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Aug 11, 2008
Riley at 2.5 months old....Diagnosed with GERD at 2 months, prevacid desovable tabs twice a day,regaln and zantac did not work for us.Switched to Nutramigen formula (with extra scoops for calories) upper GI done,negative for pyloric stenosis,or any milk allergies...possible PH probe test soon to come....still waiting on DGE diagnosis......Shes our lil cutie =)
day vs night....?
so Riley was diagnosed with GERD/severe reflux about a month ago.And Ive been trying to pin point a 'pattern' with Riley so I know when to expect episodes of vomiting and when she should be ok. She has never seemed to fit what others describe there babies being like with GERD. And I know in soooo many ways I should count my blessings b/c as much as she does vomit ALOT and get dehydrated Riley is a GREAT sleeper and puts herself to sleep if I lay her down for nap etc.. and hardly EVER cries... so for all that Im thankful... but is it normal that at night she almost never vomits? But first thing in the morning both bottles feel like I just dumped them upside down all over her its soo bad... It may sound crazy but I feel like shes sooo drowsy and relaxed she eats slower and is more calm, I cant for the life of me get her like that at ANY POINT during the day, and so far Ive seen no help with the prevacid... just this morning she vomitted all over after i just bathed her and dressed her... and i keep telling myself "it could be worse" but does it make any sense that at night shes alot better but during the day and in public its like a whole other story.?
Aug 11, 2008
This is our dd, Alessandra. Dx with GER 10/07. Ran the gamut with meds and now done with them (crossed fingers). Using magnesium, probiotics and prebiotic supplements. With the exception of teething and general sassy attitude, all is well now. They really CAN grow out of it!
We never had much night vomit....thankfully! I had considered at first that I should just make Allie's bottles in the morning and then just dump them on me as the day progressed. You know...eliminate the middle man!

I think we ALL envy the no real crying - that was the worst for me. Once we got the 24 hour screaming under control, I could have cared less if I bathed in puke! Prevacid does take a while to really get good effects. It took us about 6-8 weeks before we saw the drastic improvement, but we also used an H2 blocker concurrently (Axid at first, then switched to Pepcid.)

Honestly, with these gerdlings, ANYTHING seems to make sense unless they have an angelic and heavenly day, THEN we questions WHY?!?!?

Aug 11, 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.
We haven't had much vomit @ night either unless he's moving around terribly. excitement/movement during the day can cause the spit-up. by the way, the prevacid will not stop vomit.. it is only supposed to reduce the acidity of the vomit so it does not cause pain nor damage the esophagus.

if she is vomiting that much you should keep a receiving blanket on you and her @ all times. when coy was on soy formula (he's allergic to soy/milk) he would vomit out his nose!
Aug 11, 2008
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
Hi. I don't believe I've had the chance to welcome you yet! So, WELCOME :). Riley sure is a cutie pie! My dd was also a super puker, but she rarely vomited at night, and she was also not a big crier. Thank goodness for that. I sometimes think that the pukers tend to have less pain, because they get relief by vomiting. It's not always the case. I never could find a "pattern" to the puking, though I also tried desperately to figure her out.

I wanted to tell you that it does get better. I never, ever thought Rory would get better. She puked so much and so often I couldn't BELIEVE that this was "okay". But at around 6 months, the puking got a lot better. She still pukes to this day, but it is only once every few weeks. We couldn't do ANYTHING last summer.....ANYTHING. No babysitters, no camping, no going for drives, NOTHING. But, we just got back from a 3 day camping trip, and we had a blast. Although it seems like you and Riley are captives of the vomit, it won't last much longer, hopefully. The MOST important thing is that she doesn't appear to be in too much pain. It's hard to think it can't be much worse, but it definitely can be. But each of our circumstances is unique, and I know how frustrating it can be to have a puker.

Tips: Only wear clothing on you both when necessary. I fed in undergarments because I knew I would be vomited on immediately following a feed. Keep receiving blankets within arms reach at all times. Have daddy wash the puke laundry. Take all the help you can get. Find a supportive doctor who acknowledges that reflux affects the entire family. Hold off on solids until at least 6 months.***This is just my opinion, but the notion that solids improve reflux is not true of all Gerdlings...I started at about 5 months, and my dd was NOT ready. It created some pretty difficult aversions for us, so you want to start really really slowly.*** Just hang in there. Try to enjoy her as much as possible. Cry when you need to. You have soooooo sooooo much to look forward to. BIG HUGS!!

Aug 11, 2008
Zack born 09/28/07 @ 31 weeks. Dx silent reflux @ 6 mo. Now not so silent. Switched to Elecare @ 9 mo. On Prevacid 15mg 1x daily. Looking to stop the puke and gain some lbs.
Puke stopped about 24 months and he's learning to eat...very slowly.
Still on prevacid and periactin.
What great tips you are getting. Your baby sounds a LOT like Zack. He rarely ever cried and was sleeping like a!! We had to wake him for night feeds because he could NOT take in enough during the day. We just stopped that recently. He rarely if EVER puked at night. We tried feeding in every position imaginable and none was better than the Boppy...sitting up seemed to make things worse. He still pukes on the Boppy, but we line it witha beach towel and have LOTS of towels nearby at all times...and put your hair back before a feed! lol! Anyway, I hope you can learn to cope like the rest of us...Cry when you need to is a great tip..I still do that a lot at 10 months! Anyway, I think that the night feeds are so relaxed that it helps a lot...the mornings were the worst for us. It was almost a wrotten puke guarantee!
Aug 11, 2008
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
We had the same experience - covered in puke all day long than then very little to no puke at night (which I always thought was weird too). I'm so glad that was the case because I was terrified in the beginning that she would choke on it when she was sleeping. As an added protection, we propped her on her side so if she did spit up, she wouldn't aspirate (with her pedi's permission). Halley didn't cry much either, even though she had so much acid before the Prevacid kicked in that she was constantly hoarse. She's off Prevacid now, but she's still really tough and rarely cries unless she's really hurt badly - I guess she's developed a high pain threshold (which makes me a little sad).
Aug 12, 2008
Tracey, mom to Katie diagnosed with GERD at 3 week.

Katie has ALWAYS been a night time puker and a crier during the day. Sitting in a straight up position is very hard on the stomach and can actually make them puke more. Also, is she sleeping through the night and waking up hungry? I think it is the same principal as morning sickness; if her stomach is empty and suddenly she has all this food....

I agree with Michelle, the pukers get it all out while the refluxers get it traveling up and down and over again. If they puke it only hurts going out! Be grateful!! I am actually glad when Katie pukes because I know she won't reflux for a while!

Aug 12, 2008
Worry Wart mom to
27 mo. reformed "happy spitter"
34.8lbs , 37in tall(oct)
Diagnosed A/R at 6 wks
Zantac until 1yr then Prevacid
Med free since February 08
peanut & egg allergies...still
Zoo Boo Trick-or-Treating (pic).
Sounds like my son. I rocked him to sleep until about 8 mo old. Otherwise, he would vomit. If he was sleeping, no problem, no vomit. I don't know why it is since the vomiting seems to be reflexive.
Aug 12, 2008
Tracey, mom to Katie diagnosed with GERD at 3 week.
I didn't mean for the "be grateful" comment to sound chastizing; it wasn't! Katie was choking on her reflux so badly last night without throwing it up I wanted to help her throw it up rather than continue to watch her repeatly choke on the same vomit over and over again. Sigh. It was be grateful you don't have to watch her desperately want to vomit but not be able to.
Check with your
doctor first!