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Nov 12, 2009
fiddle1
Fiddle1
DD 10 mos.
15 mg prevacid solutab/day
dx GERD at 4 weeks
had relatively peaceful 5 months-9.5 months
now regressing, waking 10+ times/night,
not sleeping longer than 1-2 hours,
waiting for bronchitis to go away
docs say secondary reflux b/c of chest infection
Breastfeeding Elim Diet, Bronchitis, Worse at 10 months!
Hi GER and GERD parents. My DD has been taking prevacid 15 mg solutabs once daily since she was 5 months. At the same time, we put her on the tucker wedge, and from 5 mos. thru 9.5 months, it felt like we had managed the situation! It wasn't perfect, but it was a vast improvement! Before 5 months, we had a very unhappy baby (she lost weight when she was very little, but was medicated soon after and gained it back..had nursing problems until then, you know the drill). After "the dark ages," as I called them, at 5 months with meds and wedge and my elimination diet, she was much better. She'd still wake from 2-7 times a night, but the norm was 2, and the times when she woke more (waking fussing crying), I could nurse her back to sleep and could lay her back on the wedge with no problems. Also the times when she woke more seemed to have been correlated with colds (though the stuffiness could have been caused by the GER, right?) or something I unknowingly ate (such as whey on in a rotissere chicken..who would have thought?). I've attempted to be dairy-free, citrus-free, tomato-free, chocolate-free, grape and wine-free since 5 months and I think I noticed a big improvement, though it was also after the 15 mg of prevacid kicked in and theintroduction of the wedge. She wouldn't even consider eating solids until 8.5 months old. But Now she likes anything that I give her but doesn't eat much volume (maybe 3 oz per day total). She likes boob the best. OK. that's the background. Now, for the past 3+ weeks, while going through a respiratory bug at our house, things have deteriorated. She's seen a GI specialist back at 4 months, but we didn't have to return after her symptoms improved..we've been just going to her pediatrician. The pediatrician diagnosed bronchitis earlier this week (after 3 weeks of occasional croupy cough and a resolution of runny nose, on-going low grade fever) and said the tight cough could have aggravated her reflux. Also, to complicate things, I had introduced soy back into my diet by drinking soy milk and eating some chinese food. All this happened around 3+ weeks ago, so I got a clue (duh) and have again eliminated soy to see if this is the culprit. my questions are these: 1. could the refulx flare b/c of the bronchitis or is the bronchitis a product of the reflux? She has been on an antibiotic and steroid for 3 days, plus my doc told me I could double her prevacid dose for a few days (to 30 mg per day) and still no improvement: still coughing, though not frequently ..never was frequent, and still waking crying at night 6-7 times. Naps are good in the daytime, though. Seriously what is up with that? she takes 2 two-hour naps. 2. is this flare-up due to Soy? i've always eaten some products that have soy lethicin or whatever, but it's at the bottom of the ingredient list. But then I started soy milk and even gave her some diluted with water the other day to try to pump my milk and freeze it (so I can get a break from her). 3. do these flare-ups just happen around 9 or 10 months? 4. Can teething cause reflux to flare up? Her upper teeth aren't about to break through or anything, but I see little round bumps where they are moving closer. 5. Could this be something I'm feeding her? In the past three weeks, she really likes small pieces of freswater fish or chicken, but she doesn't eat much. I also feed her zucchini, squash, sweet potato, green beans and peas mashed up. I'd say total per day she eats about 3 oz. of solids broken up over two meals. 6. Could doubling the prevacid be causing discomfort..i've read one of the side effects of prevacid could be stomach "ache" 7. Do any of you give the solutab by just giving it..not dissolving it first? perhaps that is a separate forum topic. but i have just been giving it dry for the past 2 months since she's less likely to spill granules that way. God, if you are still reading this horribly convoluted post, I thank you. No doctor will sit with me and hash out these details. I know I sound like a crazy woman. And the problem is always..t here is no way to single out one variable. I've been seeing a counselor and am doing much better emotionally..I just worry for the long-term health of my beautiful daughter and am hoping that with the prevacid at least there is no bad damage being done. she still is in the 25% of weight and is mostly happy during the day..so the docs say she is thriving. She spits up still, but not much. It's just the SLEEP. THE LACK OF SLEEP. and her obvious, obvious discomfort at night. She WANTs to sleep, she just can't get comfortable. Even when we hold her upright and she falls asleep, she wakes RIGHT BACK UP soon after laying her back down on the wedge. Does anyone out there have any answers????
Nov 12, 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
OK, deep breath. You have found a good place. You are not crazy, you just want a normal life and are sleep deprived. We have all been there. I didnt seek counseling.. I found blueberry vodka. )

1. We have had the upper respritory stuff at our house too. Just getting over it. It is taking most people up to 3 weeks to get over it. That is some wicked stuff. My 5 yr old who is healthier than any kid I know and eats more than me most days barely ate a thing for 5 days when she had it and had a very hard time sleeping at night... normally an earthquake wouldnt wake her. If it can do that to her imagine what it is doing to a 10 month old. I would put money that all that coughing and mucas is doing a real number on her stomach and reflux right now. Also, antibiotics, while are wonderful for the cooties, are tough on these reflux kids. Probiotics help some... Only time can fix this issue.

