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I need help !
I have a 10 month old son who only takes 2-3 ounces at a time. He will only take a max of 8-12 ounces a day.
He is on a feeding tube through his nose from 8p.m. to 6 a.m. at a rate of 31 ml per hour. He had a CoARt repair at the age of 2 months. He was on a vent for
almost a month at this time. He had RSV. According to Cardio his heart is fine. He has mild reflux.
Lungs are getting stronger. Neuro said small fluid on brain at frontal lobe. Should not deter his eating.
He was eating fine when he left the hospital.
He contracted RotoVirus around 5 months of age and his
eating problems started then.

He is currently on Catapril for heart and Reglan.

All comments welcomed.

I assume that you meant to type captopril for his heart medication. I cannot find any anoxeria listed as a side effect for that drug and Reglan is of coures a stomach med in it self. One thing you didn't mention is how often you feed him during the day. When I brought my daughter home from the hospital she didn't gain weight like she should have before her 2 week check and the doc ordered me to feed her every 3 hours until she was taking a certain amount of formula at those feedings and then I could go back to feeding her every four hours. Your child is obviously older but I am wondering if this wouldn't help to feed him more often until he is taking more formula at those feedings and then go back to your normal schedule. What has the doc recommended you do to increase the amount of formula he takes?

It is extremely common for refluxers to not want to drink or eat. It can happen for a few reasons. They may have pain when they drink, they could be getting tired whilst drinking and all this can lead to actual phobia where they associate drinking/eating etc with pain.

Most refluxers do outgrow reflux, I think they say at the moment that 90% will outgrow reflux before their first birthday, but many many will outgrow it before then.

You must try and feed your baby in the most comfortable for you and your baby atmosphere, it will help to reassure him. Instead of trying to give big bottles of formula, try feeding only a couple of ounces every couple of hours.

You could ask your doctor if he thinks it might be worth you trying gaviscon (here in the UK we have infant gaviscon, basically very similar to the other kind but in powder form), this really helped my grandaughter. She's been on it since she was 3 weeks old.

Both forms work by thickening the milk so that it is easier for baby to manage. It then coats the oesophagus all the way down and then when in the stomach, it builds a bridge over the top of the stomach contents, hence making it harder for anything to travel back up the oesophagus through the lower oesophageal sphincter (the muscle that keeps all the food in the stomach, plus the acids).

There are other drugs apart from reglan that can be prescribed. So do go back and speak to your doctor and see if he feels your baby might need something else to help him through this stage.

Another tip, make sure that your baby is elevated whenever he lays down. Try to keep him as upright as possible for at least 30 minutes after each feed.

Good luck