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Mar 29, 2009
catknapp72
How do you know if it's Milk protein allergy?
This is the 1st time ive posted anything. My daughter is 5 weeks old and was diagniosed with reflux 3 days after being born. She is on Reglan and Prevacid. She still is fussy and screams when it looks like she's trying to poop as if in pain. The doctor said she probably just has gas in her intestines, so it makes it painful. Is this Normal for reflux? Should the meds be helping more than they are? Also, how do you know if your child also has a milk sensitivity? Should I just try the Nutramigen and see if it helps? Right now she's getting breastmilk, but from a bottle since she has trouble breastfeeding. What type of bottles do you think is best? We are using the Playtex drop-ins. Any advice would be appreciated! Thanx
Mar 29, 2009
momma of 2 refluxers
My little guy was diagnosed with reflux at 1 week. We also were told to pump the breastmilk. Then he started screaming uncontrollobly after eating, very gassy, his excesma flared, and he started getting open soars on his head. Within 3 feedings of Nutramigen everything completely cleared up and he was a completely different baby. I decided then to let my milk dry up because I just couldn't watch him be in pain anymore. You could try the Nutramigen and pump and dump while you eliminate milk & soy from your diet. Eliminate everything dairy which means whey also (which is in everything). The reflux pain is different I can hear it come up my son's esophagus and he straightens his entire body while crying . With the milk allergy pain he was screaming and his arms would be flaring and the pain was so strong in his face. Hang in their Momma you are doing good!!!
Mar 29, 2009
momma of 2 refluxers
Sorry I meant to add that we use the Nuk bottles to help with colic. But I think playtex bottles are just as good. Just listen to see if she is getting a lot of air (listen for clicking also)
Mar 29, 2009
momma of 2 refluxers
Sorry I meant to add that we use the Nuk bottles to help with colic. But I think playtex bottles are just as good. Just listen to see if she is getting a lot of air (listen for clicking also)
Mar 30, 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.
Ask for a referral to see a ped GI to rule out something like hirschsprungs and help with getting correct med dosing.

There are milk protein allergies and intolerances. Allergies usually, but not always show up as blood in the stool. Other symptoms for both include excema, gassiness, bloating, green mucousy stool, behavioral changes and reflux. Keep in mind that it takes roughly two weeks for the offending proteins to be cleared out of the body so any elimination diet you do will take about that long to take effect.

If you're formula feeding you might want to look into Alimentum or Nutramigen, both are specifically for milk sensitivities. The next level after that is Elecare or Neocate which are called elemental because their proteins are from free amino acids.

About 50% of kids who are sensitive to milk proteins are also sensitive to soy. The good news (I'm told) is that they generally grow out of it.

Mar 30, 2009
abbysmom
Andrea: Mom to 3 crazy girls!
Jackie (3/01)
Payton (9/03)
Abby (4/06) Prevacid 7.5mg (evening), MSPI, goats milk (currently trying to wean off Prevacid)
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We found that the Dr. Brown bottles worked best for Abby. At the beginning it is trial and error when were for trying to figure of if Abby has MSPI. If you are bfing I would def eliminate all dairy and soy from your diet. You have to read all lables as these are in a lot of things that you wouldn't expect. It can take 2wks or more to see the effects. Like Momma of 2 refluxers said, you can pump and dump and try Nutramigen. Abby did better on Nutramigen then milk based and soy. But Neocate is what really helped along with Prevacid (15mg). Then we had a "normal" baby. :)
Mar 30, 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.
My Katie was the same. Everything changed when we switched to Nutramagin. Her poops became regular and she overall felt much much better.
Mar 30, 2009
blueleopard
Pictured: G'mom w/3 kids. I'm mom to 1 angel Melissa (dec'd 11/92 - hypoplastic left-heart syn.)
2 healthy daughters (knock wood) Cory (16), Kim (11) & Eric (4) diagnosed with e.e. (scoped 8/08), GERD & severe food/seasonal allergies, asthma. Cried non-stop first 17 mths. of life Found out he is allergic to cow's milk, soy, eggs, and peanuts. Takes Prevacid, Neocate One Plus & Flovent.
My older daughter had/has more of an intolerance to milk, my son has a milk allergy. Daughter had major constipation as a baby/toddler/young child that evolved into nausea/vomiting after drinking milk - esp. cups of milk (baked in not a real problem). My son, however, had constant vomiting/diarrehea/crankiness/reflux with his milk allergy (no blood or mucus in stool though). Soy wasn't much better, so eventually we did Nutramagin, then Neocate. Ellen
Mar 30, 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
Like Ellen we have had several different symptoms and formulas. Adriane didn't do well on bf even after eliminating. She also didn't latch well. We tried several different formulas and she actually got worse until she was admitted and tube fed neocate. Our GI said that one sign of MSPI is where the infant gets better for about a week or so and then gets worse than ever. Adriane also has an allergy and had mucous in her stool and excema. We still haven't found a great formula for her but we have found something that is "good enough" as her GI says.

I hope you find some valuable info. Our GI told me that with A's extensive allergies and intolerances that I would not be able to cut out all of her trigger foods and keep a healthy diet. I know not every kid has that many allergies though. Good Luck!

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