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Sep 10, 2008
My name is Stefani. I'm a mommy to two awesome kids, Aidan 03/02/06 no refluxer and Athena 05/28/08 the refluxer. I'm trying to figure things out.
Hello everyone. I have been looking on this website for awhile and finally became a member. I really don't know what to say except my daughter Athena is 3 and 1/2 months spits up through her nose and sometimes will turn purple and gag. She is gaining weight...she started out 7 lbs 13 oz and is now 15lbs 10 oz. Our doctor put her on the prevacid when she was 2 weeks old and our daughter was so spaced out my husband and I took her off of it. we thought maybe she will grow out of it and never did. So we went to another doctor and they advised she should be on it. So we put her back on it (15 mg once a day)and this time she is not so spaced out. I have read some of the posts on here and it says to wait for it to kick in. How long does it take to kick in? And when it does kick in will it take the spitting up through the nose completely away or just tone it down? It just makes me so nervous!!! My doctor is sending me to a G.I but won't be able to see him until Nov.. and by then she will be 5 months. When do I start foods, and what kind? My doctor doesn't know...said that's why i'm going to the G.I. I know with my son at her age he was already eating step 1 and cereals. Any feed back will be appreciated and sorry for being all over the place....just so many questions. Lol
Sep 10, 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 and welcome. I don't have too much time right now, but I wanted to encourage you to hold off on solids until 6 months of age. Most doctors recommend it now anyway, but particularly with reflux kiddos, if you try to early it might create some negative feeding associations and exacerbate the reflux. I think seeing a GI is a fabulous idea. I bet he will tell you the same thing, although, they might suggest cereal for thickening feeds. It works for some kiddos and not for others. GOOD LUCK. I'll try to most more tomorrow. HUGS
Sep 10, 2008
Hi Stefani-Welcome. My lo (will be 5 mo next wk) is also on Prevacid. I'd say it took about 2-3 weeks to see it kick in for him. It has made such a difference though. We did the prevacid in conjunction with Zantac and Mylanta for the first two weeks (giving the prevacid time to kick in)and then had to continue with the mylanta 2-3 times a day until we saw the GI and he upped the prevacid dosage. We noticed little difference in spit up with the med only (though Nicholas swallows most of his-you can still hear it). The real difference was after we added cereal to the formula. We have just ordered simply thick to try as I noticed eczema after starting the rice. With my first born, we started solids at four months, however, with this one, our GI wants us to wait until 6 mos (and many on here have advised the same). The GI (and everyone else rightly) said that it would decrease the chance of him having an allergic reaction to the foods by waiting. Nutritionally, they get what they need from the formula. Some will say solids help the reflux but many have had worsening relux with some foods. We tried oatmeal with Nicholas to thicken and it totally flared his reflux and he (as were we) was miserable for a week at least. Good luck-Keep us updated. Glad to have you here!
Sep 10, 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.
HI and welcome. Sorry you have such a spitter. My son vomited constantly (thru the nose as well) until he was put on alimentum. Is your daughter BF or formula fed? As far as the prevacid, i'm sorry to say that it will not stop the spitting up. PPIs just decrease the acidity in the stomach so in theory it should prevent damage from constant spitting up if the spit up is acidic. It should decrease irritability from painful spit-up: or heartburn.
Sep 10, 2008
seamus mama
Seamus was diagnosed with Silent Reflux at 3 weeks. Now he is 14 months, on Prilosec and avoiding dairy,soy,egg. Still nursing. A lot !!!
Hi and welcome I am sorry that you are on the reflux rollercoaster. You have found a good place to come get support and share your stories. If I did ANYTHING differently, I would have seen a GI sooner and I would have held off on solids longer. Cereal is a good way to start, by adding it to your breastmilk or formula. Rice cereal can be constipating and constipation can trigger reflux so it depends on what kind of pooper your baby is. My GI said PPIs can take up to a week to kick in, but Ive heard varying results from mamas. Could you get on a waiting list for earlier appointments w the GI in case there are cancellations?
Sep 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!
Welcome to sanity! Prevacid does take a while to kick in - almost 8 weeks for us. Generally for these kids, at least 2 weeks is normal, though it can be longer, and sometimes you run through a few meds until you find the right one.

Nothing really reduces the vomit except time and growth, though there are meds out there for DGE (delayed gastric emptying). After the acid is reduced, it becomes less painful and just a laundry problem. ;-)

We started solids early, at 4 mos, for other reasons besides GERD. I'd wait until you see your GE to start foods, esp if she's gagging. We were alreadythickening my dd's bottles with oatmeal cereal, so we skipped that and started sweet potatoes and squash first.

Sep 11, 2008
Melissa - Mommy to Sebastian, born 9/28/07 @ 7 lbs 7 oz and 20.75 in. At docs at 12 months: 27 pounds and 32 in! Good grief! GERD - currently on Prevacid suspension (liquid equivalent of 45 mg a day). Allergic to dairy, soy, eggs, wheat, all treenuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish, peas, sesame, bananas, barley, coconut, dust, dust mite, dog, cat, latex. Seasonal allergies. Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS). Neocate only - no solids - until further notice (drinks and loves water, too). Loves his doggie, our rescued Treeing Walker Coonhound, Louise, even though he is allergic to her. Louise will make your doctor a homemade pie if you would like her to. PHOTO: We couldn't do a cake on Sebastian's birthday, but that didn't stop him from tossing around the contents of a big bowl of popcorn! He now tries to eat it when we play with popcorn, so no more of that game.... :(
Welcome! So sorry to hear about your daughter. We all have been there and are happy to help however we can. Poor baby (and poor mama!!)

First, don't stress about the solids. My son is a special case, but he is will a year old in three weeks and is on formula only. He is happy and developmentally on target and soon to be very healthy once he is all healed up inside. Reflux babies are on a totally different schedule than other babies. A lot of babies here are on delayed feeding schedules, and they are doing great!

Prevacid took over a month to kick in for us. Until then, our lives were pure hell. But once it worked, it worked (until we started having allergic reactions to foods, and then our Prevacid progress went down the toilet...but then it got much better once we went to Neocate only!).

Sebastian never spit up through his nose, but he certainly spit up enough the old fashioned way. He spits up WAY less than before the PPI, but I don't know if that is age related or what...

Hope to see you on here!

Sep 11, 2008
My name is Stefani. I'm a mommy to two awesome kids, Aidan 03/02/06 no refluxer and Athena 05/28/08 the refluxer. I'm trying to figure things out.
When you thickin formula with rice or oatmeal what is the ratio? Again thanks for the warm welcomes and great info.
Check with your
doctor first!