Author Topic: Slippery Elm for babies and reflux  (Read 7073 times)

Offline BrayJJ

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Slippery Elm for babies and reflux
« on: December 07, 2009, 08:51:21 AM »
Hi Everyone!

I will give a little background first. We have an almost 3 month old (born 35 weeks by vertical C-section)- he has a variety of congential issues which makes nursing not possible. He was in the NICU for a month, then ended up back in the hospital with a shunt infection shortly after. I pump my milk for him (I nursed my daughter till she was 4.5 years)  HE was on an NG tube until about 1 month ago. He now takes about 2.5-3.5 ounces by bottle. The problem is, he has bad reflux. He's been to a chriopractor but because of his many issues, he can't really be adjusted that well. The chiro gave us L-Glutamine powder (I may have spelled that wrong) to put in his milk but it just wasnt working. SO finally we broke down and put him on zantac (I am anti med but it seems to help but now I want him off).  Feeding him was a nightmare- it was a nightmare on the NG tube too. He'd scream and cry and squeeze your hand really tight.  We started thickening his milk with xantam gum and that seemed to help along with the zantac. He no longer holds on for dear life, but it's obvious he's refluxing and he cries a lot too, but it's gotten better.

I purchased some slippery elm, but it gets so thick, it tends to clog the nipple- I was hoping to use this instead of the xantum gum, but really don't know how to go about using it.  I know this is a nursing forum, but he is getting breastmilk.   If anyone has sused slippery elm please share your tips!

Thanks

Offline herbs girl

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Re: Slippery Elm for babies and reflux
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2009, 02:55:04 PM »
Reuteri Probiotic I had a reflux baby, I gave her 1/4 tsp Reuteri Probiotic in every bottle. (about  1 1/2- 2 tsp per day) (she got formula after 5 1/2 weeks or so) Made a real positive difference in her health! She was healthier( or just as healthy) than my breastfed babies were overall it seemed.

http://www.vitacost.com/Natures-Way-Primadophilus-Reuteri

I highly recomend this, from my experience. If you read the testemonials above in the link, It tells about babies that were helped with this powder.

Colic Calm with charcoalI have also read wonderful things about this for reflux babies...

http://www.coliccalm.com/baby_infant_newborn_articles/acid-reflux.htm

http://www.coliccalm.com/gripe-water.htm#ccHomeopathicInfo

http://www.colic-calm.co.uk/

slippery elm I just read a  story about slippery elm and a little boy. the link was on Dr. Christopher's site. Here it is for you to read it. Its about a little boy--They  basicly turned his life around by giving him slippery elm...

http://articles.herballegacy.com/elijahs-story/

Here is a testemonial about a mother who used Slippery elm tincture 3 drops 3x a day for reflux and it worked for her.... (I would only use glycerite of Slippery elm, alcohol-free)

http://mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?p=11276291&highlight=slippery+elm+reflux#post11276291

On how to give slippery elm to infant...
http://mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?p=10105202&highlight=slippery+elm+reflux#post10105202

http://mothering.com/discussions/showpost.php?p=3951783&postcount=3




« Last Edit: December 07, 2009, 03:00:19 PM by herbs girl »



Offline drfalk

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Re: Slippery Elm for babies and reflux
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2013, 06:33:27 PM »
I know this is a old thread but I'm wondering in any mommas out there that have had personal experience with using slippery elm for acid reflux in their infants. My preemie has silent reflux and I would to be able to use this instead of zantac.

Thanks!