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Oct 15, 2008
annegirl1919
sharlin, mom to aviah, smith and faye (4/08)-dx with acid reflux (mostly silent) at 6 months.
Looking back I suspect she's been dealing with this for most of her little life. She's tried about every formula in the book and is currently on liquid alimentum, which has really helped a lot with her fighting feedings. We also tried zantac, but she became MUCH worse, and so we've been trying to work on helping her through her diet. she's also taking probiotics, and i'm hoping to get her eating some solids more regularly.
zantac and prevacid
my little darling has been on generic zantac for 3 days, and honestly i don't see any improvement. she's only eaten a couple of ounces since early this morning. she so hungry, but she only takes a couple of sips before stopping in pain. my dr. said let him know in a week if the medicine wasn't working, but i called the nurse yesterday to see about giving ibuprofen for pain until it worked, which was of course a 'no', since it can cause stomach pain. (forgot that. glad i called.) but she said call tomorrow if she hasn't gotten any better. i'm wondering if i could ask them to switch her to prevacid over the phone tomorrow. i've read so many people who saw no real change with zantac, but did with prevacid. but am i just being impatient?
Oct 15, 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.
we tried prevacid and reglan... both gave Joslyn bad side effects. Reglan made her a horrific phsyco mess. Prevacid seemed to mess with her sleeping and made her cranky. GI Doc said prevacid can cause headaches so that may have been it. Prevacid did work for her reflux but it took 2 weeks to see an improvment. A higher dosage of Zantac may be needed for your little one. Joslyn is on 1 ml 3 times a day of zantac
Oct 15, 2008
amber f
I say go with the prevacid if the doc will allow it. But prevacid takes 2-3 weeks to fully kick in so I would def. ask about doing both until the prevacid has its full effect. Also I'd try to get the solutabs. They are so easy to give, I just pop it in his mouth and he sucks it till it was gone. At least I found it that way and the shelf life is so much longer then liquid. I also would check on giving mylanta before a feeding to coat her esphagus. I found that mylanta really helped in the transition to prevacid.
Oct 15, 2008
annegirl1919
sharlin, mom to aviah, smith and faye (4/08)-dx with acid reflux (mostly silent) at 6 months.
Looking back I suspect she's been dealing with this for most of her little life. She's tried about every formula in the book and is currently on liquid alimentum, which has really helped a lot with her fighting feedings. We also tried zantac, but she became MUCH worse, and so we've been trying to work on helping her through her diet. she's also taking probiotics, and i'm hoping to get her eating some solids more regularly.
she's on 4 ml of zantac 2 times per day. she's a big girl-probably around 20 lbs, so that is probably why the dose is more than joselyn's (i'm guessing?).
Oct 15, 2008
nicholasmom
Renee, mother to Nicholas, born 4/18/08 with silent reflux, moderate laryngomalacia, Sandifer's Syndrome& suspected MSPI. On Neocate, Simply Thick and Prevacid. Also mother to Nathan, born 12/06/06, who had mild reflux the first few months.
I'm thinking 3 days may be a little soon to tell. You could try the Mylanta to see if it helps. Switching to Prevacid is certainly a road many of us had to go down to get relief for our los. It does take a couple weeks for the Prevacid to work. Our doc had us continue the Zantac with the Prevacid and Mylanta for the first week because of this. We also tried the Reglan with Nicholas-It was awful for him. I was afraid to try it and so only did 1/2 the prescribed dosage. 4 doses later stopped. He was miserable-screaming constantly and got a rash on his face. I know some others do well on it-but would definitely recommend trying half the dose if the docs prescribe it to watch for bad reactions.
Oct 15, 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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In my experience, that is a high dose of zantac for her weight and I bet the dr can't push it any higher. Our GI would NOT increase Elyse's to that dosage bc he said it can cause headaches. We also found that Zantac affected her sleep...made her wake up all night, and also she didn't sleep very long at night. Prevacid was magic for us in that it lessened the severity of her reflux...it did not stop the puking or resistance to eating (she had more going on than just reflux) but it DID stop her choking/gasping episodes and spells of turning blue!We also tried pepcid, zegerid, carafate, reglan, nexium....there are a lot of options!
Oct 16, 2008
annegirl1919
sharlin, mom to aviah, smith and faye (4/08)-dx with acid reflux (mostly silent) at 6 months.
Looking back I suspect she's been dealing with this for most of her little life. She's tried about every formula in the book and is currently on liquid alimentum, which has really helped a lot with her fighting feedings. We also tried zantac, but she became MUCH worse, and so we've been trying to work on helping her through her diet. she's also taking probiotics, and i'm hoping to get her eating some solids more regularly.
oops, i was wrong. i'm giving her .4 ml of zantac 2 times a day. that point makes a HUGE difference. maybe i should call first to see if they would increase that?
Oct 16, 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).
We did both and Zantac worked really well for my son. Prevacid came at a year old and he did well on that at the time. Prevacid took almost 3 weeks to work with him. So if you want quick results, that is not the way to go. If you think the Zantac will not help her, may as well get going with the Prevacid asap. I would give the Zantac 5 full days before you give up on it. Also, when are you giving it to her? Spliting the dose at least to twice a day works better. We gave it to my son 3 times a day when he was 2-4 months old. Good luck!
Oct 16, 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).
Yep, and I called all the time for dose adjustments. He was huge and had to have the max dose from 6-12 months. Also, if you are not seeing a GI, I recommed it. My ped gave him a really small dose of Zantac. The GI immediately doubled it at our first appointment. It was like night and day the difference.
Oct 16, 2008
kubicki5
Julie - I have three children. My youngest Katie is my refluxer. My first Ben was very colicy and is ADHD. My middle Jakob is pretty easy going. Katie had it bad as a baby no sleep for two years. She was on Nutramagin, Prevacid and Zantac. Thought we were through it but after age three it came back big time. After her scope she was put on Prevacid 45mg a day and mylanta as needed. Scope was in Sept. Showed damage in stomach and espophogus. It took about 7 months of medication and Reflux diet for her to start feeling better.
I agree to go with the Prevacid and Zantac. If your pediatrician does not seem knowledgeable in this area I would most definitely go to a pediatric GI.
Check with your
doctor first!