Anyone S LO Taking Zantac For Reflux

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DB - February 23

DD just started Zantac last night for her reflux. She is also colicky, although I'm praying it's all related to her reflux. She seemed a little better last night (only cried for about 3.5 hours off and on)...I'm wondering if anyone else's LO is taking Zantac...if so, is it helping their reflux?? How long did it take to see a difference in your LO??? Any info would be great.

 

jilly01 - February 23

I have a very different take on this that I know is going to get some slack.....I had a dd with reflux and tummy issues. She had an upper gi at 1 and 2 months. They doc at Childern's saw no damage and thus I chose to not but her on meds, and the doctor agreed. There is little proof that Zantac or other drugs will help in childern. You can look it up!! I just don't feel I should be getting her in the routin of meds so early. I also went to a GI doctor for this reason. Colic is something that you can do nothing really about. Ihave found though that weight in the bottle (ceral) and gripe water help us ALOT. I had her sitting up as much as possible. She could and would spend a great deal of the day in her car seat adn I just took her room to room with me and she was happy! I saw a big difference in my DD with these small changes. She is about 11.5 months now and we still do the same with her ( though now it's her bouncer) and she has minial spitting and gas! Hope this helps!

 

Danielle19 - February 23

my son took zantac when he was 7 weeks until about 5 months and it took a couple of days to notice anything, i think the gripe water was the best thing and had an instant result, and i also just recently read that they think zantac doesn't really have any effect on them if i would have known that before i would have never put my son on the meds, so i would try gripe water, swaddling, white nosie, sleeping upright, or if you have one of those front carriers those work great to before you try the meds..good luck i hope things get better

 

Danielle19 - February 23

oh and my son has been completely reflux free since about 5 1/2 months

 

jilly01 - February 23

Hey sorry to upset you, but I am just basing my post on my info and that's what was asked. We are all mom's just doing what we think is right for our child and if you felt and your doc's felt that meds where right for your child then do it. I just felt that it wasn't right for me and was giving the info I used to help my child. My DD has bad reflux and spends lots of time with the GI doc's but we make it work with out meds and that my choice!

 

EricaG - February 23

My daughter had reflux and the pediatrician put her on zantac, but then she started having some twitching in her extremities. I had my mom look up Zantac in her medical books and one of the possible side effects was central nervous system disturbances. The pediatrician got us a consult with a pediatric neurologist and they said that since Abby's reflux wasn't bad enough that it was damaging her esophogus that we should take her off of the zantac just in case. She is now 7 months and has grown out of it.

 

aurorabunny - February 23

Wow. Yeah pretty much what Bonnie said, same goes for me. My ds is almost 8 months old right now and either his reflux is peaking or he needs his prilosec bumped up....either way, jilly I will just say that I think if your dd really had "bad"reflux, that she would be on meds. "Bad" reflux is when your child screams 24 hours a day from pain that is so bad that they can't even sleep, when all they want to do is eat for comfort or they're not eating at all....I could go on, but my son NEEDS his medication for plenty more reasons than the ones listed above. I respect your opinions and you have the choice to do whatever you wish with your kids but please don't tell other moms that babies don't really need reflux meds, because for some babies it's just not true.

 

Bonnie - February 23

Jilly, I understand where you are coming from and I will readily admit that this is the one subject that I am extremely sensitive on. But mainly because i do not want anyone to go through what i went through. The first couple months of Mason's life were miserable for both of us. If I'd have had a doctor that listened back then, things might have been different. But I lost a lot of time with my son that I can never get back. I am just thankful to this day that he did finally get the help he needed. I am the last one in the world to want to medicate my child. I have even tried to take Mason off the Prevacid because I hate the fact that he is a year old and still needs to be on it. It of course did not work, caused him pain, and got me a lecture from the GI about accepting the fact that Mason needs it. I guess we all have different descriptions of what reflux is as well. i would have said mason had extreme reflux....until I met the mommies who have children who need surgery or the 2 mommies I know who have kids that even the doc's don;t know what to do anymore. That's bad. If your child can get by without meds by elevation, thickenings, etc. Hey, that is great. i would totally do the same thing. But many babies can not. The reflux most certainly can cause damage. it just depends on the severity of it as to whether or not medication is necessary. I realise you certainly didn't mean to offend with your post, so I apologise if I came across harsh. But it really sounded like you thought that medicating a child is unneccessary and worthless, and that of course is not true. It depends on the degree of reflux.

