Reflux Med Question Pls Help

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Prego1 - November 11

Hi. For those that give their LO's Axid for reflux, when does it start working? It should work right away bec. it's an H2 Antagonist. It's like when I take zantac for heartburn it works right away. It's the same category of drugs. Have u noticed a big difference? I've been giving dd for 1 week and she stll sounds gurgly and sounds like she has something in the back of her throat. Did your LOs stop having that? DD sounds congested but I don't think she has a cold. She's been like this every morning for almost 1 month now. I suggested to the ped. that maybe she has allergies but she said she is too young 2 have allergies. Maybe just congested from the dry air in the house. We have a cold mist humidifier that runs all day long in the room where she sleeps. My dh and I are also congested since the weather has gotten colder and the heat is on the house. So what is normal as far as reflux goes? I don't want to continue to put her on this medicine as it seems like it's not helping. Is it normal for babies to squirm and grunt and groan in their sleep? I wake up several times a night bec. I hear her grunting and groaning and turning her head left and right. Sorry this is long.....I'm desperate for answers! Pls. help.

 

DB - November 11

Hello. My dd took Zantac for 6 months. It took her 3 days to feel relief from it. What our ped. told us was that the Zantac will not stop the reflux/spit up, but will prevent damage/pain to the esophagus. So, if you're hearing gurgly stuff, it may be her refluxing? I'm not quite sure? As for the sleep, my dd was/is extremely squirmy in her sleep. She's allover her crib now. I think that's fairly normal. Hope that helps a little.

 

MelissaK - November 11

I just started Axid today with my LO (8 weeks). I don't know if it will help. My doc said it takes about 2 weeks to really take hold. My LO grunts and groans at night too, we call it "baby barking." We ignore it at this point, it is her way to put herself to sleep and I guess she'll outgrow as she matures (she won't be 21 doing this!).

 

MelissaK - November 11

For what it's worth, I find good success in feeding her in an upright position. I start with her laying down, then I watch her face as she feeds. It starts to get red and I gently ease her up into a sitting position (bottle still in) and the redness goes away and she keeps feeding. That works ok. We also started Mylicon last week for the burps, that seems to work ok too. She put on 3.2 pounds since birth so I guess it's all ok (8 weeks old now).

 

Prego1 - November 11

MelissaK: DD is gaining weight fine, she's about 13 lbs right now. She's 10 weeks old. She gained about 5 lbs since birth. I also feed her upright. I hold her upright for 30 mins after feeding too.I try to minimize laying flat. She's also ga__sy. What is baby barking? So that's normal then and not bec. of reflux? I was giving Mylicon before but I found Equate works as well. It doesn't have a bunch of artificial stuff and is cheaper. So does your dd have regular reflux or silent reflux? I just ordered ColicCalm online, a bunch of moms recommended it and that it's good for relfux too. I can't wait to try it. It's the only gripe water that's FDA approved so I feel comfortable giving it to LO. Did ur Dr. say how long your LO will be taking Axid?

 

Prego1 - November 11

I forgot to add, do u guys notice your LO congested bec. of reflux?

 

MelissaK - November 11

Well, we just had our 8 week appt. on Friday and I explained to the ped that feedings often resemble a wrestling match with an orangatang. So she just gave us Axid, and we'll see what happens. This morning she (10 am) she was a real struggle for feeding, so I gave her mylicon and then 15 mins later came back at her with the bottle and she drank 4 ounces (she is a really light eater). I don't know really what is the deal, reflux, gas, just a fussy gal? I just try to be patient because I am afraid of making food a big scary thing for her. So, gaining weight, tons of weight diapers and regular poopy diapers means it's all fine, just a chore for the "feeder" on occasion. We use the joking term "baby barking" to describe the weird noises she makes, grunt, groan, etc. It sounds like some animal in there! I had a night light with a pink light in it that was hidden behind her crib in the beginning, and in the middle of the night she would make all those noises and I was like "Oh my god!! The baby is possesed!!!" You know, with the weird pink glow from the light and all. So we started calling it baby barking because it sounds a heck of a lot better than saying the baby is possessed!! LOL, it's all normal, they grow out of it, it's part of the communication development and such.

 

Prego1 - November 11

That's funny! I guess I'm just frustrated....and want to do the best for LO. 4 oz is normal for an 8 week old baby btw. I have a chart and it says for 1-2 month old, 4-5 oz every 3-4 hrs is perfectly normal. DD is drinking about 5 oz now, sometimes 6. I noticed that she tilts her neck backwards a lot, I have to ask the dr. about that tomorrow.

 

rohan - November 11

my lo is on zantac. all that u described happens with him. THe meds help them because it makes the whole reflux episode less painful, less acid in the stomach means that when it does come up it doesn't hurt the food pipe (esohagus) as much. Though the symptoms and the ruflux don't go away but it does make it less painful for them. In real bad cases if the acid keeps coming up in the food pipe it can really damage it and then it become really difficult to recover. I wouldn't take you lo off the medication without your phys. recommendation. Yes, my sone arches his back everytime we try to feed him and talking to other mom's I realise that it is because he is in pain because of food coming up and hurting him. arching back extends the insides and make it less painful. Sometime he is just avoiding the boote - I think he has started a__sociating the pain with drinking so I can only feed him when he is a little sleepy. I should do what Melissa does and go back with the bottle when he is calmer and less ga__sy. anyone knows how long before the reflux starts getting better?

