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Jun 09, 2011
mel329
2 totally different opinions...please help!
I was not a big fan of my dd pedi GI so I decided to get a 2nd opinion. We went on Tuesday for the 2nd opinion. He had a great personality and actually spent some time with us (unlike the other one) I explained to him how she has been a happier baby since medicating, however in the past few weeks the spit up is becoming more and alot more is coming out each time. He told me he believes that it is a milk allergy and gave me free samples of neocate to try, she is currently on Nutramigon. On Wed. we met with the pedi GI that my dd has already seen twice. She asked me if dd had spit blood up again and I said no (she had spit up blood 3 times before, very trace amounts in which I really wasnt too worried about) I asked her if she believed dd had a milk allergy and she said no because really doesn't have the signs of that for ex. no blood in feces. Her advice this time was to first try thickening formula with rice cereal 1tsp/oz, if that doesn't work switch to alimentum or nutramigen AA because that is more broken down than nutramigon ( I thought they were the same except different brands) If that doesn't work, try enfamil AR. Obviously all these different things would be done for a few weeks before switching to the next step. I am just so confused on what to do. How could I get such different opinions?!? Then I think should I just continue to do what I'm doing. My dd is gaining weight, for the most part is happy, can get a bit fussy. We are at the 4 month peak so maybe that is why the spitting up has gotten worse. Any advice? I was also thinking to add the rice cereal to the nutramigon because that isn't too much of a change. I don't know what to do....
Jun 09, 2011
mctwins
Austin
Neocate can help reflux because it goes through their system really quickly since the proteins are already broken down. The less time it sits in their belly the less acid accumulates and there is also less volume to push it up their esophogus. I think Neocate- elecare and nutramigen AA are all essentially the same in that they are amino acid based. We didn't have better results with any one of those and we tried elecare and neocate. Though, as Noah got older flavor was an issue. Rice definitely reduces spit up. You can try adding it to what you already have before switching. I found the only rice we could get through a nipple was beech nut gentle texture or something like that. Its already powdered. You'll still have to modify the nipple though. Good luck!
Jun 09, 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 2 cents...

1. Youu do not have to have blood in the vomit or stool for there to be a milk allergy. As 70% of the mom's whose kids have a milk allergy.

2. You went to the 2nd GI for a reason and it sounds like you really liked him and clicked with him. That is HUGE. He if he advised to try the Neocate, then go for it. It certainly cant hurt....well maybe your check book but...

3. You will always get differing opinions. That is one of the most frustrating parts of the reflux ride. It's up to you momma. Read read read. Educate yourself and ask questions. Then follow your mommy instincts and listen to your gutt.

A great website to check out is www.marci-kids.com. Hopefully DCD will check in. She knows a ton about the milk allergy stuff and what formula does what. Her daughter never had the blood but was so allergic that she could only use the Ready to Feed liquid formula...

Jun 09, 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 DS is intolerant of dairy and soy. He never had blood in emesis or stool. He would projectile puke with dairy based formula and reacted to the dairy in my diet when bfing. I managed to continue to BF him and not do formula. So I don't have specific formula advice. I think I would go with your second opinion's ideas and see how that change works before adding in rice cereal.
Jun 09, 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
I found the post I was looking for from DCD. Maybe it will help you. http://www.reflux.org/reflux/webdsc01.nsf/vwID/VASV-8D8MWG?OpenDocument. Also go to neonate.com and read the info in the parent section. Remember the 2 week minimum rule for any and all changes.
Check with your
doctor first!