hello there,First off reflux is a symptom that SOMETHING is wrong, but it is not the main problem. My DD had most of these issues except she did not have aspiration problems. We did continuous feed for a while and no formula seem to work for her. Giving his history of gut issues, first thing i would try is changing his formula to something VERY EASY to digest and hypoallergenic like Neocate Infant. You can ask your doctor for samples or you can try buying a few cans on e-bay to try it out. Reflux med is necessary until his vomiting issues get under control. I highly recommend you ask your doctor about Zegerid. Also consider digestive enzymes and hypoallergenic probiotics. He is not too little to start those and it can help his gut recover faster. i would recommend:probioticyou can read more about enzymes here and how they can help your baby.I know all this info may sound overwhelming (that’s how i felt), but you’ll find good support here. Just ask questions.I also recommend you wait until your baby’s gut is stable to give him any vaccinations and let them give him 1 or 2 at a time instead of the whole mess they suppose to get. Vaccination will make her gut issues worst since his immune system might be overworked from all his recent issues.Also, i would try elevating his crib matress at a 30 degree angle to help him with the spit up. I used a Tucker Sling when my dd was younger and she slept much better when we used it.
kendramom 2010-01-13 22:52:03
Precious, I would look for a ‘main’ or ‘large’ thread about enzymes by doing a search
upper right-hand corner
keyword: enzymesfrom right side, choose 6 months and OLDER from drop-down menu
(the default is 6 months & newer) – this way you can learn from all the past posters who might not be here anymore bcse their babies are much better
THEN I would send a PM (Private message) to the posters in that thread (Kendramom, Erintx, etc) and, in the PM, give the link (copy & paste) to the thread and ask them to please respond there…that way, the info stays ‘central’
enzymes: I am not home so cannot give you links but if you go to the upper right hand corner of this screen and click on search & then from therechoose all forums and on the right-hand side choose ,from the drop-down menu,6 months and OLDER (the default is ‘newer’ you will have to change this ti ‘older’) you will find infoput digestive enzymes as a keyword or just enzymesyou can also search by usename, too (I think you can do both atthe same time- keyword and username) and for username I would do first kendramom and then erintxAnonymousInactive
I am sorry to read about your sweet baby struggles. Your story is very similar to mine, so i would share with you what helped resolved some of our issues.First of, it sounds like your child might have yeast overgrowth issues, very likely in his throat and esophagus (constant ear infections, soar throat), but also in his gut. A poo culture might be helpful Kendra had many ear infections, and after many rounds of antibiotics we ended on ear tubes. All the antibiotics use gave her an yeast overgrowth problem, which we battled with potent hypoallergenic probiotics (which she still gets up to this date), digestive enzymes, natural stuff and a couple of rounds of Diflucan.Also i learned the hard way that reflux is a symptom that something is wrong and the real problem needs to be found. For us it was food allergies and yeast. Kendra was tested for celiac and it was negative, however we went on a very stricted elimination diet and found out Wheat (a long with many others foods was making her sick). Kendra did not tolerate Neocate very well and i assumed it was the Corn Syrup in the formula. Kendra had a peg, then we switch to a Button. Kendra turned the coner after we hired a dietitician who has experience working with kids with severe food allergies. I told her the foods Kendra could have and she had a menu worked out for us in 10 days. We then use the new menu and switched her to a Blenderized diet. We gave her the food through the tube. I bought a potent blender called Vitamix, mix everything together and gave her food servings according to what she tolerated (she used to throw up several times a day since 3 weeks old until about 2.3 years old). After 3 months on this special diet (plus her probiotics and digestive enzymes) Kendra’s throwing up issues was slowy going away and we were not at the ped office every week anymore.I hope what i shared help you help your little one. If he doesn’t want the Neoacte, he might be reacting to it. You might want to consider a diet change to some hypoallergenic foods like, Amaranth, Teff, Buckwheat, etc. These don’t taste very good by themselves, so i add agave nectar, and blend them with fruits like, berries.Good luck!AnonymousInactive
I have a great expirience with enzymes, however everyone is different and you might to try them out and see if they will help or not.this link is very informative: http://www.enzymestuff.com/I use Houston and Enzymedica brand.good luck!
leo is kendramom (not sure of exact name!) but look through this link & you’ll see info she’s posted about probiotics & enzymes and you can PM her:AnonymousInactive
Erin, you may want to pm Leo (kendramom) or Sheri (MFPIX2) as they are probably your best bets with this.December 5, 2008 at 7:03 pm #59262
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Hummm, can you please tell me more about these enzymes?
kendramom wrote: Kendra was of Zegerid at 20 month after we introduced plant based digestive enzymes. It seemed her reflux was caused by food intolerances.December 5, 2008 at 2:23 pm #59246
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Kendra was of Zegerid at 20 month after we introduced plant based digestive enzymes. It seemed her reflux was caused by food intolerances.AnonymousInactive
Anne wrote: Hi ladies,
I haven’t tried enzymes for Lucas but he’s multiple protein intolerant for dairy and gluten. We haven’t trialed beef in a long time and my dh gave him two dime sized bites of a roast the other night. He slept fine, didn’t seem to have any tummy aches and pooped normally. However, he had horrific gas….which is guess is normal? I felt bad thinking that his system is just not fully prepared. Is this a sign of anything bad or just that he hasn’t had this food or protein in so long? (maybe only a few times total and a bit in his first few months through breastmilk).
