Tracy Davenport, Ph.D. Health Guide
  • Do you remember when you were a kid, playing a game with your friends, and if you messed up your turn really badly, you just yelled “DO-OVER” and you received a second try? (Hopefully that wasn’t just a Midwestern phenomenon.)

    The email below is one of many we receive in response to our book, Making Life Better for a Child with Acid Reflux. In this mother’s case, she was fortunate enough to get a “Do-Over” the second time around. My wish for you is that if your baby has reflux, you’ll find the help you need on your first try.

    Thank you SO MUCH for writing this book. I cannot tell you how much I have cried recently over the fact that my daughter suffered for so long because my pediatrician was not educated on the subject and treated me like a child and first time mom that didn't know a thing. I kept telling my mom that SOMETHING is wrong with this child! I may be a first time mom, but children don't SCREAM, crying I get, but screaming? Needless to say after a LONG year, I finally kicked my doctor to the curb and found a great medical team.

    Thank goodness I did because baby number 2, you guessed it, has the SAME problems. I knew it within 10 days. Today, 10 weeks later, we are on our 3rd medication and 4th formula. Expensive, but worth every penny because my baby is sleeping at night and the days are better. Not great, but better.

    I have to tell you that I cried my eyes out tonight because I think of how long our first child suffered and how much we did too. Our home, health, finances, state of mind, sleepless MONTHS and the fact that NOBODY understood what the heck we were going through. Every baby cries they said, every baby is fussy. Of course the only time we would have people come by is the SHORT time we knew she would be asleep or doing O.K. so no one really saw what we were going through. She is 3 years old we are still dealing with repercussions from it such as eating problems, constipation, continued reflux, etc.

    Fortunately we have asked for help a lot sooner with our son, and have a great medical team for both kids now. Even the grandparents get it. They finally got to see first hand what we were talking about when they were visiting. They have been more supportive this time around. The people that have held our son at his finest moments FINALLY get what we are going through.

    Well I just NEEDED to share and especially thank you for taking the time to write this book. I have a sitter that comes during the day just so I can do a little work and play with my daughter so I can appreciate the sacrifices you have made to share this with the rest of us. I will be looking for some support groups or will just start one of my own so I can continue to get help this time around. Keep up the great work and thank you, thank you,

    thank you again!

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Published On: May 09, 2007