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Apr 27, 2009
mommy2d&h
How long??
Hi! This is my first time to post and I am so thankful for this site. My son is 4 weeks old and is suffering from LOTS of reflux symptoms. We tried 7.5mg/1x day of the Prevacid solutabs and did not see any difference after 1 week. Our doctor then increased the dose to 7.5 mg/2x day one week ago, and we haven't seen much improvement. I just called the doctor today and asked if we could add zantac in, and she approved. My first child also suffered from reflux, but responded to 7.5mg/1x day of Prevacid very quickly. Within a few days he was a different baby. My question is, how long should I give the Prevacid (and now Zantac) to work? Is it normal not to see improvement after this amount of time? Should I try another PPI at some point? My son also has some additional symptoms, such as green stools and microscopic blood in his stool, that also lead me to think allergies. However, I have eliminated all milk products, even traces, for over a week now. Should I be patient and give the Prevacid/Zantac combo more time or should I consider other options? My pediatrician is recommending a full elimination diet since I am BF. I am willing to do this, but since it is such an ambitious undertaking, I would like to exhaust other options first. Also, I am waiting to get into the GI (right now my appointment is 3 months away, but I am petitioning them for an earlier one!!) Any advice would be appreciated! I am so desperate to find some relief for my little guy, and some rest for myself too!!
Apr 27, 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!
Hi! Prevacid can take up to a few weeks to take full effect. I would continue exactly what you're doing. The stools being mucousy and blood traces, make me think milk allergy for sure. I'd stick to that elimination for a couple weeks. Along with the meds, you should see improvement.

I'm sorry, I remember wanting it to be better right now! I'm glad your ped is working with you on it :)

Good luck

Apr 27, 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.
Yes, I agree. Focus now on a strict elimination diet and give the meds time to work. Hang in there.
Apr 28, 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.
It can take up to two weeks for milk proteins to be completely cleared from your breastmill, plus additional time for your LO to heal. About 50% percent of milk protein sensitive kids are also sensitive to soy so eliminating soy is important- after a few weeks you can trial it and see if your LO can handle it. Green bloody stool is classic for allergy, good that you're catching it early.

Prevacid can take upto 6 weeks to work but most show improvement in just a week or two. Hang in there! Remember that food allergy can cause reflux symptoms so elimination diet can help that too.

Whole Foods has a GF brownie that is dairy and soy free in their frozen dessert section- it saved my sanity when I was on an ED. Good Luck!!i

Apr 28, 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.
So many of our "reflux" issues were allergy related. Glad you are keeping that in mind. El
Apr 28, 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.
If his milk/ lactose allergy is severe enough he may have trouble with the Prevacid..are you using the solutabs? They have a lactose base. It's a very small amount, but he may react if he's sensetive enough...just something to think about! Good luck!
Apr 28, 2009
mommy2k
I'm so sorry that your little guy is having so much pain and discomfort. It's so frustrating to have to wait for that gi appt. I have been df for about 6 weeks now. We noticed his gas get a little bit better. He didn't have any blood in his stool but he's had runny stools. I think that the only way you will find out what he's having an allergy to would be to do the elimination diet. I hope that you get into the gi earlier. Hang in there. I know how hard it is. I have only been able to keep my sanity by coming on this site. Hugs:)
Apr 29, 2009
mommy2d&h
Thanks so much for all of your feedback. It is really encouraging to know there are others who have gone through the same thing!... I have a few follow-up questions! Has anyone done the full elimination diet? Any suggestions on resources that I could tap into to do this? Recipes, guidelines, etc.? Also, has anyone had skin prick allergy testing done on their infant? I have heard conflicting results on the accuracy of skin testing in a young infant. Thanks for your help!!
Apr 29, 2009
mommy2k
I haven't done the full elimination diet but did research it. I think I found most of the information on the le leche league website. I believe that you can eat squash, rice, potatoes, turkey, lamb, pears, pear juice diluted and rice milk. I think it's for 2 weeks then you introduce one new food at a time to see for any reactions to things. Sorry I don't have any experience on allergy testing. I'm sure someone will tell you about it that knows about it. Good luck on things. Keep us updated on how things are going.
Check with your
doctor first!