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Sep 22, 2009
amyb
My story...
I have a beautiful baby girl named Ava who is 8 weeks old and diagnosed with reflux at 5 weeks. She was projectile vomitting and very uncomfortable after her bottle. The ped told me to try some rice in her cereal .. i was uncomfortable with this because of how young she was so i switched her formula to nestles good start gentle plus. Her vomitting stopped but she was still in pain. It was easy to see that acid was coming up . She did the arching of the back,coughing and gagging with a very unpleasant look on her face afterwards.She can't lay on her back either without discomfort. She spits up small amounts occasionally and that doesn't bother me. We did eventually try the rice but it didn't help any with her pain so i stopped. She is currently on prevacid 15mg once a day. I have read it could take up to 14 days to see results and we are on day 7. Her pain is still there. She usually sleeps in her bouncy seat and we keep her sitting up 30 min after bottle. Her pain usually starts an hour after she feeds and it wakes her up. Considering her discomfort she is a happy baby and we don't have it as bad as some moms do i just want her discomfort to be gone! It breaks my heart. My question is should we start seeing results soon from the prevacid? How long should we give it before we stop the medicine and try something else?
Sep 22, 2009
marcyk.momoftwo
With Prevacid we saw results within about a week, but once that stopped working, we tried Nexium and it seriously took 16 days before it "kicked in"... Good luck.
Sep 22, 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, sorry to hear your baby is going through this. Dont give up on the Prevacid yet. It is too soon. It can take some babies up to 3 weeks to see results. Hang in there.

Similac makes a AR formula. Similac Sensitive AR. They mix rice starch with the formula which makes the formula heavier and suppose to help keep it in their tummy. Worth a shot if she isnt sensitive to forumlas. That wont make her pain stop... only the PPI can do that. It will just help keep the formula where it belongs. Be sure you are giving the prevacid to her on an empty stomach and feeding 30 minutes later. Timing is key with Prevacid. Many people have good luck spliting the dose with 1/2 a tab in the morning and 1/2 a tab at night.

Hang tight and give the meds a little longer to do their trick.

Sep 22, 2009
marcyk.momoftwo
My suggestion about the AR formula... if you do try it, do it in the morning. We tried that with my little girl and did it at night as suggested and she literally screamed all night (until 5am) because it wasn't agreeing with her. So unless you have a lot of support with the night wakings. I would suggest to do it during the day so it can be out of her system by that night if it doesn't work out. Best of luck.
Sep 22, 2009
adelines mom
they put adeline on AR in the hospital for the first 10 days. it did not work for her. blood in stools and violent diaper rash. we did alimentum for months and then i switched her to nestles good start supreme in purple can, no dha. has worked well for us. adeline did not do well with rice cereal. we thickened with simply thick and went onto oatmeal at seven months with some fruits and veggies. she slept on a tucker's wedge until 14 months. we kept her upright after EVERY feed for one hour for the first eight months.
Sep 22, 2009
jenrackley
PAGER Volunteer Services Coordinator
Nutritionist
Melina 7/24/02 now reflux free!!
TWINS:
Ella 5/3/05 GERD, asthma, hypotonia, food intolerances, esophagitis, IBS //
Ava 5/3/05 asthma, food allergies
Pic: My girls! They are getting so big!
I agree with pp's. You may want to look into whether a different formula would be more helpful. Nutramagin worked well for one of mine. There are other formulas like EleCare that work for some of these super sensitive kids as well.

The prevacid can take a while to work, up to two weeks. That having been said I would expect to have seen some positive benefits or improvements by now. Did they tell you if you could give anything for breakthrough pain like Maalox while you are waiting for the prevacid to kick in? That might be worth asking about.

Any history of food allergies in the family? Do you think a milk based formula could be bothering her? Humn.... just a thought.

Anyway, welcome to PAGER! I have an Ava at my house too. She is my only non-refluxer, lol. (The blond in the pic).
Sep 22, 2009
amyb
i asked dr today about giving something to ease ava's discomfort and she said she was too young and give prevacid time to work.. easy for her to say. I often wonder if she has an allergy to milk as well. When we started the nestles she devolped a rash on her face and upper chest. It doesn't bother her. Some days its noticeable and others its not but its always there. Just little bumps on her face. The nestles have the comfort proteins which are broken down so i wonder if this is why her vomitting has stopped. Ava gets her shots on Monday :( so i'll discuss this with dr.
Sep 22, 2009
mom2halleyann
Donnessa, mom to Halley born 3/10/07
Reflux (mostly) resolved at 14 months
and Addison born 8/17/09. Currently exclusively bf and on 7.5mg Prevacid
It took 3 1/2 weeks for it to kick in with my oldest daughter. We saw no improvement at all for the first three weeks and then fairly quick improvement in the next few days after that and pain free at the 3 1/2 week mark. Something you may want to consider doing is splitting the dose - 1/2 in the am and 1/2 in the pm, as babies metabolize meds fairly quickly. Also make sure that you're giving it on an empty stomach 30 minutes before a feeding.
Sep 22, 2009
mommy2k
We recently got put on prevacid as well and we started out on 7.5 mg once a day. We quickly found out that it wasn't working so we split it am and pm. It took about 2 weeks to see great results with it. We also had to switch over to nutramigen. You may want to switch over to a hypoallergenic formula just to see if her discomfort starts to get better. I know that milk allergies can really cause a lot of discomfort. We had a horrible sleeper with my son and still do but it's a lot better now. If we would've known when he was only 8 weeks old that putting him on nutramigen would've helped then I would've done it. He got to be older and wouldn't take it to save his life. I don't blame him doesn't taste or smell good. But now he drinks it fine and he's almost 10 months. Good luck! I hope that you figure her discomfort out. I know how miserable it is.
Sep 22, 2009
amyb
it was hard in the beginning trying to predict when to give her medicine with her taking a bottle every 2 to 3 hrs but shes slowly getting into a routine so i'm able to give it 30 min before or at least try. One thing i can say is she has an appetite. I asked dr about splitting the dose and she said it didn't matter. Maybe i'll give that a try. I must say she was defintly better today. She layed on the floor on her back several times today so thats a plus. I just put her in her bassinet to see how that works. I put towels under mattress so shes elevated. I'll keep my fingers crossed. I just get so worried about SIDS.
Sep 23, 2009
adelines mom
adeline gets the little bumps on her face sometimes too. i don't think they bother her either. they have turned red when we fed her carrots and winter squash. we are trying to figure out allergies too.
Sep 23, 2009
blueleopard
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 know it's been said before but WATCH FOR MILK, SOY, FOOD ALLERGIES. My son had vomiting, nasty diaper rash, skin rashes, colic, & reflux really bad until we figured it all out. He did better on Nutramagin, but much much better on Neocate or Elecare. El
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