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MSPI and reflux

Nupur Goyal Community Member March 28, 2010
  • Some of you may be familiar with my baby boy Varun's acid reflux and sleep feeding problems. He was in consttant pain from the reflux, refuses to feed, drools a lot, and is constantly thrusting his hands in his mouth. There is one more aspect to his pain: possible intolerance to Milk and Soy Protein.

     

    We are having a very difficult time figuring out if it is (i) just reflux, (ii) just MSPI, (iii) or both acid reflux and MSPI. Our pediatrician has tested his stool for blood but there has never been any. So the MSPI is not confirmed but we have been using Alimentum for him.

     

    Here is our dilemma: Recently, Varun's doctor increased is dose of zantac. He suggested that we switch him from Similac Alimentum to the regular Similac Advance since Varun's refusal to eat may be due to the bad taste of Alimentum.

     

    We switched him to Similac Advance, and sure enough, for a couple of days, he seemed to be doing better. However, things have been terrible the last three days. He has been extremely gassy, uncomfortable and cranky. Additionally, there has been mucous in his stool.

     

    We don't know what to do any more...keep him on Alimentum that has a horrible taste and smell, or move him to Similac Advance which makes him so uncomfortable?

     

    It feels like a roller coaster...every time we have switched formulas , Varun seemd to be better for two days and then things go downhill again. And we have switched formulas way too many times ...Similac Advance, Enfamil GentleEase, Similac Isomil, Alimentum, and back to Similac Advance.

     

    Sometimes, I wonder if there is any light at the end of this tunnel.

     

2 Comments
  • Jan Gambino
    Health Guide
    Mar. 30, 2010

    Hello!

    Indeed it is a rollercoaster ride to find the best treatment plan for your baby. It can take a few days to a few weeks for a baby to adjust to a new medication or formula. In your case, it seems that the "test" has lasted long enough. Mucous in the stool and gas are signs that the milk is not digesting properly.

     

    So back to the doctor with this...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hello!

    Indeed it is a rollercoaster ride to find the best treatment plan for your baby. It can take a few days to a few weeks for a baby to adjust to a new medication or formula. In your case, it seems that the "test" has lasted long enough. Mucous in the stool and gas are signs that the milk is not digesting properly.

     

    So back to the doctor with this information. It might not be the taste of the formula that is causing a lack of interest in eating but the ingredients. Sometimes a partially broken down formula is enough for MSPI and other times a more hypoallergenic formula is needed.

     

    Keep in mind that I know a number of babies who did not test positive for MSPI but responded positively to a dairy and soy free diet. We just don't have all of the tools we need-that is why your observations and a trial of medication or diet are the "tests" we have for now.

     

    Best wishes,

    Jan

  • Sonja P
    Aug. 07, 2010

    Hi Nupur,

     

    How are you and your little one? You are in our thoughts and hope she feels well soon. Please do update us.

     

    Regards,

    Sonja