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22/08/2013 at 19:32
We got given ranitidine today by the gp for Z's reflux. I was very surprised, I didnt even have to ask! Anyhoo, before I get too excited, does it work and if so how long until we see any improvement?
In the meantime any tips? Shes screams on and off, only consolable for a few minutes then shes off again after a feed, being upright doesnt help much she still screams on and off, shes not sleeping so getting over tired I think, its like a vicious circle!
22/08/2013 at 19:54
I'm suprised the gp didn't give you gaviscon first... I haven't used rantadine but I'm sure someone will be along who does...
I know with the gaviscon that it has to build up for a good few days before it works properly.
Hope it works for you
22/08/2013 at 19:57
I was surprised too! Especially after what I've read of here about the problems people have had with their gp's. Just hope it works.
22/08/2013 at 19:58
my younger twin was on ranitidine, combined with gaviscon in his feeds. We saw an improvement within 2 days and within 4 days he was taking feeds like he didn't have a problem, he was like a different baby. You just have to be aware that the dose is weight related, and there is a range of the dose for each weight so if it doesn't work or stops working after a while the dose probably needs adjusting. the calculation is between 1 and 3 mgs per kilo three times a day so you can work the dose out yourself as and when you need.
no magic tips i'm afraid, feed as upright as poss, as soon as she starts fussing stop feeding and leave it 15-20 minutes and then try again - this seemed to work for us. but the ranitidine really does kick in quickly.
hope it improves soon.
22/08/2013 at 20:00
Does she take a dummy? I found that putting dummy in while trying to get wind really helped keep h calm...
Other things to do.. Keep upright half hour after a feed. Prop up Moses basket.
22/08/2013 at 20:21
Haven't tried ranitidine, f was put straight on omeprazole. I find burping with the dummy helps as well. I also found a reflux wedge in to maxx and have it under the mattress and the end propped up with DVD cases.
22/08/2013 at 20:32
Ive propped her crib but only by about 2 inches as I'm worried about her slipping, it doesnt seem to help much, a few times she slept in her bouncer which obviously isnt the best plan. The research Ive done suggests 30 degrees which is well steep and a harness is needed?!
Hoping to not use a dummy, I've also been using infacol for the wind, and burping a couple of minutes after my letdown as she gulps at first, and this seems to be helping, her wind is coming up better.
22/08/2013 at 20:35
I've got a couple of books propping up basket and then I rolled a towel up and put it in a horseshoe shape under his bum.. It helped stop him slipping down.
My baby was never going to have a dummy but it definately helped a to calm him and b it encourages swallowing which helps as well. Sounds like your managing without tho.
22/08/2013 at 20:40
N is on ranitidine. It takes a few days to work. If not the next step is usually omeprazole.
22/08/2013 at 20:42
Thanks, maybe I'll raise it a bit more and try the towel. It's all just trial and error I guess!
22/08/2013 at 20:43
It certainly is! Yep try it...
22/08/2013 at 22:41
Both mine have been on ranitidine and domperidone together. With big S it helped but not cured, with little S he's virtually normal on it although as others have said you need to keep an eye on weight for correct dosage
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