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A 29-year-old female asked:

My 13 week old is on 0.6mls ranitidine for reflux now my doctor think he has a cows milk allergy. he is fussy, wont nap and doesn't sleep through night?

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Dr. Luis Matos
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 45 years experience
Try to stop milk: Milk allergy can give him all the symptoms you describe. Ranitidine is a histamine-2 blocker and anything that causes increased histamine in the stomach will increase acid secretion in the stomach and increase reflux. You can try switching him to a soy based formula as a first step. But some kids will also develop soy allergy. If this continue to affect him, have him evaluated by an allergist.
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Pulmonology 36 years experience
Other suggestions: I agree that your son may have a cows milk allergy or lack of tolerance to milk. If there is a history of allergic disease in the family, a rash called eczema then it is more likely to be an allergic reaction. If he continues to spit up while on the medication, a dose adjustment for his weight may be needed. I would also suggest that he feed at around a 40 degree angle.

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