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Mar 29, 2009
momma of 2 refluxers
Mommy2k
I wanted to touch base with you. Our sons seem to be going through very similar things right now and I wanted to compare notes with you. Is your son still having very water stools??? My little guy was having very watery stools we thought it was the Prevacid but are not sure now. We have had him solely on Nutramigen for 2 weeks now and we are starting to notice if we use the premixed formula he gets the watery stools. He is back on the powder and his stools are hardening. I had breastfed him soley before then but was informed that I needed to only feed him thickened bottles because he was not thriving. Well when I was pumping he had a horrible reaction to my milk (gassiness, screaming, rash and then open soars on his head) I was going to pump and dump and then start the elimination diet. Meanwhile we put him on Nutramigen and everything cleared up. His appetite came back and he was a completely different baby. I decided at that point to just let my milk dry up (a very hard and sad decision but I think it was best for him). We then only saw his reflux symptems. He has now been on Prevacid for 3 weeks and I would say most all of his reflux pain is under control. We do see a difference in pain though when he spits up his dose. We give it to him on an empty tummy but that still doesn't always works. Have you found a good way to give the meds? Thanks for any input. Hang in there we will all get through this with healthy babes.
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.
Hope you don't mind a response.... When isobel was tiny we gave the prevacid with a slip tip syringe. We put the pill in, drew up 1 -2ccs of water and a little air and shoot it into her cheek pocket. Now I either dissolve the pill in a drop or two of water to make a paste or I just hold it in her cheek until it dissolves. HTH
Mar 30, 2009
mommy2k
I'm sorry you are going through this too. I feel for you because it isn't fun around here. My son is still have watery stools and horrible smelling gas. He is currently being supplemented with soy formula but the loose stools have never cleared up. He had rotovirus which we thought was the reason for his watery stools but they're still here. Meanwhile we can't seem to find the right meds to make him feel better. We're doing trial and error on the prevacid. We're taking a syringe right now and dissolving the prevacid in a measuring spoon and then sucking it up. Then we give it to him. We're still trying to work out when to give it to him and making sure it's on an empty tummy. I just talked to my ped who has tried to help us with everything but she told us now its up to the gi so we are hoping that something will work for him somewhat or we're going to go insane the next two weeks until the appt with the gi. He got put on Levison drops today for the gas pains so we'll see. Some days I think about pumping exclusively but I thnk it'll be a lot more work for me. I am exhausted already and don't want to add more to it. I think it helps him to have thicker stuff which is the only reason I considered pumping and puttin thickner in it but for now we wait. Anyway, good luck. How old is your son? My son is 3 months old soon to be 4 mos. It's definitely has to get better and we just need to survive until then.
Mar 30, 2009
momma of 2 refluxers
Pumping is exhausting. I don't miss the pumping, it was basically impossible to find time between Tre's screaming and chasing after my 2 year old daughter. I took Tre to the doctor today and he informed me that the watery stools are from the Nutramigen (and I guess that's normal). The Prevecid seems to be working as long as we can keep it down. The wonderful thing is that he has gained almost 2 lbs and 2.5 inches in 3 weeks, so I think we are on our way to both sleeping well. Have you tried eliminating dairy and soy from your diet? What formula is he on? I know with Tre's milk allergy it caused him awful smelling gas and pain. Tre will be 3 months on April 7th. My daughter also was a reflux baby but I was able to still breastfeed her. I hope the Prevacid starts working for your son soon.
Mar 30, 2009
mommy2k
Well right now we're on soy which I think might be a big mistake but we tried that first because everything is expensive and I can't feed him constantly off of me. I have eliminated all dairy out of my diet and it seemed like it helped at first but now the gas is horrible smelling and he seems to be worse. We've been on the supplementing of soy for over a week now. I don't know what to do because breastffeeding isn't going all that well but I didn't want to stop but don't know how much longer I can do this. How did you find out that Tre had a milk allergy? Did they do some testing for that? I'm trying to decide on whether we should try alimentum for alittle while or just eliminate even more from my diet which would mean I would be starving because everything has soy in it. Well I hope you get some probably much needed sleep soon and i'm glad that you've started to figure out what has helped him feell better. We have a gi appt on April 15 and hope to get to that point.
Mar 31, 2009
momma of 2 refluxers
I put my son solely on Nutramigen and within 3 feedings everything cleared up. We knew then he definitley had allergies. Like his Doctor pointed out, why do unneccsary tests that would make him uncomfortable if his symptoms show allergy and changing his formula to a hypo allergy one has fixed everything. Keep in mind babies that have a milk allergy most likely have a soy allergy. I know this sounds crazy but I buy his expensive formula on ebay. You can get it for half off. I just make sure that the person I'm buying it from has sold it to others before with 100% rating. My husband and I said that the $50 a week we spend on formula out weighs the pain he was feeling and the stress we were going through. I had a hard time stopping the breastfeeding because I had only breastfed my daughter but it seemed it was so much better for my son to be on formula because I just couldn't seem to get my milk allergy free. I would say get a free sample of Nutramigen or Alimentum from your doctor if it works then I promise you the money for the formula would be well worth it. Good Luck!
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