B.S. asks from Kansas City, MO on September 25, 2008
Anyone Else Have a Child with DGE?
Ellie was just diagnosed with a severe milk allergy, severe silent reflux (which we knew) and DGE (Delayed Gastric Emptying). She's on Neocate for the allergy, Nexium (30mg daily) for the reflux, and Erythromycin (.5mL 3x daily) for the DGE. Just wondering how your kids did on it? Did you see an improvement after a few days? We're at the end of our rope with the constant screaming and are hoping this will help...Maybe I'm just looking for someone that can relate. :)
So What Happened?™
For those that want to suggest breastfeeding as a "fix", that's not possible. It's something that they're born with- along the lines of a birth defect, but not so severe. It's just something their body doesn't know how to do. But thanks...
She does go to a Ped GI. She goes every month until she's a year. She's been on 4 different reflux meds and Nexium is finally the one that has worked. She's been on 5 other formulas before Neocate. So I know the stuff she's on is what she needs.
C.R. answers from St. Louis on September 26, 2008
One of mine had the silent reflux at a couple months old. It took about 3 different meds before one that worked for him. Actually our ped sent us to a ped GI doctor. Son eventually diagnosed with DGE because another med was added for that later, but it wasn't erythromycin. If I remember, the medicine worked pretty quickly when we found the right one for him. May consider a specialist if not already, and inform MD of no changes in symptoms. Good luck.
S.T. answers from St. Louis on September 25, 2008
Is there any way you could begin breastfeeding? I'm almost certain most of her problems could be solved if she was on breastmilk. If that is not possible, maybe you know someone who could give you some breastmilk? Milk banks can be really expensive, so I could understand not going that route. I feel so bad for your little one. I hope you find some solutions soon. Good luck.
L.S. answers from Springfield on September 26, 2008
Ah jeez welcome to a long journey that will hopefully be shorter than ours has been!
My son has been breastfed exclusively til he was 13 months old, but he was so severely sensitive to milk and soy that if I even had a piece of bread that had touched vegetable oil (100% soybean oil)or any milk ingredient(whey, casein) he would scream and scream for a week+. We did not know he was allergic to soy also until he was about 6 months old. If your little one is still having issues even though you've changed to the Neocate, and you've given it a week run with little to no improvement, I recommend trying Elecare, which has absolutely zero proteins/allergens and is more digested than the Neocate, which would help with the IGE if that is what it is instead of an intolerance to soy. The biggest drawback is that the Elecare is extraordinarily expensive. One of the main ingredients in Neocate is soy... so this may be an issue. If you try out the Elecare and it works, some insurance companies will agree to assist in paying for it when it is shown necessary for the child, and there is also the option of Medicaid assistance if your income is low enough, but your husband being a software engineer you probably wont qualify for that one :). The stuff runs about $54 a can, and since it is fully digested they drink it like breast milk, they don't stay as full as long, etc.
It is believed that if you eliminate whatever it is that they're sensitive to in their diet, it will also make the reflux go away...
The medication that they gave you, we also had but it did us no good because he was still getting soy (until we figured out that it was a problem). I do wish you the best of luck on this, and know that there is someone here who has gone through the hours on end of screaming (not just high cries, but screams...), the zero time naps, the constant holding of the baby because they can not sleep any other way, and I imagine you're probably having to cosleep too, for the household to get any sleep. Good mommy vibes and lots of patience sent your way... Please let me know if this helps :)
J.B. answers from Kansas City on September 26, 2008
My now 8 month old son was recently diagnosed w/ delayed tummy emptying. He also has reflux. He takes Prevacid solutabs (half tab twice a day) for the reflux and 1/4 tsp 4 times a day of Erythromycin. He also has swallowing issues, so we suspect that he has nerve damage from being intubated very early in life that may be causing all of his problems. Within about a week of starting the Erythromycin, my son's spit up was noticiably better, and he enjoys "tummy time" more.
Feel free to email me if you have any other questions!
Best of luck!