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She is still on Losec, however we are going to try and wean her. What is the best way to do it?

Hi Glenda
Our first baby, a girl about to turn one, was diagnosed with reflux. She is still on Losec (15mg per day), however we are going to try and wean her soon. What is the best way to do it? Do we go cold turkey or slowly decrease her losec? She is still spilly sometimes but is definitely better.
Also we are going to try and have another baby. What are the chnaces of the dreaded reflux returning?
Thanks
Jo

Glend...
Answer: Hi Jo, I wish you all the best with your attempt at weaning. I presume you have spoken with your doctor about your intentions, as it is important to work with them when it comes to medication especially. Also, your doctor will be able to guide you with the weaning – and it seems like each doctor has a different opinion on how to do it. Some doctors prefer to go cold turkey and just stop the medication, while others like to decrease it slowly over time (and even the go slow method can be different between doctors). If your doctor has given you the all clear to try, and doesn’t have a preference as to how you would do it, then I would advise you to do what you feel is right. Keep in mind that weaning attempts are not always successful, so be on the lookout for any changes – not necessarily the signs you are used to either as they can change over time. I found too, that even if the weaning wasn’t successful it helped, as it reinforced that we were doing the right thing, and having peace of mind about giving medication was really helpful too. I also found that if it wasn’t successful, then it was best (for our son anyway) to restart the medication at the usual dose as soon as possible, so things didn’t deteriorate too badly or take too long to rectify. I hope it goes well for you and you are able to say goodbye to the Losec! With regards to reflux in another baby, it does all depend on the reason for your first child’s reflux. Having said that though, just from the number of families in our group who have more than one child with reflux, I would say your chances would have to be higher. It doesn’t mean you WILL have another refluxer, but in my experience it just seems to increase the risk. You would need to talk to your doctor about your specific situation, though I don’t think there are any promises or guarantees either way (sorry). It may help if you expect reflux in your next bub so you are able to cope if it does become a reality (and it can be less devastating too). I hope that helps, Glenda RISA Inc
Answered: 01 Jun 2009