Thursday, November 6, 2008

Try and see...

Jaxon was seen again by the G.I. specialist. We've changed his medication schedule back to the original plan, and changed his night-pump a little bit. The doctor also said we could use a little Mallox in his feeds for two weeks to see if it helps with the reflux pain. He wants to see if the medication schedule change helps over the weekend, and if not, we're going to try the formula "Alimentum". It's for protein sensitivity. The doctor doesn't think that formula is the answer since Jax digests his current preemie formula fine, but is willing to try it with the recommendation from the dietician. I guess the formula is 3x's the amount of our already expensive preemie formula...of course, right?!
Well, we'll see how Jax does over the next day or two. Does anyone out there have experience with this formula to help with vomitting/reflux? I personally think the tube down his throat is a big factor here.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

hi! I've been following your blog a bit since I saw you on the nest. SO sorry about the issues with your boys- they are adorable though, and you WILL make it through this!
I wanted to tell you that my daughter was on Alimentum. She had major reflux issues, and this did help. We also put her on Prilosec (Zantac did nothing), and this helped as well. We ended up putting both babies on the Alimentum, to make life easier (although MUCH more expensive, as you know!).
The smell is terrible, but I noticed a difference in her spitting up within a week, I believe? Not gone completely, but at least I felt she was keeping SOMETHING in her poor tummy!
Not sure what your financial situation is, but DH and I were able to go on WIC for the 1st nine months of the twins' lives. Had to swallow our pride, but saving $30/can for formula is worth it.

Hang in there- and feel free to page me on the multiples board if I can be of any help at all!

Lola (Lolacake on thenest.com)

The Wilsons said...

I don't have any experience, but just wanted to say that I'm sorry that you're dealing with all this. I'm thinking about you guys often.

trips+1 said...

Hi
I have been following your blog. I am an acquaintance of Krista's. Your family is in my thoughts. I have 3 year old triplets and a 16 month old. Unfortunately all of them had some serious reflux issues. We did take the triplets off of Neosure and they were on prevacid. The formula change did make quite the difference for all my children. I never tried Alimentum, but their first few days off of the preemie formula we noticed a huge difference, especially in their comfort level. With two of the triplets, their spitting up decreased quite a bit too. I really hope you are able to find a way to help ease Jax's discomfort and hopefully keep some more formula down. It is wonderful news that he is continuing to gain weight.

Rita

Paula71 said...

I hope you don't have to change formula. Ask for samples before you buy to make sure it is right for him. I would also talk to the Dr to see if he can get the rep. to leave you some. They will do this sometimes if asked. We went through several formulas when my son was born(preemie). This was one of the ones we tried and the smell is awful.
We had mild success with it.

Bethany said...

I am de-lurking to comment of Alimentum. I did not use it, but I have friends who did. It is very expensive, but did help with diarrhea problems in one little girl. I agree ask for samples, coupons, etc from your doctor. Good luck, you are in my thoughts.

Erin Tukua said...

Hi Annie,

Brody is on Nutramigen which is the Enfamil version of the one you mentioned. I know that many of my friends have had success getting their insurance to cover the cost of the formula. I am currently fighting with mine to see if they will. I hope you Jax has a good weekend!

Beth said...

i'm mostly a lurker. i was on the multiples board over a year ago (May - July 07) before i lost my little angles. i still try to keep up with lots of the MoMs i got to know in my short time there!

my little bubba is also on Nutramigen (the Enfamil version of Alimentum) and it has done wonders for him. i hope that you find the one missing piece for precious little Jax!!

Linda said...

My daughter was on Alimentum. If you end up having to use it a lot of insurances will cover it if the ped says it's medically necessary. Just an fyi.

Anonymous said...

I've been reading your blog since I saw it on the nest and just wanted to let you know that we used Alimentum for my DD and it helped her reflux so much! She was projectile vomitting every day and it stopped within two days after we changed. We combined it with Prevacid and Zantac and it really did make all the difference. It is horribly expensive but it was the only thing that worked for us. Good luck!