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Jun 09, 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
Help in switching formulas. Lactose Intolerant?
Hello!! Ryan has been on Similac Senstive (Milk based lactose free) for 9 months. We put him on that after a nasty bout of rotovirus when the diarhea wouldnt clear up. The GI thought he had a temporary lactose intolerance from the RV so we gave that a try. Cleared it right up. I never switched him back because he was such a bad bottle drinker that I didnt want to add to it. He is a year old now so I started moving him over to Good Start 2 toddler formula. I want to keep him on formula a little longer given how bad his health was this winter to give him a chance to fatten up a bit. Anyway he has been sooo fussy and has had a lot looser stools. (Ryan has chronic constipation so that is very unusual). He pretty screamed all day on Saturday which is totally out of charter for him too. The GI said it is very uncommon for kids to truely be lactose intolerant. What do you guys think? Push through, slow it up, go back to the lactose free?? How will I ever get him on whole milk at this rate?
Jun 09, 2009
susiegal
Mom to Charlie - cleft palate and reflux. Meds - zantac, prevacid, mylanta and reglan.
I have a similar question. My son has been on Alimentum for since he was 2 months old due to suspected milk protein allergy (he's 19 months now). How do you know if they 'grow out' of their milk protein allergy? We have a GI appt on Monday but it would be interesting to hear other people's stories about moving back to milk or milk-based products. BTW - he is 100% tube fed and we are working on feeding him but for now it is all formula, all the time!
Jun 09, 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.
did you switch him over slowly or all at once...I would recomend a slow switch 3/4 SImilac to 1/4 Good start for a few days...then ease over to Good start over a couple weeks...if you already did that then I think you have an intolerance on your hands...the doc is crazy...I know SO many kids who did not test positive for a lactose allergy, but ALWAYS show signs of GI distress when they have it. Good luck! We will be on formula forever, I'm afraid! I'll be sending Elecare off to college with Z!
Jun 09, 2009
heather13
my firstborn was dx with a milk protein allergy at 2 months and we supplemented with Alimentum. Our pedi gave us some suggestions for seeing if she had grown out of her intolerance. Basically you add in small amounts of dairy and see if they have a reaction. She was just starting solids at the time, but I also did as Zack's mom said - slow switch of a small amt of standard formula mixed with Alimentum. I think I started with half & half because we'd also tried some cheese, but a smaller amount would be best. I'd even say give it a full week to make sure there's no issue before adjusting the ratio.
Jun 09, 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 was doing 2 scoops of Similac and 1 scoop of GS for a couple weeks. This weekend I started 2 scoops GS and 1 Similac. He is out of sorts and so crabby which is not his personality at all. Seems really barf/nausious too but not actually throwing up. This morning he screamed when he saw the bottle but last night he took 7 ounces at 10 pm. I dont get it. I wish one thing would be easy. My family doesnt help. All I here is "put him on whole milk and forget. You are too stressed out which stresses him out." I just want to say "Yeap, how about trading places with me for a couple of days. " Uhg. I met with a nutritionist yesterday. I need to up his fluids by 12 oz and up his calorie. Yeap.. knew that too. HOW would be the question and I am sorry but letting him put stickers on his cup for letting him pick out his cup at the store isnt going to cut it. He just turned one.... I dont think he cares one bit about putting stickers on his cups. Uhg... I know I know.. we will get there. I am just wore out. Its been a long year.
Jun 09, 2009
susiegal
Mom to Charlie - cleft palate and reflux. Meds - zantac, prevacid, mylanta and reglan.
vigilantmom - I hear you! The most I can get in to Charlie is 32 oz. We do 26 cal/oz but he hasn't gained weight in 3 months. Stuck at 20 lbs. He has gotten longer and his head is getting bigger, which is good. But my focus at this GI appointment is all about nutrition. I called the doc's nutritionist about putting other stuff through his feeding tube but she said they don't recommend it due to clogs, etc. There has to be another option!
Jun 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!
I kept Allie on formula (infant) until 14 months, along with the solids she was eating. I actually did an ounce at a time and switched her over a period of a couple of months to milk.

She's not MPI or MSPI, so we did GS Natural Cultures (LOVED it by the way) after 6 months on hypoallergenic formulas (same rate of switch over). The loose stools can happen from the switch, but shouldn't last more than a couple of days. Also, teething is a huge culprit for all the symptoms you listed, so I'd also check for teeth. I hate the roller coaster these kids put us on - I never knew if it was teeth, reflux, or reaction to food/meds, since it ALL HAPPENS AT THE SAME DANG TIME!!!!

You also may want to consider the lactose-free milk when the time comes - Lactaid makes the brand name, but I'm pretty sure there are knock-offs out there.

Jun 09, 2009
mommy2k
I'm sorry to hear that he's feeling miserable. I would agree with slimfast 13 about it being something like his teeth or maybe he has a bug. I know I read that it takes time for their system to get used to a new formula or milk so it could just take time for it to adjust. Kody had a rotten morning and I couldn't figure out what was going on. But I think something upset his tummy because he was fine that evening. It's so hard trying to figure everything out. I hope that it works itself out and he starts feeling better very soon.
Jun 11, 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
Well, I found out that Lactaid makes a lactose free whole milk. Cool huh? My favorite nurse at the peds office told me. She told me to give that a try for a week to see how it goes. She also said that their office has been full of GI stuff. Upset stomaches and bm like I described from Ryan. Hard to know if it is that or the lactose. Its fun isnt it? At least I have an option to try. I mixed that with his formula yesterday instead of the Good Start. Just and once and a half. We'll see what happens. Thanks for all your advice. Oh and I do see 4 new teeth hovering in the gum line... Possiblity #3. : )
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