Thursday, October 2, 2008

Pediatric GI Report

This little man now has to take 1 mL of Zantac 3 times a day for the next 2-3 months to see if his irritability decreases at all. In the meantime we are continuing stool tests to look for a milk protein allergy, that could be causing burning of the esophagus or pain in his gut. If he is allergic to milk protein (like his brother) we will have to seriously alter MY diet (since he's solely breastfed) or switch him to a non-dairy based formula. If the Zantac does not work and the irritability continues, Quinton will need a CT scan to determine if he needs surgery to completely remove the "band-like filling defect" in his duodenum. The CT scan would expose him to high amounts of radiation and the surgery would be quite invasive as they would need to completely open his abdomen to correct the defect.... so for now we are trying the least invasive route available and hoping he'll respond. If he is allergic to milk protein he'll likely grow out of it by the time he's 2-4 years old and if he responds to the Zantac, hopefully he won't have to take it his entire life. So, the waiting game begins....


krewton06 said...

The waiting game is one of the hardest parts. Hang in there. Your in our prayers!

Jessica said...

Good luck, Holly!
I'm glad you listened to your intuition and had the test done.
At least you know there's a problem and can work towards a solution.
We're thinking about you.
Hope you had fun at the mall today.

Bryce, Anna and Porter said...

I can only imagine what you are feeling right now... you are such a good mother and handle these things so well! We hope things work out quickly, there is nothing worse that the helpless feeling of not being able to ease the pain of your child. If you need anything anytime we are just a few houses away!