2. 10 months was when Ryan's Prevacid was increase to 30 MG daily. It took 10 days to notice an improvement with the higher dose.

3. YES.... Dissolve the prevacid first. If she is chewing or gumming the prevacid at all, she is breaking the medicine balls and inactivating the medication before it ever gets to her system. Put the tablet in a Motrin syringe, pull back some water, shake it, squirt it in, add a little more water to the syringe and squirt again.

4. Teeting most definately causes flare ups... long before you feel the bumpms. Kody's mom is the expert here. Each tooth that he has gotten has about done them all in. I dont know why the need teeth anyway.. except to bite other children. None the less, teething is no fun with reflux.

5. Ask your doc if you can give her Claritin. I started giving Ryan 1/2 tsp of Claratin at 10 months. Whew!! What a difference. It totally cleared up the constant mucos and runny nose that was forever running down his throat and into his stomache. No more gagging kid in the morning.

6. Dont beat youself up over the soy. My guess is that it is not that but all the other stuff above. And really, you have to try bringing things back into your diet at sometime. Try again in a few weeks when she is old this nasty cold.

7. Dont beat yourself up over the foods you have given her. Likely not the cause and again, you have to try sometime.

8. While you are waiting for the higher dose of Prevacid to kick in you can give her a 1/2 tsp of alumimum free Mylanta Cherry Supreme at 10 pm. See if that helps her sleep better.

Hang in there. You are not alone. You have found a great bunch of ladies to see you through this. Take care!!!

Nov 12, 2009
mommy2k
I hate it when the reflux monster rears it's ugly head especially when you think that it's under control. It's always playing games. First off I don't think you're crazy at all.

The bronchitis let me tell you can do a real number on their reflux. My ds just had that last month and teething. Yikes it wasn't pretty around our house all month. He was up a lot (maybe every hour) all night and didn't take naps very well. I was a little cranky and tired. Then we just got over another virus this past week and his reflux flared even worse than before. None of his meds were working for him. Him and family were miserable.

Unfortunately with reflux I have found that one thing may work for a while only to not work the next moment. It's all trial and error. I found that Kody can't tolerate green beans and chicken. He gets bad gas with squash as well. Go figure! It has been a long road of trying different things to see what works. It takes them a little while to bounce back after an illness too. Just hang in there. It's so hard to cope with little sleep. My hubby and I take turns at night. I also just get out for a little while by myself to regroup. Take some time away from all of it, even if it's 15 minutes, really helps. My little guy is up from his nap gotta go. Hope things look up soon.

Nov 12, 2009
fiddle1
Fiddle1
DD 10 mos.
15 mg prevacid solutab/day
dx GERD at 4 weeks
had relatively peaceful 5 months-9.5 months
now regressing, waking 10+ times/night,
not sleeping longer than 1-2 hours,
waiting for bronchitis to go away
docs say secondary reflux b/c of chest infection
Thanks to you both
I've read and re-read your responses, and I thank you for taking the time to read my post and give me the encouragement I needed. We went back to doc today for the cough and she said we still needed to wait a few more days. If by next week it is not gone we'll go back to pediatric GI. Hopefully by then the double prevacid dose will be effective. I'm also back to dissolving it. What if that was it all along? Talk about a BRAIN FART. I just assumed if she got the whole pill in her mouth and swallowed it would dissolve on the way down. But my pedi seconded your recommenation to dissolve it first in water. Geez. But I agree, this bronchitis/cough must be aggravating it..and with all the illnesses going around this season, it's just expected that she'll do worse at night. DH and I are sleeping in shifts and that helps for us not to feel like we are on the edge of a cliff. Reflux monster! Well-said! I also like to call it the Confounding Variable disease. Our doc did take pity and prescribe an infant cough syrup..i feel somewhat uneasy giving it, but it is formulated for one her age and weight, so perhaps that will help her sleep. Thanks for all the great advice, and I'll post again to let you know what has worked for her (and anyone else that may find this thread via search). I hope any of you out there in the depths of this find some peace and some zzzzz's. And I hope your little ones do, too.
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