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Dec 06, 2005
nina
My daughter gets calories from air
How long until Prevacid works?
After hospitalization for failing to thrive, we were on Prilosec with our 4 month old daughter and it worked for 6 weeks until doctor didn't up the dose or concentration or tell us it loses its effectiveness long before 2 weeks are up. So now she refuses her feedings again and our nightmare continues. We are now on Prevacid for 3 days and there has been little improvement (rarely she'll take a bottle no problem) However, most times she refuses to feed, arches back, screams in pain, so much so that we wonder if the Prevacid is doing anything at all. It's still a huge struggle to get her to take her daily intake and doesn't come close to her needed 24 oz. Doctor wants her hospitalized again if she falls off her curve again (she just dropped last week with a poor weight gain) and possibly recommends a feeding tube if she does not improve. We are doing whatever it takes to avoid the tube! We were hopeful that Prevacid would get her back on track, but now we feel hopeless about finding a solution before it's too late for her. Any advice would be appreciated. See our full story on our profile.
Dec 06, 2005
mwrb
Baby w/severe reflux!
Good-Luck....
I can't offer much hope. My daughter is also 4-months old and is on Prevacid and to be quite honest, there are days that I'm not all that certain it is even working. (It is just an acid neutralizer.) I just want you to know that my heart goes out to you and your daughter. I wish you the best of luck and hope that things start taking a turn for the better for you and your daughter. Maybe, someone on here can give you some insight and hope as to when Prevacid starts taking effect! Good-luck! Traci
Dec 06, 2005
erin
Erin, Mom to Remy & Chase, both with GERD
Prevacid
My son and daughter are both on prevacid solutabs...and in our experience it takes a good 8-10 days to see the full effects. It is also sometimes helpful to dose half in the morning and half in the evening, as children seem to metabolize the medicine more quickly than adults do. Hope this helps.
Dec 06, 2005
ptyler
PAGER volunteer
SLP
reflux mom to Ali
4-3-97 and non-refluxer Tressa 10-9-01
mwrb: Prevacid is not an acid neutralizer but a Proton Pump Inhibitor or PPI as is Prilosec, Nexium and Zegerid. PPIs eliminate almost all acid production. nina: it may take a awhile for a PPI to work effectively and time for the esophagus to heal from prior acid damange before seeing results. However, you may want to speak to your doctor about the timing to doses and amounts. Babies metablize medications quickly and often do better with dividing doses and giving them 2 times per day. They also can tolerate higher doses - sometimes even adult doses are given. Talk your doctor and see what they think. If you are dealing with your peditrician and he/she is not sure of making such changing you may want to see a pediatric GI with more expertise in this area.Pam PAGER volunteer, SLP and reflux mom.
Dec 06, 2005
mb
Kaleigh recovered GERD
Ashlyn severe GERD Both NG tube fed
Hi Your story so so familiar to ours. We have a six month old who does have the feeding tube due to poor weight gain and refusing the bottle. She is on prevacid and Zantac plus Maxaran. I feel the meds are woking now as she has started to accept the bottle again but her intake is poor. My heart goes out to you because its not easy with a child who refuses to eat. Good luck
Dec 06, 2005
mwrb
Baby w/severe reflux!
ptyler
ptyler: We were told Prevacid neutralizes the stomach acid by the doctor. Ya got me? I personally don't really see that much of a difference in my daughter. But then again- I don't want to find out if I take her off it either. Ryleigh has been on Prevacid solutabs since she was a week old and I wonder if it would be worth trying something else for her? Our ped told us that Zantac or splitting up doses wouldn't really make a difference. We could try- but probably wouldn't see results???? Very frustrating! I'm ready for her to be better as with all the moms on here! My heart goes out to all these children and families!!!
Dec 06, 2005
carla
Mom of 3 year old Chelsea with severe GERD, 2 fundos and hernia repairs, chronic GI pain, laryngospasms, RAD, subglottic stenosis, chronic congestion, and food allergies AND 4 month old Gavin with GERD and MSPI
MWRB
I would really challenge your doctor on his opinion of splitting the doses or adding zantac wouldn't make a difference. Many babies do better with the split doses and with the addition of zantac to the existing prevacid dose. I would push him to try it if you don't think the one dose of prevacid alone is that effective in eliminating her pain.
