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May 22, 2011
mel329
4 month peak
My dd just turned 4 months this past week and also this past tuesday had her 4 mth checkup in which she got the rotavirus vaccine and I believe the dtap. The next day she wasn't eating as much and was spitting up a little more than usual but I didn't think too much of it. Now almost a week later I'm starting to worry. She was drinking 6 - 8 oz of formula a sitting and now she's only taking 4 - 5 oz, rejecting the bottle, fussy while eating but sometimes falling asleep at the bottle and the spit up is the worst I've ever seen it. She is literately spitting up all day long if she's not sleeping. Do you all think this could be a flare up from the vaccines or is she reaching the 4 mth peak? Do you think I should contact the GI dr? She just increased her meds about 2 wks ago to 15mg tab of prevacid in the morning and 2 ml of Zantac at night which I feel hasn't helped at all. Up until this point my dd has been gaining wt but now Im nervous she hasost wt in the past few days. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
May 23, 2011
mangogal
Mom to two refluxers. DS 4.5 years, on prevacid since 5 weeks. Trial wean this summer...fail. Intolerant of dairy and soy DD born Nov 2010. Currently on zegerid. Had stomach malrotation & surgery at 9 months. Avoiding dairy/soy with her while BFing.
Getting vaccines, especially the oral rotavirus at 2 and 4 months flarred my DD's reflux. It was horrible! She started to develop an oral aversion after she got the vaccines at 2 months. We worked through it with an OT. Then at 4 months after the rotavirus, she refused to BF/bottle feed again for a solid 1.5 to 2 weeks. Increased spit up, diarrhea, abdominal pain, not sleeping. At 6 months, I declined getting another rotavirus vaccine. I didn't want to go through it all again. She isn't in daycare and our pedi said it was fine to skip it. She did ok with just getting the shots but was more fussy and not sleeping as well. But I think that is probably normal. If you are really worried that she isn't eating as well, you could go in for a weight check. We didn't change meds at this time. She's been on prevacid and zantac. But I also do give mylanta as needed. Hang in there.
May 23, 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
Vaccines were brutal on Ryan. I always split them in two. If he was suppose to get 4 of them, I let them do 2 and came back 6 weeks later for other 2. That helped a lot. The rotovirus vaccines was really tough for him for 12 days. :(
May 24, 2011
mel329
We have been splitting up the vaccines. I can't believe how much the rotavirus vaccine had an effect on her. I'm curious if any of your doctors warned you this could happen. Are there any other vaccines that made your childrens' reflux flare?
May 24, 2011
mel329
We have been splitting up the vaccines. I can't believe how much the rotavirus vaccine had an effect on her. I'm curious if any of your doctors warned you this could happen. Are there any other vaccines that made your childrens' reflux flare?
May 24, 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
No. Ryan's docs at the time were of zero help.. including his GI. Everything I learned was from here, www.marci-kids.com and trial and error. I eventually learned that anything that messes with their immune system or GI track was going to flare the reflux. That includes teething, which you will be dealing with soon. Teeting increases saliva production and increased acid. Mentally prepare yourself for that. Once I started adding Caracream to the prevacid, everything stablized and totally improved.... even with teething and vacines.
May 24, 2011
mel329
Can someone please tell me what caracream is? Is it over the counter? My dd already takes the prevacid solutabs, does the caracream help? Sorry so many questions, we are still very new to this and our current GI dr. isn't much help. Waiting to see a new one.
May 25, 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
Caracream is a flavored sodium bicarbonate (baking soda). When mixed with a PPI it protects the medication from the acid in the stomach and allows it to safely and immediately be delivered into their system. Compounding pharmacies are converting over to using this, but not all. You can order it yourself on www.refluxsolutions.com. You mix it with OTC Prevacid, Priolosec, or my favorite, Zegrid. It made all the difference for my son. Please education yourself by going to www.marci-kids.com and www.refluxsolutions.com
May 25, 2011
mangogal
Mom to two refluxers. DS 4.5 years, on prevacid since 5 weeks. Trial wean this summer...fail. Intolerant of dairy and soy DD born Nov 2010. Currently on zegerid. Had stomach malrotation & surgery at 9 months. Avoiding dairy/soy with her while BFing.
My pedi was of no help regarding vaccines and reflux flares. She said most kids have no reaction to the rotavirus vaccine. I had remembered from my older son that it was a bit of a mess when he got this one. After my baby got it and reacted, I realized just what a number this does on their system. Do pediatricians ok the use of caracream?
May 25, 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
My first pedi didn't know anything about it. The 2nd one was all for it. It was hard to argue with the results and she cared for him a Couple of times in the ER before she became our doc so she knew how bad off he was. The ENT was completely on board too. Caracream is essentially flavored baking soda. It is what is in zegerid. If you don't want to make your own suspension just ask for zegrid powder packets via prescription. Most docs are freely prescribing that now as they are seeing better results with it than plain prilosec and prevacid. It can be expensive to do it that way but it's worth it.
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