Twins

Stacy - posted on 05/06/2011 ( 15 moms have responded )

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So I was wondering if any of you with twins have any advice. I have a set of boy / girl twins that were born on Jan. 17th 2011. My boy(Braiden) was born at 4lbs 11oz and has plagiocephaly and will be needing a doc band and he is also tounge tied so he will be getting that clipped at about 6 months. Other then that he is thriving, he eats 6 and a half oz's every 6 hours. My girl (Allie) was 5lbs 10oz and had no problems at all, all of a sudden about 2 or 3 weeks ago she has started what we (my fiance, myself and her pediatrician) think is Acid Reflux. They have put her on zantac 1ml twice a day. It works well for the 2 feedings a day that she take it before she eat but the alternate feedings when she is not due for the medicine she is still having problems. I feel so bad and helpless. Any suggestions? We feed her sitting up and she sleeps in her swing so she is not laying flat. They are sleeping great at night anywhere from 6 to 10 hours, but she is absolutley miserable when it comes time to eat :(

Stacy

Mom to Chloe,14 months and Braiden and Allie 3 and a half month twins

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Angela - posted on 05/06/2011

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Both of my twins had acid reflux. The first went in the hospital for 2 days, at 2 weeks old. The 2nd got the reflux at 7 months when the other was 'over' it. We were told by the dr's (their pediatrician) to put cereal in the bottles to make it thicker and less easy to throw up. I know there are 2 sides to using cereal in formula bottles, but it did work.

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Stacy - posted on 05/09/2011

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Ok so does it make any sense that a cold bottle right from the fridge seems to be working? As long as the bottle is cold it seems she will eat it without much fussing... Coincidence?

Heather - posted on 05/08/2011

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Everyone is right - there are a couple of vital things: medication and formula. First, doctors UNDERDOSE reflux medications and tend to put infants on very weak brands like liquid Omeprozole or Zantac, when Prevacid or Nexium (like my twins are on) are stronger and more effective. And 1 ml seems VERY low. I can't imagine that could sustain reflux past one feed. Secondly, formula is vital. We tried every type until we ended up with Neocate. They also tried Neosure, but the Neocate (covered by our insurance because it's prescribed by our GI) is that much better. The only formula they did not try that I hear is also good for sensitivities is Alimentum, mentioned in a post above. We tried a TON of formulas and gas reducing tricks until Neocate was ordered.
Lastly, someone mentioned that you should be persistent in trying a variety of things until you find what is causing the pain. This is important. One of my guys was in pain during EVERY feed, even with the reflux med. We couldn't figure it out and it killed us. FINALLY after months of watching this, we had an endoscopy done and found out he had ulcers! We wish we'd had it done earlier but we kept thinking it was severe reflux - but deep in our guts, just weren't completely sure. You just have to be persistent and keep asking, pushing, questioning, and searching. The answer is out there! ;o)
I know...so much information to take in from everyone!

Jana - posted on 05/07/2011

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Has your pedi talked to you about starting her on Prevacid or any other kind of acid reducer? Both of my twin girls started out on Zantac then we had to start them on Prevacid instead. It made a huge difference. They took it until they were about 10 months old.

Becky - posted on 05/07/2011

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Hi Stacy- sorry to hear you are having problems - my twins actually didn't have problems one of my singletons did and we tried everything the docs wanted and finally my mom who is a nurse said put alittle RICE cereal in the formula and it worked - and no more frustration - he had actually started losing weight before we did this and he gained right away and was happy quickly

Kim - posted on 05/07/2011

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I know I tried Soy and a couple of other special formulas before we ended up with Alimentum. It is super expensive, but my health insurance ended up picking up the tab. I got over 3 cases a month for free! I think with all allergies and sensitivities, they can develop with time. Just like people can become allergic to latex if you use latex gloves too often. It took 3 months for my guy to show any symptoms of acid reflux with the first formula he was on. I never got any real answers from the doctor and Gastroenterologist except that it's acid reflux and the Alimentum made it go away. I'll never know if it was a protein sensitivity or not. They are not allergic to milk because they eat cheese, milk and all other dairy. I know it's frustrating, my heart hurt every time my little one screamed. I hope you find your answer!

Stacy - posted on 05/06/2011

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Thank you to everyone for all your responses and info and sugestions. I will continue to try different things until I get a solution that works for her. I am not very inclined to do the cereal in the bottle thing because as a few of you have stated the constipation can be an issue and my oldest could not eat rice without getting constipated, I dont want her belly to hurt on top of the rest of her issues, I would just feel worse. I am wondering though if she had a allergy to the milk protien wouldn't we have seen it earlier then 3 months. They are both on similac sensitive and started on similac neosure which are both milk based and this has only started about 2 or 3 weeks ago wouldnt it have happened sooner if it was an allergy? Im not sure just curious, this is all new to me..