Dec 07, 2005
nina
My daughter gets calories from air
mwrb
For your daughter on Prevacid I heard there was an exact science to it and it seems to be working for us the last 36 hours or so. My 4 month daughter has been on Prevacid for 4 days. I was told by the seventh day of Prevacid the medicine should be fully effective. The science is that its to be taken on an empty stomache. Feeding the baby should be 30 minutes later or so, and a fair amount. We split the dose 7ml in the morning and about 12 hours later the second dose. This is what our pharmicist recommended and it seems to be the way Prevacid is commonly given to babies. I recently introduced some solids to my daughter, clearly she is not ready for them but they give her some extra calories. It seems that a pattern is forming that after I give her whole grain rice cereal she will take the bottle and not refuse. Reflux is so manic, it's so unpredictable and we experiment with numerous variables for a successful feeding. I'm sure you know about keeping the baby upright, lot's burping, infant massage, thickening the formula or giving it with some rice, to name a few. I also find that repeating a prayer, poem, psalm or an affirmation during her feedings helps me to relax. I don't want to transmit the strain I feel with my expectations for her to eat. When my daughter refuses the bottle I dropper feed her because we're trying to avoid the tube.
Dec 07, 2005
mwrb
Baby w/severe reflux!
Carla and Nina
Thanks for the info! Ya know---I have read so many times that parents split their childs dosage of prevacid. Why hasn't our ped recommended we do that?? We asked about doing a med more than one time a day, because she has so much stomach acid coming up and we thought that would help. I think I'm gonna take this one on my own and try to split the Prevacid. I don't see how trying this would harm her in any way! We'll try it! We've gone 5 days w/o an episode and not too many problems! Yay! I hope this time we are on our way to recovery! Hope I'm not getting my hopes up- I usually do, but I guess its best to stay positive, right? I'll keep ya posted! Take care- Traci
Dec 09, 2005
mb
Kaleigh recovered GERD
Ashlyn severe GERD Both NG tube fed
I was wondering where your daughter does not seem to have hunger what they are doing for it as our daughter could not care less if she was fed or not. What type of formula are you on and is it 24 cal? Just wondering
Dec 11, 2005
nina
My daughter gets calories from air
mb
If my daughter won't eat I feed her with a dropper if she doesn't take the bottle. Most times she'll take something and then refuse, I'll drop the rest. We got our dropper from the pharmacy, it takes about 4 full droppers for an ounce (5ml each). Sometimes it helps to give her a little solid food - rice or sweet potatoe thinned with milk before giving her the bottle, for some reason reason she'll eat better . Like your baby, most times she doesn't care to eat. The GI suggested an anthishistamine to increase her appetite. I turned it down for now because I did not want to further comprosmise her position. She is in pain when she eats, apparently its more painful for her to eat than to be very hungry. The dangerous part about that is they stop being hungry after a while. We have to be on top of her feedings and not rely on her cues. In seeking help for our baby I came across a homeopathic remedy called Magnesia Carb or Magna Carbonnicum. My husband said he thinks its helping. This is surprising for a man that thinks organic food is a marketing scam. I recommend it, it's 7 dollars and easy to prepare and administer. You can get if from a practitioner or a homeopathic pharmacy. This remedy is often used for failure to thrive babies, hyper-sensitive so on and forth. Another thing that helps my daughter is to distract her while eating. I shake this colorful rattle with a transparent center with balls that go round and round and a squeaky bird that she likes. Lastly, I'm on Enfamil w/ Iron. There is a new Enfamil with more fat. Basically they add more oil to the formula powder. I just add a little cold pressed oil to the bottle for more fat. I do not spare on the powder either and sometimes double it up, making a bottle with breast milk and formula powder. I'm testing it but it's pretty safe to add the oil. I just started today, I'll see how it goes. My niece was on a prescipted formula with minimal fat, so her ped. recommended capsules to open into her formula with dha and aha. The babies need all the fat they can get for their brain and bodies. I hope and pray for a full healing for all our little babies.
Dec 13, 2005
molliem
molliem - 2 kids w/ reflux and still hangin' on
Prevacid worked for us
Hello - I didnt read all responses - but I can tell you that it worked for both my kids. Sam 2 = now reflux free and Benjamin is 11 mo's - he was off of prev and it was bad... it took about a week to build back up in his system. Also what worked for Sam was sleep feeding... getting him really relaxed and then inserting bottle once he was asleep. We conditioned him to fall asleep to music and then we fed him every 2 hrs. (only drank about 3 oz at most) for about a year. It worked! Also w/ Benji - we feed him to the tv and it helps him. He is better than sam was - just because we knew what we were dealing with early on. mollie
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