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Feb 11, 2009
Choking on Simply Thick
Hi everyone, One of my twins can only take her bottle when the fortified breastmilk is mixed with Simply Thick. She wasn't able to swallow thin/regular texture milk in the NICU and they said she has reflux. She is on Prilosec and elevated bed. To me she doesn't have the reflux symptoms (no spitting up, no crying in pain, no oral aversion except when she's not hungry). For the most part, she's very hyper (so swallows a lot of air), gassy all the time (pass gas constantly), very playful. She has good weight gain (discharged 2 weeks ago at 9lbs 3oz, now 10lbs 2 oz). The only problem now is that she still chokes during the feedings. At least once a day, she would turn blue on me. She always spit out the first mouthful and I think maybe have trouble coordinating between swallowing, breathing, and passing gas at the same time. By 2 months adjusted age, shouldn't the baby figured out how to do the suck, swallow, breathe mechanism? Or is it the thickener that is causing her to choke. Does anyone have choking problems with Simply Thick?
Feb 11, 2009
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We have a local swallowing clinic, if u have one, it might be a place to start. Meggy still chokes on thin liquids at 21 months of age. Have u tried different types of nipples, and bottles? It took us several tries to get one that worked for Meggy.

I hope that you get this figured out. Have they put her on an apnea monitor?

Feb 13, 2009
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 would def check into a feeding clinic or with your pedi. My other thought is maybe the simply thick consistancy is not thick enough. I know they start with nectar and then honey and so on...
Feb 14, 2009
G tube
In the NICU, they wanted to put a G tube with fundoplication in her. Even though her pH probe study was normal, they are convinced of reflux. But once we use Simply Thick, she was finishing her bottle. That's why she was able to come home. Now at home, she's hardly hungry and would only finish half her bottle (50cc). I feed her every 3 hours, 4 hours at night. She's gaining weight so far but the choking concerns me. I am also afraid her pedi would want a G tube put in her once I tell him about the choking episodes. My thoughts on this is that even with G tube, I still have to work on her oral feeds, just like what I'm doing right now. She would still choke. What's everyone's thoughts on this?
Check with your
doctor first!