m 5 mth old wont drink

Heidi - posted on 08/04/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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my daughter was born at 35 wks 4lb 11oz. for the first 2 wks she had a NG tube but the day before discharge was on all bottle feeds. all was good until 3 days later she started vomiting, but only once a day. the doctor said it was reflux and to use thickner which we did with no improvement. the day she turned 10 wks the vomiting stopped but so did the feeding... so in went a NG tube again which 7 wks later is still in. she is currently on high doses of reflux meds and on the waiting list for tests to confirm how bad the reflux is. i was wondering has anyone been in this situation? did anything help your baby to feed? will my baby feed from a bottle again?

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Jennifer - posted on 08/11/2009

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Both my daughters had reflux. My 28 weeker had it more severely and it definitely created an aversion to food that she still has to some degree at 3 years. Things significantly improved when she could start eating solid foods like rice cereal. Even that was difficult at first but it is with most babies. She did not return to a NG tube but every feeding was a fight, lots of crying from her and me. We had to use three bibs to control all the liquid that came out of her mouth. Like a mom above it was night feedings that she tolerated the best. We got up two to three times a night until she was 9 months. It became worth it because her sleepy state allowed us to feed her without as much of a fight, then we would hold her up for 45 minutes before putting her back down. Wish I could help more. I was never impressed with the meds but solid food was a huge turning point for us.

Heidi - posted on 08/06/2009

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thank you for your advice. we went to the pead doctor yesterday and they are now saying she has sandifer syndrome ontop of the reflux. too hard to explain but you can google it. poppy has started to take 30mls 3 times a day which is an improvment. ill keep you posted as have a ph probe and breath test next week and see the GI doctor thursday to see if they will operate

Naomi - posted on 08/06/2009

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My baby wasborn at 30 weeks and 4 days. She was in the hospital for 92 days. She's been home for 3 months now. She has had severe reflux since se was 3 months old, and now has an oral aversion. She associates eating with the pain of vomiting. She starts oral therapy tomorrow. Ask to see a speech language pathologist. I can only feed her successfully when she is asleep. When she is awake she screams and wants nothing to do with the bottle.

Heather - posted on 08/04/2009

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Every baby is different, the only thing you can do at this point is wait for the testing. My son had reflux bad for the first year, he was 8 weeks early born at 32 weeks. They never did anything for him because he was a happy puker they said. He never cried about it and he still gained weight so they left him alone. What happens in premies is the flap at the top of the stomach that keeps everything in the stomach is imature or missing due to being born early. There are several things that can be done depending on what the problem is. I bet your daughter will be able to take a bottle again, it just may take a little more time. Try to hang in there, I hope things get better soon.

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