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Sep 17, 2009
morgansmommy09
HELP ME - Not Eating...is this GERD?
Ok, I am reading your posts and this sounds like my daughter as well. Here is her story...can you PLEASE tell me if this sounds familiar? Morgan was diagnosed with reflux at about 2 months old. She was put on Zantac two times per day and is still on that now. In the past 2 months (she is 4 mos now) we have gone through several formulas, refusing to eat, vomiting, spitting up, and periods of eating well. Morgan is now 4 months old and is no longer spitting up. Just about a month ago she was eating well and I was not having many problems with her. Now she has gone down to eating about 15 oz per day. She refuses the bottle....cries, throws her head, spits it out. I have to feed her with a syringe to get her to eat now and even that she doesnt do well with. When she isnt eating she is fine (other than not sleeping well bc she is hungry). She doesnt spit up and does not seem distressed at other times during the day....only WHILE eating. Does this sound like GERD? I am seeing a specialist next week. I am SO FRUSTRATED. Nobody understands what its like to have a baby that refuses to eat. Im at my wits end....I feel like a failure as a mom. Morgan slept through the night last night (which i really needed) but now i feel SO GUILTY bc I didnt make her eat more. PLEASE HELP ME!
Sep 17, 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.
ah yes, that was us...even AFTER Prevacid...sounds to me like Zantac isn't enough for your child. Ask your doctor about a PPI like Prevacid in addition to the Zantac..Zantac helps, but Prevacid BLOCKS acid production...sounds like your baby still has pain. Get it sorted out as soon as you can..the oral aversion we are dealing with at 23 months really really stink...I wish I had known then what I know now...seriously... Oh, and by the way, we rarely ever did more than 15 oz a day...20 ounces and i was dancing in the streets...what every kid needs is different...Z never lost weight (never gained great either, but never lost) I'm so sorry you are dealing with this!!!
Sep 17, 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.
may i ask what formula she is on? There could also be MSPI issues, too. (milk soy protein intolerance)...we have to be on a hypoallergenic formula because of that...the symptoms can mimic GERD
Sep 17, 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!
You're not a failure, we've all been there. Food refusal, crying, etc may all point to a GERD flare. Teething can be a culprit, since the excess saliva and pain just make all the sx worse. I agree with perhaps trying a hypo formula - even without any allergies or intolerances, it can be easier on the sensitive tummy.

Zack's mom has a good point on the Zantac not being enough - most of these kids need a PPI or a PPI and H2 blocker. Plus Maalox or Mylanta at times. Zantac is also EXTREMELY weight sensitive, so it may be time to ask about an increased dose.

We also rarely managed to get more than 15-20 oz/day, and my dd was a chunker until she started to walk. HUGS - you're heading into what I labaled the "Twilight Zone" of GERD - around 6 months tends to be the worst. It's good you're getting control of it now!!! When in doubt, call the doc. And then pop on here to get better advice (JK...kinda!)

Sep 17, 2009
morgansmommy09
My daughter just screams while she is eating or trying to eat but is ok afterwards. She used to be fussy after eating, spit up, etc. but now its just during. She screams, arches, throws her head, looks like im killing her by offering food....but as soon as I stop feeding her she is fine. Does that still sound like GERD?
Sep 17, 2009
morgansmommy09
Also, she is on Similac Sensitive for Spit up. We tried the hypoallergenic formulas and the soy but she hated the taste and ate even worse then.
Sep 17, 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
Welcome to the wonderful world of Gerd and juggling meds and weight. Yeap.. 90% change GERD is your issue and the Zantac is failing her. I would call your doc today and ask for Prevacid. You will have to stay on top of that dosage as her weight changes too but it is much more effective. It take a week or two to build it up in her system so in the mean time ask for the Zantac dosage to be increased and give both meds while you transition just DONT give them at the same time. Do one in the morning and one at night as the Zantac will zero out the prevacid if given together. Good luck, welcome and let us know if you need anything further. PS. be careful with the syringe. Better to dream feed (if you can) then risk adding to the aversion by using a syringe. Been there and done that. Obviously do what you have to do though...
Sep 17, 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
One more thing... Since you are new this GERD ride I thought you might find this link helpful. A mom from another site put this together. Everything and more than you want to know about GERD, meds, doctors, feedings etc. Very nicely done and you can jump around to the subject matters that are affecting you at the moment. http://www.infantreflux.org/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=853
Sep 17, 2009
morgansmommy09
Thank you all so much. Its so nice to know im not alone! It feels at times like I am the only one going through this...even though I know im not. Not many people can identify with an infant that wont eat. Thank you! The support is nice to have!
Sep 18, 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!
Just a note on the formula - is it Similac Senisitive RS? If so, part of the problem may be the rice starch. It just seems like so many of these gerdlings have issues with rice.

And it does sound like a GERD symptom - having food in the belly helps with the acid production and gives it something to work on instead of splashing up into the esophagus. The food may not feel so good going down. Have you tried changing bottles/nipples/temperature? My dd would only take cold or room temp formula - hated it warmed.

Sep 18, 2009
morgansmommy09
Ok, we got in to see the specialist early..we went this morning and she was diagnosed with GERD for a second time. He started her on prevacid twice a day. She ate yesterday on her own....Im not sure why....but she did. I am finally feeling a little better about this. Its nice to have a dr that actually takes our problems seriously even though she is growing. Also, he said the formula is good and there is a 90% chance it has nothing to do with that. She feels better when she eats rice cereal as well. Its such a roller coaster with this GERD. She eats poorly and Im a basket case and then one day she just decides to eat and I feel like im on top of the world. I guess nobody understands that better than you all do! Thank you so much!
Sep 20, 2009
noor117
Strong, Beautiful, daughter who is thriving beyond imagination and a healthy, happy 3 year old.
Glad u had a successful day. I hope that it continues. My daughter only took 6-15 ounces as long as she was on infant formula of any kind. A few times she made it to 21 ounces. We also did syringe feedings as well. For a while, it worked to hold her in an upward angle while she was sleeping and feed her with the bottle. I think this is what is called dream feeds.

I hope that the PPI's and H2 blockers do the trick for your little one and allow successful feedings. They didn't work for Meggy, but turns out she has Eosinophilic gastroenteritis. Many hugs and U R not a failure as a mom. Some kiddos just come with more challenges and we are blessed with their care. I believe we were chosen for these children for a reason. Not everyone could handle a kiddo that cries continuously and doesn't sleep.

Check with your
doctor first!