Tuesday, May 22, 2012
I've been off the blogging radar for almost a month. This past month with Pax has been tough. Somewhere around one month of age Pax developed severe infant reflux. Because he was refluxing silently with virtually no spit up, it made it tricky to pinpoint. At first I thought he might be just gassy but when the telltale back arching began every time he nursed, the culprit became more obvious. We knew that he was a terrible sleeper, but we suddenly began to understand why.
I took him to his pediatrician a week after his one month appointment. He ordered an upper gi barium swallow test and fluoroscopy, and reflux was confirmed when Pax refluxed even the chalky white barium during the study. Since then we've been through a couple of rounds of medications, and he is currently on the strongest medications he can receive for his diagnosis at the maximum dose. I give Pax medicine every six hours, and I have to pump exclusively and thicken every bottle he eats. We've made progress, but it's been slow with a lot of trial and error.
At this point, I will happily follow whatever plan we need to do to get our son healthy and happy again. Thankfully, Pax's weight is great, and he is responding like a champ to rice cereal and thickened bottles. Pray with us that this new plan works and that we will get our sweet boy's reflux under control soon.