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Mar 21, 2009
jean9
carsick & GERD?
lately our dd Libby vomits whenever we drive beyond our immediate neighborhood. anyone have experience with carsickness & GERD?

we recently changed her to be forward-facing. wouldn't you think that would be better than backwards?

any suggestions on how to manage it with the carseat mess, clothes, etc... and then what? keep on towards your destination?

THANKS!

Mar 21, 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.
Have her ears checked - sometimes a little inflammation or infection can cause carsick symptoms. HTH
Mar 21, 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.
There's also something called baby spare wear.. it's a kit with a change of clothes that is very compact. I thought it was a cool idea. There are also those neat sheets that are like diposable multiuse fabric tarps.
Mar 21, 2009
jean9
also...
also...could it be because we recently started using reglan?
Mar 21, 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!
Many reflux kids have car issues. Mags always did. I can't offer any answers, we somehow suffered through it. She still at 2yrs isn't the happiest in the car.

Also did you see this:

http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2009/NEW01963.html

Mar 21, 2009
jean9
also...again!
also...

i recently started trying to boost her calorie intake with heavy cream in her drinks... could make her tummy sicker?! so now it may be my fault! UGH!

always something to try to figure out (and clean up)!

Mar 21, 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
Jedd was horrible in the car. I lost count of how many times I had to pull over to help him out mid puke. It has been horrid.

We have had success only putting him in the car an hour after he eats. With age he has gotten better though. I can rarely get a puke in the car now, knock on wood. Whereas as an infant I could have 5-6 pukes just on the way to my sister's house. She only lived like a mile away from me...it was awful. It took me forever to get to her house. And by the time I got there he stank of puke. but Jedd always stank of puke from birth to about 12 months...:(

Mar 21, 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
You posted at the same time as I did..LOL

the heavy cream has high fat content and will stay in her system longer. Therfore it is keeping her belly fuller longer. You may need to adjust amounts you feed her or add more time in between meals to help her empty faster. KWIM??

We used heavy cream with GREAT success with Jedd to gain weight. You just kinda have to juggle around the schedule AND how much you CAN add without seeing pukes. It's a balancing act but one worth doing.

Mar 21, 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
BTW the warnings on the box of Reglan are NEW but the actual affects are NOT new. We were told the same thing when Jedd took Reglan. As a matter of fact, the sheet that comes with it from our pharmacy listed all those side affects. We just didn't have a specific "label" on the box. ALOT of people DON"T read the info. sheet they are given. We do..LOL

For us, it was worth it. It was one of those drugs I wish we had been able to keep using..:-( He was just too irritable.

Mar 21, 2009
rissaroo
Picture: This is what happens when you raise a kid on health food and they get ahold of a Coke! Bad mom, that soda is NOT on the reflux diet.
UPDATE: Isaiah is now 12 and off meds! He is doing great, eating again and hopefully will be catching up in the growing department. I am still in the "hoping it sticks" phase, but we're so happy that he's better!
Oh yes...we had bad carsick issues. Our middle child (when she was a refluxing toddler) used to vomit in the car at least several times a month. We learned pretty quickly not to ever feed her *in* the car, because it always came right back up within a few minutes. We ended up putting a towel under her car seat because we got so tired of cleaning off the seats. Our eldest had awful motion sickness when his reflux was bad. He'd be sick in the car any time we drove more than a few blocks, and sometimes by the time we were out of the driveway he was looking green. It did go away once the reflux was under control for both kids, though. Middle child was on Reglan, but I don't think it made the carsick problem worse. Eldest was not, it just seemed to go along with the reflux and once things were under control the carsick problem went away.
Mar 21, 2009
rissaroo
Picture: This is what happens when you raise a kid on health food and they get ahold of a Coke! Bad mom, that soda is NOT on the reflux diet.
UPDATE: Isaiah is now 12 and off meds! He is doing great, eating again and hopefully will be catching up in the growing department. I am still in the "hoping it sticks" phase, but we're so happy that he's better!
Oh...and the mess problem...put a big plastic garbage bag on the seat, then a towel, then buckle the seat in. We kept a change of clothes in the car under a seat, an empty plastic bag (for the icky clothes and towel) and a big thing of wet wipes. Not the greatest thing to have to haul all that around, but at least we were prepared. This was after, by the way, we'd cleaned our car seats more times than I'd like to remember. Our car still smells slightly pukey when it gets hot inside...I'm sure that'll help the resale value LOL. Oh, and on our carseat you could unsnap the liner (little plastic buttons kept it on), take apart the harness, and wash the cover and webbing. Then we'd hose the plastic part of the seat off in the yard. I'm not sure what the car seat manufactures have to say about doing that, and you have to be very careful getting the seatbelt webbing back in the exact right way. You get good at it, though...sadly ;o)
Mar 22, 2009
helen lai
Mom to Matthew, 01/16/08, GERD baby, has been on Zantac since 2 mos. Aidan, his twin brother, no GERD. Max-ed out on Zantac at 1ml-3 times/day, and switched to Prevacid 15mg split tab 08/20/08. Switched again to 20mg Prilosec 09/18/08 due to Prevacid's restlessness/headache side effects. Reflux was out of control again and had to switch to 10mg Nexium 02/11/09. Good result so far.
Changing back to rear-facing for a while may help. Some kids, even without reflux, feel nauseated when turning forward. Both of my twins were vomiting full force when we first drove them forward facing after meals. That was the first time my non-GERD son vomited. LOL. I hope they would get used to forward facing in the near future. And l also found that waiting at least 30min to 1hr after meal helps too. Best of luck to you.
Mar 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
My 9 year old refluxer still gets carsick! Luckily now it is only if we drive over 1 hour. It helps a lot for him to travel on an "empty" stomach. We wait at least an hour after he eats.
Mar 22, 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
I just wanted to add that it's a good thing they put the warning on the boxes. I don't want anyone to think I don't agree with it.LOL Many DRs don't let their parents know of the side affects and this way they will be told. Our Ped and our GI told us about them prior to us starting it.

BTW I love the trash bag trick. I will have to try that next time we travel to Ohio to see the inlaws. On both trips Jedd has puke all over the car seat and we have to smell puke the entire trip till we get home..GROSS!!!

Mar 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.
you ladies crack me up...I kind of thought I was the only one who had a car full of emergency back up equipment for pukes! The garbage bag trick is AWESOME! We put a towel down, put Z in, buckle him up...put a bib on him and then a beachtowel over his legs and tuck it in on the sides...then we throw another beach towel on top (so puke doesn't go inot the creases of the carseat...and it's double protection....still it happens and we have backup clothes at LEAST two sets and wipes and plastic bags and everything else! Ugh, I hate it...We also try not to travel within an hour of a feeding..I think the buckles are hard on the tummy, too. Jessica - when I saw the black box warning I thought to myself...this was in the info sheet for the first dose I got months ago...this isn't new...and I was right. The side effectsa re the same...I guess the FDA just takes them seriously now?? The cream can increase the puke, too...as Jessica says...we couldn't do that or veg oil or flax seed oil...all brought on too much fat and more puke. We use Duocal now and so far sooooo much better for Z.
Check with your
doctor first!