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Mar 21, 2011
andrewsmum
Hello! New here!
Hello everyone. I've been reading other posts here for a while and decided to post one myself. I do have to say that my little man's reflux isn't mild but not as bad as some poor little ones here either. Anyway, he just started the Prevacid last week and it seems to be working (fingers crossed). Although I have a heck of a time getting those little beads in that syringe and then into his mouth. I've gotten creative with that. My question to everyone here is that now his reflux seems to be somewhat controlled I thought his congestion would go away too. His doctor said that was probably from the acid. I've tried to suction it out of his nose but it seems deeper back and in his throat too. Does anyone else have a problem with this? He's very fidgity and that keeps him from napping well. He's only 8 weeks (tomorrow) and me being the high-strung worry wart that I am, I'm concerned about him sleeping enough. Any suggestions would be awesome as to what could be causing the congestion or how to fix it. I know it's not a cold. Can babies that young become allergic to dogs? Or could it be a symptom of a milk allergy? Oh, and one more thing since this is already long (sorry). I'm pretty sure he has laryngomalacia too because he makes that high pitched throat noise a lot (that wakes him up too). I know, I know, a bunch of stuff all at once but any kind of suggestions, advice would be very appreciated. Prayers and hugs to all of you!
Mar 22, 2011
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
From your description, sounds like you are using solutabs?? If so, give this a try. Get a syringe that comes with infant Motrin. It has the perfect size opening. Drop your solutab in there, put the plunger in, pull back a few ml of water and pull the plunger back a little further to some air gets in there. shake it for a few seconds and then squirt it towards the back of the mouth between the gum and cheek. Pull back a little more water if any balls remain.

The congestion is very common... He is likely still refluxing up into his nasal cavity.. it is just not acidic any more. Its very annoying though. Ryan had a scab on his nose for months because he was always attacking his nose. Also if the acid is not under control it will inflame the adenoids and nasal cavity adding to the congestion. Check out www.marci-kids.com and click on EER, effects on the ears, nose and throat. It give a clear depiction of what is going on. Getting rid of the acid with help the inflamation but as long has he is refluxing he will have some congestion. Only time can take care of that. When Ryan got older we could start Claratin. Not for allergies.. but for the inflamation. It helped a lot. MARCI-Kids also has section on laryngomalacia.

Sleeping is a problem for many. You would be fidgity too if you had stuff going up your nose and ears when you layed down. Elevation helps a lot. A tucker sling, Fisher Price Soothing Motions Glider or 4Moms Mamaroo are all great devices to keep them at a great angle to let gravity help you keep the stomach contents where they belong.

Jul 26, 2011
becca4679
New too!
Hi, I'm new too. Maisie is 12 weeks and we had reflux diagnosed yesterday. We've been treating her for colic for weeks on the advice of the HV and wondering why she was getting worse!! Have ranitadine on prescription now and were told it takes 7-10 days to start working, then we hope it makes her feel a bit better. She sleeps once she's down at night, but doesn't sleep for long during the day and just screams during and between feeds. Nothing will comfort her and she'll eventually drop off to sleep on my shoulder...but she's getting spoilt this way - as soon as I put her down in her bouncer, she'll scream again in pain (or because she wants to be on the comfy shoulder!!) One question - I give her the ranitadine in a syringe but as it tastes so horrible, most of it ends up dribbled back out of her mouth!! Any suggestions???
Check with your
doctor first!