After being rescheduled twice, we finally got Sprout in to see the pediatrician yesterday afternoon.
It's only been two weeks since we were in for her six month check-up, and we had talked about her vomiting every 3-5 days then, as she had been doing for a few weeks at that point. His advice was not to worry, and come back only if the frequency increased. She vomited on thirteen of the subsequent fourteen days.
Anyway, we got all caught up on my concerns and the "what if's..." Thankfully the pediatrician assured me that I am not a nut for being feeling anxious about this, and though he suspects it is nothing serious, would rather be overly cautious than ignore something that might be an issue.
Though it is a bit unusual for symptoms to start presenting so late (usually they clear up as the infant gets older), reflux is the #1 suspicion at this point. However, he also sent in a requisition for an x-ray and ultrasound at the local children's hospital to make sure there isn't something we're missing. We leave for PA this weekend, and though I'd love to have some answers before that, it's unlikely that we'll get in for the ultrasound before our departure. In the mean time we have a prescription for Zantac that I am going to go fill today.
I'm hoping that it is reflux, and believe it could be as Sprout had started doing longer nursing sessions a few weeks ago, but seems to have switched back to smaller and more frequent feedings over the past little bit. We've also noted that most of the time she is vomiting right after nursing before bed, or she will be unsettled after nursing and then vomit and promptly fall asleep.
Last night was particularly brutal. She didn't vomit (hurray!), but was fussing until about 3:30am when I finally reswaddled her and put her in her bouncy chair. I'm exhausted by this, and I feel like she must be too. She is napping in the bouncy chair now.
I, naturally, have been reading up on reflux and GERD trying to figure out what else we can do to help our dear little Sprout. Chiropractic treatment and liquid calcium seem to rank highly as alternate therapies. Does anyone out there have any experience with either of these as treatments for reflux? Fortunately we have a chiropractor and naturopath that we really like, so we'll probably book appointments for as soon as we're back from our visit to the grandparent's, though I hope she's doing much better before then.
Thanks for everyone for their concern and reassurances on my last post about this. You are all so kind. I can't tell you how much I appreciated it.