(Long Island, NY)
When my first child was born he immediately was a refluxer. I remember telling the nurses at the hospital that something just didn't seem right, but off we went home with a newborn and no instructions.
Over the course of a few weeks and many pediatrician appointments we were finally put on zantac which helped, with the support of a crib wedge. Fast forward 3 years -- I am having baby #2 and am so excited. Now I feel confident, I know all about babies and am eager to enjoy the "infant stage" again. Right? WRONG!
The first time I fed my baby I knew he had reflux. I could see the signs and knew we were going to have to deal with it again. I went home resolved that I would need to speak with my pediatrician about it and get him on meds. I was hopeful it would be like baby #1 and things would work out. After numerous appointments, a failed zantac trial, and failed ailementum trial, I was referred to a GI. I plead with him for any explanation why this child seemed to be in so much more pain than my first. He wouldnt just spit up and reflux, but he would push off the bottle, squirm in his sleep, scream in pain, and even choke until he turned purple.
The doctor put us on a low dose of Prevacid and amino acid formula and sent us on our way. No sooner than the first bottle my son was choking and turning purple. He could not drink this very thin formula. I felt defeated, alone, and more than anything afraid. I was not enjoying my baby -- I dreaded feeding him, holding him, having FULL BOTTLES come up all over me, him and the furniture. It was 24/7 with no rest for anyone. I was at my wits end. The doctor suggested thickening the bottle with oatmeal, which helped but was hard on me and the baby. Trying to figure out how much to put in, how much to stretch the bottle nipple -- etc. It was crazy.
Finally I was truly depressed and alone and one night found the Infant Acid Reflux Solutions Facebook group. I sat and read, and read for hours hearing everyone else's stories and suddenly I did not feel so alone anymore. There were other people out there like me struggling daily not knowing what to do or how to get by. I immediately filled out a questionnaire and had a back and forth email dialogue with Dr. P. He answered every single question I had -- even when I am sure I was a huge PEST!
I got my kit in the mail to make prevacid with TummyCare Max on Marci dosing. After 10 days (a LONG 10 days)... my baby was smiling, he was playing, he was doing tummy time. He was the baby I always knew he could be. It was still a long journey after we found TummyCare Max. There was always still spit ups, and food trial fails, and loads of anxiety... but knowing he was medicated and not in pain was a huge relief.
Last month I made my last batch of TCM, and as I stood at the counter I welled up with tears knowing this was coming to an end. My baby was weaned off and doing great at 13 months. I had made it through the thick of it -- and you will too. Thank you Dr. P, Kira, TummyCare Max and the entire community for getting us through this tumultuous time.
You gave me something I will never get back -- beautiful moments with my baby.