Thursday, February 28, 2008

Thursday, February 28, 2008 -Update

You want me to drink this stuff?

Olivia and I are quite the pair. . .sleep, eat, eat, sleep. That's most of what we did all day. I was so excited that she made it through the whole day yesterday without any vomiting. Then, at 8:00 this morning, up it came. I'm growing so stressed about the whole thing. We decided to follow our pediatrician's recommendation and switch her to Alimentum. That lasted all of two seconds. Not only does that stuff contain about half of the vitamins and nutrients of NeoSure, it is twice as expensive and it is some foul tasting stuff. I know because I tasted a drop of it. . .it tastes like dog food flavored water. I tried giving it to Olivia. She was so excited that it was time to eat and took one taste of her bottle and started crying. I haven't gotten her to take much of her NeoSure since then. She just keeps looking at me suspiciously. I truly believe that it is reflux as it is so common especially in preemies. I think it has gotten progressively worse because as she's growing, her Reglan dosage is becoming less and less effective. When she was in the hospital, her neo suspicioned that she had reflux. At that time, instead of throwing up, she would brady. She now has begun throwing up about once a day. We've stopped trying to figure out why it's happening. . .if it's going to happen, it's going to happen. We finally got smart and put a blanket over the chair. That way we can just throw the blanket, her clothes and our clothes into the washer instead of cleaning up the chair every time. I'm not quite sure why it took us weeks to figure that one out. I know many of you have stated that medications like Zantac and Prevacid have helped tremendously. Have any specific formulas helped as well (other than Alimentum or Nutramigen. . .aren't they about the same thing?) I don't think I'm going to leave the pediatrician's office until we have a prescription for something. It can't be healthy to throw up that forcefully every day.

6 comments:

Heather said...

Yes, Alimentum and Nutramigen are pretty much the same thing. And yes they do cost an arm and a leg! Kyler was on Nutramigen until he was 2! When Kyler was projectile vomiting they thought he had reflux but it turned out he had a milk allergy. The Nutramigen solved the problem. He started it when he was around 6 weeks so he didn't have time to get used to the good stuff! He never had a "witching hour" though, Ella does however so maybe it's a girl thing:) I hope you get it all figured out. I know how stressful it can be. Good luck.
Heather

Lewis Family said...

I came across your blog randomly, but was so touched by your family I have just kept on reading. I have an 11 month old son who had a terrible reflux problem. His started at 3 weeks old and was undiagnosed until he was 6 months old! (One doctor even had the nerve to tell me his problem was behavioral!) He was a terrible sleeper, the longest stretch for him was 4 hours, and he would cry (maybe I should put scream) EVERY NIGHT on the dot at 7 pm. I would turn the TV on and just zone while I rocked, shhh'ed in his ear, bounced, and walked out side with him. When he was 6 months he had a barium swallow and an upper GI, and the result was reflux. He was on Prevacid until he was 9 months old and now sleeps like a champ, last night from 7 pm till' 7:40am!!! You'll get there, I promise! Be instant with the doctor, you are her mother and you know best. I hope my sharing this with you helps, even a little.

Anonymous said...

Grant has reflux due to his prematurity. He was on Axid for a long time and it worked really well. He is now on Prevacid which also works. I just recently took him off breastmilk completely(over 9 months pumping will wear you out as you know) He drinks Enfacare and gets along well. Good Luck! Maisie

Kellars Mommy said...

Kellar started out on pregestimil and then after coming home was switched to NeoCate, he did well on the neocate..he was on prilosec for a while and we just recently started him on prevacid..he has a milk intolerance so he now is on soy milk..

Anonymous said...

Jodi-I don't have any experience with the reflux stuff but when i was asking some friends for creative sleep solutions, I had sooo many tell me that b/c their babies had terrible reflux, they slept in their carseats for months. They needed to be upright just that much. I'm not sure how you have olivia positioned thru the day but perhaps you could try to have her sitting upright (even if it's in the carseat on the floor!) for more hours of the day, particularly after a feeding?!- Good luck-angie

Anonymous said...

My son wasn't a premie or a micro-premie but he did have horrible projectile vomiting due to reflux as an infant. I switched him to Similac Lactose Free (the liquid kind you mix with water not the powder) and within a day or two all vomiting stopped. It doesn't have that horrible smell or taste that soy does either. Turns out it was a lactose intolerance. Good news is by the time he was about 7 or 8 months old he outgrew it and was able to go back on regular fomula. You might have to adjust that age to Olivia's adjusted age before you try regular formula again. Christina