Formula Feeding and Reflux: Regurgitating the basics, FFF-style

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Use the wire top to support a cotton towel placed over part of the aquarium to keep any curious birds out of the aquarium. Furthermore, it will keep heat in the aquarium. Only partially cover the aquarium so air can still filter in normally to prevent the baby from overheating and suffocating. You can purchase aquariums from any local shop that specializes in wet pets.

Sometimes you can find tanks very cheap if they have a leak. The pet shop can no longer use them for fish and it makes no difference to us if they leak since we aren't using them to hold water.

You will need some feeding syringes appropriate to the size of your bird. I never use a syringe larger then 35 cc since the larger syringes are too hard to work with. Best syringe sizes are from 12 cc to 35 cc. If you feel you need a longer tip on the syringe, use a latex feeding tube rather then a tube extension.

Never cut the latex feeding tube longer then the distance from the bird's beak to the middle of its crop. Make sure the feeding tube is securely fixed to the syringe. Recheck syringe and tube periodically. Birds can hang onto the tube and remove the tube from the syringe and swallow it.

You are in big trouble if this occurs, as it will require surgical removal by a vet! I therefore only use feeding tubes on very hard to feed birds or very sick birds that have to be force-fed, or when I feed in public to prevent any accidental drowning of a bird if it gets distracted by strangers during feeding. Once you have your materials ready, you can begin the feedings.

When I first remove the babies from their nest they are at least weeks old. I place them right into the aquarium with the heating pad set to Medium, or into a brooder set between 85 to 92F. If the babies are younger than weeks, then I will put them into a small basket lined with paper towels and set the basket inside the brooder. If you do not have a brooder, an aquarium will do. I keep each clutch in one basket or bucket. This way they can cuddle together to keep each other warmer and hold their heads up on the side of the bucket Although there are several good brands of hand feeding formula on the market, I prefer to use Kaytee Exact.

I have found that Kaytee blends well, and, being a bit coarser, it works better then other brands of formula. You should always place the formula in the dish first and then add water. Never heat formulas in a microwave it may have hot spots. Once formula is prepared, dispose of leftover formula. Formula should be mixed with hot water and should have the consistency similar to that of instant pudding or gravy.

Be consistent with the formula - watery formula can cause diarrhea; on the other hand, if too thick, it can stay in the crop and harden, or cause choking, or bring on a sour crop.

Most birds like their formula on the hot side. If formula is too cold the bird will refuse to eat. Keep only one to two days' dry formula supply in a canister. I recommend you freeze any excess formula in your freezer until ready to use. This way you always have fresh formula and your chance of contamination is much less. Formula will spoil in very hot climate. You can purchase hand feeding formula from a pet shop or pet supply in one pound cans or 5 pound packages.

In emergencies you can make your own formula by grinding up some bird pellets. Only in extreme emergency - if nothing else is available - some of the better brand dog food pellets can be used with a little peanut butter added.

However, there is a chance for bacterial contamination. Soaked monkey biscuits run through a blender also will work. Add just a small amount of peanut butter to give better flavor and more protein.

There is however also a chance of bacterial contamination. Heat water to F if not sure, heat water to where it is too hot for your fingers. Pour over the formula then stir with a spoon until you have a gravy-like substance. Wash your hands good with soap and water. Place one of your fingers in the formula and check temperature.

Temperature of the formula at feeding should be at F. Check with a food thermometer or finger test. Formula should be hot to your finger and get it red, but should not burn you.

If you can count from 1 to 30 with your finger submerged in the formula without getting burned, it is just right to feed. Place the bird in front of you on a towel facing you. Fill your eye dropper, pipette or syringe with food. Place the head of the bird between two of your fingers Index and middle finger in a V position so you can lock the Head in between those fingers.

Use your thumb to pry the beak open. Once beak is open insert the full pipette or eye dropper into the bird's mouth above the tongue. Basically, all just basic good bottle feeding techniques, except for having to keep your baby upright and immobile after feedings. Young babies often fall asleep during feedings, and older babies want to play. Both scenarios pose challenges.

I know it all sounds confusing, and it is. As I said before, infant reflux really blows. But the good news is, almost all babies grow out of infant GERD before their first birthday. Although it will probably take a bit of trial and error, I promise you — with the help of a good pediatric GI and some experimentation, you will be able to make your own Bulemic Baby much more comfortable. Fearless Formula Feeder is a blog — and community — dedicated to infant feeding choice, and committed to providing non-judgmental support for all new parents.

