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January 22nd, 2011, 10:33 PM
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DD has had problems with reflux since day one and I am at my wits end on what to do. We took her the pedi and she was showing the classic signs of reflux, there is a family history of reflux along with her being a preemie it was decided it would be best to get her started on meds. Her pedi gave her zantac and it doesn't seem to be helping at all. We put the first dose in her bottle this morning and her second dose we gave her direct. She screamed for at least 2 hours tonight, settled down for about 30 minutes then up again screaming for another hour. The projectible vomitting has settled down some but she is still getting hiccups after each feeding. Gripe water was helping but now that isn't working either. Her pedi said we can't give her anything but zantac until she is 3 months old. I wanted to start her on prevacid but they told us she is too young. Is zantac really the only medication we can give to her, is this worth a second opinion? I can tell she is pain and I feel horrible for her. I can't imagine going another 2 months before we can try something else.
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January 23rd, 2011, 02:42 PM
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We started prevacid at 6 weeks. so no she is not too young. I would get a second opinion. While Zantac is typically the first drug to try, most kids with more severe reflux, it does nothing for them. Like a Tum.

and have you tried a different formula, or if its pumped milk, I would do an illimination diet. sorry for your poor baby hurting
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January 25th, 2011, 06:49 AM
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I agree with Kaytee, and also, you need to give the drug some time. I was told by Wesley's GI specialist that it was typical to not see any difference for 3 weeks. Also, give it to her directly if possible since some of the medicine can get caught in the nipple or left in the bottle. *hugs*
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January 26th, 2011, 08:48 AM
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I'm not sure how we are going to last until the reflux gets better, we are going to get a second opinion about the prevacid. She has been screaming from 9pm-4am every night. I feel like I am losing my mind, NOTHING gets her to calm down. She will settle down and then 20 minutes later she is screaming again. I am glad to hear there are other options for her besides just accepting this until she is 3 months old.
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January 26th, 2011, 07:05 PM
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I know it's really hard. I felt the same way. Wesley screamed 24/7. He slept in 10 minute intervals. He also choked so bad that he turned blue and stopped breathing on me. All you can do is try to keep her comfortable and do everything you can to find a medication and/or diet that works for her. Sadly, this can go on for some time. Most kids outgrow it when they become mobile though.
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Ruby (2.16.11)
Nissen Fundoplication and Hiatal hernia repair 10/25/11
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