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January 31, 2006 at 10:58 am #358AnonymousInactive
Hopefully you can gain some insight through my long drawn out experience with bfing a MSPI refluxer . . .your inquiring into upping his meds was what sparked my “I can relate” need to post. First of all, I didn’t realize my daughter was MSPI until almost 12 months so I was struggling with controlling the reflux or what I thought was only reflux up until then. Your ahead of the game already if you know about the MSPI but I don’t think many people realize that MSPI can spark a lot of behavioral issues and discomfort – especially at night which is when offending proteins are at their peak from being introed and digested during the day. My daughters biggest symptom of MSPI was horrible night wakings – she woke EVERY 45 minutes almost every night (except 2 weeks – but who was counting) for the first 12-14 months of her life. I remember begging the GI specialist to explain to me why my child was miserable all night even though she was on the highest meds she could be on. . .he said “its rare but it does happen.” Heres the real scoop as I found with my dd – it was never the reflux that was causing all of that strife – it was the MSPI! I think the rice is probably causing a lot of irritation and you will find that cutting it out will do wonders. When I introed solids I was still in the dark about MSPI and it was HELL – at 6 months I cut out all solids and went to bfing only again. Then I slowly introed solids and really observed for up to two weeks each single ingredient food. It boiled down to having sensitivities to not only milk and soy but ALSO to multiple proteins such as ones found in rice, eggs, and bananas. Weird but at the time I thought I was just loosing it and “looking” for problems at every turn since we were all miserable. I say go with your mommy’s instinct and make sure that you don’t fall into the trap of introing food as you would with all other babies – once those proteins get into the system you’ve got a good two to three weeks to get it out and on top of it you’ve got teething issues by now that are aggrivating the reflux and then add on never knowing if your meds are correct for the ever growing baby . . .
But the bottom line IMHO is this – if your on the highest dose of meds possible and have been for a little while, you can rule the reflux out as a major contributor. Try observing each thing as a seperate factor and making changes as needed. Have you tried anything new in your diet lately? Is he teething – have you tried Tylenol? What about Motrin – that does a number on refluxers when they are under a year. My best guess would be its solids so I would suggest that you cut out rice and stay away from naturally sugary foods like sweet potatoes, carrots, bananas, and even peas sometimes promote gassiness and night wakings. We did green beans and pears for a L O N G time. But bmilk was the mainstay of my dd’s diet up until 10 months when I really started with rice cereal and whatnot again.
HTH’s – Liz
oh goody – found this old link thats really helpful when discussing food issues and night wakings.
lovemysophia 2006-1-31 11:24:10January 31, 2006 at 1:06 pm #370AnonymousInactive
I will add that at 6 mths, both my boys were very distracted nursers. I had to take my middle child into a completely dark room to get him to nurse. He also completely refused the bottle. WE eventually did a cup but he was much older. I should note, this was my non reflux child. My refluxer also hit the distracted nurser phase though not as bad. He is hit and miss with the bottle. If your baby isn’t nursing much during the day, he will make up for it at night. I know it is hard to find a time to run off in the dark and quiet to nurse when you have other children! Good luck
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