.Prevacid.com for more details. It is available in strawberry flavor so the baby may like that. Research shows that this med and other meds in its class are more effecting in treating GERD than H2 blockers like Zantac. Zantac also tastes bad and my boy hated it. So talk to your provider.
Adding some rice cereal to you formula or breast milk can help. It does decrease GI emptying time so talk to your MD. Sometimes Reglan can help with that. Make t milk and rice ceral to a consistency the baby feels comfortable with. Recommendations are tricky. The book states 1 tablespoon per oz but that is too thick. Make the nipple hole bigger.
Also try wrapping your baby in blanket and rocking him or her gently until the baby is calm. Giving the baby food or milk when he or she is screaming will make them associate meal time with bad emotions. So think behavior and comfort. Also try playing music and take a deep breath and pray. Be patient and do not get frustrated.
If nothing works, then GI consult is indicated. See what the specialist thinks. Hopefully you have good health insu. b/c they are expensive. When nothing helps, then they may do an endoscopy or upper GI depending what MD thinks is going on. If GERD does not respond to high doses of PPIs or H2blockers then maybe it is not GERD. It could be EE which is eosinophilic esophagitis (aka asthma of the esophagus). Maybe the baby has yeast growing in the esophagus. Maybe there are ulcers down there. The GI doc will test for that when he does an endoscopy with biopsy. I think that you have to keep on investigating until you know what is going on with the baby. I know your pain but know that you are not alone. Good luck
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Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 5:10 am 
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My 2 1/2 month old has been screaming for a couple of weeks now mostly when I try to feed her. She acts like she wants to eat but is in terrible pain. I finally found a pediatrician today who is bound and determined to help me figure out what is wrong with my child. They have done blood work, taken urine, and done an x-ray and I am waiting for results. In the mean time they prescribed her Ranitidine for reflux to see if that is the cause of all this pain. Although all of this started 2 weeks ago on the day she had her 2 month shots.
They gave her a new vaccine that was oral and it was a live virus. It may just be a coincidence but they are not going to assume anything. My advice to the woman with the 4 month old who is having this problem is don't give up and find a new pediatrician asap. We went through the same thing so we switched docs and so dfar so good. The other thing I will say is exactly what I have been telling everyone for the last 2 weeks that has told me it's collic or she is fine, good mother's know thier children and we know when something is wrong. We know what cry is saying " I'm hurting " or " I want to be held " so don't let anyone try to stop you from finding out what is wrong with your child when you know that they are in pain and something is definitely wrong. Good luck!
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Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:49 pm 
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Has your 2 1/2 month old baby had any stool changes? What formula is the baby on? Sometimes, at that age kids may show signs of milk sensitivity. Gas, visible red blood and mucus in the stool are signs of possible milk allergies. If that is the case, ask you pediatrician about Alimentum. it will help with colic. I think that the h2 blocker, Reglan, is a good idea. It does taste terrible. Maybe you can mix it with something sweet for the baby to decrease the nasty taste. If you breastfeed, try avoiding milk in your diet and see what happens. Also stay away from coffee and spicy foods. Those things can increase their belly discomfort and contribute to GER. It is funny that the MD decided to do this complete workup. If the baby has not been loosing weight I don't know why the provider would decide to stick the baby for blood. Was there a fever? It sound to me like the baby has some reflux or allergies to food. You don't think so?
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Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 1:22 pm 
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[quote="ljy"]My 2 1/2 month old has been screaming for a couple of weeks now mostly when I try to feed her. She acts like she wants to eat but is in terrible pain. I finally found a pediatrician today who is bound and determined to help me figure out what is wrong with my child. They have done blood work, taken urine, and done an x-ray and I am waiting for results. In the mean time they prescribed her Ranitidine for reflux to see if that is the cause of all this pain. Although all of this started 2 weeks ago on the day she had her 2 month shots..."/quote]

There are a couple of feedings a day when my son takes 2 zips and screams, then takes a couple more and screams again. The feeding becomes hell. He gets inconsolable. It is svery hard to tell whether the problem is air he swallowed as he keeps crying after burping. OR he is just trying to pass wind or poop and it hurts as he is pulling his legs to his tummy. The majority of feedings are calm. He drinks milk from the bottle, I burp him in between and after and he falls asleep.

Does you baby scream EVERY time when you try to feed her/him? Or does it only happen occasionally during the day?
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