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27 Oct 2011

Formula questions and SIDS worries
My baby is now one month old.

He was on NAN 1 formula but he suffers from reflux so we had to give him medicine (motiluim) to help with it. We decided to switch to NAN anti reflux formula - which stopped the reflux (we didnt even have to use the motiluim anymore!) but made him very constipated!

A pharmacist suggested we to switch to another brand of anti reflux formula (Novalac) and his poop situation is better but his reflux is back so bad that sometimes it looks like he has vomited up the entire feed! He is also eating the amount that a 2 month old would (150ml and 5 scoops) because if we give him the 120ml and 4 scoops he is still hungry and wants more after only 2hrs whereas the NAN guideline said that 150ml and 5 scoops is the right amount for a 1 month old and he would sleep for 4hrs between feeds

I have changed formula 3 times now and I really don''t want to do it again - really don''t know what to do here...

SIDS worries...
He sleeps very restlessly on his side, but if I put him on his tummy he sleeps for a full 4hrs without moving around, waking or making snorting noises he does when on his side.

I know that tummy sleeping can contribute to SIDS but he seems so much happier on his tummy.

Should I keep putting him to sleep on his tummy or should I persevere with the side sleeping?

I am second guess every decision I make and the worry is driving me insane!!
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childhood diseases
paediatrician

01 Jan 0001

The anti-reflux formulas are thickened formulas and it seems that only the NAN AR helped your baby's reflux but made him constipated.The Motilium is not helping to stop his reflux.Your baby is constantly hungry because he keeps bringing up his feeds. He needs to be on an acid reducing medicine as well such as Losec.His reflux is so severe that you need to go back to the paediatrician and to discuss the way forward.
The recommended way to for babies to sleep is on their backs to prevent SIDS. Your baby should not sleep on his tummy or his side if you can get this right at this stage.
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