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Sep 23, 2008
ethan's mom
Meridith, mom to Ethan born 4/23/08. Ethan was diagnosed with reflux at about 1 month. He has been on Zantac (unsuccessful) and Prevacid. He is currently taking 7.5 mg of Prevacid 2x per day, with good results. We also suspect MPI, though this hasn't been confirmed by a doctor yet.
Ethan is mostly breastfed, though we are doing one bottle of soy formula each day. We also do some homeade "solids' including, so far pears, avocado, sweet potato, and peaches.
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Aspiration?
Ethan has been having what seems to be a reflux flare for a couple of weeks now, off and on. Yesterday, we were in the car, and I heard him coughing like he was choking two times. He has done this before, but this time it seems like he has some chest congestion. He didn't sleep very well last night. Could he have aspirated some thing into his lungs? Should I take him to the pedi? We just had him checked last week for a URI and everything was fine, so I'm just certain that all of this is the reflux monster. What do they do when a baby has aspirated something?
Sep 23, 2008
jenrackley
PAGER Volunteer Services Coordinator
Nutritionist
Melina 7/24/02 now reflux free!!
TWINS:
Ella 5/3/05 GERD, asthma, hypotonia, food intolerances, esophagitis, IBS //
Ava 5/3/05 asthma, food allergies
Pic: My girls! They are getting so big!
Oh, how scary! One of ours used to do that a lot. You might just want to call your pedi and explain what happened and see what they suggest.

Our pedi knew our daughter's history and basically said that as long as she was able to cough it out and was not running a fever then she was fine. Obviously if she ran fever, wheezed or showed any signs of respiratory distress (like retracting) then we were supposed to bring her in right away. I don't know... I almost felt like that was a bit too "hands off". We have a new pedi now and he tends to err on the side of caution and wants to see the kids more frequently.

That having been said, if this is the first time something like this has happened they may want to see him to verify what is going on, kwim? They may need to rule out thing like reactive airway that can cause similar symptoms.

FYI... this is just my mommy opinion, from a "been there, done that" kind of view. I really suggest calling your pedi, since they know your son's history, to get their advice.

I really hope that he is feeling better soon!
Sep 23, 2008
jenrackley
PAGER Volunteer Services Coordinator
Nutritionist
Melina 7/24/02 now reflux free!!
TWINS:
Ella 5/3/05 GERD, asthma, hypotonia, food intolerances, esophagitis, IBS //
Ava 5/3/05 asthma, food allergies
Pic: My girls! They are getting so big!
Sorry... meant to say that sometimes we required breathing treatments and antibiotics if it turned into an infection. Mine also have asthma so I am not sure if that played more of a role in the need for breathing meds or not.
Sep 23, 2008
ethan's mom
Meridith, mom to Ethan born 4/23/08. Ethan was diagnosed with reflux at about 1 month. He has been on Zantac (unsuccessful) and Prevacid. He is currently taking 7.5 mg of Prevacid 2x per day, with good results. We also suspect MPI, though this hasn't been confirmed by a doctor yet.
Ethan is mostly breastfed, though we are doing one bottle of soy formula each day. We also do some homeade "solids' including, so far pears, avocado, sweet potato, and peaches.
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Well, I guess our pediatricians went to the same school, because I got the same advice. They said that there were colds going around, and to use saline and a humidifier and call if he gets a fever.

Sep 23, 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.
that is scary.. we went through that. I dont know what to tell you as joslyn cleared it out herself at Scottish Rite. But I know your pain!!!!!!
Sep 23, 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
Coughing is a great sign it means that he is trying to protect the airway. A fever would mean that there is an issue. We used to just wait it out as well. HUGS!!! It is soo scary.
Sep 23, 2008
nicholas'smom
Nicholas had a bronchoscopy early on that showed he was aspirating and our pedi GI said that there was no reason to be concerned unless there was a fever or other symptoms. Coughing was described to be a good sign to protect airway (as mentioned earlier). Even if he did aspirate a little something, you still may not need to anything. I would just wait and see if anything else develops. I'd say try not to worry, but we all do anyway. Thinking of you. Also, not that you can tell from the photo I have posted of Nicholas, but the pic you have of Ethan looks a lot like him. Ethan's a cutie too!!!
Sep 24, 2008
lorenzomama
Lorenzo b.4/25/07 1 week in NICU w/ aspirate pneumonia from a reflux episode; diagnosed GERD at 9weeks; Used Zantac for 5months. Currently using Chinese Medicine and Craniosacral Therapy. GERD, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Sensory Processing Disorder. Ask me about breastfeeding a refluxer! Pic: day 5 in the NICU.
Ugh, I'm so sorry you're facing this. Lorenzo has been aspirating periodically his whole life. With the exception of the day he was born, it has never turned into anything of crisis proportions, but it freaks me out every time. I would suggest that you speak to a pulmonologist, if possible, about the ramifications of long term aspirations. Recent research is suggesting a link between frequent minor aspirations and asthma, which is, I suppose, no big surprise, but is well worth knowing more about... FYI Lorenzo will have anything from no signs of anything wrong after aspirating, to spending a couple of days/nights being very congested and coughing while lying down. As long as he doesn't spike a fever with it, or start wheezing, I was told not to worry much about it. So naturally I just stay awake "not worrying about it" every time it happens... Hang in there!
Check with your
doctor first!