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Old 12-06-2012, 11:22 AM   #16
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I would not advise this. Most times primary care CAN handle reflux issues. When they can't, you will be referred to a specialist.

And, some insurance companies will not pay for specialty visits unless you have a referral from your primary.
It takes too long to get referred and wait for that appointment when you know your baby is burning their esophagus every day. I say convince your pediatrician to treat the problem with anti-reflux meds right away. If those don't work-then see a specialist. I took my son in and asked for the meds. The doctor suggested a test...uh, no. She prescribed the meds, my baby was more comfortable in 24 hours. Some people are still satisfied with the 'it's colic and she/he will outgrow it.' diagnosis. Well, it's reflux and they will outgrow it but they are in horrible pain that can be avoided while you wait."
It's hard to believe that pediatricians are still so behind with this issue.
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:33 AM   #17
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Hi everyone. I recently posted a few threads on here about how stressed out I was about some symptoms my almost four month old is experiencing. At first I felt like it was a great sounding board, but after posting what I guess was one to many threads, I was diagnosed by numerous people with having post partum depression :/ This really hurt, because I felt like I was being judged, and I know that my stress and depression is due to my baby seeming like she was in pain. Content baby, content mommy. I don't like the labels Anyway, after taking her to her pediatrician (a new one) this past Thursday for congestion and coughing she has had for over a month, he suspected a cow milk protein allergy, as well as silent reflux. I suspected silent reflux all along, but just wanted a dr to confirm it. He started her on rice cereal and nutramigen formula over the weekend ,but she did horribly. The Nutramigen gave her a horrible horrible diaper rash (she has never had one prior).I was advised to switch her to her original formula, Gerber goodstart:Soothe. After four months of resisting, we finally started her on reflux meds . This was due to her chronic cough and congestion that the Dr. said wasn't a good sign and shouldn't be left untreated or could cause worse problems for her. She is currently on Zantac twice a day, and she just started it tonight. Here are a few questions I have:

1. Did Zantac work for any of your reflux (silent or otherwise) babies??

2. How long did it take to notice a difference??

3. Did they eventually grow out of the reflux??? If so, when???

4. What other things seemed to help your baby???

Any encouraging words or stories would be much appreciated. I pray that the medicine finally helps so that my beautiful baby can finally have some much needed relief!!! Thank you all

My niece was diagnosed with reflux at about the same age. She would scream in pain after eating, she had loose stools or whenever you layed her down flat or even to feed her a bottle she would writhe in pain and squirm and cry forever. She was on a medicine for this, but I don't remember which. Anyway, after a month of this, she was eventually diagnosed with C-diff which I only know is a germ/bacteria that you can pick up in hospitals. I believe a stool sample was needed, but after they ruled that "in", they treated her and she was a completely happy baby.

Best wishes to you and your baby.
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:42 PM   #18
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It takes too long to get referred and wait for that appointment when you know your baby is burning their esophagus every day. I say convince your pediatrician to treat the problem with anti-reflux meds right away. If those don't work-then see a specialist. I took my son in and asked for the meds. The doctor suggested a test...uh, no. She prescribed the meds, my baby was more comfortable in 24 hours. Some people are still satisfied with the 'it's colic and she/he will outgrow it.' diagnosis. Well, it's reflux and they will outgrow it but they are in horrible pain that can be avoided while you wait."
It's hard to believe that pediatricians are still so behind with this issue.
The one's that I work for are very up on this issue. We have same day sick calls. If you come in and it is determined that your child has reflux, you get a med immediately.

Now if the situation warrants it, tests may be done. If the PCP appt is early enough in the day, we usually can get an UGI done that day. Occasionally a pH probe is ordered, but that is not common. My peds don't like to order unnecessary tests, but sometimes you need that to rule out more serious issues.
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:14 PM   #19
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Both of my children had severe reflux, one silent and the other not so silent.
Zantac was a miracle drug for us, but it did take some time to work. Another thing is when they are little, they quickly outgrow their dosage. Luckily our doctor (gastro-enterologist) took our calls quickly and we were able to stay one step ahead of the reflux.

My kids grew out of the need to take medicine when they were two. When my daughter was around eight, she started showing signs of asthma-like symptoms. Coughing nonstop. It was finally discovered that her reflux was the trigger, so we went back on zantac and got it under control. At fourteen now, she is no longer taking any medication.

I am so sorry you are going through this. It is extremely difficult, but it does get better. Hang in there. Be sure to schedule time for yourself away to preserve your sanity. Find a doctor who really gets it. Ours was a God-send.
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Old 12-06-2012, 06:34 PM   #20
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My gdd is 3 mos old and has reflux and a milk protein allergy. She's on a hypoallergic forumula, pepcid and prilosec. The ped also advised to put cereal in her formula to thicken it up. She had times she would just scream but everything is fine now. It can be very stressful when you feel helpless and you baby is in pain. But know that the bad times will pass, and enjoy the happy times because she will be a toddler in no time. We're soo excited my gdd just started really babbling and baby talking to us yesterday.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:26 PM   #21
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This thread brings back memories of struggling to feed my baby, then sitting at the kitchen table trying to have a normal family dinner & just bawling my head off because he just would...not...stop...crying!! Ever! This was before they knew alot about infant reflux, and my ped at the time was 75. He insisted I just had a colicky baby, all babies are like that, get over it. I didn't realize until I had my 2nd son (who did not have any reflux) that it wasn't normal the way the 1st one had acted.

My son never outgrew it, he's almost 16 & still on rx meds for reflux. He was finally diagnosed about 5 years ago, after my comlpaints of him vomiting at night frequently & having severe chest pain. He was sent to a cardiologist & a gastroenterologist. He had test after test after test, and moderate reflux was the diagnosis. He does a barium swallow test every few years, and manages it with daily rx meds. He also has a hiatal hernia from all of this but they are not treating it at this time. He does have one half of his mattress elevated, and knows not to eat or drink close to bedtime. My family still makes fun of me because I have a "bowl" in his bed - and I'd take it with me on vacations. They have no idea how much fun it is to clean vomit out of the bed during the night several times a month. That bowl (as well as the ziploc bags that are tucked everywhere in the car - he also got carsick but has outgrown that) saved me many a night of doing wash at midnight!

If Zantac is working thats wonderful news! Take care of it now before it does damage to your baby's esophogus. I was told my son has more damage to his esophogas than he should have at his age, which could cause him to have reflux problems all his life. That kills me, why didn't I insist that the ped do more? And like you said, a content baby makes a content mommy. Hopefully things will turn around for you!
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I know a lot of people mentioned having the baby sleep in the carrier, but I would try the fisher price rock and play sleeper. It's higher up and has the baby sleep in an elevated position.

My nephew used this until he was 10 months old.

http://www.fisher-price.com/en_US/products/51903

I hope your baby feels better soon
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