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Jun 28, 2008
Picture: This is what happens when you raise a kid on health food and they get ahold of a Coke! Bad mom, that soda is NOT on the reflux diet.
UPDATE: Isaiah is now 12 and off meds! He is doing great, eating again and hopefully will be catching up in the growing department. I am still in the "hoping it sticks" phase, but we're so happy that he's better!
Is there such thing as reflux that doesn't need meds?
I know that everyone experiences reflux from time to time...I'm thinking of frequent reflux, not the normal type (I guess silent reflux?) Argh...awhile ago I posted that Rachel was complaining of tummy aches here and there (and eating bread seemed to cure them) and of throwing up in her mouth periodically. Today she happily announced that she was "very good at swallowing barf without having to spit it out". Ack! I asked her how often that was, two times a day? five? twenty? She says she never counts but lots of times. Yuck! The actually tummy aches don't seem to happen often and she does not seem phased by it, and she is not waking up at night or throwing up (more than she can swallow anyway...oh man, that makes *me* gag) and she is eating and growing fine. I know I should call the doctor and check in with her on what to do...but I sooooo don't want to have to put her on meds if it's at all avoidable. Any thoughts? Did I mention how much I just *love* reflux?!? For crying out loud, dh and I must have some sort of seriously defective genes to have all three kids have to deal with this! I am seriously starting to lose my sense of humor on the whole subject of GERD. Not that it was ever funny, mind you...but for pete's sake! 3 out of 3 is NOT a good average.
Jun 28, 2008
I haven't posted since my son was really little, but he was medicated for what we thought was reflux at about 2 months, then we took him off the meds and switched him to Nutramigen from regular Similac. That seemed to solve most of our problems, so it turns out that he just had a sensitivity to milk proteins. He still spits up even now, and he is 11 months old. I think he is just going to have a sensitive tummy and I know it is mild reflux. I won't be medicating him because there is no damage and it is really mild. I think I was just like your DD because I remember being able to swallow my throw up too ( are so right - that just sounds nasty...) and I remember it happening almost every day. I don't have a major problem now, but certain foods do cause mild reflux. HTH!!
Jun 28, 2008
Cooper was born 12/19/07. Birth weight: 7lbs10oz. Weight as of 2/11: 8lbs9oz. 6/23: 14lbs12oz! Struggling again 12mo: 18lbs. Breast Fed exclusively, on strict elimination diet until Dec 08. MSPI as well as other food intolerances Diagnosed w/ GER at 5 days following barium swallow. Choking with apnea spells. Ftt. dx w/ Laryngomalacia following brochoscopy 1/29. Aspiration. apnea monitor until 5mo. pH probe 1/29 showed severe reflux. Sandifers Syndrome. lbrady and tackycardia. echo and EKG 2/18: Came back normal! Swallow study 2/29: some NG reflux. Unexplained seizure 4/1. Negative CF sweat test 4/4! EGD 11/19: reflux damage in esophagus. pH probe 11/19, reflux improved. Safe foods: pears, apples, peas, rice, small amounts of chicken, potatoes, and carrots.
Currently drinking Elecare vanilla 30cal/oz and breastmilk.
Meds: Nexium 10mg 2x daily. Carafate as needed, miralaxx as needed, probiotics daily
Man, I'm so sorry you are dealing with this. I wish I knew what to tell you. My guess is that a pedi will suggest meds b/c that is what they do. Might you consider something like a chiropractor. We started taking Cooper and it's been really helpful.
Jun 28, 2008
Maggie is now 3 years old and reflux free (knock on wood). I still check in some to see how everybody is doing :) Hugs to all!
I don't know for sure Sarah, but in my opinion, if it's not causing her real discomfort I'd think it's ok. Maybe she has an intolerance or something. I'd tell her to come to you every time she does it. Then you could keep up with what she has eaten when it happens. Just a thought.
Jun 28, 2008
Coyle Eagan. One Year Old. Doing well on Cow's Milk flavored with juice :) Drinking two bottles of Go&Grow daily. Eating solids better but still have rough days. No More Silent Reflux-that I can hear anyway.. but puking again. Zantac 2ML 2X daily.
i get heartburn often. it is mainly from eating offending foods or not taking the time to eat (common with all moms!). i hope that it doesn't bother her too much but maybe you need to do a food trial with her too?
Jun 28, 2008
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Melina 7/24/02 now reflux free!!
Ella 5/3/05 GERD, asthma, hypotonia, food intolerances, esophagitis, IBS //
Ava 5/3/05 asthma, food allergies
Pic: My girls! They are getting so big!
I would just make sure that there is no damage being caused. If she is having pain from time to time then it is hard to say. Have you tried avoiding all of the trigger foods and have her eat small more frequent meals? I know it isn't fun to consider meds.... hopefully she won't need them. I think I would take her in and tell them that you want to try to avoid meds if at all possible and see if they can at least monitor it for you. Then if it gets to the point she needs meds you will know right away, kwim? ((HUGS))
Jun 30, 2008
Lorenzo b.4/25/07 1 week in NICU w/ aspirate pneumonia from a reflux episode; diagnosed GERD at 9weeks; Used Zantac for 5months. Currently using Chinese Medicine and Craniosacral Therapy. GERD, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Sensory Processing Disorder. Ask me about breastfeeding a refluxer! Pic: day 5 in the NICU.
The only thing I would add is that you may want to speak to a dentist as well -- as stomach acid, even if it is not unusually acidic, can cause problems for teeth...
Check with your
doctor first!