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Sep 14, 2011
ljoy_22
my child confuses me
Hi, I am back with more questions/ opinions. My baby is now 2 weeks from his first birthday. We were doing pretty well with things (up 2x a night to nurse, right back to sleep and happy during the day) until early August and he started waking for long periods at night and squirming/ crying, eating poorly, nursing a TON and pulling at his ears (no infections) and screaming.

After seeing his specialist we doubled his Prevacid to 2x what it was (15 mg 2x a day now). Almost right away the ear pulling and screaming stopped and eating improved. He isn't awake for long periods at night for the most part, but his sleep is still more interrupted than it was. He has been waking 3x a night and wants to nurse, plus usually needs to be resettled a time or 2 other than that. At least he isn't up hours at a time like he was, but things don't seem quite where they should be yet.

What I'm wondering is could it still be the gas due to adjusting to a higher PPI dose (he will have been on the higher dose 2 weeks tomorrow) or is it something else? Sometimes I wonder if we are barking up completely the wrong tree although it wouldn't make sense that the increase would do anything at all then.

Another episode that has me confused is that today he woke up and screamed for 10-15 minutes inconsolably after his nap. And then he was fine again.

So any thoughts/ ideas are welcome! One other thing to note, we plan to start trying probiotics today also at the suggestion of his specialist.

Sep 14, 2011
lorenzomama
Lorenzo b.4/25/07 1 week in NICU w/ aspirate pneumonia from a reflux episode; diagnosed GERD at 9weeks; Used Zantac for 5months. Currently using Chinese Medicine and Craniosacral Therapy. GERD, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Sensory Processing Disorder. Ask me about breastfeeding a refluxer! Pic: day 5 in the NICU.
Does he have his first set of molars yet? Is he walking yet? What I'm getting at is that some of the major developments that come along as LO's approach a year can be a real challenge for little refluxers, causing significant resurgence of reflux and related issues for some. It took me a long time (like years...) to get it that my son's reflux was often a sign of stress, whether from external circumstances or from his ever growing and changing brain/body or both.
Sep 14, 2011
ljoy_22
He doesn't have molars yet... just 4 teeth. He has been walking since 9 months ;) I think the stress thing makes sense though with the resurgence since he has been actively teething more. I wonder about all the gas though...
Sep 15, 2011
lorenzomama
Lorenzo b.4/25/07 1 week in NICU w/ aspirate pneumonia from a reflux episode; diagnosed GERD at 9weeks; Used Zantac for 5months. Currently using Chinese Medicine and Craniosacral Therapy. GERD, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Sensory Processing Disorder. Ask me about breastfeeding a refluxer! Pic: day 5 in the NICU.
Funny....my son started walking at 9 months and had four teeth then, too! Not to say it's so for your little one, but those two things ended up being part of a long list of signs of Sensory Processing Disorder in him. Always something to think about in a infant with reflux, IMO, and I'd be happy to post a link to more information if you'd like it.

It's certainly possible that the gas is due to the PPI increase (and it may go on longer than an 'adjustment period' as happens for some) -- the probiotics are a good plan. Does he have any dietary sensitivities?

As I said, it may not be so for your LO, but I found that there was never a single tree to bark up -- there were many, and their root systems were totally intertwined, making it impossible to identify just one issue to address. It wasn't until we had established a fairly complete picture of Lorenzo's situation, at almost four years, that things really improved for him....

Sep 15, 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 agree that teething really messes with things. An additional thought... When you had his ears checked was it by an ENT or just the pediatrician? He might have acid/reflux/fluid in his ears... but not an infection. It hurts just as bad. The fluid cant be seen by the Ped... the ENT uses a ECOG to find the fluid. Something to think about.
Check with your
doctor first!