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May 11, 2009
Issues with riding in the car / car seat..
Hello all! I'm so glad I found this forum- I hope someone can help me out. My son, Orrie, is 3 months old. He was diagnosed with GERD at 1 month of age. He's a 'smiling spitter', since the power puking and reflux don't really seem to bother him when it's happening, so the doctors never prescribed meds for him. He's been on rice cereal since diagnosed and Enfamil Gentlease formula (he was also getting constipated from other formulas)... We also do the norms- crib matress angled, held upright 30 mins after feeding, etc. He still pukes during tummy time or anytime you lay him flat on his back, but it's managable. (Also, no idea if it has any effect, but he was born early at 36 weeks due me having pre eclampsia and was in the NICU for a week after his birth due to breathing problems) Anyhow, our biggest issue has been the car. With our daughter, the car was sure fire way to put her to sleep- with Orrie, it's the complete opposite. He screams as soon as you put him in and continues to scream until you get him out of his seat. We've tried everything we can think of- from distracting him, to singing, to someone sitting right by him trying to soothe him. Nothing works. He'll scream for the entire ride, be it 10 minutes or 2 hours. This includes trips to the store where he's in his car seat. This leads me to believe it's most definitely reflux related. The way he's sitting in it or something...? My main question is- how many other parents experience this, and what has most helped your child with it? We've went so far as to buy an Infant Car Bed (used but in great shape) for him to lay down in (angled up, of course) which has seemed to help some, but he's almost too big for it (15lbs and 26 inches long.. he's a chunk)... I've seen the Hug Me Joeys, but we really can't afford the 50$ for one right now. Is there anything else you all have tried that's worked? We're in desperate need of advice right now because we hate to see him so distraught over a single trip to the store. Thanks so much guys!
May 12, 2009
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 oh yes. I feel your pain. Car rides were definitely the worst! For us we just had to wait it out. The older she got the better the car rides became.

I like the idea of the Infant Car Bed. I have never heard of that.

Best of luck. It will get better - promise.

May 12, 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!
I can't say that anything really made the car better. My dd's lungs were attached to the brake pedal (every time we slowed down or stopped, the pitch grew from blood-curdling to ear drum exploding.)

All I can say is that time made it get better - as she felt better, the screaming decreased. She got interested in stuff outside the window and did eventually stop. I didn't go anywhere not absolutely necessary for about 5 months though.

Toys helped to a degree, and when we switched her to a toddler seat, THAT seemed to help a lot. She was facing forward and could see things. She was a little too small for it at 18 lbs, but I couldn't stand it any more.

May 12, 2009
Jessica, Mommy to Jedd, severe reflux, severe food and oral aversions, Finally G tube free!!! VSD repair 4-24-07 (open heart surgery), hypospadias, repaired 3 times and Ear tubes Visit Jedd at his CB site:
I *think* infant car beds are flat, so that may not be a better option.

Jedd too, hated the car. with. a. passion. and yep it didn't matter h ow long the trip was, he screamed like he was dying for the entire trip. :-(

We tried making angle changes and nothing really seemed to make it better, sorry. We just suffered until time went by and it got better. You really don't want to know how long it took. We had other complications besides just GERD though.

May 12, 2009
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
Yeap, we were there too. Whew that scream is loud in the car isnt it? I had to get a car seat that wasnt so deap (thus not scrunching his belly) and more importantly I had to swaddle him in the car seat. The velco Swaddle Me wraps have a slit in them so you can slip the carseat buckle through. You put the wrap in first, pull the side wings through the straps, place your baby in the carseat, swaddle him and velcro him, and then buckle the straps. Worked 98% of the time. The are only $15 so totally worth giving it a shot.
May 12, 2009
Thank you all so much- yep, we're having the EXACT same issue. As soon as we hit the break, all heck breaks loose, worse then it already was. My husband made the joke that they should make a movie for parents of GERD babies called: "Speed 4: Crying baby" where you can't drop below 55 or the baby in the back starts screaming bloody murder. He's an odd one, but I love him. *L* I just figured most of you could relate to that as well.. I wonder what the heck is going on with their poor little bodies that makes the car so unbearable for them? I know our old car seat had a pretty severe angle, which is why we switched to the infant bed. Yes, he lays flat, but we angled the head end up so that it's a lot like his bed. He does fairly well in it, and I think the biggest thing being his stomach isn't all scrunched up, and he can see around more then with the rear facing seat (it's call the Dorel Dream Ride Infant Car Bed, and it's meets all vechical safety requirements- the only problem is, it only goes to 20lbs, and thanks to the rice cereal being added, our chunk now weighs upwards of 15lbs, but the length is our biggest thing. It says it goes up to 26" long but he's only about 24" and has pretty much maxed it out. So if you're looking into that, be aware of that fact as well.) My husband and I are going to try to fashion our own wedge with foam to go under the fabric of my daughter's old car seat (it's a convertible instead of a carrier, so who knows- maybe that will help too) for when he grows out of his car bed, and see if that doesn't help the pressure on his tummy. *knock on wood* At this point, I'm not holding out hope of this stopping anytime soon, but anything I can do to help him out even a little is worth it I guess. Thank you all so much again- as much as I hate that other families and babies are having to go through this, it's really nice to know that I'm not alone at least.. and that at some point, it WILL get better. That much gives me the ability to woo-saa and deal with it right now. Thanks so much! *HUGE HUG!*
May 12, 2009
I had the same problem with the infant carrier seat. It was much better when we switched to the rear facing convertible car seat. I also don't lay it back as far as I probably should be he doesn't cry nearly as much. It does get better as they get older too so hang in there!
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