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Jan 04, 2009
momtomaia2005
Putting a 4 month-old on Prevacid?
My younger daughter is 4 months-old, 16lbs 1 oz, and on 1.5ml of Zantac twice a day. She has needed very frequent doseage adjustments and the adjustments only help sometimes (and only for a week or less at that). She was adjusted to this dose on Friday, and our ped. said that if it doesn't help we need to talk about Prevacid. While I am not opposed to Prevacid (Maia is on it at 3 years-old), I am very hesitant because Maia had a terrible reaction to Prevacid solutabs at 5 months-old. She started projectile vomiting while on it and stopped when we stopped the Prevacid. I am so scared of this happening to my baby too. My husband is insisting that we call our pediatrician in the morning about Prevacid because our baby is spitting up so much even on the new Zantac dose. Even my sister and one of my good friends are trying to convince me to agree to the Prevacid. I need some advice here, because I really wanted to wait until the baby was closer to a year to start Prevacid. I should add that I have chronic GERD as does my 3 y.o. so I expect that my baby will too. She is generally a happy spitter. She goes through probably 3-5 outfits a day, sometimes more. Thanks for any advice.
Jan 04, 2009
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.
It is my understanding that Prevacid and Zantac do nothing to change the amount of spitting up, only the acid/burning of the spit up. If she's a happy spitter, in no apparrent pain, I'm not sure why she's on the medicine (either one). I do have to say that every baby is different, and just because your first didn't react well to the prevacid doesn't mean your second won't do fine. My two boys are opposites with almost everything. Nicholas (8 1/2 months old) has been on Prevacid since 3 1/2 months of age and it has made a huge difference for him. We also thicken his formula with Simply Thick and we noticed a big decrease in the spit up when we started it. We tried to decrease the amount last week, but saw increased spit up and refluxing so are continuing to thicken his formula for now. Good luck. Let us know what you do and how it goes.
Jan 04, 2009
maggiemom
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!
My dd did well with zantac efferdose. I think the difference is that the efferdose tabs are such a high dosage, it doesn't have to be changed as often. Maggie was on 2-25mg tablets a day from 8wks on. For a few months she was on 3 of those tablets. The tablets also taste better than the syrup. You just disolved the tab in water and squirt it in their mouth. Maggie never minded her med. Maybe you could ask the dr about those first.
Jan 04, 2009
mom2adriane&morgan
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
I will second what nicholasmom said about the spitting up. It really only helps with the pain with the reflux. If you are hesitant about the prevacid, which lo didn't do well on it either, have you thought about maybe nexium or another PPI. It is a little more expensive and a little harder to dispense at first but once you get used to it it is easy. We have been on it for 3 or 4 months after a year of trying different combos and she is now on zantac and nexium combined. We still have our times of break through pain and we use mylanta or maalox for those times. I think it will depend on if she is a happy spitter or not. She seems to be at a healthy weight. She is just two pounds shy of where my girls were at 1yo so it doesn't seem to be affecting her growth. I hope you can figure something out though!
Jan 04, 2009
momtomaia2005
I should add that she is a happy spitter on Zantac when the dose is weight-adjusted correctly. She most definitely was in huge pain before the Zantac, and she screams as if in pain every couple of weeks. That is when we bring her in for a weight check and a doseage adjustment, after which she goes back into happy spitter mode for another week or 2. My ped. refused to prescribe the Zantac efferdose for Maia when I asked him about it 3 years ago so I doubt that he'll agree to it for the baby. He indicated that he wouldn't be increasing the dose after this time so I know he's going to push Prevacid on me now. I nurse my kids exclusively so there is no formula to thicken. Nothing in my diet seems to help or hurt Samantha's reflux. Both of my kids have been "great gainers" because they comfort nurse due to the reflux. I fully expect this baby to be 30+ pounds at a year just like Maia was. Once Maia's reflux was under control (at almost 2), her weight stabilized. She was a huge 32 pounds at one year and is thankfully now a thin 32 pounds at 3 years.
Jan 04, 2009
ftm@40
Denise
It sounds like your daughter might have milk/soy protein intollerance. You say nothing in your diet makes a difference. Have you tried eliminating all dairy for a few weeks? It can take up to 2 weeks to get the dairy proteins out of your system and up to an other 2 weeks to get them out of your daughter's system.
Jan 04, 2009
maggiemom
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 curious...I'm the only person who's baby has been on efferdose here. Do you know why the ped refused the efferdose? Maggie was on it from 8wks to 11mths. I haven't read anything that would make me believe it's harmful. It's the exact same med as the syrup just a different form. Our ped prescribed it for her bc he said most babies hate the syrup. It was expensive but our insurance paid most of it. Again...I'm just curious.
Check with your
doctor first!