Anyone have a preemie with digestion problems

Patricia - posted on 05/14/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My beautiful daughter was born 2 weeks ago at 32 weeks gestation. So far the only complication is she is unable to digest all of her feedings. Today they put her on breastmilk through the ng tube for the 3rd time in one week. The keep having to stop because once she gets up to 20-30 cc's, her belly swells up. If the samething happens again this time than the doc says she'll put an order in for a Lower GI (look at the intestines to see what they look like). ANYONE HAVE ANY EXPERIENCE WITH THIS???

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Shannon - posted on 07/14/2009

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My son Zackery was born 2 weeks ago, he was 32 weeks and 3 days gestation. He is also having trouble digesting his feedings. They are talking about doing the lower GI today and if that is negative they will do the upper GI. He is also having apnea problems as well as maintaining his temperature in an open room. I am so scared for him. Never went through this with my daughter. The past two weeks have been the hardest and longest of my life. I pray he gets better and comes home with us soon. Leaving him at the NICU everyday is so hard to do.

Melissa - posted on 06/13/2009

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I know this is old, but I could have written the same post 3years ago. My daughter was born at 31w5d and was forever on and off her feeds because of this. She had a lower gi, upper gi and a biopsy of her intestines checking for hirschsprungs disease. All these came back negative and in time she was fine. One day she just 'started working' so to speak. She spent a total of 6.5 weeks in the NICU. I hope your baby is home with you now and all is well.

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so this post is over 3 years old and I don't know how soon I would have a reply. my twins were born yesterday at 35 weeks gestation. the seemingly larger & healthier twin has had to go without feedings today and is very "bloated" I was so scared for edward since he was smaller but now it seems that david is the one with health issues. they have tried supository, probing, even have a tube down his throat to pump out stuff and still he has not been able to pass the bowel that is seen during the xrays. now it is possible that he goes to a speciality hospital for a lower gi and if all else fails they are talking a surgery. i really don't know if i am asking for advice or just needing to talk to someone but i am really scared of my newborn preemie having problems and surgery. or if you are reading this and have faith in God please say a prayer for my boys as i will pray for all the babies out there.

Jill - posted on 07/21/2009

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My son was born at 34wks and didn't experience any of those problems, until now. He's 20 months now and having problems with puking and diarrhea. He's going to see a GI dr in the next few months. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions for me, please do share!

Jenn - posted on 07/11/2009

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Im going through this right now with my son.... If you have any advice please share it with me

Cheryl - posted on 07/06/2009

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My son was born at 27 wks just over six months ago now. He weighed 2lbs 3.5oz and has had all kinds of challenges right from the beginning. One of them being digestive. He was treated for suspected NEC (necrotizing enterocolitis) although he never tested positive for it. He had a lower GI study that was unremarkable. They were going to biopsy for hirschsprungs but the general surgeon felt it was the large inguinal (actually he said "huge" and he also told us he very rarely uses that word LOL) hernia and the repair would fix the problem. However, nothing has changed. Our little guy still spends most of his day trying to pass gas and stool. His stools are loose and liquidy,so it's not constipation. He is on Nutramigen, which is the same type of formula as Pregestamil. My pediatrician says slow motility is a common problem with prems and so far seems to be unconcerned.



I was wondering from the mother with the almost 19 yr. old. Did your daughter have to have surgery for the ROP? Our son had stage III ++++ ROP and had surgery in both eyes prior to discharge. At first he seemed to be cross eyed. I took him to a chiropractor that uses active release technique (Koren) and it seems to have corrected the crossed eyes, but the retina specialist said he would likely require glasses.

Michelle - posted on 06/23/2009

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I just joined this group and saw your post. I had a daughter born at 26 weeks, weighed 1lb, 4oz. She had MANY problems, digestion probs being one. She was put on Pregestamil which is like a predigested formula and I could've bought stock in Mylicon drops. After a while, she started tolerating her feedings very well. It just takes time. Lauren turns 19 this December and is doing wonderful. Her only problems have been some slight comprehension problems with math and paying attention to details, she wears contacts because of ROP, other than that, she is GREAT. Congrats and good luck!

Chelle

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