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Reflux: Does it Ever End?

My 27-weeker had reflux and we had her on Prevacid and Regalin;  I never thought either of them helped much.  It was very frustrating!  She spit up a ton, sheesh, I think until she was around 1-year old.  She was still spitting up when we were feeding her mostly table food.

We didn’t have any great tricks for dealing with it.  I just cleaned up a lot of spit up (it was most embarrassing when she spit up all over a family member or friend), changed her a number of times a day, and always had plenty of burp rags and clean blankets with me!  We did incline her bassinet mattress a little at night which I think helped a bit.

One thing I wish I had discovered during that time were burp cloths that were designed to actually catch the spit up.  All I ever had were flat burp rags, and the spit up always dripped right off of it onto mine or the baby’s clothes.

Some interesting alternatives I’ve discovered are Handy Burp’ems, Clippy-Cloth, and best of all, the Burpcatcher.

Afton Mower About Afton Mower

After Mower (UT) lost her firstborn son at 21 weeks.  Her daughter was born a year and a half later at 27 weeks.  The NICU was overwhelming and isolating and it was through those two experiences she was led to found this social hub for parents to find the support they needed. Afton also gave birth to another daughter, born two days overdue after four months of strict bedrest. She believes it is a tender experience to hold a special baby in your arms when his spirit returns to his heavenly home, a miracle to watch tiny babies survive the risks of prematurity and a blessing to hold a healthy full-term baby after months of difficulty and sacrifices.


  1. amazing! my baby has reflux and I think I change my clothes just as much as I change hers 🙂

  2. its my arch enemy! Zantac is the super hero! My poor daughter…she would get Laryngospasms and stop breathing from it 🙁

  3. Axid is a wonderful Drug!! My son did great with Med!

  4. My daughter slept on a wedge. Sitting up and the meds seem to have worked the best for us

  5. Colton is 16 mths and still dealing with the reflux. prevacid has been all that has worked.

  6. Both my babies take Zantac, it works amazingly

  7. We took Omeprazol for 3 months and you could see the effect already after 2 days. It´s great, but don´t know if available everywhere, we live in Czech republic.

  8. Zantac to remove the inflammation from the esophageal lining and erythromycin to increase stomach motility, so the food doesn’t slosh up the sphincter as much. And ground rice in his formula. Wowza! That stuff WORKS!

  9. We came home when Alexis was 3 months old and she used to projectile vomit like the Exorcist from reflux. She takes Zantac 4x’s a day, sits upright 30 minutes after every bottle, and sleeps in an elevated crib. She’s now 7.5 and the vomiting is almost nonexistent and since she’s eating baby food and rice cereal now, she’s sooo much better!

  10. My son takes Zantaz right now, however he does not have spells of spitting up. He actually starts choking and sputtering while just sitting or lying down. It happens all day and so far Zantac works for a while, but only for a while. WE do prop him up after feeds and elevate his bed. Does anyone have any other suggestions?

  11. The Res-Q wedge is a great product–Good luck getting your insurance company to pay for it though!

  12. My 33 weeker has reflux and we had to come home on an apnea monitor due him stopping breathing due to the reflux. It has been scary, but I think the Prilosec and neocate formula have made a huge difference. Hopefully we are on our way to a good place

  13. I have adorable triplets born at 27 weeks and 4 days. They all had reflux however one of my daughter’s had it till she was a year old. Zantax really helped. They were born in october 2008. They are all doing great. For all the parent’s of preemie’s out there; keep on doing the great job.

  14. Angela Peters says:

    Thank you for mentioning the Clippy Cloth. I ordered one and a Hug-A-Bib. Both are amazing. I can’t recommend them enough. The bib does up around the her waist so it doesnt move and the spit up goes on it and not her clothes. Love it! The burp cloth is soft and cushy and my daughter loves to nuzzle it lol. I love that it clips to my shoulder so no matter how much she nuzzles it stays in place. I sound like a commercial, but these are great products! http://www.hugabib.com

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