We try to have parents, like you, recommend their doctors (please use the Directory and Contact Us with your recommendations, too). Sometimes, though, it is necessary to have research available to share with your health care provider. Here is a PPI Dosing Memo to review and share (link to printable version is on the page). Here is the link to the PPI Dosing. Here is the link to (Dosing and) Administration of the PPIs And here is the link to the Research Articles, Abstracts & References page.
Clicking here will take you to the “Selecting Treatment” page. This is where you learned about Diet (Breastfeeding and Formula Feeding) and Medicines.
So now you know a bit about the different medications used to treat acid reflux/GERD (from the Medicines page, link provided above). And, you’ve addressed possible dietary issues (protein intolerances, allergies). Now it’s time to learn about the dosing of these medications, so that you can discuss your baby’s situation with your doctor. And, it’s time to learn how to give, or administer, these medications to an infant. Many pediatricians are not comfortable with prescribing high doses of medication to infants. Since you’re here, and you’re learning a lot, it may just be time to get to a Pediatric Gastroenterologist, a ped GI. It can be difficult to get an appointment, so, at this point, make the appointment; you can always cancel it if your baby improves by the time the appointment comes up. Use the Directory, in the Menu! And, be sure to pay if forward! Contact Us with your reviews of all types of medical professionals!
Clicking here will take you to the Selecting Treatment page. This is where you learned about Diet (Breastfeeding and Formula Feeding) and Medicines.
Now you know a bit about the different medications used to treat acid reflux/GERD (from the Medicines page, link provided above). You’ve addressed possible dietary issues (protein intolerances, allergies). It is time to learn about the dosing of these medications, so that you can discuss your baby’s situation with your doctor. It’s also time to learn how to give, or administer, these medications to an infant. Many pediatricians are not comfortable with prescribing high doses of medication to infants. It may be time for a Specialist. Why a Specialist? Just the fact that you’re here, and you’re learning so much, it may be time to find a Pediatric Gastroenterologist, a ped GI. It can be difficult to get an appointment, so, at this point, make the appointment; you can always cancel it if your baby improves by the time the appointment comes up. Please be sure and use the Contact Us form to give feedback about your doctors; please pay it forward!
Over Supply & Overactive Letdown: The Battle against Oversupply (always get help!!)
Do not let ANYone tell you you must stop breast feeding!! Research all you can! Unfortunately, you’re not the first mama to go through this Don’t ‘just ‘ listen to me or anyone else for that matter! Knowledge is power!!! READ! Learn from the MANY who have been through this before you! Hang in there, mama! You CAN do this! Personally, I would not quit breastfeeding & change to formula without FIRST learning *how* to make your milk be like a special formula. Many mamas quit breastfeeding & take forever to *find* the right formula (formula roulette), when it might have just taken two (2) weeks on the (Dr. Sears) Total Elimination Diet (TED) to learn what exactly it is (or isn’t) that you’re eating, that affects your baby. I did the TED & found I could not eat some “odd’ foods: eggplant, tuna & some not so odd: tomato & citrus. For my baby, it was not a milk or soy (mspi) issue. I am so glad I did the TED, figured it out & also found MEDS at the proper dosing & the proper form. You can do this!
I am very pleased to see a website on infant reflux.
My 4 1/2 month old son Willem is currently struggling through
the problem. It breaks my heart to watch him in so much
pain! He’s been to doctors about it since he was not
even a month old. They started by telling me he had
colic and that there was basically nothing I could do
about it. It was so frustrating to be sent home
with “your son is fine – he’ll grow out of it”,
or “babies are just fussy sometimes,” when I knew very
well he was NOT fine. So for the first three months I
just held him all day and the two of us would cry
together. Soon it got so that he couldn’t even nurse –
he would go for a few seconds and then stiffen up and
straighten out his body, arch his back and scream. Then
he’d nurse again, only to repeat the process over and
over. Finally he just stopped eating. I took him to my
clinic, and he saw a different doctor who recognized the
problem right off. She didn’t put him through any tests,
fortunately, she just wrote me out a prescription for
Prilosec, as well as another drug called Metoclopramide,
which supposedly speeds up his digestive process. The
Prilosec seems to help very well – I give him a dose
each night and he usually sleeps. I’m excited to hear
about this choco – base you refer to. I know that
Prilosec tastes nasty – so much so that I feel guilty
trying to force it down my son every night. (I always
make my husband do it.) I’m not so sure about the
Metoclopramide though – it doesn’t seem to be making
much of a difference.
One of the best ways to diagnose and treat your child’s
condition is to see a Pediatric Gastrointestinal Specialist.
The general pediatricians have to know about so many ailments that they cannot
possibly know the in’s and out’s of everything. Sometimes the best place to start is with a specialist who knows specifically about this field and is more up-to-date on current
treatments. Please search the site’s Directory & PLEASE add to it
marci-kids site will go here
Ok, so you looked at Signs and Symptoms. You are fairly certain that your baby has reflux. You want to know WHY your baby has reflux, so you read: Possible Causes. Next: you have two paths to consider take:
You learned that sometimes reflux is caused and/or exacerbated by a reaction to diet. You think perhaps this is your baby’s issue (or one of them!). To WHAT exactly, is the baby reacting to in her/his diet? It is a protein, and the usual culprits are milk and soy.
Tips & Tricks
Keep an OPEN MIND!! It’s up to you to sort out the quackery from the legitimate!
Keep finding answers! You are your baby’s advocate!
Babywearing! Wear that baby! Hold that baby! Go on Facebook and find your local babywearing community! Go online and find out about different carriers! I loved them all: ring sling, pouch, wrap, soft-structured carrier, all!
Summer was born bang on her due date
on August 2001. She was perfectly fine and after having a first daughter
with reflux it was a blessed relief that Summer showed no symptoms and that
we could enjoy her without the constant “mopping up”!
Summer is a lively and energetic
little girl who hardly needs any sleep and is constantly on the go – so much
so that we initially had concerns that she may be hyperactive.
This all changed early in 2005. She
had just been for her MMR pre-school booster and about 2 weeks after she
developed diarrhoea. After a week we took her back to the Drs who told us
that it was a side affect of the MMR and nothing to worry about.
Just when you’ve finally gotten a handle on infant reflux and breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, it’s time to start solid foods! This can be a very scary transition for parents of reflux babies. You’ve worked so hard to control the reflux up to this point – the last thing you want to do is throw in something new.
Don’t panic! The key is to just take it slow. Recommendations on amounts, order of introductions, etc. are different from one doctor/organization to the next.