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Nov 01, 2009
jpsniff
Hensleigh, 7 months, Prevacid 1/2 tab morning and night. FINALLY better at 2.
Ivy, 6 months, Prevacid 1/2 tab am/pm. Diagnosed 6 weeks.
reglan question
My daughter is 6.5 months with reflux and a hiatal hernia. I diagnosed her reflux at 6 weeks, as my first daughter had the same. We didn't do any official testing at that point because I knew far too well the symptoms. She is on 15mg prevacid split morning and night, BF and just now starting solids. I feel lucky because she is gaining weight and doesn't seem to be as severe as many of the children written about on this site, but she's still uncomfortable and not sleeping as she wants to be. Over the last month she seemed to be getting worse - mainly lack of sleep because she would wake up all night long. I would put her to bed at 6:45 and she'd be up at 7:15, 745, 8, until I would finally get her down to a deep enough sleep where she'd make it 2-3 hours. And so on... I knew it was getting worse, but needed an official diagnosis since we didn't have that and have never been to see a GI. Our pedi recommended a barium swallow, which confirmed what I already knew, but then we also found out she had the hernia. My pedi then prescribed her reglan and we started last night before I read all of the side effects. My lack of sleep also made me have a lapse in judgment by not researching the drug first. Last night she slept much better, but I really don't think the drug could have had an impact after one .5ml dose. Right? The problem is that I have made a lot of changes, so I don't know which change is having the most impact, but I am wondering if it's all of these things and not the drug. 1) I stopped solids (we had just started a couple of weeks ago) - had been feeding her bananas and didn't realize that was on the possible no-no list 2) I switched her from a propped up crib to a car seat and had 2 good nights of sleep (7 HOURS!), but then something happened and we were back to the every hour, 45 min, 2 hours, etc. 3) I also drastically altered my diet in the last 2 days after finding the great list of foods that worsen reflux. 4) I bought a tucker sling So, now I am quite scared after reading on this drug and not totally sure that she needs this. I am wondering what harm it will do to stop it and start it again if I find out I'm wrong. She has only had 4 doses, but would that be enough to cause problems if I stop and then want to start again down the road? I guess I feel like if I haven't felt like things were bad enough to take the 5 hour trip to see a GI yet that I shouldn't be throwing her on such a risky drug. I'm really scared of this drug. I am going to skip the middle of the night nose and hope to have some good answers tomorrow morning! I may just need to call my pedi on call tomorrow morning too. Please advise!!!
Nov 01, 2009
emibug
Kathryn, Pager Volunteer and mommy to Emily Mia 02/04/07. 3 years old with GERD. 30mg Prevacid and Pepcid AC. Mylanta needed for flares. Failed prilosec med switch. Tried and failed many med weans but GERD and pain are well controlled. Functional constipation. Reoccurring SBBO. Suspected IBD or autoimmune disease. Resolved issues: MSPI, CSID (acquired), Stage 2 kidney reflux, Chronic diarrhea.
Audrey Meadow 06/20/08. born 34/35 weeks. Still b/f and eats everything! ftt and chronic constipation.
okay first, with soo many changes you will never know which one did what until you add them back in. it sucks but as i am sure you know reflux is a roller coaster. but b/c she had a hernia there are a few things that you may believe help.

in most of the research i have done i found most often Dr.s say that GERD/ reflux is caused by hernias- not the other way around. There are very few things that can be done immediately to heal a hernia but almost ALL of the things done to lessen GERD apply. this includes changing your BFing diet, stopping acidic or hard to digest foods or all foods in general until symptoms are under control, propping head of bed 30+ degrees, being calm and upright for at least 30 mins after eating (car seat is NOT recommended; but many have had their los sleep in them, they crunch the tummy) i think the tucker sling is a good idea!

with emily- who did not have a hernia- we saw DRASTIC results within the first day. I mean she had no reflux she had no bloating.... and well besides the side effects.... it was a miracle drug! As far as i know- and consult a dr on this- you can stop the med cold turkey IF a Dr recommends it otherwise WEAN off. I was told if within the first 48-72 hours we did not see side effects the chances of side effects were rare. We saw then at 24 hours...

I do NOT think the GI is a bad idea!! If you do not want your child on reglan tell the dr all the changes you made and tell them you want off and they will tell you how. i know our Pedi and GI both used reglan as a LAST resort. I am thinking yours probably did too. but i would probably eliminate that one first (upon dr recommendation) and see how she does w/o it.

*hugs* i hope this helped!
Nov 01, 2009
jeddsmommy
Jessica, Mommy to Jedd, severe reflux, severe food and oral aversions, Finally G tube free!!! VSD repair 4-24-07 (open heart surgery), hypospadias, repaired 3 times and Ear tubes Visit Jedd at his CB site: www.caringbridge.org/visit/jedd
I don't have alot of time but Jedd did a really high dose of Reglan for 16 weeks and we stopped cold turkey with no side affects. The only issue he had while on it was extreme irritability. We absolutely LOVED this med. It helped soo much but he was a horrible cranky monster while on it that we just had to stop. I know lots of kids who take it and have taken it for over 2 years with no side affects at all.

It took about a month after taking Jedd off for him to be back to himself.

Nov 01, 2009
jpsniff
Hensleigh, 7 months, Prevacid 1/2 tab morning and night. FINALLY better at 2.
Ivy, 6 months, Prevacid 1/2 tab am/pm. Diagnosed 6 weeks.
thanks for responding
thanks for the responses. I spoke with my pedi this morning and we stopped the reglan. I am going to monitor her for the next two weeks with all of the changes I have made and then reevaluate. If she worsens or still seems really uncomfortable then we'll head to see the GI and then determine next course of action. Thanks for your responses!
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