G.M. asks from Ashburn, VA on May 04, 2008
Experience W/ Colic Calm Gripe Water ? Prevacid/Zantac Not Working
My baby is 5 weeks old and was diagnosed a week ago with reflux (GER) which she's had probably since she was about 3-3.5 weeks old. She cries nonstop all day basically. She's on prevacid in the morning maalox max throughout the day (as needed) which provides very temporary relief (few minutes) and Zantac at night. It's been just over 5 days now and we're still not seeing much improvement. My ped GI said give it 2 weeks but that just seems ridiculous - you'd think by now I'd see a little improvement! I heard about Colic Calm gripe water. Anyone use this in combination with the meds (Prevacid and Zantac)? I kind of don't want to stop the medicine just to be consistent but at the same time am concerned about mixing herbs with prescription drugs. Or, maybe I should just stop the meds and try the Colic Calm to see how it works......Any advice would be great! We're desperate!
D.S. answers from Allentown on May 09, 2008
Look up this information on the web:
Get into a mom's support group.
Good luck. D.
M.G. answers from Washington DC on May 05, 2008
Don't stop the meds. I tried gripe water and don't recall it working (and my son was probably taking meds too- it was 5 years ago!) The medicine didn't work for him either (although it did with my daughter). But with both of them, him earlier than her, they just grew out of it. He was good to go by 2-3 months and it took her 6 to get off the medicine.
Just keep trying.
F.B. answers from Charlottesville on May 05, 2008
So, I've never heard of colic calm, my pediatrician gave me Baby Bliss original gripe water and I used that with Zantac until my son was off Zantac at maybe 5 months old. We still use the gripe water when he has problems and it works like a charm. My son as an infant would start to calm down as he tasted it after using it for about a month, it worked so well. I still wonder if it was really the gripe water after all, since we stopped the Zantac and use only gripe water and it managed it just as well. He had dairy issues, so we will give it before hand to prevent issue and it is great. Good luck!!
A.H. answers from Norfolk on May 05, 2008
It looks like you've had a lot of great responses here. I had the same issues with my first, which I unfortunately never recognized as reflux. It's great that the doc is helping you- although I'd be careful about using the meds longer than necessary. Once baby is feeling better, you might want to try cutting out some of the drugs and see if you can get by with less.
One thing I didn't see mentioned though. My son slept best on his tummy. Not sure why, for some reason it helped. I never let him stay asleep on his belly when he was younger, only when I was next to him and could watch him just in case. But in our experience it helped.
I use gripe water now with my 3rd, and I did also with my second. I don't think gripe water helps nearly so much with reflux as it does with gas. It seems to work miracles when my daughter has gas stuck in the stomach. Usually she burps or farts not long after taking it.
If you do decide to use baking soda as one poster suggested, baking soda can be toxic in high amounts. There is a small amount of baking soda in some brands of gripe water, but it's carefully measured, and perfectly safe.
E.O. answers from Washington DC on May 05, 2008
I'm a mom of 3 and pregnant with #4. It seems rediculoud to me for a doctor to want to prescribe so much for a new baby and diagnose something like acid reflux. I'm not a doctor, but it seems that with a calm environment and some patience these things will work themselves out. My 22 month old, was unbearable at that stage. I did everything with my own diet to make sure she was nursing healthy milk. I ended up switching to bottles and a healthy formula. we gave her gripe water and the herbal colic tablets. Her evenings and days became so much smoother. Once we all just relaxed and allowed her to cry without totally trying to soothe her with a million things she worked out the fussiness. I'll keep you and your baby in prayer for calmness and better digestion.
S.W. answers from Norfolk on May 05, 2008
I have a few questions. Are you breastfeeding or bottlefeeding? If you are bottlefeeding have you tried changing the formula? Have you tried the GASX for babies? Please let me know.
P.K. answers from Norfolk on May 06, 2008
M.S. answers from Washington DC on May 05, 2008
Poor baby! It sounds like she's hurting if she's crying all the time. If I were you, I would skip the gripe water and take her back to the doctor. My sister's son cried for one full year and ended up having serious GI issues. She still feels horrible about it and wishes she has done things differently. It's hard though when the docs give you a course of action and you follow it but your baby is still upset. The bottom line is we, as parents, have to be our baby's advocate. If we don't fight for them, who will??!!
Here's my story if it helps... while still in the NICU after complications from birth, my daughter was throwing up after feedings, had a horribly red bottom (with broken skin), would hiccup a lot and made little sqeeky/chirpy noises. The doctors diagnosed her with reflux and immediately switched her formula to soy (Similac Isomil) and put her on Zantac three times a day. I was also pumping at the time so they had me cut all dairy from my diet. We noticed a HUGE difference by the next day and by the end of the week all symptoms were gone!
She's 4 1/2 months old now, still on Zantac and doing great! The only thing is they will outgrow their dose. We can tell because she gets fussy during feedings, will arch her back and struggle through a bottle. That's our queue to take her to the doctor to weigh her, recalculate (increase) the dose and feedings are back to normal again.
Hope this helps! Best of luck to you.
L.M. answers from Washington DC on May 06, 2008
Time to get your little one to a acupuncturist. I have sent many of my clients whom I work with in pregnancy to local acupuncturists with their babies. The treatments work very well. This can also be linked to sensitivities to food in your diet, mainly, dairy, and wheat.
I'm happy to give you referral to a qualified prac. near you.
Please feel free to email me.
R.B. answers from Washington DC on May 05, 2008
I know COMPLETELY how you feel. I "slept" with my 2nd daughter in a recliner (she couldn't stand to be laying flat and seemed to be able to rest some on an incline) for 2 months before I said anything to my pediatrician in complete desperation. She was diagnosed with acid reflux (based on symtoms and behaviors - no GI work) and she was a different child from her 1st dose of Zantac. It was liquid gold for us. I took it EVERYWHERE with us b/c I didn't want to be in a position of her missing a single dose. (If only I had said something sooner to the Doc! So trust your instincts and keep asking questions or trying different things until you find relief for her - and your family!)
So my thought for you is why so many meds? It might be better to just go with one. And if you can't find the right medication, I presume you've considered diet issues. If you're nursing could she be allergic to something in your diet? If she's on formula, have you tried changing to another formula. I was nursing exclusively and tried cutting things out of my diet with no change in her. I tried giving her a soy formula in desperation, but that didn't help. When the Zantac worked, my Dad bought stock in the company that made it b/c of what a powerful change it made in our lives!
And to give you hope that she won't needs meds forevery, at 6 months the Dr. suggested trying to phase my daughter off the Zantac. We did with no complications and she's a healthy 4 yr old now. Hang in there and GOOD LUCK!
T.L. answers from Washington DC on May 05, 2008
Please take your baby off of those drugs. My mother always put a pinch of baking soda on the baby's tongue. I did that with my children who are now 25, 27, 29. My sisters (4) did the same with their children.