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Oct 01, 2009
Reflux and teething question AGAIN
Kody is 9 months old and is on an endless cycle of getting teeth. One tooth takes forever because it bulges then goes back down...then it breaks through. Well I think he's cutting two more and then the two on bottom will be coming in. We only get about a few days mercy with him being a little better and then it starts again.

This is my question. I know that teething can flare reflux, but does the flare mean they have more pain with the reflux or that they vomit more or both? Kody is having a lot more pain with all of this but he's also a silent refluxer but boy can I hear it a lot more right now. He's also hoarse, congested and coughing on his food more often now. So, I'm trying to figure out if it's because he's just really slow right now emptying or if it's the teeth causing all of this. He does have dge and he was backed up the last few days but now he's going for us. Could anyone set me straight about all of this?

Also weird but Kody has always had sleep problems but he slept really well last night...of course in our bed...but this morning he only was able to stay awake for an hour and then took an hour and a half nap then wanted to go to sleep again about an hour later. I had him stay awake but then he went to sleep. He seems so sleepy lately. I should be greatful that now he wants to sleep(but still fights it) but I'm trying not to read more into it. He seems to be just fatigued easily so just wanted to shoot that out there to see if it sounded strange to anyone else?

Oct 01, 2009
Lorenzo b.4/25/07 1 week in NICU w/ aspirate pneumonia from a reflux episode; diagnosed GERD at 9weeks; Used Zantac for 5months. Currently using Chinese Medicine and Craniosacral Therapy. GERD, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Sensory Processing Disorder. Ask me about breastfeeding a refluxer! Pic: day 5 in the NICU.
Lorenzo always has a lot more reflux going on when he is teething. My impression is that the combination of pain/discomfort and extra saliva exacerbate things by creating a greater stress on the stomach and also a greater challenge with the actual reflux, as it comes up and "meets" the volumes of saliva, often causing him to gag more with episodes.

As far as the fatigue goes, I would definitely keep a close eye on that. Definitely some kids get fatigued and sleepy when they are going through teething and growth spurts and developmental advances all at the same time, but if it goes on for more than a week (or sooner if you're feeling really worried about it) or so, I'd definitely check in with the pedi because the two major causes of excessive fatigue in infants (sleep apnea and diabetes) are definitely best caught as early on as possible.

I hope it's "just" teething -- I am amazed at how debilitating teething can be -- and that the reflux settles down soon.

Oct 01, 2009
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 just signed on the board to put a comment out there "Teething Bites!". You beat me to it. : ) We had 11 glorious weeks to eating like a little pig and drinking up a storm. I even started the wean down process of the Prevacid and was ALMOST cocky enough to do away with the 10 pm bottle. I had been hanging on to that one bottle a day in the event that he went back to not drinking again and he had to sleep drink. I thought we were in the clear. Guess what? We're back..... Stupid eye teeth. His lower gums are so swollen and red. He one pissed off kid! He is eating OK. Not setting and world records but enough that I am not worried about that, but drinking is awful, which means I am not getting the Miralax in him and thus he is constipated. Bring on the Mylanta. And yeap, he is refluxing like crazy. I haven't heard that sound out of him since July. Stupid teeth. What do they need them for anyway. OK, done venting. Just wanted to let you know that you are not alone.

The other thought on Kody is that he might be fighting a virus on top of the teething. Seems like those two things go hand in hand too. There is a lot of upper respiratory stuff and hand foot mouth going around right now. Ryan had a 102 temp Thurs through Sunday this week. He slept a ton. He has never had a temp last that long. The neighbor boy had hand foot mouth so I am guessing that Ryan had that too in addition to the teething. Hang in there. I will see you on the other side of this ride in a few days. On a positive note... They only get so many teeth.

Oct 01, 2009
Just to throw this out. I know the more well rested my kids are the better they sleep at night and nap. Who would have thought putting them to bed earlier would make them sleep later! The more restless they are the more wired they are. The old saying wear the kids out so they will sleep may work for one or two nights but day after day without proper sleep will backfire. I agree with Lorenzo's mom about the extra saliva. That is what I think happens with Holden.
Oct 01, 2009
I agree with other ladies. And also to make you feel better, there was a few days Wenbo was just as sleepy as Kody, but he seemed to be back to normal after that few days, I remember my Mom called me and told me Wenbo slept till 3 pm with only one brief wake up for a bottle, I was so nervous and went home immediately to make sure he was OK, and he was. And Wenbo is teething too, it takes forever for these teeth to burst out, unfortunately his reflux is also worse when he is teething.
Check with your
doctor first!