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Mar 14, 2009
katysmom
Newly diagnosed GERD in 4 month old daughter
My 4 month old daughter has just been diagnosed with GERD. She hardly sleeps and screams in pain, not a happy baby. She used to have her formula come up and out of her nose and she could hardly breath. We even had to call an ambulance for her once. Our doctor put her on rice in her formula which helps keep it down but she is still having lots of problems with the GERD. She has been on Zantac for a week with still not much relief. We will be calling our doctor tomorrow to let her know this medicine is not working plus she must hate the flavor of it because she keeps spittint it out no matter which we we try and give it to her! This is new for us because our first daughter, even though she was premature, she never had this problem.
Mar 14, 2009
gail
Gail - mom to a six year old with reflux and an infant with reflux
poor baby -- It probably is a good idea to call dr. Zantac does not work for everyone. My five month old takes prevacid solutabs and they seem to work most of the time for her. Until recently, what seemed to help us the most was making sure she was elevated at night. Good luck finding a med that seems to work for you.
Mar 14, 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.
Hi there. Usually if the zantac is not working they will add a PPI (like Prevacid or Nexium). This will stop the stomach from producing acid and the Zantac will catch any breakthrough.

I am not sure but I think the mom's on this board have not had good luck with putting the rice in the formula.

I don't know what kind of formula you are using but most of us had to switch to a hypoallergenic(SP???) formula like Nutramagin or Alimentum.

Of course you are probably doing the usual things like keeping her upright after feeds, trying to elevate her head at night....

Mar 14, 2009
katysmom
thanx for feedback
already have her on alimentum, holding her up 30 minutes after she eats and the only place she is truly comfortable sleeping is in her carseat because she is elevated there. The rice does keep the formula down so it does not come out her nose anymore-will ask dr for other rx
Mar 14, 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!
If the MD still wants to weigh the formula down, oatmeal cereal worked very well for us (we skipped rice due to constipation issues.) Zantac did nothing for us except increase the screaming. We did Pepcid (reconstituted) and Prevacid. HTH!
Mar 14, 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!
And for sleeping - there are slings out there, bouncy seats, or elevated swings. The carseat isn't a real great idea for long term - it keeps them to crunched up and it's usually unstable. Just a thought.
Mar 14, 2009
jeddsmommy
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
With pain like that I'd ditch the Zantac which is an H2 Blocker and go for the stronger PPI meds like Prevacaid or Prilosec. Most kids seem to do well on Prevacaid.
Mar 16, 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.
For us the prevacid stopped the screaming and refusal almost overnight. Rice cereal did not work for us..it aggravated Z's stomach and increased the puke (not to mention that now he was puking cement..try getting THAT off your linoleum!!)...I would definitely ask about the Prevacid...If the rice cereal is working stick with it! Just watch for constipation.
Check with your
doctor first!