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Nov 08, 2008
camile
Constant vomiting at 2.5?
I have twin boys with reflux. They've had it since they were born (31 week-preemies). Up to when they were one, we tried all kinds of medicine, formula and therapies. We finally settled with Prevacid, which seemed to lessen their pain. They are thriving funny boys (2.5 years), but unfortunately reflux is as much as it was in the past, a huge part of our lives. They still vomit almost everyday, are horrible eaters (You wouldn't believe the things I do so that they will eat and keep growing). Their symptons, aversions and vomits are very similar. I just wanted to hear given your experience whether vomiting that often at this age is common. Does anyone have a successful story to share where their children overcame vomiting after this age? Many thanks and best of luck to all your little ones suffering from this nasty reflux. Camile
Nov 08, 2008
blueleopard
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.
I don't doubt that the vomiting can be caused by reflux alone because my older daughter is having some trouble with this. Usually if she drinks too much milk, eats & drinks too much, or too late. That being said, my youngest child's vomiting was all due to food allergy. But, before they figured it out, they did a surgery on him that he did not need, & put him on medicine (Zantac) that he did not need. One we removed the foods (wham) the vomiting stopped. Any chance it could be that? Do you or your husband or your family members have seasonal allergies/asthma/eczema? That would increase the risk. Hope you figure it out. Ellen
Nov 08, 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
When are they vomittting??? Is it during a feed? While they are playing? After bouts of coughing????

Jedd's reflux is under control and we can still see 1 vomit a day. His is realted to textrue, or running too much with a hours time of eating, eating too much when slightly ill. A lot of thigns factor in to it.

Jeust wanted to add that Jedd is 2.

Nov 09, 2008
camile
Ellen and Jessica, thank you very much for your answers. Ellen, how did the doctors finally come to the conclusion that Eric's reflux was related to food allergies? Throughout our reflux journey, I have taken the boys to quite a few different doctors and no one has ever suspected food allergy (although I am not sure it could be that, I would not discard that either). One of them had a endoscopy when he was about 7 months and the biopsies came back negative (which we undertood as being negative for allergies too). But I've read here that the endoscopy alone is not a guarantee for being allergy-free. They have also tried elemental formulas when they were young to no avail. My husband and I do not have allergies, I just get cold like symptons when there is a weather change. What is your opinion on that? I would be very intersted to hear Eric's story- when and why you decided to proceed with the food allergy testing? Jessica, just like in Jedd's case, many things can trigger Lucas and Thomas to vomit. Sometimes they just vomit completely out of the blue. It is usually reflux related then- I will hear them gagging and refluxing a bit, then they will make that face which shows they are trying to swallow or control it....I try to distact them in hope they will not vomit. It usually does not work and they will just vomit....in one, two or three phases, sometimes still coming out of their noses. Other times they will just vomit while eating (they have a pretty intense gag and texture reflux), when they cough, and the saddest thing to me is when they vomit because they are simply having fun: if they laugh too much, run too much or jump too much, it is very likely they will vomit. They sometimes also vomit if they are too excited. For example, if they know we are going out....while I get my purse and car keys, they just vomit it all out. If they cry after a meal, that will certainly turn into vomit....That is a hard one on my husband and me. Although we would like to enforce some discipline (at least not let them think they can have all that they want and do whatever pleases them) we many times prefer to trade discipline for a no vomit situation. It is some hard to feed them, we spend so much time, patience and energy doing it that (remember we have twins with reflux!!!) that we just turn a blind eye on discipline sometimes. Of course, that is not what I have envisioned as a mom, but so many things turned out to be different...We just try to adapt and do the best we can. Reflux has definitely ruled our lives for the last 2.5 years. One thing that got better then is that we now can finally go out with them....and they love it. Until they were 1.5, every time we would sit them in their strollers or car seats they would throw up...both or at least one of them. I think strollers and car seats used to put pressure on their hypotonical stomachs. That has, thank God, improved. That also allowed them to become social boys...before, because they hardly had contact with people (other than doctors), they would cry at the very sight of strangers. Now they walk to people, talk to them, shake their hands...They have so many friends in our neighborhood. Sorry, this is getting really long...I would be interested to hear what Jeff's doctors say about his constant vomiting? What do they attribute it to? Hypotonia? Do they think it will eventually go away or that he will learn to control it? Thank you. Camile
Nov 09, 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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Hi, Elyse is 17 months and a 31 weeker too. We don't deal with vomiting everyday anymore, thank the Lord, but she does still have some food triggers and if she is playing too rough on a full tummy she will vomit too. She also has a very sensitive gag reflex as most preemies do, which causes vomit if she starts choking or gagging on something. i am not much help, just wanted to share our experience and welcome you!
Nov 10, 2008
blueleopard
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.
Well, like I said it is just a possibility (the food allergies), but it may just be reflux too. The endoscope will show damage from GERD & e.e., but it will not show food allergies. An allergiest can do scratch testing/blood work/patch testing to look for food allergies. Scratch testing is immediate & not as bad as it sounds. Patch testing looks for delayed-onset food allergies. As far as your cold symptoms when the whether changes, that could very well be an allergy. Especially if it is every spring or every fall, lingers longer than a typical cold, etc. In any case, my son's food allergies caused major problems - projectile vomiting, diarrehea, etc. After his surgery & some formula changes, it got a little better, but I was still very concerned about his unhappiness & spitting up. I have two other kids so I could see this was not normal. Finally, after getting blown off by the pediatrican, GI Dr., & even the first allergist we picked, we demanded scratch testing & got our culprits. Good luck in figuring it all out. It's so hard when they don't outgrow it by the usual year or so. Ellen
Nov 10, 2008
camile- twins with reflux
Thomas and Lucas_2
Thank you for all that information, Ellen. I will bring that up with the boys' doctor. How is Eric doing nowadays? Camile
Nov 11, 2008
blueleopard
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.
Thanks for asking about Eric. He still has a lot of problems to deal with: peanut allergy, milk & egg, e.e. (a nightmare condition), asthma, etc. But, if he is eating right & not sick with something, he is a much happier little boy in general. High maintanence & needy, but happier. I can't wait for the stage where they don't want to be around you constantly (teen?????)!!!!!! Ellen
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