Since Jackson was about 2 months old he has struggled with Reflux issues, it has come and gone over time and through this we have learned some information that I thought might be useful to others that have to go through this journey.
We started Jackson on Zantac at about 2 months seemed to work pretty
well and we actually thought he was/had out grown the reflux so we were
actually weening him on our own. At around 5.5 months ago it flared up big time
so we went back to the doctor and they upped his dosage. We did that for
a week and then went back for the 6 month well check and decided he was
still having some pain and switched to Prevacid.
Zantac is a liquid he gets 3 times and day and Prevacid is a pill
that is dissolved in liquid and he gets once a day. Well after this
switch he has been worse than ever. Crying all the time and not taking
his bottles well at all. My husband started doing some research and we
found out that the two medications work completely different and the
Prevacid needed time to really start working. Zantac ultimately makes
the acid less acidic so when they do reflux it is not painful. Prevacid
actually causes the stomach to produce less acid so hopefully they do
not reflux. Since they are different we were able to determine that you
can take both at the same time. So now we are giving him the Prevacid
and hoping that is the long term solution but also giving him Zantac in
the short term until his body adjusts to the medication. In about a week
or two we will try and ween the Zantac. We talked to his pediatrician
and he said this was a good plan.
A few other things we learned in my husband's research. They build
up a tolerance to Zantac pretty quickly also the dose is figured by
weight so as they grow their dosage will need to increase. Prevacid is
best taken on an empty stomach and not eating right after-so in the
middle of 2 feedings. It is broken down by the acid so if there is a lot
of milk it will not be as effective.
Once we got J on both meds he was a
completely different baby. Smiling and laughing and being completely
adorable unlike the little boy who has been crying for the week prior. Please note we did not make any changes to his medications without consulting his pediatrician. We just acted as his advocate by educating ourselves on the medications he was taking and how they worked. Always consult your doctor first.