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Aug 02, 2013
Reflux newbie: this is hard. Headed to GI specialist on Monday
We are first time parents of a great 5.5 mo boy. At a little more than 4 months what was controllable reflux took a huge turn for the worse. In the past week or two it has become completely unmanageable. My husband and I are on the verge of a breakdown. I'm a zombie. Some nights he has to be held all night long. And now during the day he's starting to show symptoms (apart from difficulty feeding) - coughing, irritability, choking, gurgling, hoarse voice. We are zombies. I cannot think at work, I cry at random times, my husband and I snap at each other all the time...sometimes when our boy bursts into tears in the middle of the night and starts screaming from pain I start sobbing too. It is so terrible to watch him be in such distress. Been to the ped twice, headed to a GI specialist on Monday. Weeks ago we started Zantac, now on Zantac and Prevacid. Just bought a Tucker wedge and sling. I DON'T WANT TO BE IN THIS CLUB but here I am. My little boy is the best thing to ever happen to me. But this is so, so hard.
Aug 05, 2013
Hi Onion - I feel the same way. Our little guy is six months and still gets up about 5-6 times a night. Occasionally we have a night where he is only up 2 times but those are rare. I wish I had magic advice for you but as I am sure you read here, every baby and every reflux story is different. The sling will help I think with sleeping at least so he doesn't have the constant reflux while lying on his back. I also think the Prevacid will help immensely. Our guy went from eating only 14-16 ounces a day to eating around 32 once the Prevacid kicked in. We have a night nurse come 2 times a week just so that we can have some sleep but I know that the feeling is unbearable at times. Let me know if you have any specific questions and I am happy to help. I am praying for you guys since my husband and I know how hard this is
Aug 07, 2013
Hi babsil - thanks so much for the words of support. Yes we have an occasional night when he wakes only twice or so and those are pure heaven. But then the very next night he might wake every 1.5hrs! Like last night....ugggggg. My husband and I are discussing the possibility of each of us taking a break one night a week to sleep at a friend's house (our place is tiiiiiny). QUESTION: have you use a Tucker sling or something similar? My guy is a picky sleeper. We are going to have to train him to sleep in this thing because he sure aint gonna do it right off the bat. Do you have any words of advice? I bet it is easier to train very young babies but at almost 6 months he's set in his ways and wakes up every time we try to strap him in.
Aug 08, 2013
I wish I had advice about that too but I don't :( M guy started at 8 weeks in the tucker but we had to transition himout of it at 5 months because he liked to crawl and roll. We ended up just putting a pillow under his mattress to keep him somewhat elevated but he just rolls around anyway so it is probably moot. It is a shame though because when he slept in the sling his cough was so much better and we didn't have one single hospital visit
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