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Sep 18, 2008
b's mom
questions after coxsackie
i'm brand new to reflux.org, as a result of looking for some relief for my 16 month old daughter. brynn has never really had problems with acid reflux prior to this summer, and after reading so many of your stories, i feel so fortunate. brynn had coxsackie virus twice this summer...as many of you know...horrific! since the second bout in early august, her stomach has not been the same. lots of vomity spit-up, night wakings, general irritability, decreased appetite. i've felt for awhile that something's not right. we went to the pedi last week and were prescribed 15 mg of prevacid once per day. after a week of taking it, it doesn't seem to be doing much. i wanted to know if anyone had experience either on how long stomach issues last after coxsackie and/or whether i should plead a case to my doctor to up the dosage to the recommendations on marci-kids.com. i kind of wonder...maybe the acid reflux is part of the virus and she'll work her way out of it with time, regardless of medication? on the other hand, the lack of sleep is driving us all out of our minds and can't be helping her recover either. help anyone? i want my happy kid back.
Sep 18, 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).
That poor baby!

First, it takes 10+ days for the prevacid to provide relief. Also, alot of babies do better if it's split into 2 dose given 2 hours after the last feeding and one hour before the next. That should be doable with a child your LO's age.

I would give it a couple more days but I would ask about breaking the dose up.

Good luck and keep us posted!
Sep 18, 2008
jedd'smommy
Jessica, Mommy to Jedd, severe reflux, severe food and oral aversions, Finally G tube free!!! VSD repair 4-24-07 (open heart surgery), hypospadias, repaired 3 times and Ear tubes Visit Jedd at his CB site: www.caringbridge.org/visit/jedd
If I am not mistaken that virus likes to live in the gut. So you may want to add in some type of probiotic to help the good bacteria flourish!!!! It will help. Jedd drinks yogurt everyday to help his GI tract. It took Jedd sooo long to pop back form that one. HUGS
Sep 18, 2008
molson1525
Mary & Nicholas 7-17-03 (non-refluxer)allergies, asthma on Singulair and Flovent & Aidan 1-28-07(my refluxer)Nissen Fundoplication on June 20, 2008, FTT, MSPI, DGE, ear tubes, allergies and severe GERD now currently taking just Prevacid and drinking Elecare Vanilla 1+.
It could be a milk protein intolerance or lactose intolerance. It is incredibly common for the body to become lactose intolerant after a virus especially an enterovirus like coxsackie that disrupts the GI tract. I would try switching her to lactose free milk or removing milk from her diet to see if it helps. I have never heard of developing acid reflux from a virus but that doesn't mean it doesn't happen.
Sep 19, 2008
b's mom
thanks for all your advice and suggestions. now, i have some direction! :-) and feel a little better about the situation. i'm going to ask about breaking up the 1 dose into 2 smaller doses (which shouldn't be too difficult, b/c she's got the prevacid solutabs). and give it some more time before hounding the doctor about increasing the dosage. a co-worker had mentioned yesterday about lactose intolerance, and brynn definitely has been less interested in milk and yogurt than she used to be. she used to LOVE her cheese, milk, and yogurt. so, maybe i'll try her off of those for a few days and watch to see if there's an improvement. i can replace cow's milk with soy? or is there some other sort of lactose free milk that i should be looking for? and finally, i like the idea of probiotics...any advice on a probiotic food that's not dairy? i think there are probiotic cheeses, cottage cheese, yogurt, etc. is there a probiotic food out there that is not a dairy product? thank you, moms, for your help. finding this site has been such a help!
Sep 19, 2008
mollysmom
Connor 11/22/02
Grace 7/2/04 reflux free now!
Molly 7/10/07 the reason I'm here!
You can do soy milk, or if you just want to avoid lactose there are lactose free cows milk products (one is called lactaid). There are also soy yogurts that have probiotic strains, as well as yogurt made with coconut milk. Or you could just give a probiotic supplement. If you look at the post above titled Jedds mommy you will see some different options for supplements.
Sep 19, 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).
I give my son chewable acidolphis but I can't remember who makes them. They are shaped like little bears and he calls them candy. He loves them. They make a liquid if your LO doesn't have the teeth to chew them.
Check with your
doctor first!