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Dec 20, 2008
Liz, mom to Donnie 12/2005
Surgery for Pyloric Stenosis at 5 weeks old
GERD since 4 weeks old
Colic until 13 weeks old
Delayed Gastric Emptying
Surgery for Tubes and Adenoidectomy at 14 months old
Anemic since 9 month check
Febrile Seizures
Speech Therapy
MEDS: Zyrtec, Nasonex, Xopenex,
Vitamins with iron, and back on Prevacid as of 12/2008
Donnie, 3 years-old, is having reflux issues again
Ugh, Donnie is having some really bad reflux issues lately. I mentioned in another post that he actually spit up at Thanksgiving and has been complaining of his stomach hurting. Just the last 2 nights he has really complained of his stomach hurting him and so tonight I told him to show me where and he pointed right about his diaphragm area. I want to see about putting him back on Prevacid but dh wants to just keep giving him Maalox before bed. We did that the night he spit up and it didn't help. He was restless and I could hear him refluxing all night. Last night he woke up at 4:00 a.m. and wants to drink water all night. Do you think this is something we are probably looking at long term or could this just be flare and it will go away? DH thinks this is intermittent but it has been several weeks. I am thinking about calling the ped on Monday and see about getting him back on prevacid or something. What do y'all think? -Liz
Dec 20, 2008
Kathryn, Pager Volunteer and mommy to Emily Mia 02/04/07. 3 years old with GERD. 30mg Prevacid and Pepcid AC. Mylanta needed for flares. Failed prilosec med switch. Tried and failed many med weans but GERD and pain are well controlled. Functional constipation. Reoccurring SBBO. Suspected IBD or autoimmune disease. Resolved issues: MSPI, CSID (acquired), Stage 2 kidney reflux, Chronic diarrhea.
Audrey Meadow 06/20/08. born 34/35 weeks. Still b/f and eats everything! ftt and chronic constipation.
i am like you i would push the prevacid especially given his age and history, but if your dh is not comfortable with that decision maybe you could talk him into zantac? what i started doing with emily is writing her good and bad days on a calender and finally my dh was able to see; day 1reflux day 2 reflux, day 3 reflux, day 4 none, ect. and it came down to there were more bad days then good, more bad nights then good. after y dh looked at this he had not choice but to agree with me. imho if you have to keep giving him maloxx to keep him comfortable then a change is needed. adults by similar reflux meds over the counter for short term heart burn relief, just b/c he is little he need a Rx, i think there is no problem with trying it for a few weeks then weaning him off to see if there is a difference
Dec 20, 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!
I'm sure dh's heart is in the right place, men just don't SEE and FEEL the kids' pain the way mom does. It might just be a flare but even still, you wouldn't want the lil fella to be in agony for who knows how long. If nothing else, it may be the excitement and stress of the holidays. They pick up on that stuff ya know. I think he's just big enough to be excited about Christmas. And he sees/feels all the hustle and bustle.
Dec 20, 2008
Connor 11/22/02
Grace 7/2/04 reflux free now!
Molly 7/10/07 the reason I'm here!
This happened to my 4 year old a couple of months ago. My pedi said it is very common for older kids who had reflux to get a little flare every once in a while. She had us try zantac for a month or so. I tried to stop it after the first months bottle was empty, but my dd was coughing a lot and not sleeping well. I don't know if it was from reflux or a cold, but we re-filled the zantac and gave it to her for another couple of weeks. When we stopped it the second time (aobut 6 or 7 weeks after starting it) she was fine and had no issues at all. Maybe you could talk to your dh about trying zantac since it is a milder med and kicks in much quicker than prevacid.
Dec 20, 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.
Hi Liz. I know I'm always on here about the allergy thing, but Donnie does fit the profile with his other allergies & milk issue. If you haven't yet had him allergy tested for various foods, it might be a good idea. Even finding one or two foods (if that is the case) & eliminating them from the diet can make a huge difference in the amount of stomach trouble & reflux. Hope you can get to the bottom of it. I bet he is so excited for the holidays, my Eric can't wait (he will be 3 early March). Ellen
Dec 20, 2008
BRANDON-Zantac and Bethanacol; Neocate formula, 2 sets of ear tubes, Adnoids removed, Vasomotor Rhinits, Asthma. Currently on: Xyzal, Omnaris, Flovent and Xopenex,
AUBREY-Zegerid 2x a day, Soy Milk, Tubes put in and adnoids removed (11-7), Hypotonia, ECI therapy for low muscle tone throughout trunk and hips, oral motor issues and sensory integration issues, delayed speech, Teething, probiotics
PICTURE: Aubrey in her cute cat outfit. If you look you can see how her right foot turns in. She walks that way as well. It is not as exaggerated in the morning's but gets worse in the evenings. This was after her nap.
I totally agree with mollysmom. Our pedi told us the exact same thing. We keeps kids malox (chewables) at the house and we are back on prevacid for temp use with Brandon now. Trust your instincts and go with it. Hopefully your dh can and you can come up with something! I know how he feels tho. I hate having my kids on meds all the time!
Dec 20, 2008
Mom (Danie) to Adam (9-4-03) & Nate (3-7-07) Nate was diagnosed with silent AR at 2 months old. He was on neocate, prevacid 30mg per day and couldn't start solids till he was almost 8 months old. He started cow's milk at 14 months and is currently off all meds!! So far so good :) PIC: Disney trip 2008. Nate didn't know Piglet was there, he didn't like the characters too much.
I am so sad to hear this. I agree with the pp's, I would def try the prevacid again. I hate the med thing too, but I would do it again for Nate...just because I know it helped him so much before. I hate when kids are hurting like this, it really breaks my heart.
Dec 20, 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.
It's so hard to have our los on meds but if he is in pain I would take him in and see what the doctor says.
Dec 20, 2008
maia m - GERD. Nissen Fundoplication w/hiatal hernia repair.
Mom to
Son (10) GERD(aspiration pneumonias, apnea, tracheomalacia), Food allergy, Asthma
Daughter (6) GERD, Heart Murmur, Food Allergy, Asthma, Mold allergy
Has he seen a GI? My 2 seemed to outgrow reflux, but then it came back again (DD was 2, DS was 6). Our doc said he wouldn't deal with it - they needed to see a specialist. I'm so glad we did. We did further testing to rule out more serious issues (like EE since we have reflux + food allergy + asthma issues... ), and then we did find they have severe reflux, and yes, likely lifelong. No amount of Tums or Maalox will do the trick for mine, they need daily doses of PPIs.
Dec 22, 2008
PAGER Volunteer Services Coordinator
Melina 7/24/02 now reflux free!!
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!
I also vote for seeing a GI. My 3.5 yr old is still refluxing on prevacid and the trip to the GI, along with appropriate testing is key in figuring out the cause as well as whether the meds are working. I wish that I had taken mine sooner! If he is still hurting with Maalox then that may not be working well enough, kwim? Follow your gut, mommies are usually right!
Check with your
doctor first!