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Oct 02, 2008
And The Answer Is....Reflux?
Hello, I find myself here after a few weeks of trial and error. Our Daughter Seven will be 7wks old tomorrow. A few weeks ago she started becoming very irritable, had sudden bursts of screaming (she never cries), becoming fussy at the breast and waking up grunting and groaning. She has been held pretty much 24/7 for the past week. Initially we thought it was rather nasty wind - "colic" - so we started her on wind drops which seemed to help mildly, but recently she has started vomiting more than usual, and I cannot put her down at all during the day! I started giving her Mylanta 2 days ago, and it seems to be helping. She feeds better if I give it to her prior to a feed, and she settles much quicker if she is given it after a feed. The problem is, I can't keep giving her that much every day until she grows out of it! I am going to the Dr tomorrow and intend to ask for either Omeprazole or Ranitidine. I know Seven's reflux is not half as bad as it could be, and she's gaining weight appropriately, but the agony she is in is heartbreaking and its rather stressful on our family life too. My question is this: In your opinion, what works better to help/prevent/ease this? Omeprazole or Ranitidine? We currently do all the gravity type things that are suggested for a baby with reflux, but these only work temporarily. Unfortunately I think medication is going to be the only thing that helps my baby girl. Any advice anyone has will be greatly appreciated. Kell
Oct 02, 2008
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!
Omeprazole (prilosec) is a proton-pump inhibitor. It works a little different than Ranitidine (zantac). Usually drs try ranitidine for a while before moving to omeprazole. Zantac was enough for my baby, but she seems to be in the minority. In my opinion, I'd try ranitidine for a while. Then if after a couple weeks it doesn't work. You can move up to omeprazole. I'm in ahurry, I hope this makes sense :)
Oct 02, 2008
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
Ditto Melissa on the meds comments. Additionally, many of us have been there with you on the "can't put her down"...a lot of us slept in recliners with the baby on our chest for a few months! If you don't have one already, I highly suggest getting some sort of sling or carrier to use during the day. That way your arms can be somewhat free.
Oct 02, 2008
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.
Any chance she could be allergic to something you are eating? Do allergies/asthma/eczema run in your families? Just a thought. Ellen
Oct 02, 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!
It's so tough with these kids, but I echo the comments for the meds and allergy checking. There are other meds out there too, so if Zantac or Prilosec con't work, there are still more options. I hated having to medicate my dd, but after seeing how happy she should be, I now fear the weaning time!

We tried both Zantac and Prilosec with no success, but hit the jackpot with Prevacid and Pepcid. It may help to see a pediatric gastroenterologist as well, since many of these kids end up with damage from the acid. We luckily escaped any lasting damage, but Allie was dx by 1 month old. HTH - {HUGS}

Oct 02, 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
Welcome! I agree with the pps. One other comment, if the ranitidine works for you, keep in mind that it is very weight sensitive and you'll need to up the dosage as she gains weight. You may also want to try the elimination diet if you're not already. I was able to just cut milk and greasy foods from my diet while breastfeeding, but you may need to go further if Seven has allergies/intolerances. You can find more info about it here or just google "total elimination diet":

PS - I love the name Seven!

Oct 02, 2008
Brent 2 years old,
Birthweight 12 lbs 3.3 oz!
Very severe GERD,LPR,FTT
Severe esophagitis/scarring
Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia,
Esophageal Dysmotility,
Food impaction,Aspiration
Eosinophilic Esophagitis,Severe retching
Severe allergic colitis/malabsorption
Susp eosinophilic colitis,chronic diarrhea,
Laryngomalacia,Gas/Bloat Syndrome,
Visceral Hyperalgesia,GI Dysmotility,
Chronic infection(ear/sinus/lung)
Adenoid/tonsillar hypertrophy
Gait abnormality/bowlegs,widened growth plates
Susp Vagus Nerve Damage
Surgeries, Nissen fundo,hernia repair/
reconstruction,esophageal dilation,gtube,
ear tubes,adenoidectomy
Bronchs w/ BAL's,lung biopsy
Upcoming scope/colonoscopy
Manometry testing in Oct.
Meds: Nexium,Zantac,Baclofen, Neurontin,
NPO tubefed continuous elecare 24 hours/day
I would go with the Zantac first, and then if it fails, goes to a PPI like Prevacid or Prilosec.You always want to try the least strongest meds first, so that you can move up if n eeded.
Oct 02, 2008
I have 3 boys, youngest has gerd, 18 months of no sleep. Prevacid 2x/7.5 mg thinking of switching to prilosec.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news but I found that chocolate in my diet causes my baby to have worsened reflux...sorry...
Oct 02, 2008
Hi Everyone, Thankyou all so much for your ideas and suggestions. I will speak to the Dr today and see if we can start with the Zantac. I think that Seven's reflux is mild, so I hope it helps her. ElysabethsMom ~ Yep, I have a Peanut Shell sling and it is our lifesaver. She is in it a lot during the day, and she goes to sleep in it at night then we go to bed together and she is propped up all night! Blueleopard ~ My son has asthma, used to have excema and is severly allergic to penicillin, so there is a possibility that Seven could be allergic to something Im eating, but I have cut out a lot from my diet and am now eating simple, bland type foods to see if that helps. Mom2Halleyann ~ I have started an elimination diet a while ago. I cut out milk, chocolate - boo hoo - and caffiene and don't eat spicy or greasy foods. It has made a difference to her wind issues, but doesn't seem to be helping the acid. Thanks for the info on upping her dose as she gains weight - I will need to do that quite regularly as she gains weight rather quickly! Bib3mama ~ I know, its sad that something so yummy and delicious can be harmful to our babies, which is why I have eliminated that from my diet too. :( Thankyou all so much for your wealth of information. I have the Dr app in a couple of hours so I will come back this afternoon and give you all and update on what the Dr said.
Oct 03, 2008
I am rather upset. The Dr told me to take Seven off the Mylanta and gave me a script for Gaviscon to give her after her BF. She also told me to feed her more often and littler feeds. Seven feeds 2hrly as it is, so am I going to have to be feeding her all day? I am upset to think that my little girl is going to be screaming yet again in a couple of hours. I am not stopping the Mylanta by the way, because I know at least it gives her a tiny bit of relief.
Check with your
doctor first!