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Jun 22, 2009
arching back and throwing head back
My son is almost 8 months old. For the last 10 days we have been dealing with him violently arching his back and throwing his head back and sometimes he grunts like he has gas/bowel movement. A typical day has been, real food around 5:30/6pm (about 2 oz of gerber stage 2 baby food) then if he is still hungry (usually not) a small bottle around 7 and a bath before bed. We make sure he is sitting up for a while before going to bed and make sure we burp him a lot etc. An hour to two hours or so later he wakes up crying and doing his arching/throwing back episodes. Cries for over an hour each time till he is so exhausted he falls asleep. He does this 2 or 3 more times during the night now. The whole time he is arching his back he is trying to sleep. He doesn't even open his eyes half the time anymore. I went to the doctor on Thurs and (again on Saturday) they said its acid reflux and put him on Zantac. It's been 5 days of meds and no change. The poor guy is so exhausted and obvioulsy still hurting. We have done everything the doctors have told us but he is still having these episodes. Is there anything we aren't doing that need to be? Any other treatment we can give him to relieve his pain until the medicine really starts to work? Could he be reacting to the formula and consider changing it? I asked me doctor all of these things but not getting very good answers. She said his food and formula diet are just fine and the Zantac takes a few days to start to work. Well it's been a few days and he is still having these major episodes a few times a night. What else is there? Should I seek a different opinion, should I ask for tests to be done? sorry I know lots of questions, we are just at our wits end and I am so tired of seeing my son hurt so bad for so long with no relief what so ever. There has got to be something... THANKS! V
Jun 22, 2009
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.
What type of formula is he on? Do allergies/asthma/eczema run on either side of the family? In Parenting magazine someone wrote in to say their baby started arching her back in pain. The doctors said it was reflux, but as it turned out, she was allergic to foods. Many infant allergies are missed due to the reflux diagnosis. Excessive crying can be another tip off. My son cried all day/night for 17 mths. until we figured out he was allergic to dairy, soy, egg, nuts. The best thing we ever did was switch him to Neocate formula. Just be aware that this could be the case. Ellen
Jun 22, 2009
He is on Enfamil (Premium). We have no history of allergies in our family. The only thing close that I can think of was that my husband was lactose intolerant at that age. I told the doctor that but she said the formula he was on was fine. He doesn't accessively cry. In fact most of the time he isn't too bad during the day. The sitter says he is arching his back a little today but for the most part he is his same happy go lucky self. I am really thinking of going to another doctor for a second opinion. The child shouldn't have to suffer so much while they play trial and error for weeks at a time. He should find some relief somewhere. I know infants are hard to diagnose but still he should be getting some relief some how!
Jun 22, 2009
This sounds similar to my son. He has a suspected milk protein intolerance but his reflux is still bothersome to him especially when he's sick. Is he by chance cutting any teeth or getting a cold? My lo has been sick for the last couple weeks but we just assumed it was his reflux. His illness flared his reflux and he had a terrible time sleeping as well as being fussy. He's usually not too bad during the day either. Are you going to a ped. gi? Sometimes they can put them on higher doses of even h2 blockers or a ppi. I hope that you find some answers soon. I know how hard it is to deal with all of this.
Jun 22, 2009
helen lai
Mom to Matthew, 01/16/08, GERD baby, has been on Zantac since 2 mos. Aidan, his twin brother, no GERD. Max-ed out on Zantac at 1ml-3 times/day, and switched to Prevacid 15mg split tab 08/20/08. Switched again to 20mg Prilosec 09/18/08 due to Prevacid's restlessness/headache side effects. Reflux was out of control again and had to switch to 10mg Nexium 02/11/09. Good result so far.
It seems a bit strange to me that if it's reflux then why he didn't had symptoms a long time ago. My son symptoms (screaming/arching back/vomiting especially after meal or lying down) showed up when he was about 1 month old. He took Zantac and it helped within 48 hrs or so. Did he have any change in his solid diet recently? It could be food allergy or teething like pp said. My son wakes up every 2 hrs screaming his head off, arching his back, flailing, and is inconsolable for about an hr when he is teething. We tried Motrin/Tylenol/teething tablets/baby orajel/etc. but it didn't help much. It is better during the day with lots of things that distract him. I definitely would find another pediatrician and a GI doctor who can help. Hope you find an answer soon. Hang in there.
Jun 22, 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
This does not sound like a lactose issue but you never know. Typically the sign of that is green mucasy diarrhea that wont go away. My GI explained why that is and I can share that with you if you want. However, if you want to test to see if that is the issue, Similac makes a milk based lactose free formula called Similac Sensative. I have used that with Ryan since he was 3 months old. Its worth a try. If it ends the symptoms than you have figured it out your issue. If is does not than you go on to the next thing such as soy The one thing I have found with Similac formula is that is makes a ton of air bubbles just like Enfamil. ( I really miss getting to use Good Start) I put a little bit of Little Tummies anti gas right in the bottle before I feed him and it makes those bubbles disappear immediately. Keep us in the loop.
Jun 23, 2009
adelines mom
a has done the arching back/ throwing head too. we use mylicon drops for gas all the time. she whimpers off and on all night long, pretty much since birth. i give the binky and do the drops, some nights it is every three hours. most of the time she doesn't even wake up. i have to reposition her too while she is sleeping, RESTLESS! nights are tough. we did similac alimentum for months and changed to nestle's good start, purple can and it helped. she has been on that for about five months now. right after she was born they put her on enfamil ar. it just about did her in. blood in her stools. the wrong forumla can be aweful. teething can really affect her too. we have had good luck with compounded prilosec. going to get her tested for allergies soon. some foods do her in. sweet potatoes, incredible gas, strawberries & peas, incredible reflux. go with your gut. get a second opinion! sorry your son is having a tough time.
Jun 30, 2009
It took about two weeks for Zantac to start working for us. It still wasn't perfect though - she was better during the day but nights were (and still are) tough even though we're now on Prevacid. I wish I could give you something more. Teething could also be a factor.
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