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Feb 10, 2011
upper GI: to go or not to go? advice needed!!!
Hi again,

So we saw the GI specialist for my 4-month-old a couple weeks ago and up until that point, he had been doing worse~ having more trouble feeding, sleeping and just seeming more uncomfortable. Just a couple days before we saw the specialist, he started what has been the best week or 2 he has had. In fact, I wouldn't have even seen a need to see the specialist if he had been like this earlier! It is great, of course, but now I am confused.

Do we keep our appointment for an upper GI next week? Is it possible he is fine now? He is on 1.3 mL Zantac 3 x/ day. And he is sleeping pretty well, eating fine and generally not too fussy. He had 2 rough days in the last 2 weeks after having almost every day rough for the 4-6 weeks before that.

I obviously don't want to go through anesthesia, an overnight stay in the hospital and everything else involved if we don't need to. But it would be sad if we didn't go and in a few days he was back to how he was...

I am hoping and praying we get allergy test results back soon that were done last week to help with this decision! I am really feeling torn, especially after what we went through with my first child not having tests until she was almost better at age 2 (this is our second).

This stuff has a way of making a mom feel like a crazy person. I think my friends who I've talked with already think I'm full of it when I talk about how much he cried and how he acted. And now when he is doing so well, I even have to wonder.

Thanks in advance for weighing in on this!!!

Feb 10, 2011
Jessica, Mommy to Jedd, severe reflux, severe food and oral aversions, Finally G tube free!!! VSD repair 4-24-07 (open heart surgery), hypospadias, repaired 3 times and Ear tubes Visit Jedd at his CB site:
I'd go ahead and do it. If something happens it will be hard to get back on the list.

For our son's EDG it was not an overnight stay, we were in and out in about 5 hours. We were kept longer because this was his first sedation after open heart surgery so, the PACU kept us a while.

Feb 10, 2011
allergy test results in
I got the allergy test results back~ all negative. Guess that's a good thing, but doesn't help a lot. Is it normal that they only tested for 5-6 things (soy, wheat, egg whites, peanuts, and something the nurse didn't even know what it was)???
Feb 10, 2011
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
Did they do a RHAST test or scratch test. Scratch is more conclusive. False negatives are really common in kids this young and they can still be oober sensitive and not be "allergic". So just because everything came back negative does not mean there is not a problem there. Not sure if all that is good news or bad news for you. Oh, and what they tested for is super common. 4 month olds are usually exposes to much more than milk and soy. Peanuts are always thrown in there because it is getting so common.

I cant tell you what to do.. I can only share my expirience. I was were you were with Ryan once. I had a scope and barium test scheduled, he started doing great so I canceled the appt. I thought he was over it and I didnt want to put him through unnecessary tests. The nurse tried to talk me out of it but I didnt listen. Sure enough 3 weeks later we bottomed out again. I had to get back in line for the tests. I was kicking myself.

As far as the test went.. the scope was quick. 15 minutes or so. Then we hung out in recovery. He was pissed as her came out of the anesthesia. Yes, I was super nervous about but that turned out to be really easy An hour later they sent us down for the barium test. That was not so easy. Ryan had a bad feeding adversion so getting him to take the barium was not pretty. We were in and out of the hospital in 3 hours. No stay and he was totally fine after taking a nap.

I see that you are using Zantac. Watch that closely. Zantac it not designed for long term use thus many babies will come "immune" to it in a month or so. If he starts going back to his old ways switch to a PPI.

Lastly.. you are not crazy.. or if you are.. so are all of us. Its a crazy ride but you will get it all figured out. Karen

Feb 14, 2011
Debbie, Mom to:
Derek,10/29/02 GERD,Can't have any legumes(soy, being the worse), allergic to PN/Tree Nuts, struggled to gain weight for years, my "picky" eater,Takes Zegerid. Johnny, 12/05/99 GERD, managed by diet, allergic to cashews/pistachios.
They don't test for too many things in babies that young. Just the usual worse ones. They change really fast, so usually skin testing in 6 more months is done. I agree, do the test. I've cancelled a few with my kids and regretted it. Usually zantac doesn't help for too long.
Check with your
doctor first!