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Dec 05, 2004
Vomiting only solids, taking less formula, anyone else?
My 7 month old dd has GERD and has been on Prevacid, Zantac, Reglan, and now Prilosec. She started taking solids at 4 months because she was starving all the time (spitting up/vomiting 30 times a day). She took her solids immediately and loved it. She occasionally gagged during feedings and I assumed that she didn't like that flavor. Then, a month later, she started gagging and vomiting while being fed solids about once a week. I didn't pay much attention since it didn't happen so often. Now for the past 5 days she has gagged and vomited at every solid feeding. This happens after she takes about 1 ounce down and she vomits about 3-4 ounces. It is usually the food and yellow smelly vomit. She takes approximately 14-16 ounces of soy formula a day thickened with 1 tablespoon rice cereal and doesn't vomit this. I took her to the GI a day before this escalated and he said she needed to see a nutritionist to increase caloric intake because she is at the 5th percentile and used to be at the 20th for weight. So, I made an appt with her. Then, I called him back a few days later about the solid food vomiting and he told me that he thought she had a virus. I told him she didn't. I don't think he beleived me. Then, I called her pediatrician and they said to bring her in for a checkup. They told me that I needed to follow up with her GI because of her UGI test results at 5 1/2 months. I was told they were normal, but as it turns out they "think" she may have an intestinal malrotation and I was told it should be monitored with a long term plan of tests/medications. Last night I took her to the ER after only taking in 8 ounces of formula all day and vomiting profusely with her solids for the 4th day in a row. They did an x-ray and said there was no obstruction, gave her an IV for dehydration and sent us on our way. Follow up with your pediatrition/GI they said. I KNOW something is wrong, but not sure what. Everyone looks at me like I am over-reacting to some spit-up or something. Has anyone had this problem? What can this be? I don't get it. Why does she hate to eat? I have to force her to even take her bottle? Any ideas? I am desperate!! Thanks, Jennifer
Dec 06, 2004
Pam from Australia
something is wrong
Something is definately not right. You are right to be concerned. I don't have answers for you. I am sorry. But what I do know is that you are your child's only advocate. Don't stop hounding the doctors until you get some answers. A Barium follow through meal may be helpful to rule out gut malrotation and other problems. My children had massive food phobias and gagged and vomitted often. I have had 3 children with severe GERD. They all hated eating and drinking and it was impossible to get the calories in. I got so sick of being told to power pack the meals and to not make feeding a big issue. Nothing worked. They hated food because it hurt and they vomitted as the reflux was really bad. They too fell off the growth charts. In the end they all had a fundoplication and they are now enjoying food and gaining weight. I don't mean to suggest that this is required in your case, but you do need some answers. I worked tirelessly to try and get in some nutrician. Each meal time would take hours and I would try about 10 different things. I often think I should not have tried so hard. Then the docs would have realised there was a problem a lot sooner. My kids did not vomit every time they ate solids though. I would press for the barium if you have not already had one. I hope this helps. My email is if you want to get in touch Pam
Dec 06, 2004
Tests/Treatments Ordered
OK, I feel so much better with the new ped GI. He ordered an Endoscopy, Speech Therapy for excessive gag reflex, and a consultation with a nutritionist for increased caloric intake. Somebody finally beleives me!
Dec 07, 2004
Reed's mom
Isn't it great when you finally find a doc who doesn't think you're nuts! Good for you for pushing for your baby!!! Let us know what you find out. Good luck!
Dec 06, 2004
Reed's mom
I need more testing
Poor thing...she's telling you something's not right, and you're hearing her but the docs aren't. I would think at minimum an endoscopy/colonoscopy would be in order just to check for physical causes, etc. There could be many different reasons for this problem, but them telling you she's fine isn't going to cut it! My opinion is you need a good ped. GI on board NOW. If your current one isn't in your corner, I'd move on to the next one. Make sure, if/when you do get the scopes done, that they biopsy to look for eosinophilic disorders. It's the only way to check for those. That's just one possibility, but something to rule out in your search for answers. Keep pushing! Good luck.
Dec 06, 2004
Thanks for ideas
Thank you both for your support & ideas. I am taking her to a different Ped GI this afternoon...I'll post an update later.
Dec 06, 2004
JENNIFER - We are in speech therapy for feeding issues
If you have any ?'s I'd be happy to help. It's been a long road, reflux and Dysphagia (what they call my DS's) gagging problems. He used to vomit all the time too. Things have gotten better...slowly but surely.
Dec 13, 2004
How long does it take?
Just curious about when you started therapy with your DS, and how long it took before you saw any improvement? What exactly do they do to help them? I'm awaiting my first appointment still. It's good to hear from someone else who sounds like they have/had a similar problem. Thanks for responding!
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