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i think my 8 week old has silent reflux. she cries for hours every day, mostly in the evening and after feedings. she gets red in the face, cries real tears, screams, coughs and is inconsolable. i tried elevating her during and after feedings and also at night, with no success. the doctor then put her on zantac for a week, which did nothing for her. so the doctor asked me today if i want a prescription for prevacid now or if i want to get an upper GI x-ray done. what would you guys do? prevacid? upper GI? both? neither? also, should i try rice cereal? and how would that work if i breastfeed?! any other ideas?
thank you so much in advance for your advice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
1. ask for a gastric dumping or scanti scan. UGI'S in my experiences dont give enough information. The gastric test will tell reflux episodes, how far up, gastric rate of emptying etc
2. one week might not be long enough for any medication to take hold n work. i personally like prevacid better thou and nexium the best.
3. elevating can be tricky, mine need elevation for about 2/3hours after a feed and the bed a lot higher then the conventional wedges provide so i use blankets/towels.
Soory to be like bulleted holding my youngest 1 hand typing.
i would also ask for a referal to a ped GI. peds are great but the gi has much more information on the subject thus better help.
My little guy screamed like that for weeks...totally inconsolable. I too was breastfeeding. We eventually determined that he had reflux and an unknown allergy. I'm no expert, but have you tried to remove milk from your diet? Our GI said it was a common problem.
The GI specialist told us 7-10 days for full effect of Zantac but some improvement by 5 days.
I personally would not do any invasive testing unless he is losing weight/ not gaining ect. we did an ultrasound for Avery. It was non invasive and told us how often she refluxed and how high up each time ect. Its not as good as some invasive ones but we knew it was not a life or death situation.
Zantac did not work for us at all, ok it did a tad but not enough. We are now on Prevacid and its much better!
I exclusively pumped with my LO and my ped had me put cereal in the BM. I agree that Prevacid is great. Drew has been on it since he was 1 month old and is working for him. Have you tried looking into getting a tucker sling for your little one to sleep in at night? Pricey, but very worth it and is covered by some insurance companies.