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Aug 05, 2010
kavyamom
Prilosec question, Food allergies/intolerances
What is the best way to give prilosec? I have heard some people breaking the capsules and mixing with water? Others compound it at the pharmacy (that is what we tried before). How does caracream help? Do doctors approve using caracream (is it FDA approved)? She has so many food insensitivities and so we will be seeing an allergist soon. Does anyone here have both allergies/intolerances and reflux? Are the skin allergy tests useful/accurate? So far my baby has only had blood allergy (RAST) tests. Also, her issues are GI intolerances (not the typical skin reactions or breathing issues from allergies) and pain from reflux as well Anyone here whose child just couldn't tolerate any of the PPI drugs? We are stuck with zantac for now since the PPI drugs seem to really upset her stomach and she will be screaming all night.
Aug 06, 2010
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
Caracream was the magic bullet for my son. After a year of countless doctors, tests, formula and drug changes, ER visits for fluids and talk of a feeding tube, I tried Caracream and have never looked back. In 1 week I had a completely different child and after 6 weeks he jumped from the 2nd percentile in weight to 50th.

In very simple terms Caracream is a flavored sodium bicarbonate buffer (baking soda if you will). It neutralizes the acid in the stomach which allows the PPI to safely release into their systems with out being destroyed by the stomache acid. In my son's case, the medicine was being destroyed before it could ever get into his system. So even though he was on 30 mg of Prevacid it wasnt working because his stomache acid was destroying it. Mixing it with the caracream protected it and allowed it to do its job. He went from 30 mg a day to 15 mg once on the caracream mixture.

I am now using their Caracream 2 version. Same concept but less steps for me. In the past I would open 16 prevacid capusules, disolves the medine balls in the therasol, and mix in the flavored sodium bicabonate. I made an 8 day supply at at time. Now I use Zegrid OTC. It already has the sodium bicarbonate in it. Now I simply open 14 capsules, add 100 ml of water and the caracream flavoring. It makes a stable 30 supply.

As far as FDA approval, that is not my area of expertise. I just know that caracream is essentially flavored sodium bicarbonate. Dr. Phillips or David would have to answer it further than that.

Every baby is different so I cant tell you if it will work for your son. I can only tell you that it was life changing for Ryan.

Regarding allergies and reflux combos... While Ryan did not have food allergies many many many babies on this site do. I am sure you will hear from other moms on this subject matter.

Aug 06, 2010
kavyamom
If I can give the PPI 30 mins before feeding, do I still need the caracream? Also, I think we have to try the capsule since she has so many insensitivities and it seems like the prevacid solutab and prilosec compound would just have a lot of additives and maybe that is why it didn't suit her. Does the GI have to write a prescription specifically for capsule form? When I talked to the GI several months ago about the solutab not suiting and whether I can try some other form, she just said that it is all the same and basically brushed me off.
Aug 06, 2010
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
In my opinion, and the opinion of many other mothers is that they are not all the same. My GI told me the same thing and basically wrote my son off. I never gave up on him and was lucky to find the good people at the Infant and Childrens Reflux Research Lab for the University of Missouri in Columbia. Their Website is www.marci-kids.com. They did not brush me off. I have never gone back to the GI. My ped was totally blown away with the results and is a believer.

I too was able to do the timing with the meds but it didnt matter for him. It just didnt work until I started mixing it with the Caracream. But.. that was my son.

As far as capsules go, prevacid capsules and Zegrid capsules are not available OTC. Prilosec is available OTC but it is a pill not a capsule. The caracream 2 is inexpensive and very very easy to administer. In my humble opion, it is worth a try.

Aug 07, 2010
kavyamom
The biopsy results are all normal. We are going to see an allergist but I also want to try a PPI again to see if that will bring more relief at night. My GI prescribed prilosec 10 mg for the night since the night is the worst for us and said that I could give zantac 2ml in the morning. I will call the pharmacist and double check with them that prilosec is available in capsule form. What do you think of this dosage?

The GI mentioned that I could open the capsule and mix the contents with a tsp of applesauce and give this 30 mins before her meal. Applesauce doesn't suit her. I am thinking of giving with either pear puree or yogurt....hope that is ok. Doc said anything should be fine, just a small amount. Karen, if this doesn't work, I will definitely try the caracream 2 and I will ask you more details about that later. Thanks so much for all your input...it is invaluable.

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