May 11, 2010

updated shhhh.

Well, the ped says he can't help us and recommended us to a GI. We have three weeks (now looking at the calender.. I thought it was two.) until we see him. We have to go to the nearest bigger city. In other words a 45 minute drive for babies who eat every three hours because if they don't the acid reflux gets too bad. Great. Can't wait. Actually, I can't wait to hear what he has to say.

Thank you, What IF, for your VERY useful advice. I will act on it immediately!

At least in the mean time, they are on a formula that they will eat. And, with What IF's advice, we might find some peace between here and there.


Lost in Space said...

Whispering a quiet "I hope this is the magic ticket". (-;

What IF? said...

Chelle, you're very welcome. A few quick things to answer your questions:

We give 15 ml of prune juice every morning. Try it for a few days at the same time each day before you adjust the amount - this also makes things more... ahem... predictable. :P

Worked like a charm for us. It's a small enough amount that you can give it daily. (Ped & Speech pathologist recommended this to us.)

Mine are getting expressed breast milk and 15 ml of formula per bottle. 2 are still on high calorie Neosure and 1 is on regular Enfamil.

We administer Prevacid with 1/2 a solutab in the am and 1/2 in the pm. In the beginning, we tried crushing it and giving it to them in a spoon (before they were eating solids), we tried dissolved in water in a syringe, etc. but they gagged and spit up or worked it out of their mouths. The most effective way we've found is to put the 1/2 tablet as far back in their cheek as it will go. We then make lip smacking/chewing movements and sounds with our mouths to help them "get" that they should be "eating" it.

Remarkably, they learned after about a week or two and it just kept getting easier. Now it's no big deal. They make a face sometimes, but never spit it out anymore. Some people put it in a teaspoon of applesauce, but we haven't tried that yet.

The first few weeks, we'd place the pill and then offer a few sips of their bottle.

Sometimes it works to give them a paci to suck on after you put the solutab in their mouth.

Both bottle & pacifier helps produce saliva to dissolve the pill and it also distracts them from the "foreign object" in their mouth.

Re: Zan.tac & Prevacid. I know what you mean about not poisoning them! The GI doc reassured us that this was ok to do for a short period of 1-2 weeks.

Something else that has helped us: smaller amounts of formula at a time.

Might be worth asking the GI doc about a swallow study.

Hang in there - it will get better!