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Sep 30, 2009
bethk
12 week old with GERD
My 12 week old son was diagnosed with GERD at about 2 1/2 weeks. He is now taking Prevacid (3rd medication). It seems to help a slight amount, but he is still screaming after every feeding and only sleeping an hour at a time. He spits up large amounts during and after every feeding. He is currently eating Similac Sensitive, but we are thinking of trying a new formula. Any suggestions on the best formula for a baby with GERD?
Sep 30, 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
Are you giving him the prevacid on an empty stomach and feeding him 30 minutes later? How long has he been on the prevacid and what was he on prior to it?
Sep 30, 2009
bethk
He gets the prevacid on an empty stomach. He was on cematadine (spelling?) first. We then switched doctors because our first doctor didn't really think there was much of a problem. Then he was on Zantac, which actually made the problem worse. He has been on the prev. for just over a week. I understand that it takes a couple of weeks to fully work. The issue now is that he has stopped gaining weight.
Sep 30, 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 give the prevacid another week before you switch formulas otherwise you wont know if it is the formula or the prevacid that is working. Always try to do just one thing at a time. I too used Similac Sensitive, not the AR just the regular Sensative. I couldnt get him to take the AR one for some reason. Subborn little one... There are lots of kids on this site on Neocate and Elecare... I am not saying that you wont have to go there at some point but it would be real nice if you could find your solution on the Prevacid and Sensitive and save your self the expense of the specialty forumulas. Hang in there for a little be longer.
Sep 30, 2009
mommy2k
Does he seem really uncomfortable a lot of the time especially when he sleeps? He could have a milk protein sensitivity. My son has had an intolerance to milk protein. He was on reflux meds and they helped a little but he was still not sleeping and refluxing quite a bit. He's on nutramigen now and doing good on it. I would say give the prevacid a few more days and then try a hypoallergenic formula. Formulas should be on a two week trial basis because it could take that long for the last formula to get out of system. Unless of course the formula obviously gives a really bad reaction.

I know firsthand how miserable it can be when your baby won't sleep and screams after feeds. We're still struggling with sleep but it's gotten better and he's much happier now but he's now almost 10 months old. Hang in there! Good luck and keep coming on here for advice and support. It really helps when you feel alone.

Sep 30, 2009
bethk
Thanks for the advice. It is nice to know that I'm not alone.
Oct 01, 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.
We had to use Prevacid and Elecare...Elecare is a hypoallergenic formula...just the proteins in regular formula were too much for Z...we have JUST started adding a couple ounces of Pediasure to his formula...he has had no reaction, so it took two years, but it seems like he is growing out of his sensetivity! Good luck. Ditto the precious poster, though..give the prevacid a good full two weeks and make sure you're dosing it properly!
Check with your
doctor first!