Friday, May 22, 2009

The Reflux Monster

If you know us well, then you know that Chloe has been suffering from Reflux Disease since weeks after she was born.  We have been to many many doctors appointments on the subject. We thought we found the miracle drug a few months ago because it seemed to help Chloe tremendously.  About 10 days ago it seemed to stop working.  Chloe came back with all her symptoms of spitting up and then last weekend the no sleeping started again.  


Today we trekked back to the Naval Hospital to see our Pediatric G.I. Specialist.  I discovered that I must give Chloe her medicine 30 mins before eating anything in the morning.  I was giving it to her with food which was wrong, but no one informed me of that before! We are also going to add a dose of Zantac at night to help with nighttime pain, and on June 3rd we are going to have an endoscopy done to verify whether or not this being caused by a food allergy.  

We were trying to hold off on this procedure, but the time has come that we need to make sure this is not an allergy so that we can treat it properly.  We had a radiological study of Chloe's anatomy done a few months ago and everything looked good, but it did verify that Chloe's reflux is the worst of it's kind.  When she drinks or eats even the littlest of bits her stomach pushes it all the way back up to the top of her throat before it goes down again causing a lot of acid and burning in the process.   

The good news is 
1. I feel we are nearing the end of this journey and will fully understand the problem.
2. We have determined that Chloe's reflux is not a symptom of another underlying problem.
3. One day, not sure when, she will grow out of it and be fine.

and most importantly...
I am not an overly anxious first time mother making a big fuss over nothing who doesn't know how to properly use the Ferber Method!

It has been a long road.  Thanks for your care and concern along the way.  


  1. Oh Jamie, I'm so sorry! I thought the new medicine was making a big difference. I hope your Drs. figure out the right cocktail combination to help Chloe (and you!).

  2. I can only imagine how frustrating it has all been for you. Now that's motherly instinct! - and knowing your baby better than anyone! You must feel such relief that things are progressing. Take care!