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Sep 16, 2009
DD 10 mos.
15 mg prevacid solutab/day
dx GERD at 4 weeks
had relatively peaceful 5 months-9.5 months
now regressing, waking 10+ times/night,
not sleeping longer than 1-2 hours,
waiting for bronchitis to go away
docs say secondary reflux b/c of chest infection
Unintentional Weaning Off Prevacid - Help
Hello to all of you wonderful parents of GERD babies. I can't rave enough about the helpful advice these boards have provided me (and our pediatrician and all of my friends who have reflux babies!). My almost 9-month old has been of 15 mg of prevacid daily since she was 4 months old. In the past two months, her spitting up has diminished, she's an all around happy, pleasant baby, and she wakes anywhere from once to 5 times a night, depending on something I may have eaten (she is breastfed and only in the last two weeks has shown any interest in solids..she'll take about 1 oz. of solids at two feedings a day..mainly pears). I am dairy-free, citrus-free, red wine/grape free, chocolate free, caffeine free (even decaf), and tomato-free. I also wonder if my eating bananas makes her fussier (that is a tangent), so I've quit eating those. We left for a short work trip/vacation last week to the USVI. I completely forgot to give her her solutab on the day we flew down, and the next evening in a panic, I remembered. I searched all of our bags and couldn't find it! I was convinced I left it at home (which a GERD parent would NEVER do, right? turns out it WAS in a hidden zipper of the diaper bag and I had ZERO memory of packing it in there...and didn't find it until we got home). but she seemed fine, was sleeping well, and so I decided to see what would happen. At the time, I didn't think I had a choice. She did great for the rest of the trip (even though her nap routine was disrupted by our travel). When we returned home, all was well. I began to think, "hey, her reflux is gone and we can quit the meds!" Then, last night, day 7 of no meds, she started spitting up again. Very small amounts. I know prevacid is not supposed to affect spitting-up, but I found that a strange coincidence. And she began to get irratable and fussy. Could be teething? Could be the zucchini I fed her yesterday for the first time? Could be the tiny amount of kiwi fruit I let her taste (stupid, stupid that citrus?)? She woke up crying 6 times last night, and I keep hearing her make small little burps and then smack her lips (wet burps). She's hiccuping again too. Each time I was able to nurse her a little and she'd go right back to sleep. This morning she's been fussing and crying too. I've read on these boards that weaning is difficult. So here's my questions: 1. Should I continue to withhold Prevacid to see if it gets worse? If it gets better, can I assume that it was the zucchini or kiwi I fed her yesterday? 2. Should I give the prevacid? Then I won't know which it is. 3. Is it pretty normal to see about 7 days of no problems after stopping PPI's and then start to see problems again? 4. If I start prevacid again, will it take a week for her to feel better? That's how long it took (actually 2 weeks) to start working initially. 5. Does motherhood EVER stop being a detective game? Does this get any easier when they can TELL you what is bothering them? Thanks in advance for any insight you might have.
Sep 16, 2009
Mary & Nicholas 7-17-03 (non-refluxer)allergies, asthma on Singulair and Flovent & Aidan 1-28-07(my refluxer)Nissen Fundoplication on June 20, 2008, FTT, MSPI, DGE, ear tubes, allergies and severe GERD now currently taking just Prevacid and drinking Elecare Vanilla 1+.
I would give her back her Prevacid and if she starts sleeping better you have your answer. The weaning process is hard. Sometimes the first few weeks it can seem like they are doing so well without it because it can take 1-2 weeks for the Prevacid to fully be out of their system. Then when it is gone you finally see the symptoms emerge again. It shouldn't take nearly as long for it to kick in as it did the first time because the body knows what it is doing now. Hope she feels better soon and that you both get some rest.
Sep 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!
I agree with re-starting the Prevacid, though take into account that the travel may have thrown her off as well. Teeth may be a culprit, or food, but in any case....if you restart the Prevacid for a few weeks and she gets better, then I'd say she's not ready for a wean. On the other hand, you could always put her back on, and then do an intentional wean to get the answer.

The meds will often times stay in the system for up to a few weeks (just like food they don't tolerate, takes a while to get out) so it could be she had enough built up in her system to get her through.

Check with your
doctor first!