 

Danielle19 - February 23

i think i may have been misunderstood, i didn't mean that no kids need medication, i ment that there are other thigs to try alone or in combination with meds, and if things arn't getting better to see you doctor again and again until your comfortable with a diagnoses and treatment, i was just telling db what my expirences were

 

DB - February 23

Thank you all for your thoughts. I just don't know. I am sitting her crying as I'm typing. I just don't know if it's reflux making her so upset all day long or if it's colic, or a combination of the two. I wish a doctor could come spend a day with me and tell me whats wrong with her. So far today she's only slept for about an hour...it's almost 1pm here and she's been up since 8am. She's trying to eat hourly and my nipples just can't handle that. The pediatrician didn't even mention trying to add cereal. Maybe it's because I'm bf? I would gladly pump and add cereal if that would help the situation. I just don't know...some things scream reflux-like the spitup, acid breath etc...and some things seem more like colic-like constantly wanting to be held, the constant crying (epecially around dinner time). I just don't know. I'm trying not to lose my mind. I just want my happy baby back.

 

Bonnie - February 23

DB, I feel ya. It is NOT easy. Check out infantrefluxdisease.com like I said and look at the signs and symptoms under the info section. Also, I wrote an article about what I went through with Mason. Maybe it will help you. You are not alone lady. (((HUGS)))...........(keepd the underscores_lose the dashes) .....................a__sociatedcontent.com/article/88167/the_symptoms_of_silent_reflux.html

 

DB - February 23

I read your article. Very interesting stuff. I think starting right now I'm going to write down everything and bring it with me to our appt. next week. DD doesn't sleep well during the day, but she does sleep decently at night, in fact that is the only time she eats well too. That's why I wonder if it is reflux? Did your LO eat well at certain times of the day? It's funny because most mommies probably hate the middle of the night stuff, but it's the ONLY time my LO is calm. I AM LOVING the middle of the night feedings and diaper changes. I don't know...I have a ma__sive headache from crying so hard. I think I'll go sit on the couch while dd is finally sleeping. My house is a wreck, but I honestly could care less.

 

Bonnie - February 23

It could be. Reflux can be worse at certain times a day. but so can colic and gas. It is so very difficult to determin what is wrong when they can't tell you. Keeping a journal will be very helpful to your doctor. the only good thing that I can tell you i sthat it is truely not forever, though of course that doesn't help you now. In the meantime. Forget about the house, lol. Just breath and take it one step at a time. there is only so much you can do and right now that majority of things are out of yoru control.

 

jilly01 - February 23

I think we just all got off on the wrong foot, thanks for the sorry and i sorry too!! It kinda goes back to just about everything on here. Everyone has there high horse, for me it's the need to vacciate and not use antibotics for the sniffles (thats my big one, working the hospital people always want them for nothing) for you it's reflux meds. I have just gone the homopathic way for my Brooke.

 

aurorabunny - February 23

Danielle I know you didn't mean that no kids need medication, I was responding to what jilly01 had said. And I also wasn't trying to be rude either, but again, what Bonnie said is right on. If you have been through what a lot of us reflux mommies have been through, you are so sensitive to anyone who may try to trivialize it (as many of us seem to have had to deal with doctors who do). But just putting in my 2 cents.

 

jilly01 - February 23

well i wasn't trying to trivialize it, let's just get that out there, maybe my wording was wrong, just saying how i do it here for my baby cakes! sorry if your mad but I am sure i'll be p__sed by something someone say's soon...LOL :o)

 

Danielle19 - February 23

aurorabunny- i know a couple of mothers with reflux babies and i do see what mothers have to go through, jordan was a screamer when he was little so bad i thought about giving him away, because i couldn't watch him scream like he did and hes still a screamer not as bad but hes crying a good 6 hours out of a day some days more, but he had a ph probe at 6 months and they determined he no longer had reflux that would be causing pain or injury, i think he is just so used to be held alot when he was little that hes not a very good self soother, and i still cry almost e veryday, so i do sympathize with other mommies and im glad my expirences have shown me there is a light at the end of tunnel it just takes lots of time to get there

 

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