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Sep 05, 2008
shonasmom
First time mom of Gershona; dx w/ GER at 3 wks on prilosec and simethicone
1st time posting
My first post... Gershona was dx w/ GER at 3 weeks, she is not almost 7 wks. She is on Pepcid 2x per day and we dose her simethicone at each feeding. I have been reading posts for about a week now and learning some valuable insights, and now that I have a password I am able to introduce myself. Sorry if I am not yet into all the abbreviations... Question - Since she has GERD, is it best to keep her on a feeding schedule? Her personality is such that she gets worked up around feeding time anyway (she gets so hungry). I guess I am asking if feeding at consistent times helps the GERD or can we just let her tell us when she is hungry? Right now we are feeding her 90 cc every 3 hours, no matter what. I would love to start to get her to sleep longer at night, but I am afraid to not wake her. She is bottle fed with formula only per doctors orders (for now). We see the GI doc in about 7 hours, so I plan to ask him also.
Sep 05, 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!
Hi! So glad you found the site. I'm very glad you have a GI appt. so soon. That's great! My OPINION is if she will sleep, let her. At her age you just want to make sure she gets fed once maybe twice during the night. (I think that's right-it's been a while) I don't know if consistency matters, but with gerdlings, small more frequent meals help as opposed to large meals.

Let us know how the appt goes!

Sep 05, 2008
slimfast13
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!
Welcome! We definitely found that a feeding schedule with small, frequent feedings helped my girl. We were better able to track her "good" times from her "bad" times. Also, a lot of times these kids are't actually always hungry - the constant need to feed is called "comfort feeding" and fast, gulping eating is known as"frantic feeding."

We also did what is called "dreamfeeding." Basically you feed them while they're still asleep. This works best if your dd doesn't vomit at night, and helps to get extra calories in when they lose a lot to vomit in the daytime.

Good luck with the GE - Glad you got her in so quickly! Keep us posted.

Oh, and I'm apparently queen of the quotations today....

Sep 05, 2008
mom2adriane&morgan
Adriane Reese 05/16/07; seemingly healthy when born; diagnosed with MSPI, severe Reflux, Apnea, Ashtma, Epilepsy, and severe food allergies(rice, corn, milk, soy, eggs, oats, wheat, beef, chicken, squash, pumpkin, avocado, etc.);On apnea monitor, seems to be tolerating RCF w/carbohydrate mixed in; on Zyrtec, Xopenex, Prevacid
I will have to agree with the pp about the feeding schedule. We were never real rigid with our first child and let her deem when to eat. Once we got all of Adriane's troubles figured out we figured that it was better to not let her tummy get completely empty but give small frequent feeds. Once we got her meds squared around it was a little easier to go a little longer and she could go all night without eating and she was fine. Every lo is different though. Our ped always said don't wake a sleeping child so if she is sleeping longer and seems okay w/o the feeds at night then she will probably be alright. AR is a lot of trial and error. We all make errors along the way.

Good Luck! -Amanda

Sep 05, 2008
stickybean
I am Jacky, mommy to Joslyn Olivia (April 2008) and Katelyn Isabel (November 2009).
Joslyn was dx'ed with Silent Reflux with breath apnea at 5 days old. VERY SCARY!
Katelyn is a spitter reflux baby. Started at 3 days old as well. (Both were/are breast fed.. symptoms came on when my milk came in).
Joslyn has been reflux free since she was 12 months (suffered poor weight gain for a few months) and Katelyn is now on Zantac... waiting to see if it works.
hi there! We let joslyn sleep all night long. She has done that since week 2 and her GI doc and Pedi Doc said that was fine. I have had her on a 3 hour sched. during the day since about 2 weeks as well. Before that it was every 2.5 hours. One feeding was actually one hour long. (I breastfeed) But since then she has stopped that one hour feeding thing! phew! Keep her upright when you feed her and for 30 mins following the feeding. Our LO did well during the night, she is a silent refluxer. She does not spit up.. she swallows/inhales it back down. I wish you so much luck! And I agree with evreyone so far! (like normal!) But I think Amanda hit it right on..... "we all make errors along the way." YES MAME! **Jacky
Sep 05, 2008
kmom
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).
Welcome! I fed my son when he demanded it. I was/am not a schedule person. I lived by the old saying, "never wake a sleeping baby!" I don't think it would have mattered to the acid reflux eitherway. Be aware that if she wants food more that every 2-3 hours or she only sucks a little at a time but does so often, it could be comfort feeding. Then Slimfast13 has the best idea.
Sep 05, 2008
blueleopard
Pictured: G'mom w/3 kids. I'm mom to 1 angel Melissa (dec'd 11/92 - hypoplastic left-heart syn.)
2 healthy daughters (knock wood) Cory (16), Kim (11) & Eric (4) diagnosed with e.e. (scoped 8/08), GERD & severe food/seasonal allergies, asthma. Cried non-stop first 17 mths. of life Found out he is allergic to cow's milk, soy, eggs, and peanuts. Takes Prevacid, Neocate One Plus & Flovent.
Just wanted to pipe in and say to look out for milk/soy intolerances. It's not a problem with every GERD baby, but for some it plays a HUGE part. (took us 17 mths. to find this out - even though we saw GI, pediatrican, etc.) Good Luck. Ellen
Sep 05, 2008
kmom
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).
Good call Ellen! MSPI was a contributing factor for my lo. fortunately we found out at 8 weeks-ish.
Sep 05, 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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As a preemie mama whose dd also had reflux and feeding issues, weight gain was a huge problem in the beginning. Because of that, i woke her and she ate every 3 hours no matter what at first. She ate very little (and still does) so that was what our dr's orders were. When she got a little older I started doing it only twice a night, then when dr said it was okay, down to once a night. now she almost never eats at night. Dreamfeeding was not an option for us (she wouldn't do it). Just out of curiousity, what formula is she on, and what are her symptoms?
Check with your
doctor first!