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Aug 21, 2012 - 11 comments

Well I have to take the boys to the pediatrician today (they were just there a week ago, last week was a wellness check) today they are going cause of their acid reflux.

They have always spit up after eating, even in the nicu. And never been bothered by it. Well these last few days they've spit up and the milk is mixed in with clear looking mucous. Aleks actually started choking twice yesterday because of it. I was so scared for him. He couldn't breath, I flipped him onto his stomach and patted his back and suctioned out his throat and nose so he could breath again. I haven't slept all night cause I was worried he would do it again after his feedings. I know it's common for babies to spit up and even have some mucous but it can't be normal to have so much they choke on it!

Also during their feedings and right after they grunt a lot! And they arch their backs or curl up when doing it like something is painful. And since they've had this mucous they now cry when they spit up. So I'm taking them in to see if there is anything we can do, if the doc can't do anything I'm never gonna sleep cause I'm gonna be nervous they'll choke.

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by Mom2boys1980, Aug 21, 2012
My daughter was spitting up a lot too, I started giving her rice cereal mixed with the formula which it has helped tremendously. She was spitting up that she choked a few times while laying on her back. It scared the heck out of me that I feel more relieved putting her tummy down to sleep cause if she spits up at least she won't choke.  

I know doctors say not to put babies sleeping on their tummy, but I find sleeping on their back dangerous in the case of choking.

I hope your boys are doing great and doctor recommends something for their acid reflux :)

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by Helen72, Aug 21, 2012
Bouncy seats and car seats can help since you put them in a slightly upright position.  I used bouncy seat a lot when Anna was small and was spitting up.
Acid reflux *****, sorry yo uhave to deal with that.

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by JennaRie, Aug 21, 2012
My son has reflux and he slept in a bouncy seat about 8 months!

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by agrell, Aug 21, 2012
Hopefully the Dr can do something or suggest something for your little guys

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by sisi2399, Aug 21, 2012
Please let me know what the doctor says.  Mason started doing the same about 2 weeks ago.  I added a little rice cereal to his milk and now he doesn't spit up every feeding but at least twice a day.  He has an appointment Thursday so he will also see the doc for that.  I'm so sorry you are going thru this specially with both babies.  It must b so tiring.  I have your boys and u in my prayers.  

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by retta483, Aug 21, 2012
they make a elavated nap nanny I hear they work wonders for babies with reflex but ive seen them they r like a bouncer  maybe having them sleep in the bouncer on a encline that would help . sorry hun your boys will be in my prayers :)

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by hopeitworks, Aug 21, 2012
The also make a fisher price rock and play chair i swear by it. Quinlan wasnt reflux but let me tell you she slept in that thing forever!!!!!! Its the best, its on a incline, and it rocks and its cheaper than other chairs/inclines they make :)

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by butterflybabies, Aug 21, 2012
Thanks ladies! Yep the boys have been sleeping in their swings, bouncers and newborn boppys, I alternate it so they don't get sick of sleeping in one spot. The doc said the mucous is normal it's from their gastric juices some babies when they spit up have it some don't. Her suggestion is to feed them less more often so it looks like I will be 1 tired momma if I have to feed them every 2hrs.. I know it's only temporary until they get bigger but I can't imagine how much more tired I'm gonna be! Also I'm to keep their diapers loose and make sure they poop everyday otherwise I have to give them a suppository. Both boys gained weight. Aleks gained 13oz and Maks 10oz in a week!! Doc said that normally they like weight gains to be an ounce to a half ounce a day. They almost doubled that! Aleks weighs 6lbs 4oz and Maks is 5lbs 2oz

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by Helen72, Aug 21, 2012
Glad boys are doing so well!!

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by JennaRie, Aug 21, 2012
Oh my goodness, every 2 hrs! I hope you have help! I think only other twin moms can really understand how hard that would be!

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by Heather3418, Aug 22, 2012
My son was the same way.  He was a big spitter upper.  I actually think I gave him too much formula and it was my fault.  I tear up when I think about it now.  Anyway, my grandmother told me that boys in particular are "spitter upper's."  My daughter never did that.

I started giving my son smaller feeds and also gave him a little rice cereal.  That's when the spitting up stopped.  This was against doctors advice, but it worked.  With your babies being premature, I would never give them cereal this soon.  You have to go by what the doctor's say.  I would think since they are premature that the sphincters in the bottom of their esophagus's are a little weak and that is what is causing the spitting up.

I also put my baby on his tummy to sleep, so he wouldn't choke when he was sleeping.  He was strong enough to pick up his head and turn it to the side the first day of birth and that's exactly when he did when he spit up.  Of course, that was back in the day when they put baby's on their tummy's to sleep.

So it seems like alot of us momma's have been through this with our babies.  I'm sorry you are going through it with your boy's honey.  I hope the doctor's can help.  Can medication help?

I hope everything improves very soon.  You are doing a great job with your twins.  Trust your instincts...they're good ones.

Big Motherly Hugs,

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