Stacy - posted on 05/06/2011

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Kim,
My sons tounge will be clipped at about 6 months old as it is pretty severe it is connected right at the tip pretty much and I have talked to his pediatician and an ENT who both agree it needs to be done.

Kim - posted on 05/06/2011

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My mono/di twins also are tongue tied. The hospital wanted to clip it there, but I refused to let them until I was more clear with my decisions and was able to talk to a pediatrician. Their pedi said there is no need to clip babies born tongue tied anymore. She said it is only a problem if they are unable to eat, or have difficulty speaking. So far they are fine. The skin under their tongue has seemed to stretch since birth too. It looked a lot worse than it really is. I guess it depends on the severity. As for the the acid reflux, both of my boys had that too. They were on regular similac advanced, then at 3 months the smaller one began screaming after and during his feedings. The doctor tried zantac, and prevacid and neither one worked ( it was also difficult to give it to them because they hated the taste). After no success with meds, we tried different formulas. After about a month of trying different things, the doctor switched him to Similac Alimentum. He was a whole new baby with in a day!!!! About a month later his twin started having the same problems, and the doctor switched him to Alimentum also. After the switch my life, and theirs, was so much better!! They are now 16 months old and have no problems with any allergies or heartburn. Try Alimentum or Enfamil Nutramigen, It may help. Your little ones may have protein sensitivity like mine did which caused the heartburn. We tried the cereal in the bottle too, it made them worse. Don't rush giving your baby cereal it may do more harm than good. It works for some babies, not all.

Sindi - posted on 05/06/2011

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Try Soy! I'm serious. My son also had " acid reflux" really it was a allergy to Milk, he vomited every day, eventually by the age of two we took him of the milk and give him soy and he's fine. My 3rd son I put him on Soy immediately and he doesn't spit up, vomit, no gas.

Donna - posted on 05/06/2011

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Hi Stacy
My twin boys both had this issue, they were born 16 weeks early and weighed 1.6 and 1.9, so they are little miracles. I used Thick It in their formula and found Good Start by Carnation to be the most tolerated, I know it's difficult, but you might need to reduce her feedings to less milk and more often. If it's any consolation, it does get better in time. My daughter that is now 23 had severe reflux, but method of feeding worked for her as well, and she was completely over it by 9 months. Good luck!

Priscilla - posted on 05/06/2011

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Have you tried checking if she has allergy to the milk protein? My boy was borned with it and it tooks us almost 3 months to discover it. He ended up with a special milk called neocate and his life (and mine) changed completely.

Suzy - posted on 05/06/2011

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I have b/g twins and son had had the same problem. what helped us a lot was to feed him in intervals. Would give him 1/2 bottle before he was really hungry and then wait 5-10 min and gave him the rest. there are also formulas out there for acid reflux but they came out after we were off formula. If you try cereal in bottle, start off small iand increase the amt of ceral very slowly. I know of 2 moms that did this and it made babies horribly constipated. One mom said oatmeal was better than rice for her baby...

Monienne - posted on 05/06/2011

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My twins were given special milk called emfamil ar along with zantec which worked well. There is also a thickener called carabel ( not sure of spelling) which can be added to milk to thicken it. Hope u get sorted soon.

Therese - posted on 05/06/2011

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when my twins were born one of them had such terrible colic and also acid reflux. had to feed and have him sleep in a sitting up position. I had put the car seat in the crib. my pediatrician told me that because of his immature esophagus and digestive tract that he will eventually out grow the acid reflux. even though the pediatrician had me switch to lactose free formula it did not help. but sure enough eventually he stopped spitting up what seemed like his entire bottle. I noticed when cereal was given it was a bit less. good luck

Terin - posted on 05/06/2011

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I was also told that it was acid reflux when my twin girls were 1. We went through the zantac bit and it didn't really help. In Nov 2010 they were diagnosed with celiacs disease. We took them off of all glutton imediately and we were told it would take a couple of weeks before they felt better. Now 6 months later they are still having "belly pain", so we started all over again with the Dr and then the ENT, they both said acid reflux, but I don't think so, their pain is predomently in the lower intestines. I didnt put them on the zantac this time for 2 reasons, one I don't think that's the issue and 2 they couldn't confirm that the meds were glutton free. Anyway my advise to you is to go with what YOU think, too many times I've gone in saying one thing and the dr says another and I was the one that was right. It wouldn't hurt to have an allergy test to find out, I know that if I had done this first then mjy girls probably wouldn't still be in pain 3 years later. By the way I have 6 kids ages 17,15,11,7,4 and 4. We've always had problems with the older ones being lactose intorerent until they were 2. Don't stop until you get an answer and your babies feel better!

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