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Feb 27, 2007
mommy
Problems with eating and gaining weight?
Dear Parents! I am a mother of a baby girl with the silent reflux. She is 9 month old now and we went throug very difficult feeding with her. She refused nursing or taking a bottle when she was 1.5 month old. It took a lot of effort and time to feed her. She only nursed or took a bottle while she was sleeping. Even while sleeping, she refused a lot. We used a dropper to feed her. We did all possible for her to eat better. When we started solids, it was not better. She started vomiting and holding food in her mouth. We were pooling our hair out in search what to do. We just went throug a feeding therapy using a behavioral approach. I really, really, really want all other parents who have similar problems to know how much this therapy helped!!!!! I am not advertising, I am a mother who was miserable for 9 month. I was counting her calories, counting how much she vomited and refeeding her. I live in San Francisco, and the feeding clinic is in the Bay Area. If you straggle with yoiur kid eating, please, email (vladlena@yahoo.com) me and I will give you either a website or a phone number. I just want to help other parents with information, and I think everybody should know about this therapy. The success rate is over 90%.
Mar 01, 2007
chezdumais
15 mos son w/Reflux & DGE
Reglan & Prevacid
Slow Grower
Not a fan of eating
Hi - We live in Boston but I would be curious to know what techniques or methods the used. My son was very bottle averse for months. We had to supplement calories and count ounces and watch him gain ever so slowly. I took him to behavioral specialist but they didn't really tell me anything I didn't already know. He is doing better but still eating really small amounts for his age. We are constantly watching the clock for his next feeding, calculating how much more he needs to eat today, etc. I would love to be able to back off this approach but he's only in the 3rd percentile for weight.
Mar 01, 2007
mommy
Feeding
The thing is our therapist does not train to drink form a bottle. He trains to drink from a cup. So, he does not work with very little babies (he said he tried, but it did not work=he was very honest about it). If your child is 7 months old already, he can be trained to drink from a cup. My daughter is still not drinking from a bottle as well as my son used to, but this was not a part of the therapy for her to be trained to drink from a bottle. However, she finishes 8 oz of formula from a cup within 15 minutes. We will be trying more oz in the next couple of weeks. Plealse, e-mail me, I have my phone number there. I can talk toy you and give you more information on the methods, ok?
Mar 09, 2007
rexsmom
26wkpreemie
Weight gaining and eating problems
Just went to the Gastro doctor today with my 5 month old who was also a micro preemie. He has trouble eating and gaining weight. He is now on Previcad, was on Zantac. Dr also put him on Reglan today. I am nervous about giving my son all these drugs. I have read the side effects and get scared. I have decided not to add the reglan to his meds. I even want to take him off of Prev after researching. Do any of you think this would be an option if it were your baby. I am thinking more along the lines of trying gripe water. I am always changing meds or formula trying to find the perfect thing and nothing makes it better. Any words of wisdom?
Mar 25, 2007
chezdumais
15 mos son w/Reflux & DGE
Reglan & Prevacid
Slow Grower
Not a fan of eating
I think changing from the Zantac to the Prevacid is a good choice. Most moms on this site have really good luck with it. Zantac tends to lose it's effectiveness over time. You'll have to give the Prevacid 2 weeks to really go into effect though so that can be hard. My son is on the Reglan to assist with motility - without it he vomits and spits up whole bottles and meals. We were trying not to increase his dosage for weight but we just went up over the weekend. He did not have any of the side effects that I've read about and he's been on it since being in the hospital. I do know how you feel about always searching for the best thing - we have ups and downs. Just as soon as we think we might be turning the corner, we're right back where we started from. Everyone says that time will heal and that the older they get, the better it will be. My son is on Neocate formula for a milk protein allergy - the more elemental formulas are easier for the reflux kiddos to digest. Since my last post, we went back to a feeding specialist and she suggested trying to move to the cup as well but I am not having any luck - he gets very frustrated and cries and bats his arms at it. We are trying to get an appointment through our GI doctor with another specialist.
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