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Sep 02, 2012
Surviving ongoing reflux!!!
I'm struggling with a 4.5-month-old who is still having reflux problems. In fact, his reflux seems worse now than it ever has been (or maybe he can just vocalize more loudly to share his discomfort??). We started him on Zantac when he was about 4 weeks old, and it didn't seem to do much, but we didn't struggle that much with reflux at the time, so I wasn't worried about it. He had tons of trouble breastfeeding, which I think in retrospect was due to reflux, but he didn't cry for hours and slept relatively well. He just seemed uncomfortable a lot -- constantly moving arms and legs. It got worse around 2.5 months and then got a little better, and around 4 months it got much worse. We tried Prevacid, but it made him spit up huge quantities everywhere and refuse to sleep. He cried more and refused to eat more on Prevacid than ever before. We took him off it, and he got better with no meds for a week. Then he got worse again, and we put him back on Zantac. About 2 weeks ago, he got so bad that I almost can't cope with it. He's screaming almost all the time. He wakes up from sleeping with a wet burp and won't go back to sleep because it hurts too much. He sleeps in a Rock-N-Play, so he's already elevated somewhat. He isn't spitting up as much as before, but he has very wet burps that upset him, and he is very congested and coughs a lot. You can hear it in his breathing oftentimes when he's upset. We just started Prilosec in hopes this will help, but I don't see any major improvement yet (only a few days on it). I feel so bad for him and am also so frustrated with the sleep deprivation and constant screaming. He almost never seems happy. Any advice? Thoughts on what has worked? He's exclusively breastfed (via bottle), and he's refusing the bottle regularly now. I have already cut out almost everything from my diet (citrus, soy, wheat, eggs, dairy, nuts, peanuts, etc.). Our doctor said it usually starts getting better now, but his seems to be getting worse. Please tell me this will improve!!!
Sep 23, 2012
It will get better. The main thing is to NOT STOP breastfeeding. If you can, cut Corn. Prevacid has soy lecithin in it. I wonder if your son is very sensetive to soy. Maybe another PPI would help him. Prilosec takes two weeks to work from what I have heard. It will get better.
Oct 09, 2012
My son is now 4.5 months and I also feel it became worse now. My 2yr old daughter (nearly 3 now!) had severe reflux and it was a rough ride. Luckily she has grown out of it and you do do they! But one thing I also think, is that it comes and goes? I call it the 'reflux cycles'. A few weeks are wonderful and the suddenly it crawls or bangs back into your life! And I have a theory that as they get older/stronger muscles, the reflux movement also seems to get stronger. I know they grow out of it due to the sphincter at the stomach tightening, but I think it's a bit of a double edged sword - the movement up is also stronger before things tighten up sufficiently to stop it. Hang on there, this is my 2nd time and although I know it will get better, it helps to be not go through it alone!
Nov 22, 2012
How is it going for you now, since it has been a little bit longer? My son is 4.5 months old, and my story mirrors yours very closely. I haven't done the elimination yet, but I'm going to start tomorrow. I'm so frustrated and tried, and I feel so sad that all my baby ever does is scream.
Check with your
doctor first!