Thursday, July 24, 2008

Zantac

Okay, so I took Paloma to the dr. yesterday AM and she put her on Zantac. Anyone out there have any experience with this? She has been spitting up (including projectile) a LOT. I tried to do my version of an elimination diet but the dr. kinda insisted on going this route first to help relieve some of her discomfort.

Anyway, whatever info you have on newborns taking this would be helpful. Thanks!

4 comments:

Cara said...

Meg was on Zantac when she was tiny too, starting around six weeks. We had to take her to the hospital because she spit up blood--she'd had so much reflux that it tore up her esophagus. I don't remember if the medication made any difference in the amount of spit up, but at least she never bled again. She stayed on the Zantac for the first three months (I think). She continued to spit up in very large quantities until twelve months or so. I went off milk completely for the first six months... don't know how much of a difference it made. Our doctor had various gastro tests performed on her, and we also tested her for food allergies, but everything came up negative. Finally, shortly after her one year mark, the reflux just... stopped, almost completely. Since then she occasionally spits up a little bit of juice or something, but only rarely. Our doctor says that some kids just take a longer time in developing the flap at the bottom of the esophagus that keeps the food down. Evidently our experience isn't super common, but it's not rare either.

That's our story to date. I doubt it's been very helpful to you, but at least you know someone else has been there with a newborn!

Laura said...

Hey there! I am a nurse in the peds ICU and we get a lot of newborns with reflux and usually zantac or prilosec are the first steps to treating it. The nice thing is that you discovered it before it becomes severe. When it progresses it can cause burning of the esophagus (such as in Megs case) or it can even effect the childs ability to breath. It also is pretty uncomfortable for the little ones. In most of the cases the meds will help and the child will outgrow it. Its usually not due to diet/food allergy when they are that young, and it's not really known what causes it. It's great to catch it and treat it early! Congrats on your sweet little girl :)

Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions.

sarah k said...

Our C. was on Zantac, too, but they didn't start it until he was older--I think 2 months or so. His reflux I do believe was due to food allergies, even though the doctors didn't think so at the time. But I was also unaware then of how much of a history of food allergies there was in my husband's family. Again, C. was older by the time his reflux showed up. He was on Zantac for a couple of months, and we finally went off of it as it seemed to cause diarrhea. I know Katie F. had her little guy on Zantac earlier on, so you might check with her on her experience, too. I will pray for Paloma's tummy. I hope she is feeling better from the medicine! It is so sad to feed them and then see so much of it come back up...poor little baby!

Jen S. said...

Abby was on Zantac until she was about 9 months old. She spit up bile on her 1st night home from the hospital, and we ended up in the PICU for 3 nights. After LOTS of tests, they said she had severe reflux and put her on Zantac. We tried to wien her off it at about 4-5 months, just to see if she really needed it. She started to spit up more, so we went back to the prescribed dose. We wiened her off again at 9 months and she's been totally fine since then. No more reflux issues at all!