 

rohan - November 11

Did I sound as if I knew it all. Spend 1.5 hrs getting him to drink 3.5 oz - he was so ga__sy. Also, he fought so much with me - arching his back .....

 

jen327 - November 11

My son takes Pepcid, which is similar to Axid. And it takes 3-5 days. Give it a week and if it has not started to work, call your doctor. Remember to give it 30 mins before eating or 1 hour after eating. If you give it sooner then that, it will not work. Also, you can give 3ml of Maalox 3 times a day, but check with your doctor. That helps for those days when it just isn't working well. But you can't give Maalox 1 hour after or before the Axid. Keep in mind also reflux is hard to manage because they grow so fast, 10 weeks after they start feeling better, it can start all over again. Some good things to do, are holding the baby upright 30 mins after feedings, wearing the baby in a sling upright (my son has spent the first 3 months like this, burp baby for 10 mins, even if they don't burp keep burping, and my favorite, if they are bottle fed, add "simply thick" because this will totally keep down all the fluids. I got mine from the pharmacy. It does not add any calories, is not going to hurt the baby in digestion. Also, don't do the rice cereal in the bottle, this really does screw up a baby's digestion. ALSO DB, it is not normal for the baby to be squirmy while she is sleeping. She is not getting good sleep and she is squirmy because acid is coming back up her throat. We bought a "Tucker Sling", this will help the baby sleep upright and stop the squirming. Oh, and btw, crying aggravates reflux. We see a super specialist in the area of reflux, a GI doctor who specializes in peds. He is world reknowned. But he kept telling me that reflux gets worse and better and finally stops when they are 12 months. But to keep up with a support group because it can get lonely and frustrating.

 

rohan - November 11

Thanks Jen for all the information. I have ordered the tucker sling. We have raised everything crib - diaper changing table ... but the baby keeps sliding off the crib so finally oredered the sling. sometimes It takes our son more than an hour to get that burp out. Jen, what is simply thick? we got the enfamil thickened milk (rice cereal added) You bet it didn't agree with his tummy, we tried it for a month thinking it might get ok but he is off it now and poops so much better now, but throws up more. He is 3.5 months. Please let me know what is simply thick and where can I get it?

 

Prego1 - November 12

Jen - Hi and thank u! I kind of figured if she was squirming and grunting that she wasn't getting much sleep and I'm really concerned about that. Last night was really bad too as far as that. I cried bec. I can't bear the fact she's in pain or something bothering her! I think mainly the prob is that she keeps spitting up her medication. She takes Mylicon fine but not Axid, must not like the bubblegum flavor. She does sleep elevated. She sleeps at about a 30 degree angle, just like the Tucker Sling. She sleeps in a papasan chair. After feedings I keep her upright for 45 mins. She's getting b___stmilk and Similac Sensitive RS mixed together. I was worried about the rice starch messing up her stomach so I will start her on a hypoallergenic formula recommended by her dr. Rice cereal is not the same as rice starch. Rice starch is the liquid on top of the rice when u are cooking it. My Mom did this to all of us. So I'm not sure if the rice cereal and rice starch will have the same effect. I was thinking of getting the Simply Thick but I don't see it in our drugstores here. I wanted to try that w. the hypoallergenic formula. She doesn't hardly spit up though, more like silent reflux. The dr. didn't tell me any specifics as far as when to give the Axid. I will try giving it to her before feeding. All she said was to give it 2x a day every 12 hrs. How long has your LO been taking Pepcid? Have u noticed a big change? Is your LO on formula or b___stfed? What formula worked for you? I want to start taking her to a pediatric GI also.

 

jen327 - November 12

Sean is b___st feed. I just started back at work, so he gets bottles during the day with Simply Thick and they make a lot of difference. He was a premie (only 3 weeks) but he had RDS so the doctor said b___stmilk will really make a big difference for him. Anyway, the Pepcid works so much better then the Prilosec. We used to do it twice a day but the stupid GI doctor made us stop. He said it was too much for his size in one day. But I give it to him in a bottle top nipple. I drop it in and he sucks it out. So he gets it all. The stupid droppers are the worst, he spits it out that way. I love the tucker sling, makes a world of difference. Our son still is in our bed, because it was the only way he would sleep and not squirm, so we are trying to get him into his crib, which is right next to our bed. He does good the first 4 hours, but after that he is in bed iwth me. The sqirming is the worst because I know he is in pain. Last night I laid him down to change him right after I fed him because he peed through his diaper and he was choking and you could see the milk driping right back up. They say by the time they can sit up and move around they are much better. I sure hope so.

 

jen327 - November 12

Oh, here is the URL for simply Thick. Ask the pharmacy because mine had it behind the counter even though it was not prescription. w w w (dot) specialtyfoodshop (dot) com/shopping/shopexd.asp?catalogid=1512&ID=&cat=Infant+Feeding+Supplies&name=Breast+Feeding+Supplies

 

jen327 - November 12

Remove the dashes

 

jen327 - November 12

Better site w w w (dot) simplythick (dot) com/gestalt/go.cfm?objectid=BC054A75-8764-4A45-AA18F05680CFB682

 

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