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Jan 01, 2010
ky mom
15 Month Old
My 15 month old son has acid reflux and my husband and I are grasping for ideas, suggestions, and help. Our son hates to eat (it takes both of us to get him to eat anything) and he continues to wake up 5-6 times nightly screaming. He is on medication and we see a gastro doctor next month, but is there anything we can do for our son to help until then?
Jan 01, 2010
maggiemom
Maggie is now 3 years old and reflux free (knock on wood). I still check in some to see how everybody is doing :) Hugs to all!
Hi! I'm sorry you're going through this with your son. It's no fun. What med is he on? If you don't mind me asking. Have you seen the list on our home page of foods to avoid? Some of them might surprise you. Can you elevate the head of his bed/crib? Keeping him upright or close to it will help. Some find that mylanta or meds like that help with breakthrough pain. Don't do that without asking a doc first :) I'm sorry, I'm scatter-brained right now. Hope I helped a little.
Jan 02, 2010
b-girl
Mom to Jasmine aka: Jazz 01/24/2007
Dx with silent reflux at 8 months
FPIES, DGE, MSPI. Recently diagnosed with EC (Eosin. colitis and now Primary immune deficiency disease.
Also mom to Nathan. born Jan.20th, 2009, MPI . so far dx with reflux and has an extremely sensitibe GI system. Also dx with primary immune deficiency disease.
Yup, mylanta, mylanta, mylanta! Also, what does he drink?
Jan 02, 2010
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 am soo sorry. Yep you can do OTC mylanta. Call the pharmacist with a current weight and he/she can give you the dose. Barring any allergies medically it should be OK. Your Ped should also be able to give you the dose to if you'd rather call them and get the OK to dose it out.

Has the GERD just started or has it always been present?

If it's always been present and now just seeing the GI soon around 15 months of age, I'd ask the GI doc right off the bat to do a scope....that many months with unmedicated GERD can lead to issues. A scope can reveal them for you.

Jan 02, 2010
ky mom
medicine
He is on Zantac twice a day. I am new to this site, so I really appreciate any help. We have tried elevating his bed, but he rolls around and ends up with his feet up and his head down. He is getting harder and harder to feed. He only drinks milk and water and will eat yogurt, crackers, and babyfood fruit. He also likes banannas. I know most kids his age are eating "people food" but we can't seem to get him to do this either. Thank you for your advice.
Jan 02, 2010
ky mom
Well, he had reflux as a baby and we were on Zantac until 9 months old. We were then taken off the medicine because they had thought he had outgrown it. He also had Lyrngomalica when he was a baby (soft/extra tissue in his esophagus) which made him have a squeaking noise when he breathed sometimes. We didn't know he had reflux at all until we went back to the ears, nose, and throat specialist. Our pediatrician sent us there because he was still not breathing like he thought he should. The specialist said he didn't think it was the lyrnogomalica, so he put a tube down his nose and told us there was major swelling in his esophagus due to acid reflus and told us to see a GI specialist. This was a slap in our face becuase we had no clue this was the problem and could not believe he had been hurting for several months and us not knowing. We are back on the Zantac until we see the GI doctor.
Jan 03, 2010
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
See if the Ped can give you an RX for a PPI. They are much stronger than the H2 blcokers like Zantac. With that much damage, since it was visible , you need something stronger to help heal up all those issues.

Our ped was more than willing to RX a PPI until we could get seen by the GI. She also RXed a script for Carafate. That's another drug you may want to look into. It is like super mylanta. It is tricky to dose around other meds, but it's well worth it. IMHO.

The difficulty eating will probably continue until the GI GERD issues are resolved. Like I always say and we were always told by Jedd's DRs. A child with unresolved medical issues will not eat successfully orally. You need to treat the medical issues first then work on the oral eating issues.

As long as his weight is OK and you are keeping him hydrated, just feed him what he will eat and offer him some variety of new foods. That should be enough until all the GERD stuff is resolved. Then, once they are going better, you can tackle the feeding and oral aversion.

Now, if weight is an issues, it's a whole nother ball game.

Check with your
doctor first!