Posted By Posting
Jun 16, 2009
no sleep at night
Just checking to see if anyone has advice. I have a 2 week old baby that my pediatrician just prescribed axid for. He does okay during the day, but in the evenings the poor little guy screams for hours and will not sleep. During this time all he wants to do is eat ( it is the only thing that comforts him), which I know only makes the situation worse. It breaks my heart and my husband and I are so stressed out. When he gets that upset at night, nothing seems to comfort him. We tried swaddling, rocking, shhshing, singing, bouncing...nothing works. He seems to hyperventilate from crying so hard. Does this sound like something anyone else is experiencing, and what can we do to comfort the little guy when he is so inconsolable? He has only been on axid for 2 days so I am hoping that will help, but no luck yet. I feel like a failure as a mother when I can't console!
Jun 16, 2009
Welcome to the forum. I'm so sorry that little guy is in so much pain. I know to well those long nights of screaming and not being able to do anything that'll work to comfort my son. Just know that you are doing a good job and you're not a failure. I do the same thing to myself and feel like a failure too. It's very hard to deal with reflux. If you breastfeed try eliminating dairy and soy from your diet and see if that helps him be more comfortable. Also if he's on formula I have heard that the hypoallergenic formulas really help alot of the kiddos on here. We can't get our 6 month old to touch the stuff but I'm on an elimination diet because I breastfeed. Also I know that the pediatrician doesn't dose these meds high enough for some babies. I was just at the peds office and told them what my sons dosage of axid was that the gi put him on and she said wow that's a really high dose. So he would've been underdosed on the axid through the peds office. The best way that I found helped my son was putting him on my shoulder and walking and swaying with him. I also have just patted his back or bottom gently rythmically. It is very trial and error but when you find a trick definitely stick with it. But it does seem to change too which always keeps you on your toes. Is he also sleeping upright? That makes a world of difference. I really wish you the best. Give the meds a little more time to kick in but if it isn't working for him then you might need to try another drug. Good luck and know that a lot of us are in or have been in the same boat.
Jun 16, 2009
Bless your heart- I remember it like it was yesterday! All evening and night he would scream, scream, scream! The only time he would quiet down was if we were outside walking. He wasn't happy if we were indoors but he would calm down once we were on our way. It's all trial and error though. Each child is different. If you are trying to lay him flat to sleep - forget it- it's not going to work. Mine slept in his swing until he was 7 months. Do your self a favor and buy one that plugs in so you can save on the batteries though. I tried all the over the counter colic remedies and nothing helped. Now I use Mylanta when he is really miserable and it works great- but you have to call the pharmacist to see if you can give to a baby as young as yours and what the dosage would be. We started using Nutramigen formula and it helped so much. If your using a milk based formula then I would definitely try Nutramigen. A lot of kids use Allimentum but I hear it takes horrible- the Nutramigen isn't much better but he will still drink it. The best thing you can do it try to find a way to relax a little. The more stressed you are the worse he will be. Hang in there- this doesn't last forever- and the woman on this website are amazing and they will help you get through it.
Jun 16, 2009
Mom to Jasmine aka: Jazz 01/24/2007
Dx with silent reflux at 8 months
FPIES, DGE, MSPI. Recently diagnosed with EC (Eosin. colitis and now Primary immune deficiency disease.
Also mom to Nathan. born Jan.20th, 2009, MPI . so far dx with reflux and has an extremely sensitibe GI system. Also dx with primary immune deficiency disease.
My son was like that...It was horrible. Finally we used mylanta at 3 weeks as per the pharmacists and it made a huge difference.'s so hard in the beginning, but it WILL get better....
Jun 16, 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!
Axid is in the class of H2 blockers, and may not be enough to cut the acid. Give it some time though - some kids do well on them, but most will need to be upped to a PPI. Could you dose the Axid at night? One of the side effects is drowsiness - worked for my dd pretty well, and if he's worse at night, makes sense to do it then. We did the H2 blocer in the AM and the PPI in the PM. It at least calmed her a bit.

You're doing all you can for comfort, and it'll be trial and error. Even kids without reflux need an individual touch for learning how to sleep. Nothing settled my kid - we caught our sleep on the couch with her upright on our chests or curled on her left side (still angled up) in our right arm. Not the best for sleeping adults, but whatever works in a pinch for rest.

Some moms swear by bouncy seats that vibrate or the gliders, but never worked for us. Keeping them upright as much as possible so gravity helps keep the acid down does work to an extent. As for swaddling, my dd hated the full swaddle, but would be more contented when only the lower body was swaddled.

Movement worked for a little while, since my dd knew when we were seated somehow, so we walked....and walked...and walked..... Bathing can work too, as a change of pace, though your son may be a little young yet. Lavender is calming, as is white noise. Eating at night isn't a habit yet, so if it settles him, let him eat a bit and keep upright for at least 30 min following eating.

You're NOT A FAILURE! Most of us have been there, and it's not you that's unable to comfort him - the pain is just too much to bear on those tender insides, and you're doing ALL YOU CAN!!!!! If you see no improvement or worsening on the Axid within this week, call the MD back. And make an appt with a pediatric gastroenterologist - you'll be waiting to get in and most kids need the specialist anyway. HUGS!!!!!

Jun 17, 2009
Hi and welcome. Sorry to hear that your son is in so much pain. You will find some wonderful advice and much needed support on here so keep checking in when you can. I can only reiterate what everyone else has said. Keeping upright for at least 30 mins after a feed, propping the head of the cot up. Sometimes, a dummy seemed to help calm my son down. However, when the pain was intense, nothing could stop his screaming in the early days so don't feel like a failure for not being able to console him. Initially, we had some success with zantac (H2 blocker) but this only provided short-term relief so we moved onto a PPI (Prilosec) and also Neocate which is a hypoallergenic formula as it was believed that my son had dairy and soy allergy. The combination of Neocate and a high dose of Prilosec, alongside Zantac has been the key to giving my son relief from his pain. It has been a long 5 months! We initially thought the prilosec wasn't working, but it just wasn't dosed high enough. Get into see a GI as soon as you can, they are far more knowledgeable and more likely to treat his reflux more aggressively and successfully. We've all been there and some of us still are. Those early days are heartbreaking and the hardest. I never believed it when the ladies here said it can and would get easier, but with the right combination of formulas or elimination diet and medication, it does. Check out all the information on the reading pages for advice too. I hope your son gets some relief from his pain soon. Good luck
Jun 19, 2009
adelines mom
wish i could give you a big hug right now! we went through the same thing. sleeping upright is a must. we got the tucker's wedge and danny's sling. swaddled the life out of her and placed the boppy under her fanny in a u. we held adeline upright for one hour to an hour and a half after EVERY feed for the first eight months. she couldn't do the bouncy things either. couldn't use the sling either. have had a noise machine in her room since day one. we did axid early on, then moved to prevacid and has been on prilosec for about five months. she is a year old. mylanta did help. we used the cherry flavor from cvs. we have kept her on a rigid, i mean rigid feeding schecule since day one, a bottle every three hours. we did alimentum. eventually changed to nestle's good start. we give her a warm bath every night in the evening and i think is has helped. also have taken her to my chiropractor. she has worked on infants, children and adults for years. i think it has helped. the two books that saved my life were Colic Solved and The Reflux Book. find a good gi doctor. hang in there! you are doing a good job!
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