Suzanne Barston — who has written posts on Fearless Formula Feeder. All the meds in the world didn't stop my kids from becoming failure to thrive, food aversive and in one kid's case the reflux caused apnea episodes as well.

I remember almost nothing of all of their first 6 months because it was such a sleepless, screaming filled nightmare not all their's! A couple of things I've found though — even identifying food allergies may not cure the reflux — sons 1 and 2 didn't have allergies, 3 did but his reflux roared on completely untamed even after going onto hypo-allergenic formula. Another thing is, here in New Zealand anyway, they don't recommend thickened feeds until the pain is sorted out because they can have even more damage done by thick, acidic feeds washing up and down as it 'sloshes' more than thinner feeds.

And it seems that more and more kids aren't out-growing reflux at 1 anymore and that bench-mark has largely been moved to 18 months — again, here in New Zealand at least.

I know the docs pushed for my boys to be med-free by 2 yrs old. According to the surgeon 3's oesophagus was so bad it was ulcerated and bleeding — explaining his chronic anaemia too.

So yup paediatric reflux sucks the life out of you — and the kids! I think you are quite right- one year is probably an optimistic end-point. It's what I was always told, and actually I'd heard that by 6 months they were supposed to start getting better. I was totally shocked when Fearlette started getting worse when we started solids, not better. Many kids can't tolerate the commercial hypos and need amino acide based formulas, which are only available by prescription here.

I probably should've made that clearer! Thanks for all your insight- and I'm so sorry for all that you and your kiddos have been through! So at about two months, he was placed on reflux meds.

Around 9 months or so, C-bear stops throwing up every four seconds, so we as all good parents do played doctor and dc'd the meds. Fast forward two years. Our daughter, we'll call her CA, was born 4 months prematurely, and has vicious reflux. To the point that she will not eat anything by mouth.

She's completely tube fed— peptamin Jr. She sees a slew of specialists each month. Can't you tell from his voice? Ah the rollercoaster of reflux.

Yep it blows big time. My first born was a happy spitter, well more like a happy projectile vomiter. Amazingly she gained weight well, STTN from 8 weeks old and was a dream child. We used reflux meds for several months which helped greatly and by the time she was 10 months old the reflux was pretty much gone. Not sure if it has anything to do with the reflux, but when the terrible twos hit her tantrum was her coughing just enough to make herself vomit… oh that was fun!

He was on the highest dose of reflux meds the pedi's would allow by 12 weeks old and we didn't wean off meds until he was 13 months. He was on elecare formula from 12 weeks old as well and I sometimes wonder how I didn't go insane in those first 6 months, the kid barely ate and I battled to keep him eating and gaining weight.

Thankfully he is now an active, happy 18 month old, still on the small side but he's come a long long way from those early days. Oh he still test my patience every day the complete opposite of his sister but he's cute so all is forgiven. Thank you for posting. My son was just discharged a few days ago after 10 days in the hospital for constant vomiting and failure to thrive.

We'd been on Neocate for months but it wasn't making any difference. Unfortunately, he has lost all interest in eating by mouth and is on an NG feeding tube getting Pediasure around the clock. I know my story is extreme as was my FFF Friday post- my kid doesn't like to play by the rules- I told him he better be a REALLY good teenager but I encourage anyone dealing with any of this to keep pushing your doctor for answers.

When we got to the ER we had to flat out refuse to leave because we were told it was a stomach bug and we needed to go home. We are still searching for a GI doctor we are happy with. Two things really helped our refluxy baby — Neocate which anyone can order online these days btw, it is not prescription only and most importantly, the Rock n Play bassinet which is angled and helps baby sleep comfortably.

Adding anecdotal evidence here in the forlorn hope that while the plural of anecdote is not data, it might help others feel they are not nuts: Alimentum helped some but Neocate helped much much more. We're in the middle of the acid reflux battle, but complicated with other issues. My daughter was born with a congenital heart defect and it's super important that she gain an adequate amount of weight so she can have open heart surgery next month to repair the defect.

She had trouble with eating from the get go. She got her first feeding by mouth the day before she came home.

Plus I had postpartum hypertension that put me in bad shape initially. She had trouble latching and would eat a limited amount. When she was about 5 weeks old she had an episode that looked like a seizure and we rushed her to the hospital by ambulance. Turns out it was acid reflux complicated by fluid around her lungs.

She's now on lasix to remove the excess fluid and pepcid for reflux. She's doing ok and needs periodic increases of her pepcid to keep her from vomiting up most of her bottles.

We just hope that she continues to gain an adequate amount of weight so she can have her surgery.

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