Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Hate is a strong word.

Hate is a strong word...but it pretty much sums up how I feel about reflux!

If you read my blog back when I had Brayden you might remember that when we finally brought him home from the hospital that he had reflux. They sent us home on two meds for it - Reglan (a horrible, awful medication that I took him off of shortly after we got home) and Prevacid.

When I had Brody I thought we had escaped the whole reflux monster. I was wrong. It just didn't rear it's ugly head until the last couple of weeks.

I took Brody in and we filled out a written - yes, written - test. Turns out he has acid reflux whereas Brayden had regular reflux. Don't ask me the difference because I honestly don't remember - I know that Brayden's neonatologist at ACH explained it to me but it's been too long and I can't remember what they said!

I asked to start Brody on Prevacid but our pediatrician wanted to try Zantac first. We thought it was working...but boy were we wrong. It just got worse and worse. I feel like we live at our doctors office. I don't have to go sign in anymore - they greet us by name when we walk in the door and tell us to take a seat. Brayden now asks daily to go see Dr. H - he has decided that he likes him now that we are going for his brother.

So anyway, we went back again yesterday because I'm done with Zantac. I begged for Prevacid and got it. And for the very first time last night, Brody slept for SIX STRAIGHT HOURS. Thank you Jesus!

Hopefully, my instinct has been right all along and Prevacid will do the trick.

I've gotten this question a lot lately, so I thought I'd address it here. Many of you want to know if reflux is hereditary - I actually don't know the answer to that. I will say that Brody has followed in Brayden's path on a lot of things - difficulty transitioning (which is just unavoidable - it's either going to happen or not; I have no control over that), lactose intolerance (no, not milk protein intolerance, actual intolerance to lactose) and now reflux. I've heard a lot of people say that lactose intolerance it's a hereditary thing, but a LOT of people in my family have it and even more had it as babies, myself included, so I don't really buy into that one! But when it comes to reflux, I honestly don't know what the doctors say.

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