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Jan 19, 2012
ameliasmama
New to forum...silent refluxing 3 month old BF and constipated
Hi all, I am new to the forum and I have a few questions. But first I'll tell a little bit about us, my DD is 15 weeks old and has been on Zantac since she was one month. I recognized some of her discomfort during and after feedings in the hospital before we were even discharged. My DS had silent reflux and responded really well to Zantac. My LOs both are comfort nursers and are off the growth charts every time I go in. I am truly grateful that this is the case as my heart goes out to families dealing with poor weight gain. That being said.. I am a human pacifier allllll night long. My dd wakes up more times than I can count to nurse. Sometimes she appears to be constipated but my dr (who has already said does not know of silent reflux) says she is not constipated unless her stools her hard. But I watched her as we upped her medicine to 4 ml (2 ml twice a day) she did not poop for days and was spending all her waking and sometimes sleeping hours trying to go. So my question is can a BF baby on Zantac be constipated if it isn't hard? As soon as I dropped the dose her pain cries returned BUT she had a bowel movement. I have considered trying Prevacid but my DS actually had a rare reaction of insomnia. Any ideas are helpful bc my brain isn't really working that well with such little sleep.
Jan 19, 2012
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.
She CAN be constipated even if her stool isn't hard. She may also be having a slow down in motility, which could lead to similar symptoms. Do you use probiotics? If not, I'd highly recommend it. And as daunting as it is to try other meds, if she is nursing all night long for comfort, it doesn't sound like the Zantac is working so well. Is she only doing the constant nursing at night, or is she doing it during the day as well?
Jan 20, 2012
ameliasmama
I went to the doctor this morning. He didn't prescribe any probiotics but said I could use prune juice or a little yogurt if I wanted. She is mostly nursing at night. I don't know if she is waking up and doesn't know how to get back to sleep without nursing or if she is in pain. She has been in bed with me for weeks now b/c it was the only way both of us could rest. In other words, I don't know if its a sleeping association or reflux problem. He also gave me 10 mg Nexium to try instead of the Zantac. I hope it doesn't have the motility issue as well. Which probiotics do you know of?
Jan 20, 2012
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.
There are probiotics designed specifically for infants, which you should be able to find in any natural/health food store. Two things to consider when choosing a brand -- if there's any possibility of milk allergy or milk/soy protein intolerance (and there usually is a possibility) look for one that is free of all milk products (many are not), and be sure to get one that requires refrigeration, as probiotics are living organisms which do not survive well at room temperature.

For the constipation, we would put dried apricots in water overnight, then remove the apricots and give the "juice" to DS. It worked very well, and he seemed to like it.

Check with your
doctor first!