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Jul 16, 2009
Reflux toddler who won't eat
My son is 15 months now, and was diagnosed with silent reflux and treated for asthma at 6 months. The Prilosec has done wonders, and he doesn't show signs of asthma anymore (and is now off the Pulmacort) but he definitely still has GERD. Lately, he often acts hungry, runs to his chair, but no matter what I give him, he puts it in his mouth, then spits it out. Sometimes I literally can't find anything he'll actually eat, despite his hunger. Also, he constantly has episodes of "loose stools". He's so small and barely gaining weight. I'm going to get him allergy tested. I'm new to this forum. Just looking for some suggestions. Our doctor isn't worried, but she did suggest I change from Prilosec to Prevacid in case Prilosec is causing the loose stools. I scheduled a Ped GI appt, but it's 9 weeks away.
Jul 17, 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.
I wouldn't hesitate to explore the allergy testing. And, while the ped. GI Dr. is a very worthwhile visit, in our case, it was primarily the allergies. We chased the "reflux" monster for a long time, before being introduced to the world of food allergies and eosinophilic esophagitis. Loose stools can be from the meds, but they can also be a sign of food allergy. If your son seems very hungry, but also "afraid" of the food, I would imagine there is pain associated with eating. Since he is small & not gaining, the cause (through testing, maybe scoping, needs to be determined) & the sooner the better. Good Luck to you. El
Jul 17, 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
How long has your son but eating solids/ table foods? It possible your issues are new because prior to now he was eating more pure babyfoods that were more free of allergens. I too recommend seeing an allergist. While you wait to get in, starting keeping a diary of everything he eats and how he acts through out the day along with bowel movements. Eliminate the big allergy foods like milk, egg, wheat and gluten and then introduce one at a time and again be sure you journal it and his mood and health and bowel movements. That will be the most valuable thing you can give to the allergist. I learned that after the fact. Unfortunately the test they do can be pretty inaccurate before the age of three but they can tell you a lot based on your journaling. I am working on that myself so we will be doing this together.
Jul 25, 2009
Mother to Samuel born June 26,2008. Sam started refusing to nurse at 4 months old and was diagnosed with reflux. On Zantac until 9 months old, then switched to Prevacid. Total food refusal until 14 months old, now on purees and vomits at least once a day. Sleeps for 40-60 minutes at a time. Still nursing.
13 month old still won't eat
Hi Jordana, I hear your pain. My son is now 13 months old and won't eat a thing, he has never even accepted purees. He has only gained 2 pounds since he was 6 months old. He too acts hungry, gets very fussy and still won't eat. I am seeing an occupational therapist for feeding therapy, and the approach is to promote self feeding as much as possible. The only reassurance I can offer is that the OT has told me that it takes at least 30-50 attempts at eating something new for a child with GERD to be able to deal with it and swallow it. My son is on Prevacid and doesn't seem to have the loose stools issue. I too am waiting to see a Ped GI, here's hoping there is some other help out there.
Jul 25, 2009
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((HUGS)) to you. You already got a ton of advice so I won't repeat it. I would say that the best thing for us (and I had two girls with reflux who both dealt with failure to thrive) was trying to increase the calories in all of the foods that they would eat. I would mix the formula (with the dr's permission) to a higher calorie concentration and you can add things like oils or DuoCal to foods to make them higher calorie. That can help get more into him until they can find a treat the source of the feeding issue. If you want some help with food suggestions feel free to e-mail me at

From one mom who has been there to another... I totally feel your pain! I know how hard this all is and how hard it is to just wait for the next appointment. I always wanted to work on fixing things NOW! If you call the GI and ask them to let you know if there is a cancellation you might be able to get in sooner. Just a thought.

Please feel free to e-mail me anytime and please keep us updated on how he is doing and what the next appointment resolves. God bless!
Jul 30, 2009
Thanks to all who responded with advice, especially El, who guessed right! We got the blood test results back two days ago, and it showed a milk allergy. I did a major grocery shopping trip and switched to soy milk, gave him soy pudding, etc. Question...within ~12 hours Nathan was more miserable than ever! It is really obvious that he has a constant belly ache. Soy allergy was negative on the blood test. Maybe his digestive system is just sensitive to the soy? I'm not sure if I should give it to him awhile longer, or switch to a different type of milk. Honestly, he has chonic loose stools, so I can't see how a bean derived milk could be a good idea! But I've heard Rice Milk is not as nutrient-filled. Any suggestions? Another ped said the blood test "score" for milk was 0.65 on a scale from 0.35-0.7. But she said don't worry, it might not even be a milk allergy, because the test is often false positive. She said it was up to me if I even want to take him off milk! Does this make sense? It seems like 0.65 is high enough to be pretty sure of the allergy. Can I believe these numbers? Thanks for any suggestions. Last question - can the milk allergy actually be causing the reflux? Does that mean elimination of the allergen should make the reflux decrease? Thanks again for any info.
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