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Oct 21, 2010
svantell
Nexium making reflux worse?
Hi, all. I'm back with another question! Baby is almost 3 months now and was put on Zantac a few weeks ago. It seemed to be not working, but come to find out, he was allergic to his formula and was put on Alimentum. Well, he's doing great now except the fact that he now spits up when he's put on his back at almost any time (before, on the Zantac, it was only right after a feeding). Also, there are now many times where he will spit up in his mouth after I burp him and he coughs on it and cries, almost like it hurts him. He also never did this on the Zantac. So my question is, is it possible for a baby to react worse to a higher level medicine like Nexium? I suppose every baby is different, but it seems like Nexium would work better because it's the second choice in line after Zantac and the others. Thanks!
Oct 21, 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
How old is your baby now and are there any other issues going on like, teething, a cold, ear infection etc?
Oct 21, 2010
svantell
He's almost 13 weeks. Supposedly he's been teething since his last visit, about 6 weeks ago. He's also been having a hard time sleeping lately; not sure if that's the Nexium, too, or just maybe some kind of sleep regression...
Oct 21, 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
Well.. anything is possible but I have not heard of Nexium making it worse. But again every baby is different. Teething on the other hand will wreck havic on reflux. All the extra saliva and enzymes will make them very urpy. If he is dooling a lot, I would guess that is your culprit. Teething, especially the first couple teeth can last an eternity. Those first teeth like to play peek a boo. If it were me, I would give Nexium a full 2 weeks before I assumed it was that and made a change. I know 2 weeks seems like an eternity.

Did your doc have you stop the Zantac cold turkey or did he have you continue it for 2 weeks while the Nexium on boarding? That is a pretty common mistake. When changing from an acid blocker to a PPI you should stay on the Zantac during the transition as it takes 14 days for the Nexium to get fully on board and do its thing. It is totally fine to give him both, just seperate the timing. Nexium in the morning and Zantac at night or vica versa for 14 days, then stop the Zantac. If you stop the Zantac cold turkey he essentually does not have any meds on board... thus the burn.

Oct 22, 2010
svantell
Thanks, Karen. I didn't give baby his Nexium yesterday and he seemed to do great; he took a long nap and slept well at night (this may just be a coincedence, though!). I think I'm going to start giving him his Zantac again...do you know how long the oral suspension remains stable? I just want to make sure its still good.
Oct 22, 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
If you want to do a true test, give him the Nexium one more time and see how he reacts. Then you will know if it was the Nexium or the affects of waiting for the Nexium to onboard.

As are as the stability of liquid Zantac. I am not sure. I never used it. We skipped that step with Ryan. I would call your pharmacist. They will know.

Check with your
doctor first!