Reflux..better and not better

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Registered: 06-11-2007
Reflux..better and not better
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Thu, 04-30-2009 - 7:34pm

Hi Everyone-


I posted two weeks ago about starting Madeline on Prevacid for what the Dr.'s thought was reflux. I was hesitant but did so.


It took about a week, but we started seeing progress. She seemed happier during the day, wasn't screaming as much, and overall, seemed much calmer.


However, she has become much more sensitive to sleeping, particularly on her back. Madeline used to be a great sleeper. Now, she is up 3-4 times per night. What concerns me more is that after feedings now, she will wake up and actually shriek, arch her back, and kick out. You can tell she is in pain. She will do this for a while. It is very difficult to get her back to sleep sometimes. I have tried keeping her elevated for 20 minutes or so after feeding--but shortly after I put her down, particularly in the evenings, she starts this behavior.


My concern is that she NEVER did this before the prevacid. I thought it was just because she was actually spitting up now (she had not before) and maybe it was irritating her. But, I am confused because at times, she seems like she is in more pain than before (during these episodes) but overall, seems better.


We have our 4-month appt tomorrow where we have to decide where to go from here and whether to seek assistance from a ped. gastroentologist. I wanted to get some feedback as to your thoughts and experiences--anyone had anything simliar happen after starting meds?


As always, thanks for your support!

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Registered: 04-06-2007
Thu, 04-30-2009 - 8:50pm
Steph,
We didn't experience what you are with Maddie - everything about Sara got better when we started meds. The night wakings could be associated with a growth spurt but the extra pain and what seems like signs of actual gastro problems have me stumped - I am glad you have an appt tomorrow - let us know how it goes,
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Registered: 12-26-2006
Fri, 05-01-2009 - 1:10am

Hi Stefanie ~


Yes, we had LOTS of problems with the side effects from various meds -- to the point of almost using nothing.

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Registered: 02-22-2008
Fri, 05-01-2009 - 1:51pm

HI Stefanie,


So sorry you are dealing with this.

boardsiggy

                      

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Registered: 03-13-2008
Fri, 05-01-2009 - 2:33pm

DS #2 had acid reflux, and he did great on Prevacid.

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Registered: 11-02-2006
Fri, 05-01-2009 - 4:16pm

What concerns me more is that after feedings now, she will wake up and actually shriek, arch her back, and kick out. You can tell she is in pain.


We just experienced these symptoms and our ped put Anna on Zantac (ranitidine). The med worked right away for us.

 

Lilypie

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Registered: 03-20-2009
Fri, 05-01-2009 - 6:37pm

Get thyself to the ped. gastro asap. If you had something wrong with your toe, would you go to a dentist or a podiatrist? Bad example (LOL) but you kwim!

Ped. gastros are are specialists- I went through hell and high water with my ped with the exact same thing- prevacid not helping, then seemed to help- then she was worse. Ped gastro changed meds and formula and she was new baby in 1 week. I promise. Do it.
Good luck!

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Registered: 06-11-2007
Sun, 05-03-2009 - 2:58pm

Hi Everyone-


Thanks so much for all of the imput. We went to the Dr's on Friday and had an interesting visit. We saw our normal doc, who actually does not think that Madeline has severe acid reflux--he thinks she may have had it mildly--however, he actually thinks its a return of the same old feeding issue we had at the beginning.


His reasoning was that Madeline went from screaming 10 hours a day to 3 hours a day in a month without any treatment. She was also sleeping 7-8 nightly without a problem, which he didn't think would happen with a baby with severe reflux.


Madeline has always been a chronic nurser--I say this because she would rather nurse than do anything. She eats a little bit and then falls asleep. No matter what I do I cannot keep her

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Registered: 04-06-2007
Sun, 05-03-2009 - 8:58pm
I am so glad things are working out better for Maddie with that small switch! Here's hoping everything works out for the best!
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