Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Reflux = Laundry

Ahhhh, Reflux. I don't think I have posted about it before. Probably because I was too busy trying to get the spit up off the carpet, furniture, Reid, and anyone near him! As you can see by the picture, this is what Reid goes through on a typical day....just his bibs and burp cloths, mind you. I didn't even factor in the multiple outfits he is in daily. He has been on meds since about 10 days old. He started with Zantac and after repeatedly upping the doseage with little help we went to Prevacid at 4 months old. Then, at 5 months, we upped the dose on that as well. Does it help? Well, yes and no. Reid had lots of burning as he ate when he was really little. Classic signs were the arching of the back during feedings and screaming in pain. He was hungry, but everytime he would go to eat, the screaming and arching would begin. Then, the spit up. The neverending spit up. I know to keep him upright for at least an hour after eating, or else everything comes up. I know that if we are going in the car anytime near a feeding (up to an hour) when I get him out of the car, he is going to blast all over me. That's just the facts! His burning sensation while eating is gone. I think the meds help with that a lot. The spit up.....maybe the meds help a bit, but we haven't seen much change with that. Reid will be 9 months in another week, and I will be so glad to see the day that I don't have to have a bib around his neck every second of the day. Brian hates the spit up. It is just constant. I know that it will pass.....but it just is one of those things that is such a pain. I see all these babies who NEVER wear bibs....and get to show off their cute outfits....one day. Not trying to be a total complainer here....but the Reflux has been bad from the start....and I am ready to see it end. Hopefully sooner than later.


Krissy said...
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Krissy said...

I know what you mean about bibs -- only Drew has to wear one all the time because he drolls so much! His speech therapist actually thinks we may need to do some exercises to help strengthen his tonge so he'll keep it in his mouth more. Hopefully one day soon our little guys will be able to show off their cute outfits too :)

The Lucey's Triplets said...

I can relate to the laundry, but we do not have the reflux issue. I can't imagine how horrible Reid must feel and hopefully as he gets older he will start to feel better! Poor little guy!

Good Remedy said...

This website is so cute! Love the background :-) I totally understand about the bibs and clothes. My sister brought Holly an embroidered bib yesterday, that is so cute I hate to use it. You know what it will look like soon! Sweet potatoes just don't come all the way out.

About the Prevacid, Holly had to be put on 15mg a day before we saw any difference in her spit up. I know they say the med isn't for that, but once we increased the dose she slept better and was much less irritable. I just feel for all babies with reflux. I almost think that is worse than the cleft.

One more thing, Congratulations on the milestone! Reid's lip looks fabulous! And you are so very strong to perservere for him! Best Wishes!