Thursday, April 30, 2009

Oh god, it's GERD

So, Jack has been spitting up A LOT for the last 2 weeks regardless of what we do. We've taken him to the pedi and she wanted us to monitor it. We went back today, and she diagnosed him as having GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a digestive disorder that affects the lower esophageal sphincter).

It doesn't seem to really bother him, but we want to nip it in the bud because GERD that is untreated can lead to asthma; something that Troy's family has dealt with for years. We're starting him on baby Priolsec tomorrow and I'm really hoping it helps our little pumpkin. Even though it doesn't seem to cause him pain, it has led to him being a poor napper and makes it really hard for us to get him to sleep at night.

We can rock him to sleep and he's totally fine, but the second we lay him in his bassinet he starts to fuss and wakes right up. My working theory is that he's great when he's all snuggly and upright, but when we lay him down, acid rises from his wee little tummy and goes up in to his throat and wakes him up. ARGH.

In better news, LL Cool J (Ladies Love Cool Jack), has been growing by leaps and bounds! In the last 8 days he has gained 11 oz, and 3/4 of an inch in length! So while our little monster has heartburn/acid reflux, it's definitely not impacting his overall eating and growth progress.

I'm hoping that once we get his GERD taken care of that he'll become a faster eater. He currently eats for 15-50 minutes each time depending on his 'tude, but I'm guessing he overeats because he knows that he's going to harf some of it up later. Maybe if his little tummy feels ok, he won't feel the need to be a little piggy whenever he eats!

Also, I don't want to jinx it, but totally overnight Jack went from eating every 2 hours during the day to 3.5 hours! I really hope it's a change in his snacking habits, and not a result of being so freaking tired because he was up partying all last night.


Tammy Spence said...

Hey Sniffer
I work with lots of what they call "happy" refluxers if you need any positioning ideas.
luv ya Tams

flojat said...

Hope you can get it under control. Poor little guy!