Congestion? Reflux? Advice about my new LO, not Rache!

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Congestion? Reflux? Advice about my new LO, not Rache!

Me again!

So I thought here would be the best place to ask, since y'all are seasoned professionals, lol!

Baby Lois was two months old yesterday (born on Christmas!), and she's been constantly congested for the past three weeks. I took her to the doctor for the first time about three weeks ago, they tested her for RSV, which was neg, and they told me to keep an eye on her. She never had a fever, never seemed to get worse, but never improved either.

Then, last Thursday, she sounded like she had developed a wheeze. I took her back, and they doctor confirmed she was wheezing, told me to start nebulizer treatments and keep and eye on her. She's still wheezing today, and we're doing the nedbulizer about 2-3x a day.

She does have reflux -- pretty bad. She projectile vomits at least once a day, and dribbles all day long. I know congestion, even wheezing can be a symptom of reflux. She's now on 1 ml of zantac, 2x day.

I seems to remember some other Blossom mamas having similar issues with babies. Any advice? Should I take her back in to the dr? She is still congested...is it okay for her to be chronically congested? It's really been worrying me, esp since she's developed a wheeze.

Other than this, she's doing well. She's a butterball...almost 13 lbs! So the reflux isn't having an effect on her weight gain at least...I just worry that there's something else going on, esp since Rache has asthma. (Which, by the way, is going really well. He's actually OFF his daily meds and now only uses them as needed, like when he has a cold. So far, so good!) Should I be looking into taking her to a specialist? Or assume all is okay since she's gaining weight, which seems to be what the pedi thinks.

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Congrats on Lois!! Not all reflux meds work on all babes, we had to try 3 before we found one that would work. For DD, the first one we tried worked, though. I'd bring her back in and just follow up and see what the pedi thinks. Good luck andKUP!

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i have no advice......just wanted to say congratulations on Lois!!!!!!! and good luck with finding something that works.....(((((HUGS))))))

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yea...no advice here either but CONGRATS!!!!

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Congrats to Lois.

Julie is dead on, not every med works on every child. You may need to try something else. Zantac is a pretty old drug, there are some other 'newer' drugs approved for pediatric use that would probably give her more relief.

This was so long ago for me. Jax had super bad reflux. If I remember correctly, there is a concern that they will aspirate the spit-up. Is that what I'm hearing you having a concern about where the wheezing is coming from?

Also, she is still pretty young. Just wondering if she has always had the congested sound to her breathing? My bff's baby didn't stop that newborn rattling congested sound until he was just about 10 weeks old. I'd never heard a more noisy breather than him. Wink

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Hi again!

Sorry it's taken me so long to get back on here and respond. My time with two free hands is limited right now!

Lois goes in for a (late) 2 month appt. this Thursday, and I think I will ask about a different medicine. Rache had reflux, too, but not like this, and he was on prevacid. He just spit up...a LOT...and until about 11 months when he started walking. The congestion that Lois has just won't go away. I've been doing the nebulizer at least once a day for the last week. I'm going to talk to the pedi more about this...I just don't like my 2 month old using the nebulizer daily. We also go back to Rache's pulmonologist in Richmond in the middle of the month, and DH had the good idea to talk to him about Lois while we are there. I may as well make the 1.5 hour drive worth it!