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Apr 08, 2009
ttrumbo
Only drinking 14 oz a day?
My 5 month old daughter has been on Prevacid 15 mg and erythromiacin for 2 months now. It seemed to resolve her reflux but out of the blue last week she went from taking 28 oz a day to 14. The doctors say it is behavioral but I just don't see why should would take such a dip. We try to give her formula every 2 hours and she either refuses or only takes 1-2 oz at a time. So I've been pushing more solids to try to get the calories in. Of course I'm wondering if that is smart b/c maybe it is making her not hungy. Anyone else deal with this and if so, any advice on getting her intake up?
Apr 08, 2009
vigilantmom
Ryan was born May 20th 2008. 9 lbs 2 oz. Ryan’s magic bullet was 30mg of Prevacid capsules mixed with Caracream from Marci-kids (I am forever indebted to the team at Marci-kids), Claratin for the mucos, and Mirlax for the constipation. Within 2 months of this combo he jumped from the 6% to the 50% for weight and continues to climb. Be strong, listen to your instincts. Read his story for more specifics that just might help you too - Karen
I played that exact same game with my son. It is a frustrating one and the "behavioral" diagnosis drove me batty. A friend of mine that dealt with the same thing told me to start spacing the bottles out instead of closer together. Try 3 hours and see what happens and then 3 and 1/2 if you dont see her drink better. It is really hard to not give in and just give her more food. Trust me, I know, because you are worried they are not eatting enough and so you give in, but you are correct, it is filling her up and she needs more formula than food right now. I was told to think of food at that age as simply desert. If she doesnt eat her dinner, than no dessert. There is not enought calories or nutrients in stage one food. It is simply to teach them to eat for later one. Always give the bottle first, then the food and never food 1 1/2 hour before the bottle or she wont be hungry. This trick has worked pretty well for us. He is 10 months old now so the bottles are actually spaced 4 hours apart at this point. The book Baby 411 has a chart of how much food vs formula you should aim for at each stage. You should find it on the web somewhere too. Sounds crazy because most babies you give them food first then bottle, but not all, certainly not my baby, and I think you will find that with many refluxers. Good luck and keep us posted
Apr 09, 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.
We struggle with feeds too. I found I can get more into Isobel (6months) if I space out the bottles. Seems counter-intuitive but I think it gives her time to get hungry. The ladies here have helped me chill about the fluid intake and the more calm I am the more relaxed the baby is and the better she eats. No dehydration+appropriate weight gain=it'll be ok. I hope you find what works for your LO. I totally know the stress of low intake, fussy baby so I feel for you!
Apr 09, 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!
Can you try dreamfeeding to get the extra bottle in her? It's just feeding baby when asleep - they take in very little to no air, so no burping needed. That's what we did to get my dd over 18 oz - she never took more than 24 once the reflux was under control. As for solids, I started my dd at 4 months for constipation problems, and I only did them once a day at her hungriest time, and I never did bottle and food less than 2 hours apart. 5 months may also be a little early for solids (I know, I started earlier out of desperation and ped's consent) Maybe another few weeks on bottle alone? Does she fight or just not eat? If she's not drinking enough, it may be teeth and/or ears, and not necessarily infection. Teething causes many little ones not to want to suck because it hurts. HTH!
Apr 11, 2009
lchang4
My baby was a 25 weeker, now 7 months old, 4 months adjusted. She's on prilosec and thickened milk with Simply Thick. I don't know why but this past 2 weeks, she started not wanting to eat from me. She would fight to get out of the cradle hold and even if I tried other positions, she's resisting. I thought maybe she's teething but she would bite the nipple with her back jaw, not front gums and she's not drooling. She would rather such her wrist or eat her hand. I thought the prilosec dosage is not working. We have increased the dose yesterday and her spit up has calmed down. But, she was able to finish her bottle with my husband. So, it's behavior problem too? What did your doctor suggest when he said it's behavior?
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