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Sep 25, 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!
What I thought was over..
...doesn't seem to be. However, this may be a guess. Allie's been off all reflux meds with seemingly no issues since about March. Unfortunately, I think the reflux has come back, or it never really left and she's just not really in a lot of pain.

Last trip to the MD (unrelated to reflux this time) resulted in finding 2 throat ulcers, though the doc put this down to a possible virus/bacterial infection. I declined abx since she only had a slight fever and I knew the molars were trying to break through. No other sx other than fever (we went into the doc to check for head injusy after a nasty fall)

Now, she's been whining/crying almost nonstop for about a week, though her sleep seems to be okay - I really hope I didn't just jinx myself. She won't let me check her throat and no fever. I gave in and did the "magic mouthwash" and her attitude improved considerably.

I'm planning on re-starting 7.5 mg of Prevacid tomorrow to see if there's any improvement in her disposition over the next few weeks, but have any of you moms encountered this? She was a puker until about a year, then went to silent for a few months, and we successfully weaned from meds at 16-17 months. She's now 2. I guess I'm confused if this change is due to terrible twos, relfux, teething, infection, or a fantastic combination of all. Any thoughts?

Sep 26, 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
Ah crude!! I hate to see this. I hate that she is struggling right now. I wish I had an answer for you. Is is possible that the 2 yr molars are flaring things up or the change of season is causing allergy issues in the throat? If the magic mouthwash that you use has benadryl in it that might what is working. Can a lot of drainage cause ulcers or is the source definately acid? There is so much viral stuff going around right now too. The guessing game really stinks. What is your ped thinking? Sorry, no answers.. just more questions. So sorry!! Karen
Sep 27, 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.
Hi Meghann - So sorry to hear that Allie is not feeling well. How is her eating so far? I agree on re-starting Prevacid to see if it helps then you have an answer. Good thing that she still sleeps well. When my son reflux goes worse, the first thing I notice is his terrible sleep disruption. I think it could be a combination of teething, infection and possible reflux. Send you lots of hugs and prayers. Have you thought of seeing a GI again?
Sep 27, 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!
To put it in a nutshell, since we took her off formula at 14 months, her eating has been sporadic (read: basically nonexistent except for a few magic days here and there.) She has gained 3 lbs, 1 oz in a year. She's still growing, but slowly.

I'm not sure what the ulcers were from, and I think darinage can cause them, but that was over a month ago and she perked up when I started giving her the benadryl/maalox mix. I continued that 2-3 x's/day for a week and a half. Her ped thinks that the head injury happened basically at the same time as her coming down with something, which is why her temperamant changed so drastically (she ran full speed face-first into a drinking fountain and then slammed backward onto a concrete floor - we were a little concerned to say the least.)

Her sleep has never been "good" so to speak. She has better nights and then bad nights - dreams/night terrors seem pretty common and one of us ends up sleeping with her on average os 2 x's/wk. But this is also not out of the norm. I guess that's why I'm wondering if the reflux isn't fully disarmed yet. But here in VA, environmenal allergies are insane and the only time she's been "sick" ended up being spring hayfever. She's a at-home kid, so not a lot of exposure to outside nasties, but it is possible - she comes to work with me a few times a week until daddy comes to get her. *sigh* I just don't know. I started the Prevacid yesterday, so I guess I'll have some answer in about a week. Figures we're heading out on vacation on Monday ;-I

Sep 27, 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
I would consider starting her on claratin or zyrtec. I know that if I skip one night of claratin with Ryan this next day his eating is bad. His throat gets itchy and all the drainage in his stomache makes him feel crudy. I have been the same way this allergy season. It is very annoying but at least if I feel that way then I have a pretty good idea what is bugging the boy. It certainly cant hurt. Claritin comes in a chewable which is great because then you dont have to squirt it in. I just put it in Ryans hand and he eats it. Keep us in the loop.

Sorry to hear about the slam to the head. Scarey stuff. I have considered wrapping Ryans head in bubble wrap myself. That child has no concept of fear or danger. He constantly has bruises on the head from jumping off something or slamming into something. It makes me nauseated to watch him.

Sep 27, 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!
Zyrtec's a thought, but we've had good luck with the homeopathic stuff so far (well, at least I thought we had - I never know.) I have some children's for me, so I guess I'll just pack it and bring it along with the rest of my pharmacy.

Allie manages to have at LEAST 2 problems at once - never singly. I'm going with molars kicking up the reflux and allergies on top of it. That's the only reason I can think of the stupid mouthwash making things so much better. I'm glad I scheduled her 2 year visit AFTER vacation - I can only imagine this kid after vaccinations in an unfamiliar place for a week, on top of whatever's going on right now. Thanks ladies!

Sep 28, 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.
Hope the Prevacid would kick in real soon. Changing the environment might help with the allergies. Have a nice vacation if you can and pls keep us posted.
Sep 29, 2009
jgbennett
Ginger Bennett
Mom to Stanton, 6/12/2008
dx with GERD at 7 weeks. dx with EE at 21 months
Past Life - Early Intervention Specialist and Eval Team Member
There are so many factors it's hard to know! I gurless that's what makes being a mom such a ride! Hang in there. My only advice is delay the vaccines if she has a fever.
Check with your
doctor first!