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May 07, 2009
lindy wyatt
Miralax, polyethylene glycol, probiotics and food
Our new pediatric gastro doctor just put our 11 month old/19 pounds refluxer on miralax. 1/2 tsp. twice a day in her bottle. She has had a lot of gas and difficulty pooping since birth, ie straining and grunting and refluxes up through her good nostril. Has a blocked right nostril (coanal atresia). Seems painful to her. Think it is helping. Anybody used this product before? Any thoughts? She is also on compounded prilosec 3.5 ml twice a day and I use mylicon drops. Really want to try to take her off prilosec. Has worked but not sure we need it anymore. He also suggested probiotics. Lactobacillus GG or Lactobacillus reuteri. Any thoughts on these? I tried yobaby about a month ago and after she refluxed the smell was REALLY bad, almost sour stomach kinda smell or a three day drinking binge! Also trying to introduce some solids. Our first child. Any suggestions what to try and how? Our OT recommended a mashed up banana today. She likd the organic puffs from Happy Bellies last night. Has six teeth. Had problems choking early on. I am such a scardy cat! Eating earth's best and organic gerba fruits and veggies twice a day. Thanks!!!!!!
May 07, 2009
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!
We used Miralax with some good success - it does take a few days to kick in though. Probiotics can be supplemented and are not just in food. My hubby, dd, and dog all do great on them - the more live strains you can find, the better. We use Klaire Labs (from Prothera) Vital 10. These help with the entire GI tract, from reflux to IBD, IBS, to contipation and diarrhea. The whole point is the live bactera help to rebalance the gut flora. The best ones are the ones that actually need refridgeration.

Mashed banana? For a constipated kid? I'm guessing it's for the sensory stuff, but banana is VERY binding. I'd ask the OT for another suggestion, JMHO. I'd try sweet potatoes, squash, apricots, or prunes first.

May 07, 2009
lindy wyatt
thank you! She loves prunes, squash and sweet potatoes baby food. The sweet potatoes make her gassy though. Went back through my daily logs and very restless nights after I fed sweet potatoes. The bananas, sensory yes! She is behind on speech and eating. All six teeth are just starting to come in. Will ask the doc about the Klaire Labs/protheravital 10 for her. Think we will start that in about a week. appreciate your comments.
May 07, 2009
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.
the sour stomach smell is acid...the Prilosec controls that so the acid doesn't do damage. I would probably stay on that until you think you can't hear or see her refluxing anymore. The banana will have the opposite effect on her the pp said...but it's a weird one for a lot of kids...mine won't touch it, so it's good practice. We use the probiotics and I have to say that although my son refluxes and vomits 2-3 times a DAY (ugh)...that he is rarely sick...most of these serious refluxers have constant ear infections and chest infections...Is he lucky or is it the probiotics...who cares...I'm sticking with it! And yes, get the kind that require's usually dosed once a day...a small amount (1/4 tsp) in the bottle.
May 07, 2009
lindy wyatt
Ladies you don't know how nice it is to hear from you! I have been reading this website since Adeline was born and just got the nerve to sign up and write. It has been a long and very hard 11 months! Your comments have already helped me! Knock on wood, we have been very lucky with no ear and chest infections. We have held her pretty much upright since birth. Really working hard on tummy time to build her upper body up. What is the name of the probiotics that you use?
May 08, 2009
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Melina 7/24/02 now reflux free!!
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We had great success with Miralax. My dd's reflux was not able to be controlled until we got her constipation under control. It was def aggravating her gerd. My GI said to mix the Miralax in hot liquid and then mix it with whatever drink you give it in.... it makes it dissolve better and work better. (Make sure the flakes are completely dissolved).

Banana's, applesauce, rice, rice cereal (all those things they use for the BRAT diet and stomach bugs) can add to constipation. I had to avoid them with our daughter. She also has a hard time with high fat foods but your dd may not be quite to that kind of food yet anyway.

I agree with the pp's on probiotics. I see a HUGE difference with my girls when they are taking them. :) I also agree with the pp who said it is probably a good idea to stay on the prilosec for now. I really didn't want my daughter on all these meds and made the mistake of trying to wean her too soon and she got a nasty case of esophagitis. Controlling the acid is really important for these kids. My daughter's GI just said to us that as long as she is refluxing and choking we need to keep the acid under control.

As far as new foods... we did one thing at a time and waited at least three days to make sure she wouldn't react to that food. You are really smart to be keeping a food journal to keep track of what she reacts to. For us the foods we still have a hard time with are any citrus fruits (or juices), strawberries, tomato (as in anything with tomato), chocolate, corn, peas and apple juice. Watch out for some of the higher stage foods that mix things together... we got in trouble with some of those too. Of course, every kid is different but a lot of those foods are reflux triggers for a lot of people.

Check with your
doctor first!