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May 08, 2010
7 month old - teething or reflux?
Hi all! I've been a lurker for quite some time, but I thought I'd come out of the shadows for some help! :-) I have a 7 month old daughter (Quillyn) who was diagnosed with severe reflux at 1 month old (barium study proved severity at 2 months - silently refluxing after 10cc, visibly spitting up after 1oz). She started 15mg of Prevacid at 1 month and was put on Bethanechol at 2 months. Those seemed to help the pain, but I didn't see any immediate change in her eating. She was small at birth (5.5lbs full term). At 7 months she's still only 12 lbs, so weight gain has been slow, and most of her weight came between 3 and 6 months. Like most stories here, we had a TERRIBLE go with eating for the first 3 months. She would only breastfeed if I wore a shield (I guess is slowed the flow) and would not take a bottle for anything. My supply started to dwindle because of using the shield, so I pumped and would syringe feed her what I pumped (with a fight). Finally, at 3 months, a switch seemed to turn on, and all the sudden she was eating from a bottle beautifully - no crying and steadily increasing to getting around 25oz/day. It was heaven...we finally got a schedule down, and I started to feel a bond during eating. At 6 months, her doctor suggested starting her on solids and taking her off her meds to see how she does. We weaned her off the meds over the course of a week, and she seemed to do fine. The next week, we started solids, and she seemed to do fine as well - still taking 25-27oz of formula and getting about a Tablespoon of fruit in the morning and rice cereal in the afternoon. After the week of being on solids, she developed terrible constipation (never had a problem before). So, I took her off the solids and back on just formula. Around that time, she also started to teeth. Since then, her eating has gone down hill (lucky if we get 20 oz/day - usually around 14oz), and we feel like we are back at the beginning. I started her back on the Prevacid last Tuesday evening, but I have not seen a difference. She got two bottom teeth around 4.5 months, and didn't seem to have a problem (didn't cry much, didn't change her eating habits). This round, though, I can tell she's in more pain and she's been running a fever of around 100 - 101 for the past week. It's just hard to know whether all this is related to her teething or whether her reflux is affecting her since being off the meds. Anybody have any suggestions or similar stories? (Thanks for reading this LONG post!)
May 09, 2010
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
Hi and welcome. Sorry you are back at it again. Glad to hear that you put your daughter back on the Prevacid. It takes a while for Prevacid for clear out of their system totally so it can take awhile for the acid to upset their systems and for them to show signs of distress. In addition almost everyone on this board will say that teething is a nightmare with refluxers. Just when you think you think you have this thing kicked and get ready to try the wean, a tooth will come in and wham, you are back to square one. Lots of ideas out there as to why teething will make reflux worse.. suffice to say that it just does. Our refluxers tend to have a little tougher go with solids too so many of us waited a little longer to start. If it were me, I would keep her on the Prevacid and only once she feels better and is acting like her old self would I try solids again. I dont introduce anything new when Ryan is not himself as I do not want him to associate that food with feeling lousy. He is a smart little cookie. He makes associations fast. I would keep the foods simple and one at a time. Yo Baby Yogurt is great to start with. Keep a food journal to make sure you catch any foods that might bother her. Rice cereal seems to constipate a lot of these babies. Try oatmeal instead. Good luck and stay in touch.
May 13, 2010
Thanks so much for responding, Karen! She started eating better yesterday (at least 4oz at each feeding, sometimes 5oz to total around 23oz/day), so hopefully that means the Prevacid is kicking back in. That's a great idea about trying the yogurt to start with! I'll have to give that a go once we start eating regularly again. Have you, or anybody else, used barley cereal? I've read that seems to be a little gentler grain as well to use in babies who react to rice cereal. I know what you mean about associations being made fast! It's pretty crazy. In a way, it makes me a proud mama, but I know it can also be a little frustrating. My doctor said that there's theories out there that babies who have a really tough time with reflux end up being some pretty smart ones because they are quicker at association. Kinda interesting...
May 17, 2010
Donnessa, mom to Halley born 3/10/07
Reflux (mostly) resolved at 14 months
and Addison born 8/17/09. Currently exclusively bf and on 7.5mg Prevacid
With the fever, you may want to think about a possible ear infection. I know with my girls, it's hard to tell the difference between teething and infections.
May 26, 2010
Hi, I'm in the same situation as you. My daughter is 7 months old and I'm having a very difficult time feeding her. She started solids at 6 months and was doing good for few days, I found her favorite foods sweet potatoes, apple sauce, squash and she would take cereal mixed with apple sauce. She was doing good with the soya milk. She started the soya milk the same time her med was increased to 22.5 mg prevacid from 15 mg, her spit up went away, so we don't know if its the soya or the increased in med. Anyways, milk intake was always a bit of a struggle but we were able to get around 20 oz along with two solids a day. Now the past week, she doesn't want any solid or milk and with the weather being extremely hot, I am so scared she's going to get dehydrated. I called the GI, I can't get an earlier appointment than June 7. She has no other symptoms expect cries few times in the night but just for few seconds and then goes back to sleep. Any suggestions? Emaurerr, how is ur baby doing now?
Check with your
doctor first!