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Jan 22, 2009
ccmom
Need help with Prevacid!!!
Please help!! My8 week old daughter was just diagnosed with reflux (had upper GI) and the doctor prescribed Prevacid 15mg packets once a day. We went to every pharmacy in town and nobody has it. They even called the manufactor and they don't have it in "production" at this time. The pharmacist was concerned about giving "solutabs" to such a small infant (11 lbs) and is advising us to return to the doctor. (who has never treated this condition before) We are thinking of trying to order on-line. What are your infants taking and how are they taking it? Granules, solutabs, something else?? Please help us our daughter is so miserable and needs relief soon!
Jan 22, 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 daughter didn't use prevacid, but I'm pretty sure almost everyone here has used the prevacid solutabs. They're a little difficult to give, but most have figured out a way that worked for them.

Also, you may want to ask about splitting the dose between am and pm bc babies have fast metabolism. It seems to work better if the dose is broken up.

Hope you get some relief for your little one :)

Jan 22, 2009
emibug
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.
solutabs are difficult at first to give to an infant BUT so is any med. I think you should give solutabs a try. since she has no teeth you can press it in her cheek with your finger and use a little bit of water in a syringe to dissolve it fast. It dissolves pretty fast on its own too; the tiny itty bitty beads will not dissolve further.

or you could drop the solutab into a syringe, replace the plunger and suck up about 1mL of water and syringe it into her cheek.

from my experience i would not recommend granules- they do not dissolve (they are not designed to) and are best taken if a baby can eat off a spoon.

remember that prevacid can take anywhere from 3 days to 4 weeks to work fully, it will not stop her from throwing up but will help it be less painful. Take this med 2 hours AFTER a meal and a half hour before one. Always check with your dr for THEIR dosing instructions but this is what the prevacid website suggests.

welcome :)
Jan 22, 2009
mom2halleyann
Donnessa, mom to Halley born 3/10/07
Reflux (mostly) resolved at 14 months
and Addison born 8/17/09. Currently exclusively bf and on 7.5mg Prevacid
My daughter was 6 weeks old and ~8 lbs when we started the solutabs. We dissolved the tab in a few drops of water until it formed a paste and then we wiped it off on her upper gum. You can also let the baby suck it off a very small baby spoon (the rubberized ones work well).

Hopefully the doctor that prescribed the packets will change to the solutabs. I'd try to avoid the compounded liquid as it tends to be unstable after about two weeks (if you can find a pharmacy that can actually mix it right in the first place).

Jan 22, 2009
maiam
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
Do you have the option of finding a doctor familiar with pediatric reflux and its treatment? ((hug)) Mine both started on meds very young, but they were big kiddos (~ 9# at birth!) and they started with Zantac. I'd see a specialist, since usually they start w/ H2 blockers (instead of going straight to PPI) unless necessary to do so. (2cents)
Jan 22, 2009
isobel'smamma
Sara, Mom to Isobel 10/01/08 Dx Silent reflux @ 6 wks. Prevacid 22.5mg split in 2 doses. Pepcid .5ml twice a day. Diagnostically confirmed milk protein, egg and cat allergy. Suspected corn, pea and squash allergy. Trialed Alimentum and Elecare without success, currently on Isomil Advance RTF with moderate success. Barium Swallow and UGI 3/08 Pondering a ph probe and endoscopy.
We have been on the solutabs since under 10 lbs. We use the syringe method that was described above - we found the paste method too difficult. Please try to find a doc familiar with GERD and it's complications- it's hard enough dealing with reflux without having to train a doctor too!
Jan 22, 2009
slimfast13
This is our dd, Alessandra. Dx with GER 10/07. Ran the gamut with meds and now done with them (crossed fingers). Using magnesium, probiotics and prebiotic supplements. With the exception of teething and general sassy attitude, all is well now. They really CAN grow out of it!
We used the solutabs at about 9 lbs (something like 10 weeks old or something) - just dissolved them in a syringe with a little water and shot it into her cheek. By the time she was 4 months, we stopped that and just held the tab in her cheek until it dissolved.
Jan 23, 2009
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.
Solutabs are much easier than the granules for infants. The most important thing is to find a pediatric GI. You will need one.
Jan 23, 2009
zack'smom
Zack born 09/28/07 @ 31 weeks. Dx silent reflux @ 6 mo. Now not so silent. Switched to Elecare @ 9 mo. On Prevacid 15mg 1x daily. Looking to stop the puke and gain some lbs.
Puke stopped about 24 months and he's learning to eat...very slowly.
Still on prevacid and periactin.
Syringing it in is the way to go...we tried the packets, but there was SO much more volume and Z couldn't handle it. We use the syringe that somes with the Infant Motrin...its perfect. Just add a lil water and syrnge it into the cheek pocket.
Jan 23, 2009
ccmom
Thanks so much everyone for the helpful advice. We just spoke with the doctor this morning and told him that we would like to give the Solutabs a try. So the order has been placed with the pharmacy. I'm hoping to get the meds today and give it a try tonight. I understand it can take a few days but my baby seems to be getting worse so I can't wait to try something new. (we've been thickening feedings and having her sleep upright and it has only provided little relief). I'm more concerned now because from looking at the forums it seems like this might be more serious that my doctor had first mentioned. She acted like my daughter will be fine at around 3 -6 months when she can hold herself up more and eat more solid foods. It looks like some kids have reflux for years??? Very scary!
Jan 23, 2009
maiam
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
Our Ped GI said 90% of kids outgrow reflux around 1 year. Then there are those of us who have the other 10%... ;) My dad has horrible GERD (Barrett's esophagus, fundo surgery, etc.) and so did I (esophagitis, ulcers, asthma, etc.) and so do both of my kids. They will never outgrow. But there is a very good chance that your kiddo will! The VAST MAJORITY do. No one can predict the future, but the odds are in your favor. :)
Jan 24, 2009
ccmom
Well, we gave my daughter her first 15mg dose of Prevacid last night before her feeding. It took a very long time to get her to take the full dose dissolved in the recommended amount of water from a syringe. But once it was finally in her she was able to eat and then for the next hour or so she had lots of bubbles coming out of her mouth. She looked like she ate soap. Not sure if this is normal or not but we'll see if it happens again tonight. Also, kind of strange and not sure if it is a mere coincidence but she had stopped vomiting her feedings after they were thickened with rice cereal. And ever since we gave her that one dose of Prevacid she has been vomiting her feedings again. I'm hoping this will not be the norm. Perhaps she is just adjusting. :) I'm crossing my fingers and hoping for the best with tonights Prevacid dose and feedings. On the bonus side she seems happier today! Everyone comments on how beautiful she is but that she always appears to be angry (so would I if I was in pain) but today is the first time she has been very smiley!! We are thrilled that there really truly is a happy little girl in there somewhere!!
Jan 27, 2009
lindacaudill9
Just starting out
Hi all, We are just starting out on this journey. We have had our foster child for 3 1/2 months(since he was 8 weeks) and have delt with the screaming, spitting up, arching back and writhing around from the beginning. SO many visits to the doctor and it was finally our therapist from TARC (Topeka Association For Retarded Citizens) who helped us figure this out! We are starting today with Zantac and I hope it works! He is typically a very short napper, I am looking forward to some longer naps so I can get some stuff done around here! And a FULL nights sleep would be wonderful as well! :>}
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