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December 15th, 2008, 11:59 PM
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Hi Mommas! My son Noah was just diagnosed with Reflux. He is currently on Zantac but it isn't working very well, he is still having some problems. So we'll be visiting our pediatrician next week to see about Reglan.

I knew something was different about him (besides the NICU trip). I think my daughter Ava had undiagnosed reflux because alot of the symptoms seem the same, they are just so much more severe in Noah. I think that is part of why my kids gain so much weight *so* fast. Ava was 22 pounds by 6 months and Noah came home at 5lb 14oz and he is already 14 pounds. I think its because they both want(ed) to eat every hour or so. The doc says it is more to soothe their hurting tummies than b/c they are hungry.

Noah was diagnosed last Thursday. My husband called me here at work (I work the night shift in the ER) and said Noah had been crying for almost 4 hours straight! He would try to eat and then scream in pain. So the doc on duty said to go get him and bring him in. He looked at him and said it was pretty bad reflux and called our pedi and they decided to try Zantac first and then add or switch to Reglan if necessary.


So that's where we are at. So frustrating when he doesn't feel well and I can't make him feel better. :-/


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December 19th, 2008, 11:19 AM
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Hello and welcome. Sorry about he lil guy
My daughter is a 32wk who is now 21m and suffers greatly still with GERD.

I would ask for a referral to a Ped GI so they can test and see exactly how bad, far up etc the reflux is effecting him. I would also say research Reglan. Its a harsh drug for an adult to take, and even harder for a child/infant. I was on it for m/s and the neurological side effects sleepness etc were horrid and i was on 10mg only. It wasn't until then I realized I didn't want my daughter on it anymore, she is now completely weaned from it.

There are many other drugs like zantac to try.
Nexium (works best for us), prevacid, axid etc... Good luck

Edited to add : Your BFing also watch your diet. There are alot of things we eat that greatly effects the babies I will see if I can find the site that gave hints on what to avoid etc.
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December 22nd, 2008, 06:14 AM
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Lisa,

I'm sorry to hear that Noah is having a hard time. I too have a son named Noah who was diagnosed with sliet reflux at 8wks. We have tried many different things - first we tried Zantac, which you will find will ony work for a few weeks. Then we tried Zantac and Reglan...then we tried Prevacid and it seemed to help for awhile but later on we were advised to give reglan along with the Prevacid and from then on he has been doing great.

There could be some crazy side affects with any drugs. Missi and I have talked about the affects Reglan could have....not sure if you have read up on this. When I heard what Reglan could possibly do I tried to stop some of the dosages but Noah became miserable..and his reflux was bad again.

Missi is right, your first step is to get Noah into a G.I specialist and see whats going on. I BF until Noah was 5 mos old and I noticed that sometimes the BM made his reflux worse even though I watched what I ate. You might want to try pumping and thickening the BM with some rice cereal or something....but again this si all something the GI will talk about. Good luck and i hope your little guy feels better.
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December 22nd, 2008, 12:14 PM
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Thanks on the advice--I'll look into a pedi GI. He is doing okay on the Zantac so far. I am no longer breastfeeding, I had to stop a couple of weeks ago b/c I'm on heart medication. I just hadn't changed my blinkie until yesterday. I have an appointment with his pedi after the first of the year so I'll ask about a specialist.


On a side note Jess--my son's name is the exact same as yours...Noah James. lol



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