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August 9th, 2011, 04:30 PM
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I have been MIA again because of the kids, among other things. Wesley's GERD started affecting him again and he was put back on Zantac and is waiting to go to the GI specialist again.

Ruby isn't doing well. She has been wheezing and super congested for months, but without being sick. She never eats more than 3-4 ozs of Alimentum (almost 6 mths old), because she gets so clogged up and can barely breathe. She is seeing a new GI specialist in 6 days. She's been on Zantac, but something is wrong. She was switched from bm to formula at 4 mths because she could never poop, I mean never. I was using suppositiories constantly, and they suspected a protein allergy, despite me not eating dairy at all. Anyways, the pediatrician isn't sure if she has asthma and reflux, or such severe reflux that is is affecting her lungs and breathing. He ordered her nebulizer. It seems to be helping. Before she sounded like a snorting baby piglet all day with wheezing and crackling in her chest, and now she just sounds congested. Progress. Ugh. Has anyone had an experience like this one?

Oh, and just to show off the cuteness.


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Wesley (7.16.09) Severe GERD, FTT, Gastroparesis, Sensory Processing issues, Tube fed, (G tube currently), suspected Mitochondrial Disease, trialing Gastric Stimulator. Nissen Fundoplication 7/2012
Ruby (2.16.11)
Nissen Fundoplication and Hiatal hernia repair 10/25/11

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August 9th, 2011, 04:51 PM
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First off...she is SOOOO adorable!!! Second...yes. Danny had what we determined was an egg allergy but he would vomit 12-15 times per day...but he also had Reactive Airway Disease....basically the diagnosis used in place of asthma until the age of 3-5. Danny was diagnosed with RAD at 2 months old and now we have confirmed a diagnosis of reflux. It doesn't necessarily have to be one or the other but doc's normally won't diagnose asthma in a child under 3-5 depending on the office. If she hasn't had one I would suggest an endoscopy to look at the damage from the reflux. If the damage is far up enough that it could be affecting her lungs ask the GI for a pulmonology referral. Alimentum can still aggravate protein allergies. To avoid a milk or soy protein allergy she would need to be on Neocate or Elecare... If she does a trial with one of those and does better it could be a protein allergy causing the congestion. It sounds weird but it is one symptom of a milk or soy protein allergy. If she doesn't respond to the Neocate or Elecare than it is likely either RAD or reflux...or both. You can also look into changing the medication. Zantac never did anything for Danny...the only one that ever helped anything was the Prevacid...

I hope something in here helped... ((((HUGS))))
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August 9th, 2011, 05:38 PM
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Thanks, hun for the suggestions. Her pediatrician was talking about the ph test, but he said it takes hours and is pretty hard on the child. She was fine with the upper GI, but that's not really a big deal. I'll update after her appt.
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Ruby (2.16.11)
Nissen Fundoplication and Hiatal hernia repair 10/25/11
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August 16th, 2011, 06:19 AM
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Danny has done fine with his ph probes... They are in for 23 hours and as long as you can distract them from the tape on their cheek it isn't really a big deal. We strapped the monitor around his waist like a fanny pack when he was a baby and it just sat on his back side as he crawled around...
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August 16th, 2011, 06:49 AM
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Oh, ok. Thanks!
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Wesley (7.16.09) Severe GERD, FTT, Gastroparesis, Sensory Processing issues, Tube fed, (G tube currently), suspected Mitochondrial Disease, trialing Gastric Stimulator. Nissen Fundoplication 7/2012
Ruby (2.16.11)
Nissen Fundoplication and Hiatal hernia repair 10/25/11
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