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Mar 26, 2011
New here - prevacid q's
Hi everyone! I am learning SO much for reading your experiences and this info on this site. Thank you for that already! I am just looking for some encouragement/validation. My son was born at 37w2d on 12/10/10. He is an intense baby and was cranky from day 1. By two weeks old, he was waking up crying an hour after every feeding. Extremely gassy. We tried gentleease which made him constipated. And then we went to soy. Soy was horrible. His poop and farts were noxious. Worse than the dog!! His face broke out in a rash. By three weeks old, we got him on alimentum, and it made a HUGE difference. He at least was sleeping at night. But during the day, still extremely fussy... ALL DAY. We were at the pedi's office at least once or twice a week. He did not spit up and was not showing many signs of reflux, so the docs just said "It's colic. He'll outgrow it." In the meantime, he had two separate ear infections (the last time BOTH ears were infected). The course of amoxicillin was a disaster. He was inconsolable the entire time. His then pedi blew it off when I suggested that the meds were "bothering his tummy." He finally calmed down after we took him off, though. Dr. Mom was right! Well, he is 15 weeks now, and he really wasn't outgrowing it. He was becoming harder and harder to console. I never got a break. It all came to a head this past week when he started spitting up sour clear liquid. And then, very slowly, he started having trouble feeding. I didn't notice it much at first. But this week, it was particularly bad. So I took him to his new pedi and asked for prevacid. The change in him was almost overnight. He woke up happy and stayed that way for more than an hour! He was eating more. The third day, he ate like a little piggy, taking in 24 ounces in 12 hours!!! However, this is when the bad gas started. It's getting better, but every day, he has gas attacks and it's flaring up my PTSD! (I'm only half-joking about ptsd, I'm sure you all understand) I just want someone to remind me that the gas will pass in about a week (as I have read here). His reflux is definitely not as bad as some of the stories I've read here. So I'm hopeful! I wish his docs would have picked up on recurrent ear infections, bad reaction to antibiotics, and extreme crankiness!! We could have been done with this nightmare by now. I also have an appt with a pedi GI, but can't get in until April 18th (I will keep calling in case of a cancellation). I do not want the same docs who missed this Dx to be treating him! I also have caracream on order. Until then, I am giving him the beads followed up by apple juice.
Mar 27, 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
A few thoughts for you...

I am really glad the you are changing to the the capules and will be mixing it with the caracream. That will help things A LOT!!! Solutabs have lactose in them and can be tough on kids that need to be alimentum.

Extreme gas for the first 10 days of a PPI is super normal. His body is learning out to digest food with less acid. Use baby gas drops for awhile. If it continues, look into digestive enzymes. They can help a lot.

Keep an eye on those ear infections. They are very common with reflux and can really hurt with the acid. Insist on Tubes if they continue. And you are right.. antibiotics are BRUTAL on their guts. Probiotics are a godsend. At that age I really liked BioGia, now I use Floragen.

We totally understand about the PTSD.. : ) I still have an uncontrolled twitch every now and again. hee hee.

Mar 28, 2011
Thanks so much for the response Karen! I'm too afraid to give him the solutabs, so I'll probably just give them to a friend whose baby takes them. I'm putting the beads in his mouth and following it up with some apple juice. He doesn't like it much, but that's what I have to do for now. He never had the typical antibiotic symptoms like diarrhea. He was just miserable all week. I did give him culturelle in his bottles, but it didn't seem to help much. I'm sure, now, that it was a reflux flare. And if he hadn't had that, he would have been a lot better already. I believe that flare is was led to esophagitis, which slowly got worse. I'm hoping that being medicated will prevent ear infections in the future. Seems like that could happen, right? I'm happy to report that his gas issues have subsided!!! YAY! He is SO much happier! Now, to work on his sleep issues. He sleeps well at night but only sleeps on me for naps!
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