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Jul 17, 2008
nanibear
Does this ever go away?
Can reflux be prevented?
I was wondering where did the reflux come up in my daughter? My daughter was 41 weeks full term, I would think that her stomach would have been developed enough not to have the ongoing reflux. Is it genetic? Does it run in families? Could it have been prevented? Let me know what you guys think.
Jul 17, 2008
maggiemom
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!
http://www.reflux.org/Reflux/webdoc01.nsf/(vwWebPage)/Causes.htm?OpenDocument

This page is from the "reading room". There's info on this there. In my family there is no serious reflux but some of my older family members do have minor issues. I believe most of their issues are more related to diet though.

Nice to meet ya!

Jul 17, 2008
maggiemom
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 just read your story and I just want to send ((hugs)). Your poor lil darling. I can't really help you with the surgery decision but I feel that if you feel that strongly against it then it's probably best to put it off. Esp. if there's no medical issues requiring it right now. That's just my opinion though :)
Jul 17, 2008
elysabethsmom
Sharon, Mom to Elyse, 17 mos (15 mos adjusted-preemie). Zantac/Elecare. History of: Respiratory Distress Syndrome with ventilation/CPAP/cannula, tpn, n/g tube, PDA, jaundice, apnea, bradycardia/tachycardia, severe anemia, blood transfusion, reflux, Sandifer's Syndrome, intestinal malrotation, hemangiomas, MSPI, feeding issues. ICU inpatient 53 days! 2 surgeries, 2 UGIs, barium enema, pH probe, endoscopy. Developmentally on target now! PIC: Yobaby Beard
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I just read your story too. Is she eating by mouth at all? Is she in feeding therapy? NG tubes can cause feeding aversions, even if they have them only when they are really little like that (my dd had one in NICU for 6 weeks). And of course reflux causes oral aversion. Even though she was full term, most (or all??) babies have reflux to a degree, it's just not a problem for most of them. They spit up a little the first few months and then they are fine. Mine was/is a projectile vomiter due to her reflux (and was a preemie and had other digestive issues). IMO, I would wait on the surgery (is it a nissen?) unless she is aspirating from the reflux.
Jul 17, 2008
michelle&aurora
Aurora born March 17, 2007
3 years, 8 months old
Weighs 25.8 lbs
8 lbs 11 oz at birth.
Recovered Chronic Projectile Vomiter
Prevacid Free since September 08
Egg allergy diagnosed Jan 26/09
Has a Pectus Excavatum
Has an Epipen
Poor Imani and mommy. Huge Hugs. I think all of us at some point have questioned the "cause" of reflux. My daughter was also full term, very healthy, except she vomiting ALL the time, very large amounts. I wondered if it was antibiotics, the chocolate I ate while pregnant, punishment for being unwed, LOL...you name it, I thought of it as a reason. What I have learned is that we may never know the WHY, what is more important is the HOW...how to we manage this reflux. The most important step in management is support. Sometimes it is very hard for people to understand the magnitude of reflux if they've never experienced it to the extreme like most of us here. It also seems that reflux is becoming more common. My Aunt surmised that it is the result of our parents' generation being formula fed, lol. She thinks there is some sort of conspiracy or something. But the reality is that less cases are being blamed on colic, parents are finally saying "NO, this is not normal, my baby is in pain!!" and in return, doctors are becoming more willing to diagnose reflux and take steps to manage it. I encourage you to seek as much support as you can, and to give yourself a break in terms of allocating blame. You did nothing to cause this, I promise you. Alot of us here have taken comfort in the knowledge that we were given these extra challenging kiddos because we were the right moms for the job. :) It's a hard road you've been on, but it does get better. HUGS
Jul 17, 2008
stickybean
hi there... i am sending hugs to you as well. Our DD was born 40 weeks and 2 days, I was induced as I had been at 1 cm dialated for 4 weeks with no change. She was born other wise very healthy until we got home. The day after we got home she stopped breathing and her whole face turned blue. We went to the ER where they said they could not send us home and we had to be transfered to Scottish Rite (a big children's hosp.) while waiting the transfer she did it again. Both times while I was nursing her. We were so scared. DH and I had lost two babies before her, she was our 3rd preg in 11 months. We thought why were we losing her too. 4 days later, after every single test they could do, they did a barium swallow. DING DING DING she had moderate silent reflux which caused her apnea and an aspirating episode while at Scottish Rite. We know everything else in her is wonderfully perfect! They did so many xrays, brain scans, heart scans, blood tests, spinal tap, everything...... now we do not have to have that worry in our minds...... about something not being perfect in her. We know she has silent reflux, which she still struggles with.......... but we also have all these test results with nothing else wrong. We have all been there... blaming it all on ourselves.... (me coming from 2 miscarriages 5 months apart) I can completely understand that! But reflux is no one's fault. It is something that is part of our precious miracles... something that makes them special! DH's dad has reflux... but no one else in either one of our families. Hugs.. and lots of them!!! Jacky
Jul 17, 2008
mom2halleyann
Donnessa, mom to Halley born 3/10/07
Reflux (mostly) resolved at 14 months
and Addison born 8/17/09. Currently exclusively bf and on 7.5mg Prevacid
Hi and welcome! I'd like to echo what everyone else has said. Each of us has questioned what we may have done to cause reflux...was it because the baby was early or late, c-section or vaginal, formula fed or breastfed, something we ate or didn't? I've come to the conclusion that there's NOTHING that we did or could have done to cause our babies such pain - we just have to love our little gifts from God and provide the best care that we can. I'm inclined to think that there may be a genetic link, because of family history of reflux on both sides of my dd's family, but it's just not known.

I read your story. I'm not a doctor, but I think I would wait on the surgery as long as possible as well, if she is not aspirating. If she is aspirating gastric contents, then I think the fundo surgery is probably a good choice. I'm glad you're having the MBS - that should help show what's going on. Let us know the results.

Jul 17, 2008
katiesmommy
Tracey, mom to Katie diagnosed with GERD at 3 week.
Hi there! Our little girl was full term and there was meconomium (sp?) in the uterus as well but she didn't inhale it and we had some difficult moments in labor as they couldn't always find her heart beat. Monitor slipping off, my low blood pressure, who knows? We do think that in her case there is a strong genetic factor; I had "colic" and spit up and FIL and dh both have acid reflux on a daily basis. Keep us update on how she is doing!
Jul 20, 2008
nanibear
Does this ever go away?
Thanks
I love you all. Thanks for your encouragment. I feel a lot better. I will keep you updated on how my Imani is doing. I am just trying to help her gain more weight with the help of her nuritionist. Other than that she is a happy little girl. Thanks you guys!
Check with your
doctor first!