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July 31st, 2010, 12:20 PM
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DS is almost 3 weeks old and we have been having feeding issues from day 1. We tried EBF for 2 weeks but he lost too much weight (about 10%). We had so many difficulties with BF. He was too sleepy to nurse most of the time or he would be fussing, crying and screaming when trying to latch on or when sucking. He would pull his head away from the breast or push away with his arms. When we could get him to eat it was a struggle to keep him latched and sucking and I know he didn't eat enough.

We started giving formula in bottles a week ago and right away he had problems with that too. He takes his bottles just fine (we are feeding him Nutramigen or breast milk) but after feedings he will have milk or formula shoot out his nose and his face turn bright red and he could breathe. The choking is very scary and he is still doing it on occasion. We are feeding him pretty upright, trying to burp after every 1/2 oz. (although he usually fusses and squirms a lot and won't burp), keeping him upright or in his bouncer for about 30 minutes after each feeding (unless we HAVE to change him). We had the head of his bassinet pad elevated some with blankets underneath, but I got paranoid about him laying with his chin on his chest so now we barely put him in it at all. He has a lot of mucus and his breathing sounds very congested and labored after he eats. We have been using saline drops and aspirating his nose frequently. He has never once spit up out of his mouth, just stuff coming out of his nose. He gets the hiccups sometimes after burping and he has seemed to have a lot of gas since he was born.

All the things we have been doing have seemed to help almost eliminate the choking spells but he still has them on occasion which means that one of us is constantly awake with him so we can catch it if it happens again. I really wish there was something we could do to help this, especially if he is having pain and discomfort. Is most of this normal for a newborn or does it sound like he could have reflux? His next doctor's appointment is on Monday and I will ask him about it then but I was wondering what you all thought.
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August 2nd, 2010, 06:35 AM
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It sounds like reflux to me. Babies naturally spit-up, so sometimes docs do not take moms seriously. If he is having those issues, I would ask about trying Zantac. It can help neutralize the acid so no damage is done to his esophagus. I know the breathing/choking is scary, Wes did that bad too. The good news is, most babies outgrow it by about 9 months.
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August 2nd, 2010, 10:04 AM
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It sounds like reflux to me. Babies naturally spit-up, so sometimes docs do not take moms seriously. If he is having those issues, I would ask about trying Zantac. It can help neutralize the acid so no damage is done to his esophagus. I know the breathing/choking is scary, Wes did that bad too. The good news is, most babies outgrow it by about 9 months.

Thanks for responding! I will talk to his doctor about it today and I hope he does take me seriously.

One of my biggest concerns is how can we sleep when he is asleep if we never know when or if he will have a choking episode? We're sleeping in shifts now and fortunately DH is a night owl, but I don't know how much longer we can keep going like this. I'm so afraid to lay him down (even on an incline) so we seem to be constantly holding him or we have him in his bouncer. I think I will start wearing him in the sling more at home. But it just seems like there's no end in sight. Would medication help with this?
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August 3rd, 2010, 01:21 PM
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Wesley did the same thing. One time he spit up projectile out of his mouth and nose at the same time, and stopped breathing. I grabbed him and threw him over the couch arm and pat his back really hard. It worked, and he started crying. I almost had to call 911. The medication does not help how much they spit up, it just helps prevent damage. He's not old enough for solids, but I used to add rice to his pumped breast milk, and he did better because it was thicker. We tried to stay up like that, but it doesn't really help. Wesley had one of the most severe cases they had seen at Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital, and he never choked except the one time. We kept Wes in the Fisher Price Papsan swing when he slept. It kept him at an incline on his back, and the motion back and forth helped him get a better sleep. I put it right next to my side of the bed, and that worked well for us. As he got a little older, he slept on his tummy, so if he threw-up, he was less likely to choke. That sacred me because of SIDS, but we didn't have a choice.

I know it is really stressful. Wes cried 24/7, and trying to stay up all night was hard. We are still dealing with his reflux at 12 months. If you ever want to chat, you can PM me. My DH and I have been through it all with him. *hugs*

Wes (very tiny) in his swing
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August 15th, 2010, 07:33 PM
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What did your dr. say? Was baby Vincent diagnosed with reflux? The choking sounds really scary. Natalie was diagnosed with severe acid reflux, but she doesn't choke too much...not enough to really scare me.
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August 22nd, 2010, 12:04 AM
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My son is almost 6 months old and was diagnosed at 6 weeks when I finally did some research to find out what was wrong with him! He currently takes 7.5 mg of Prevacid twice a day, but he is outgrowing that it seems.

I actually had to hold him upright for him to sleep until he was almost 2 months old. I barely slept as I was afraid of dropping him or something. It's really tough...it does improve over time, but I hope you find something that works for you!

By the way, is he keeping down much food at all? Maybe they can check him for "pyloric stenosis". It is most common in first born male babies. It requires surgery to correct, but the improvement is immediate. It's worth asking about! It's main symptom is projectile spit-up that worsens over time.
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