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Old 01-21-2013, 11:25 PM   #1
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Why isn't she eating?

Can anyone here help me figure it out? I probably shouldn't be as stressed about it as I am, but...well, I am.

DD hasn't ever been a good eater. Finally once we got her on zantac she went up to 18-20oz a day @ 2mo old. She never increased that amount at all. A lot of backstory but she was switched to elecare and her zantac upped to 1ml 3x/day. She happily ate four 5oz bottles a day, and never more. I *finally* snuck in an extra ounce in the morning and one before bed and was happy she was up to 22oz. Then she started refusing to eat again. She'd drink and it would sound like she was gulping, she'd stop and refuse, screaming if I tried. I called the peds clinic and they wanted me to keep a log of all the times she ate, what she did, how much, etc. and call back in a few days if nothing changed. I was sure it was her reflux and her meds needed upped. Well I called and they wouldn't do anything - said I had to wait til her GI appt. the following week. A few days before her GI appt. she got a cold so the GI was convinced that the congestion was the reason she wasn't feeding well. Sure, makes sense, but it started before she got congested. He switched her from zantac to prilosec - 2.5ml in the morning and I can give her a small dose before bed if needed (I have been giving 1ml before bed).

I finally took her into peds because she sounded so horrible and her cough was bad and I wanted to be safe - all was fine. Lungs clear, ears fine. Still not eating well and lost a few ounces. I emailed her GI doctor and he said I could either start some foods or mix her formula differently for a short while in order to get more calories in her for a short while. Well, then she ate fine for 2 days - I was thrilled so didn't do either. And now.... she's back to not good again! She only took 15oz today. That's less than what she'd take as a newborn and she's 5.5mo old now! She only weighs 13lbs (if she gained those few oz back and didn't lose more) so she doesn't have anything to spare!

Does anyone have ANY ideas on what the deal could be? I hate to be the annoying parents and emailing/calling her GI doctor if it's really nothing, and it will pass. But she's no longer sick - no stuffy nose, only coughing every once in a while. She's back to sleeping in her crib, so that's how I KNOW she's feeling better.

I'm just really worried and no one else seems to feel the same way! But feel free to tell me to just stop worrying, because then maybe I will. But this has been going on since the last weekend in December.
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