It has been 3 weeks since Sassy was diagnosed with VUR (You can read about that here and here). We've begun her antibiotic regimen, and we've been in good contact with Dr. M, her specialist from Children's Mercy in KC.
We have been given several months to make some changes- both behavioral and dietary- to see if her status changes any. We will travel to Kansas City for an appointment with Dr. M September 10th.
As for behavior...
Sassy must be prompted to go to the bathroom every 2 hours, regardless of need. She has to get into the habit of double voiding (attempting to go potty twice to make sure she empties her bladder completely each time). We've added Benefiber to her daily regimen... apparently it is very important to have things "regular" in that aspect for bladder stability.
And, then there's the dietary no-no list...
NO chocolate or products containing cocoa
NO carbonated beverages
NO citrus fruits or citrus flavored products- lemon, lime, orange, or grapefruit.
NO artificial sweeteners (i.e. Crystal Lite, sugarless gum...)
Limited dairy consumption to twice daily.
Avoidance of artificial food dyes, NO products containing red food dye (Eek...)
So far, this has been manageable. Sassy loves chocolate flavored anything. Not being able to have chocolate cheerios for breakfast is the bane of her existence. Our trip to Braum's since the implementation was NO FUN. The only ice cream that didn't contain chocolate, red dye, or citrus was... well, vanilla. NOT OK with Sassy. I think the food dyes are the hardest part (that stuff is in everything), but conceptually, I am on board. I mean, I know that stuff is no good for us, anyway!
So, there you have it. We are doing just fine. Anxious for September, but that's still a long way off...