Also, I am new to enzymes….but if he has an intolerance to a food, would taking the enzyme allow him to eat the food and be comfortable? Also I seemed to notice that he was more hyper or seemed to be always moving when we trialed dairy last year. Would enzymes classically help for these sort of side effects of eating certain foods, too? Thanks for any info, I really don’t know anything about this but am very curious. I would love for us to be able to eat and cook and bake normally again.Enzymes can help in tolerating meat, but make sure there are not other hidden ingredients in the meat. Like MSG, casein (milk), wheat, disguise with a funny names. Maybe try grass fed beef (you can buy at the health food store).Kendra has never had beef that i know of and she tested positive on a patch testing. She can tolerate bison (buffalo) meat. Maybe that will be an alternative. It tastes pretty good in my opinion. I buy mine at the health food store. It does cost more to buy grass fed meat.good luckleoAnonymousInactive
Hi there,i am sorry your precious baby is struggling with her feedings. I really wish i could you a hug in person. Your story sounds so much like what we went through (and still strugling, but is much better) with Kendra. She struggled with her feedings since birth due to her reflux and constant vomiting. i believed her reflux was caused by food allergies and her vaccinations.It was too late when i finally figured out what was making her reflux and vomit so bad.Some people would think i am obssed with enzymes, but after seeing how well my dd did after adding them for a while, i can’t recomend them enough.I would suggest you try adding plant based digestive enzymes to her milk as well as a good probiotic. Also Enfamil lipil is cow’s mil based. Consider changing her formula to Neocate or Elacare. The formula has not protein and will help heal her gut faster.I know Neocate and Elecare are expensive, but i have some i can send you for you to trial and you can get samples from your ped and from the GI dr. If you qulify for WIC, they will cover it.Trust me, with gut issues is better to be safe than sorry and your dd still has a chance (since she is little).Huge hugs as i can relate so much to your story.
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Posted: Yesterday at 8:11pmHi there,Welcome.Laura gave you a good link 🙂for a two month old, i would recommend Lacto by enzyemedica. You can purchase here.start with a 1/4 of capsule for a few days and increase by 1/4 until you are able to give 1/4 capsule at each meal. stay there for a few days to access how your child is reacting to it. if she seems well maybe increase to 1/2 a cap until you reach 1/2 cap for each meal. If you increase too soon, it can cause diahrea (sp?). Slow and steady is always good. Are you giving probitoic? if not i would give it a try. I have been given my 2 year enszyme since she was 13 months old. It has helped her vomitng issue tremendously.you can mix it with milk. It does not taste very good, so hopefully mixing with her milk can help.good luck.LeoAnonymousInactive
If the child is an infant and on a bottle, mix the enzymes with the milk. If ther child is starting solids mix it with foods. It is recomended to start with an enyzme low in peptide (sp?) and at 1/4 of the recomended dose working your way up slowly. Ideally you want to give a 1/4 capsule with every meal and increase by 1/4 as needed (that is if you don’t see improvement at all) with that dose. I started and highly recommend Lacto by Enzymedica. You can buy it here: http://www.iherb.com/ProductDetails.aspx?c=1&pid=6072&at=0.You will know if you are giving too much if your child gets diahrrea (sp?) or seems to have tummy eaches and gasses.There is no limit to how much enzymes you can give. the main thing to watch out for is how is your is child reacting to it by paying attention to the symtoms mentioned above.Also read the first link on this post. there is more info there.Once you are comfortable with enzymes usage, you can buy other brands and more potent ones. I also get Huoston brand and kirkman labs one.i hope that helps.Leo
kendramom 2008-11-03 20:32:02AnonymousInactive
Hi there,Welcome.Laura gave you a good link 🙂for a two month old, i would recommend Lacto by enzyemedica. You can purchase here.start with a 1/4 of capsule for a few days and increase by 1/4 until you are able to give 1/4 capsule at each meal. stay there for a few days to access how your child is reacting to it. if she seems well maybe increase to 1/2 a cap until you reach 1/2 cap for each meal. If you increase too soon, it can cause diahrea (sp?). Slow and steady is always good. Are you giving probitoic? if not i would give it a try. I have been given my 2 year enszyme since she was 13 months old. It has helped her vomitng issue tremendously.you can mix it with milk. It does not taste very good, so hopefully mixing with her milk can help.good luck.Leo
kendramom 2008-11-03 20:13:19AnonymousInactive
Great to see you here Leo – the girls look adorable! I’m happy to hear Kendra is doing better.Beth – Leo is a great resource in this area too! I’m so glad to see her input here as well. And just as she does with Kendra, we use a combination of a modified diet and digestive enzymes. For enzymes, I have used 2 different brands both with good success. Kirkman’s has a good one called EnZym-Complete DPP-IV http://www.kirkmanlabs.com/products/enzymes/enzym_dppiv/Enzym_Complete_w_DPP_IV_C_60_234.htmland Houston’s has a good one called TriEnzaAnd unfortunately, I know all about Candida. Both Ben and Paige battle chronic yeast overgrowth. Recurring thrush is definately something you want to address. Again, there is a reason for it, it just doesn’t happen over and over in a healthy GI system. And if the gut is overgrown with pathogens (yeast/candida, bad bacteria, viruses, etc.) this can all lead to reflux. Is your son on probiotics? They would likely be helpful, based on the info you’ve shared.