After reflux meds went from barely hungry to always hungry and waking up every 3 hours during night

Ricki - posted on 06/22/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My 4 month old wasn't a big drinker - was small for his age and had reflux problems. We had to put him on Losec because his reflx got really bad and refused to drink at all - since it started to work he is now hungry all the time - drinking full bottles - always unsettled as he always seems hungry and is now waking up every 3 hours again during the night (he had only been waking up once a night before). Has anyone else experienced this? I am hoping he is just trying to catch up on all the feeds he missed before and once he gains some weight it will settle down!! I feel like I have a newborn again!! very tired...

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Belinda - posted on 02/25/2011

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Yea but they do tend to sleep better after theyve had their shots I wouldnt put that down to missing his losec. My daughter has been on losec for 7 months now and yes her appitite did improve but it would have needed to she wouldnt eat at all before she went on it the paed said it was because her throat was so sore and burnt red raw. Once it healed she ate like she was starved the poor thing must have gone through hell being so hungry and not being able to eat or tell us what was wrong. She still doesnt eat big meals and seems to need alot of small snacks but you do what you have to to keep them comfortable ae.

Ricki - posted on 06/24/2009

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Quoting Colleen:

Ug, what is that? I am just up from another groggy night myself. Same story- 4 mos., reflux meds, always hungry. Let me know what your doc says, if you could! I am very curious as well. Good luck and hang in there



Ok went to the doctor yesterday and he was very pleased bub has been drinking non stop - he said he obviously needs it - the body is very good at knowing it needs extra feeds as he needs the extra weight as he was under weight - he said that once his body gets all the extra feeds it will trigger a growth spurt and then it should settle down - but he doesn't know how long that will take.... so i guess we just have to hang in there :} but... because bub was so upset yesterday from his jabs he ended up missing his reflux meds last night and guess what he slept through the night from 6pm waking only once for a feed at 2am!

Ricki - posted on 06/23/2009

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Quoting Stephanie:

My seven month old was recently put on Prevacid and i'm so glad to read that other people are having problems. He slept all night when he was 2 months old until he was around 6 months. I blamed the waking up on teething, but he's got his two bottom teeth in now and he continues to wake up - sometimes so starving I can't get out of giving him a bottle (trust me, i've tried not and hours later the lack of sleep sets in). I wonder if it has anything to do with the medication. He's going in for a test on the 1st to put Barium in his bottle to see if he's aspirating too. *sigh* Goodness these little guys keep us on our toes!



yes same thing with my baby - usually a dummy (pacifier) would settle him at night but now he wakes so hungry we have to feed him even though he may have had a good feed only a couple of hours earlier..... good luck with his test :)

Ricki - posted on 06/23/2009

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Quoting Stephanie:

My seven month old was recently put on Prevacid and i'm so glad to read that other people are having problems. He slept all night when he was 2 months old until he was around 6 months. I blamed the waking up on teething, but he's got his two bottom teeth in now and he continues to wake up - sometimes so starving I can't get out of giving him a bottle (trust me, i've tried not and hours later the lack of sleep sets in). I wonder if it has anything to do with the medication. He's going in for a test on the 1st to put Barium in his bottle to see if he's aspirating too. *sigh* Goodness these little guys keep us on our toes!



yes same thing with my baby - usually a dummy (pacifier) would settle him at night but now he wakes so hungry we have to feed him even though he may have had a good feed only a couple of hours earlier..... good luck with his test :)

Ricki - posted on 06/23/2009

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Quoting Stephanie:

My seven month old was recently put on Prevacid and i'm so glad to read that other people are having problems. He slept all night when he was 2 months old until he was around 6 months. I blamed the waking up on teething, but he's got his two bottom teeth in now and he continues to wake up - sometimes so starving I can't get out of giving him a bottle (trust me, i've tried not and hours later the lack of sleep sets in). I wonder if it has anything to do with the medication. He's going in for a test on the 1st to put Barium in his bottle to see if he's aspirating too. *sigh* Goodness these little guys keep us on our toes!



yes same thing with my baby - usually a dummy (pacifier) would settle him at night but now he wakes so hungry we have to feed him even though he may have had a good feed only a couple of hours earlier..... good luck with his test :)

Ricki - posted on 06/23/2009

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Quoting Liz:

I had a couple of thoughts, if they help? My son is the same age, has/had reflux, and is still feeding every two hours. I know just what you mean abt feeling like you have a newborn. People always go "REALLY?!!?" when I tell them how often he eats. But his output and growth are OK so I just try to tune them out.

