My DS is about 2 weeks adjusted and has terrible reflux. He's been on Prevacid for a couple of weeks now. I know this is a pretty normal occurance for preemies, but how long does it usually last? I feel so badly for him. Some feedings I swear that he's spit up everything. He'll still be puking hours after he eats! He's also been gaining very slowly (even had a loss of 3 oz in a week). If your LO had reflux, when did it start getting better?
We had been on zantac which helped for a few months but it was always obvious when the dose needed to be adjusted and eventually it was more than the MD was comfortable with, then we tried prevacid which seemed to work some. at the same time two separate people suggested we try seeing a chiropractor. my husband's childhoood CCD teacher is a chiropractor with a lot of experience with babies. He explained it that since my LO was a c-section the spine didn't go through the compression something something of the birth canal and she has a subluxation at a certain spot that goes hand in hand with reflux. he was hopeful that she would only need a couple adjustments for it to stick, sadly we have to go back every month, but we are off all medicine!!! and it's obvious when it's time to go back in (which this time was only after 2 weeks, a herd a little pop after some swinging in the air, which may have something to do with it, i can't wait to ask). anyways, he said that as her trunk muscles get stronger her vertebrae will be held in place and she'll outgrow it. at this point for her (she's 14 months) he thinks it will be around age two, maybe 3.
obviously this isn't the cause of all reflux. apparently the stomach sphincter gets stronger around 3 months, so that's when a lot of babies improve. but, in the search for something to help i wish i had heard of this to try sooner. we ended up changing pediatricians because our former one wouldn't even consider this as an option. oh well.
good luck and congrats!