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Feb 26, 2010
natheen
Help! My baby's reflux started again!
Just when I thought everything was getting easier my daughter started refusing to drink her milk. She is 4 1/2 months old. About a month back, she drank very little milk with a lot of forcing, about 17 oz per day. I started her on omperazole and noticed a difference in about 2 weeks and things were getting really good. She was drinking about 28 oz a day and even few bottles of 6.5 oz and now she won't drink more than 2 oz. I am soo confused, I don't know what happened. She is constipated but she always was because of the thickened formula. Did anyone come across this problem where the reflux returned? Could she also be teething?
Feb 26, 2010
isobel'smamma
Sara, Mom to Isobel 10/01/08 Dx Silent reflux @ 6 wks. Prevacid 22.5mg split in 2 doses. Pepcid .5ml twice a day. Diagnostically confirmed milk protein, egg and cat allergy. Suspected corn, pea and squash allergy. Trialed Alimentum and Elecare without success, currently on Isomil Advance RTF with moderate success. Barium Swallow and UGI 3/08 Pondering a ph probe and endoscopy.
Maybe the med isn't at the right dose or maybe it's not the right med for your LO. Prilosec is known to cause polyps so a lot of GIs won't RX it for kids. Lots of folks here have good success with Prevacid. Some kids need both a PPI and a med like pepcid or Zantac. Teething can also make the reflux monster return. For my LO we use carafate during teething episodes to help with the breakthrough pain. Lots of moms have success with Mylanta/Maalox - your pharmacist can give you the correct dosage.

Hang tough momma- it can be really hard to find what works for our refluxers and then just as you do their needs change. Talk to your doc about what options s/he recommends. Also, are you using rice to thicken? Maybe look into Simply Thick or Thick It if constipation is an issue (it can also aggrievate reflux).
Feb 27, 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.
One of the great challenges of having a baby with reflux is that all of the usual discomforts of growing up become murky territory -- it is just so hard to tell sometimes what is reflux, what is normal, and what normal stuff is exacerbating the reflux. I would certainly discuss it with your baby's doctor, to determine whether changes to the medications/formula/etc. are in order, but it is also entirely possible, at 4 1/2 months, that she is going through normal teething discomfort (though I will warn you that teething is often A LOT harder on refluxers) or some other developmental thing, or something totally unrelated to reflux, or that her reflux is flaring because of one of those normal changes. See what a slippery slope it is? Hang in there. They don't cal reflux a roller-coaster for nothing :)
Feb 27, 2010
natheen
My daughter is still refusing to drink and still has spit ups and is hardly keeping anything in. She is currently on omperazole and is taking 3ml once a day. I did take her to her doc many times before and he just says to keep trying to give her milk, I made him give me a referral to a specialist and the next week he told me the specialist turned him down saying this is something that can be handle by a regular doctor.
Feb 27, 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.
Is she drinking breastmilk or formula? If formula, what kind? A lot of babies with reflux also have issues with Milk/Soy Protein Intolerance (MSPI) and food allergies, so you might want to explore that possibility. How is her weight? Does she seem to be in pain? Is she refusing to eat, or just eating less? Does she have any trouble during feeds (swallowing, gagging, etc.)? How long has her consumption been down?
Feb 27, 2010
natheen
She is drinking formula, thickened enfamil. She drank this formula fine for about 2-3 weeks. Should I try other formulas? Her weight is okay. She is 14 llbs and 8 oz and is 4 1/2 months old. That's because I am always making sure she drinks, many times i forcefeed her even though she doesn't want it, poor baby. But her growth rate has slowed down. I am soo afraid she;s going to start losing the weight, all the effort I put into her gaining weight is gonna go away. I lost about 45 llbs in 2 months, so you can see all the effort I put into taking care of my baby. I write every little ounce she drinks. I am willing to do this as long as it takes, but I am afraid she's going to stop drinking milk, even take a sip. At times she's in pain but not so much. She takes a sip of the bottle and pushes it away. She is eatting very little. So far half the day went by and she drank 10 oz. Her consumption has been down for the past two days.
Feb 28, 2010
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.
i was wondering if you considered taking her to the pedi.? any time things are going well then suddenly go down hill it is never a bad idea to have a quick check up, or even put in a call to the Nurse at the pedi or GI office.

Sickness, like ear infections, sore throat, tummy bugs, or UTI's often cause resurgence of reflux symptoms

but "normal" growing can cause flares too. i would ask for an antacid (mylanta, malox) dose to administer if nothing clinically is found wrong. flares are horrid on our babies and it's best to have a back up handy in addition to your PPI. I know we would not have survived without Mylanta!
Feb 28, 2010
natheen
Yes I'm gonna take my daughter to see her doc tomorrow. I wish my daughter can be seen by a GI, but it was turned down by the specialist.
Check with your
doctor first!