Anyway, after his diagnosis I read that babies w/GER often eat smaller meals more frequently because it's less painful to not feel FULL. That's the advice adults get if they have reflux, come to think of it. Maye your baby was too uncomfortable to eat that much in the beginning, and now feels better and is kind of getting back into the swing of things?

You don't mention how long ago he started his meds, and exactly when he started eating so frequently. My other thought was, don't babies go through a growth spurt right around now? Could he be pigging out because of that, and the whole reflux / meds thing is coincidental?

Hang in there!


yeh i am hoping it is some sort of growth spurt now that he can drink more his body is catching up and it will only be temporary (he woke up about 5 times last night again!!) - he started the Losec a week and a half ago and started consuming more milk pretty much from the following day - the disrupted sleep started about a week ago... going to Doctor today so see what he says!

Ricki - posted on 06/23/2009

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Quoting Liz:

I had a couple of thoughts, if they help? My son is the same age, has/had reflux, and is still feeding every two hours. I know just what you mean abt feeling like you have a newborn. People always go "REALLY?!!?" when I tell them how often he eats. But his output and growth are OK so I just try to tune them out.

Anyway, after his diagnosis I read that babies w/GER often eat smaller meals more frequently because it's less painful to not feel FULL. That's the advice adults get if they have reflux, come to think of it. Maye your baby was too uncomfortable to eat that much in the beginning, and now feels better and is kind of getting back into the swing of things?

You don't mention how long ago he started his meds, and exactly when he started eating so frequently. My other thought was, don't babies go through a growth spurt right around now? Could he be pigging out because of that, and the whole reflux / meds thing is coincidental?

Hang in there!


yeh i am hoping it is some sort of growth spurt now that he can drink more his body is catching up and it will only be temporary (he woke up about 5 times last night again!!) - he started the Losec a week and a half ago and started consuming more milk pretty much from the following day - the disrupted sleep started about a week ago... going to Doctor today so see what he says!

Stephanie - posted on 06/23/2009

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My seven month old was recently put on Prevacid and i'm so glad to read that other people are having problems. He slept all night when he was 2 months old until he was around 6 months. I blamed the waking up on teething, but he's got his two bottom teeth in now and he continues to wake up - sometimes so starving I can't get out of giving him a bottle (trust me, i've tried not and hours later the lack of sleep sets in). I wonder if it has anything to do with the medication. He's going in for a test on the 1st to put Barium in his bottle to see if he's aspirating too. *sigh* Goodness these little guys keep us on our toes!

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I had a couple of thoughts, if they help? My son is the same age, has/had reflux, and is still feeding every two hours. I know just what you mean abt feeling like you have a newborn. People always go "REALLY?!!?" when I tell them how often he eats. But his output and growth are OK so I just try to tune them out.

Anyway, after his diagnosis I read that babies w/GER often eat smaller meals more frequently because it's less painful to not feel FULL. That's the advice adults get if they have reflux, come to think of it. Maye your baby was too uncomfortable to eat that much in the beginning, and now feels better and is kind of getting back into the swing of things?

You don't mention how long ago he started his meds, and exactly when he started eating so frequently. My other thought was, don't babies go through a growth spurt right around now? Could he be pigging out because of that, and the whole reflux / meds thing is coincidental?

Hang in there!

Colleen - posted on 06/23/2009

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Ug, what is that? I am just up from another groggy night myself. Same story- 4 mos., reflux meds, always hungry. Let me know what your doc says, if you could! I am very curious as well. Good luck and hang in there

Ricki - posted on 06/22/2009

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thanks Vanessa - taking him to Dr tomorrow for his needles so will mention to him...

Vanessa - posted on 06/22/2009

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I havent gone through this but you should speak with your doctor about this he may be just catching up or it may be one of the side effects to the meds. Take care and good luck.

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