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Oct 19, 2010
Temporarily Increasing PPI w/Teething, etc.
Anyone using Buffer Babies/Prevacid (or other PPI) ever temporarily increase your baby's dose when reflux is being aggravated more than usual by other factors?

Kylie has her first tooth coming in and ANOTHER ear infection (on repeat for the third time in a month). We have an appointment with the ear doc to discuss tubes, but not until November 1st. In the meantime she has a tooth as sharp as a razor attempting to slice its way through her gum and a pus-filled, bulging ear drum!!!

Since switching to the Neocate her reflux seems to be well-controlled with a small dose of Prevacid each day - we give her 6 mg in the morning and 6 mg in the evening.

Right now, because of all the pain from her tooth/ear, I would like to alternate Tylenol and Motrin until at least one improves. However, I've heard Motrin can raise the acidity in her stomach and exacerabate reflux. I know her reflux is already worse from all the drooling due to the teething, plus she's now on another antibiotic which will probably give her a stomach ache. (It's SUPPOSED to be easier on her stomach, but with my sensitive baby we'll see.)

All this to say, I'm wondering if I should temporarily increase her Prevacid dose until we get through this? It seems like it might be a smart move to try to avoid more reflux pain on top of all this. What do y'all think?

Oct 19, 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
Yeap, I aways increased the dose temporarily with teething and temporarily when he was going through growth sputs. Thats one of the things I love about the Buffer Babies. You have that flexibility.

Sorry to hear of ear infection is back. You can blame that on the reflux too. That fluid can make it all the way into their ears. The ENT had to suction the reflux out of Ryans ears before he put the tubes in. He actually had acid damage in them. Gross! That was before Caracream though.. and tubes.

Oct 20, 2010
adelines mom
adeline can not take motrin! made her reflux worse. we use the grape flavored tylenol. can't do cherry flavor or red food coloring. highly recommend a probiotic too! especially with antibotics.
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doctor first!