My 10th month old daughter has had problems with vomiting and putting on weight since birth. She also has not slept much since birth. She was recently hospitalized and diagnosed (2 weeks ago) with a sliding hiatal hernia. Her doctor indicated that 99% of hernias go away with medication,and said that she should improve within 4 to 6 weeks. He did not indicate if the hernia would be gone in 4 to 6 weeks, or if she would start eating and sleeping better by then.
She was placed on Tagament for acid control in the stomach and Reglan for vomiting. Her first week on the meds she was doing great--eating like a horse and put on a pound. However, this last week she went back to her old ways, not eating much, and vomitting up formula again. My wife and I do not feel she is improving yet. Realistically, when can we expect her to improve? Should the hernia be gone in 4 to 6 weeks, or is that when she should start eating better?
Also, if the mediation doesn't work, how difficult is the surgery to repair the hernia? What is the recovery period, and how much pain will she be in?
Appreciate any answers you may have. Thank you.