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Feb 17, 2010
evymom
Toddler refusing to eat again
Howdy, My daughter was diagnosed with infant reflux at 8weeks. On prevacid she got much better. She loved eating food starting at 6 months and was a great eater. At nine months I took her off the prevacid and she continued to sleep ok and eat some. In retrospct I should have noticed that both eating and sleeping lessened but at the time she was sick, again, and so I just thought that all was that and not the reflux. At 12 mo she began throwing up a lot and losing weight. 2mo later, and loss of weight, the Drs agreed that it was not a stomach bug but the reflux and she went back on Prevacid. She stopped throwing up but I can still hear stuff coming up at night. After her return to the prevacid she enjoyed eating again. I am a nursing mom so I saw an increase in her food with a decrease in her nursing. She actually started to ask for food other than crackers and it was great. Now she is back to refusing to eat, she is up every hour or so at night and she wants to nurse frequently again. I don't know if we need a different medicine or to have some other treatments. I want to talk to the Drs but need some advice before doing so. I want to come with a plan.
Feb 17, 2010
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.
I assume she is on 15mg a day? She may need a med increase, but many docs wont go past 15mg. I know kids that have had success with a med switch (my dear friend's child had GREAT success with Nexxium) or a med addition...an additional dose of Zantac during the day. Talk to your doc...GOOD LUCK!
Feb 18, 2010
lorenzomama
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.
My son was pretty much incapable of eating solids until he was 2 years old (but he nursed like a newborn and managed to keep thriving), at which time his pediatrician was ready to insist on putting him on Reglan, which I was opposed to. We decided to seek alternative treatment with a Chinese Medicine Practitioner/Acupuncturist, and the results, for my son, were nothing short of miraculous. As he approaches his 3rd birthday his reflux is still there, and he has a few issues related to it, but he shows no sign of pain and he literally started eating like a normal toddler hours after his first treatment. It's not a path for everyone -- it can be hard to find the right practitioner, and some people are simply not comfortable with it -- but I always try to put it out there since it was such a life saver for us.
Feb 18, 2010
helen lai
Mom to Matthew, 01/16/08, GERD baby, has been on Zantac since 2 mos. Aidan, his twin brother, no GERD. Max-ed out on Zantac at 1ml-3 times/day, and switched to Prevacid 15mg split tab 08/20/08. Switched again to 20mg Prilosec 09/18/08 due to Prevacid's restlessness/headache side effects. Reflux was out of control again and had to switch to 10mg Nexium 02/11/09. Good result so far.
I just wanted to add other things to consider when you see the doctor. Teething and ear infection can cause eating decrease and sleep disturbance. My son is very fussy at meal time and refuses to eat the food that he usually eats when he's teething. It takes a long time for him to fall asleep at night and he gets up more frequently too. It was especially tough when his 1st year molars were coming. I took him to the doctors several times firmly believing that he was either sick or having an ear infection. It turned out that he was fine. In my son case, the eating decrease/fussiness and the sleep disturbance symptoms come even before I can touch and feel his gum swelling. Now his 2nd molars are coming and I see the same things happen again. It's good idea to have her check out by both pedi and GI doctor. Hope you'd get some answer and relief for your daughter soon.
Check with your
doctor first!