Hello.....i came across this post as i was looking for information about eating, and why my twins were having such problems, and i now think i may have found it. I have fraternal twin girls who are just about 6 mo and for the last month at least feedings have been a struggle. both my girls have reflux, and we had that diagnosed early on....1-2mo old....they have been on all sorts of meds, and finally we think the prevacid has been working. When they were origninally diagnosed we had an upper GI series done on both, to make sure there were no anatomical issues, and we were cleared of that, but it showed that both girls had severe reflux. one of our girls...Abby, they also did a barium swallow test on, because our gastroenterologist was concerned with her coughing while eating....but the swallow test showed no problems...they had a speech therapist there also while they did the test. our other twin Makayla, never had the swallow test done, at that time she wasn't showing those symptoms, or having issues with eating. Now however, she is the one i am very concerned about. i decreased the amount of their bottles from 6oz down to 5 cuz they weren't eating but 2-3 oz every 4 hrs and then refused the rest...Abby would just refuse to let us put the bottle in, and Kayla would scream and fight and arch away from it....she gets sooooo upset. i found her bedtime feeding to be just as bad as the others....although we found if we put her down like she is going to sleep and then try to feed her in the crib she will take it most times, or last night, she got so upset, i gave her the paci to calm her, and as she started to get drowsy popped it out and put the bottle in, and then she ate 6.5oz. She also has never had issues with the middle of the night feedings...just eats and goes back to sleep. I don't notice any congestion with her, but i have seen from the other posts that some babies don't show that symptom. so i'm a bit confused, b/c abby is refusing to eat but is not getting upset about it, but she is also really wanting to play and practice crawling, so i don't know for her if it is just a matter of her wanting to do other things besides sit with a boring old bottle, and since she has had a swallow test done already....should i have another one done on her??
With Kayla i'm convinced that this is not normal for her, and since she gets so upset i think i need to really evaluate this as a possibility.....i don't want her to aspirate....i'm scared to death of that....or develop pneumonia, as my 2nd daughter died almost 2yrs ago from a combination of croup and pneumonia(they never knew she had pneumonia until the autopsy). Luckily, we are working with a gastroenterologist for their reflux already, and i put a call into her voice mail last night after i read all these posts...so hopefully she will call me back today, and we have a wonderful childrens hospital here (UW children's hospital)as we have been there many times for lots of tests on them. So i guess in all my ramblings here (sorry so long)i just need to know if you think that this could really be the problem, and i should have a swallow test done on Kayla, or both of them, or am i totally off my rocker, and need to just wait it out and see if it improves after their teeth come in(we think they are teething big time). I appreciate you reading this, and any advice or help you might have would be wonderful....if you need any other info please let me know.
Thanks for listening!!