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Victoria23
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Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 11:03 pm 
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Well, now with being on Prevacid since he was 5 months of age, he is not screaming at all.
Check your child's mouth and throat for lesions. Sometimes, kids have something called herpangina which is a viral infection of the throat. That will result in painful swallowing. If that is the case, there is something called Magic Wash which coats the throat and makes it easier to swallow. These viral ulcers go away on their own but they can come back. Try small frequent meals.
Reflux can make it uncomfortable to eat for some kids and Zantac (ranitidine) will help with that in several weeks. You must give it as ordered by the PCP or it will not work. If that does not work your next best bet is Prevacid (PPI). It is more expensive. You can add something called Carafate 30 min before meals and that will make it less painful for them to eat their meal.
Constipation can make a child uncomfortable but not usually when they are eating. So, I am not sure what her normal stools are like.
Has the child been having fever or diarrhea?
Immunizations do not cause kids to suddenly stop eating. They may develop fever and mild discomfort after the shots. If that is the case, you usually give the Tylenol (let your PCP give you the proper dose based on the child's weight). If they totally refuse food, give Pedialyte b/c that has the electrolytes they need to stay hydrated.
I would like to know what the urine shows. UTI can be tricky in kids.
Most import. keep your PCP posted on any changes with you child (day or night 24/7)
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Posted: Sat Sep 05, 2009 3:11 pm 
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Hi--I am new here...my baby has the same problem, pain during feeding...otherwise he is such a happy little guy...it is only when he is eating. He is 4 1/2 months old, arches when he feeds, never spits up, wet burps though. We tried Zantac, Prevacid, Zantac and Prevacid, Similac Sensitive, Alimentum. First GI Dr said it would be fine with the Alimentum, well 20 days later we took him to another GI Dr, who thinks he has a severe milk protein intolerance and now he is on Elecare and a compounded version of Prevacid instead of the solutab, no more Zantac. Started Elecare yesterday, but he absolutely HATES the Elecare and won't eat it, he literally gags it down. I am so upset and i hate seeing my poor baby uncomfortable. I am praying he gets used to the taste of the new formula and that it works because if he is not better in 2 weeks they wanna do an endoscopy, and i am terrified of him getting anesthesia...anyone have any experience with this procedure?
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Posted: Sun Sep 06, 2009 7:51 pm 
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I can't help with this but wanted to say i hope you get it sorted, it must be very worrying and i can see how difficult it could be for you xxxx
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Posted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 10:54 am 
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I know this is a really old post but I was curious as to the outcome of the situation for your children. I have a 3mos with the same symptoms. On prevacid not working on Altiminum not working. This is so painful for him and me. Any feedback is appreciated. Please help!!!
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Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:36 pm 
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I am sorry u are going thru that it was so upsetting for me and so frustrating. My son wound up having a severe milk protein intolerance, I took him to one of the most reputable and highly rated pediatric gastroenterologists in my State, because the local Drs could not figure out what was wrong, he did not have "typical" milk protein allergy symptoms. He refused to take the Elecare and wound up on Neocate (which thank goodness wound up being covered by insurance because it is $60 a can!!). At 11 months they told me to try small amounts of dairy products to see if he outgrew the issue...a bite or two of American cheese at first and a little yogurt, and he was fine by a year and able to tolerate whole milk!...He has never had a problem since...but the Dr did say though that diagnosing it early and giving their intestines time to heal is very important in the process of them outgrowing it. I wish you the best of luck and hope this was helpful...any questions feel free to ask
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Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:11 pm 
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Thank you so much for responding. I really appreciate it as the docs here seem pretty perplexed as well because my son does not have typical milk protein allergy symptoms either...only symptom is crying while eating. It takes me forever to feed him and he is not gaining weight. He had good weight gain up until week 8 or so. I have recently changed peds and she is trying to be more aggressive to help me solve the problem. We are trying to schedule a GI appt but it seems like they are very hard to get into. He was breastfed (expressed breast milk) and to help identify the problem, we started trying formulas to see if it would help to rest his gut. We have tried the Alimentum, but he basically refuses to take it. Do you have any suggestions on how you got him to take the formula? Because we need weight gain, I have switched over to soy over the last few days. Not what I wanted to do because of all the controversial information out there, but I have to get calories in him. The sad part...I am getting ready to go back to work and have since started weaning myself from pumping, however, I have about 1000 oz of milk stored. The problem is that I never suspected a milk allergy until now so, while I never drank milk while pumpimg, I still had cheese here and there. I am thinking that might be the problem.

How did the GI specialist diagnose the intolerance? Blood test? Stool test?
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Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:23 pm 
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The GI Dr diagnosed him by symptom and said that fussiness during feeding is very common in milk protein intolerances, but she specialized in this problem. She said that many times blood tests are not effective in diagnosis because it usually does not show up...she said she would do an endoscopy if the new formula did not work (which it did) but she really did not want to go that route and neither did I. Honestly it sounds nuts but i used to put my son to sleep to drink...sounds crazy I know, but it really does work, I would get him all sleepy and once he closed hs eyes I would give him the bottle and he would drink it sleeping...if I did not do that he would only take maybe 5 oz a day....it also gets easier once they start solids...you can mix the formula in with cereal to get more oz on him and give him hi fat solids like bananas, etc..
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Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:38 pm 
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Thank you! Did they not recommend soy because of all the controversy or because of the likelihood that he would be allergic to that as well? Did you leave him on all the reflux meds?

Did you ever breastfeed? I am thinking of trying to ramp it back up and avoid all dairy but I know that can be so hard. Thoughts? Didnt know if his intolerance was so bad that they recommended not trying that?

I really appreciate your help!
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Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:47 pm 
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They said that if he could not handle the Alimentum or Nutramagin he would not be able to handle soy, they also said there is an 80% crossover with the intolerance, meaning he would probably be intolerant to that too, so they said it would be a waste of time to try. I never did breastfeed so I really cannot give any advice on that...I guess u would have to do a complete elimination diet if you did. We left him on the prevacid, but they had me do a compound version of it as opposed to the disolvable pill the local Dr had me giving him, and we gradually eliminated it by decrasing the dosage. They felt if they eliminated it right away before they knew the formula worked then they would not know if the problem was with the formula not working or because they took him off Prevacid...they also made me wait to start solids til we knew he was fine on the formula because they did not want me introducing anything new because then we would never know what the problem was. It was so hard because noone had ever experienced this problem that I knew, even on the Internet it was not a problem I could really find...so frustrating...I really do feel for you, but know it does get better....
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Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:40 pm 
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Should you notice any of these signs it is time your baby to see a doctor for a proper diagnose and a course of treatment.
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