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Nov 03, 2008
What to expect at first GI appt?
We got my 5 week old her first appt tomorrow. What to expect? I am tired of hearing it could be colic from 2 different pedi's, out of the 5 we have seen. It HAS to be the formula! Just has to! One nurse told us to give tylenol. Another doc said Alimentum did not have milk protein in it. What? YEs it does. Anyways, what to expect? THANK YOU SO MUCH for all your help. IT has meant the world to me. Trying to find out what is wrong is so hard.
Nov 03, 2008
Adriane Reese 05/16/07; seemingly healthy when born; diagnosed with MSPI, severe Reflux, Apnea, Ashtma, Epilepsy, and severe food allergies(rice, corn, milk, soy, eggs, oats, wheat, beef, chicken, squash, pumpkin, avocado, etc.);On apnea monitor, seems to be tolerating RCF w/carbohydrate mixed in; on Zyrtec, Xopenex, Prevacid
Our first visit with the Ped GI was in the hospital so I'm not much help. You will want to take a list of formulas you have tried and what happened when you gave them to her. You will also need to be prepared to tell him exactly what happens when she eats and how much and how many times a day. If you have tried any meds make sure you have those and the doses, when you give them to her and whether it is before or after feedings. They will ask all kinds of questions. Hopefully, your GI is thorough and has some suggestions. Write down any questions or concerns that you have otherwise you may forget them. I'm sure you knew that last part. Good Luck! -Amanda
Nov 03, 2008
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+.
Having been to several GI's now with our son you need to be your childs advocate at these appointments. They will most likely just take a history and make suggestions based on that history at this appt. You should come with a list of complaints/symptoms and things you are already doing. Bring a list of questions with you and don't leave the room until they are all answered. Ask about different meds, formulas, and testing. All ped GI's feel differently about all 3 things. I hope you get the answers you are looking for.
Nov 03, 2008
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.
My only advice is to be as prepared as possible. They fly in and out before you know what happened. Write down all your questions. Like the other post said - don't let them leave until all your questions are answered.
Nov 03, 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
I agree with writing down all your questions. Also, prioritize them from most to least important. It will most likely go quickly. Also, make sure to leave with one or two plans, and what-if scenarios for back up so you're not left wondering what to do if the first plan fails. If the GI suggests a formula change and a med change, only do one at a time so you know if it does or does not help. Leave with a plan that you discuss with the GI! That's my advice. Good luck!
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