9 month old constantly choking

Michelle - posted on 09/28/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My 9 month old has choked on food, spit, air, you name it. I have had to perform the hemlieck maneuver 3 times. She was diagnosed with reflux recently and given the generic for Prilosec which has helped some but not made a big difference. She coughs a lot, has puffy eyes often, had exzema which cortizone helped I've tried everything!! She has hated her carseat since day one and the worst or scariest choking episodes have happened in the car. She normally screams to the point of choking, breaking out in hives, swollen eyes and even once out of the car and in my arms she is hyperventilating for the next 30 min. AND NO she's not "playing me". She chokes when she's happy too and I don't want to hear "just train her or let her cry it out". Both me and my pediatrician agree that would lead to deadly consequences for her. I have to stop the car and/or jerked her out of her car seat and beat her back till she gets the milk/spit out. I no longer drive with her by myself. My real concern is she's soley breastfed with stage 1 and 2 babyfoods. I cut dairy/caffeine out, lifted bed, probiotics...the whole nine yards. Nothing works. Does this sound like alleegies to something in her environment? I'm concerned she is allergic to my milk, which scares me bc every female generations back and me have crohns disease so formula scares me (soy formula has been linked to causing crohns)! Help!

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Sarah - posted on 09/28/2014

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I agree, you want to keep testing at a minimum. I had one child who was a super gagger, Especially when he started teething, that extra saliva was too much! He drooled but he also would cough and sputter as well. I did not have as much trouble as you are having. As the doctor ever seen one of the episodes? If not, maybe try to get some video of it (not that you'd risk your daughter's safety but even ten seconds of the doc really seeing what she does might help. Also, take some pictures of her face, the puffy eyes and hives and show him. I really hope you find an answer soon!

Michelle - posted on 09/28/2014

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Thanks for responding Sara! Yes, unfortunately this has been happening even before she was on solids so i don't think cutting them out will change much. (That is what made me worry about my milk bc i didn't see how she could have an allergy when she was only getting breastmilk and i had cut out almost everything.) I had to get a second opinion for the Dr's to take me seriously and we have agreed that if the medicine is still not working we will do other testing.

The reflux diagnosis was based off history and we canceled the barium swallow when she started doing well on the meds. A couple of weeks in and it seems like meds aren't working. Not sure if it means we need to up meds or change them?

I was just hoping and praying someone may have gone down a similar road and could give me some ideas. (So I wouldn't have to put my poor baby through a bunch of testing).

Sarah - posted on 09/28/2014

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Ok, for sure she is not playing you ..she 9 months old not 9 yo. The eczema, puffy eyes and hives all sound like allergic reaction to me. Did she do this when she was only on breast milk? She is not allergic to your milk. How did the doctor diagnose reflux, just based on history or did she have some sort of testing. I think if she does have reflux, the leaned back position of the car seat may aggravate the problem. That said, maybe it is related to a "mechanical" issue of her GI tract. You must be very worried, I think you need to push you doc for a pediatric GI specialist and a then an allergist. In the mean time can you back off on her foods, or at least don't add any new ones? She can survive on just your milk for a year.
Or at least until you get some answers.

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