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Aug 05, 2005
Amy
Mommy to Emma - 2.5 years old
Natural remedies?
Could anyone give me any advice on natural remedies for reflux? We have a 5 month old who is on Pepcic .7ml 2x/day and (3rd day of) reglan .6ml 3x/day. We are nervous about the reglan, but the baby's stomach empties slowly and he regergitates and has breathing apnea as a result. He screams after he has his bottle (thickened of course). there are sooo many symptoms of reflux that I could go on and on, but the reglan has made him so tired and it's strange. Maybe he's catching up on the sleep he didn't get for 5 months! My point is about natural alternitives. What has helped anyone else? We've done the chiropractic care. We're on thickened Alimentum formula. We've done zantac, previcid, gas drops. Oh, we also give him a dose of antacid 1-3x/day. Thanks, Amy
Oct 12, 2005
lansima
Marsha
Son Logan Born 7-2003 with EA/TEF
YOGURT/Acidophilus
Yogurt has beneficial bacteria that helps neutralize stomach acids. I make sure my son has yogurt everyday. Do a search for Acidophilus on the internet and you'll find out more about the other benefits it has. I would NOT take your child of the PPI (prevacid, prilosec). You don't want to risk errosion of the esophagus. I have heard that a lot of moms hate Reglan because of the side-effect being worse then the benefits, but if your child is throwing up, has a Nissen Fundoplication sugery been suggested at all? If the stomach acid goes down her trachea and into her lungs can cause pnemonia.
Oct 12, 2005
lansima
Marsha
Son Logan Born 7-2003 with EA/TEF
Oops! Sorry, I meant "him" not "her".
Dec 02, 2005
frustrated mom
Natural Remedies
Although my Dr. has mentioned that I could give my 4 month old medication due to poor weight gain - I've opted to give him just Enfamil AR (which has rice starch in it). The formula is not a complete solution to the problem but it has drastically reduced the amount he spits up, he is no longer suffering as much from gas and stomach pains and is now gaining weight. I have to warn you though that rice starch causes constipation although I've discovered a few natural remedies to combat the constipation problem i.e. what food to feed him and what foods to avoid. Unfortunately, I went through the same problems with my first child.
Mar 17, 2006
lynn
I know it's not exactly a natural remedy, but there are different medications that you could try for the slow emptying if you are concerned about the reglan. Erythromycin is one, and there are some others, that works fairly well and doesn't have the possible side effects that reglan does. Also, it does take some time for the relgan to kick in, so try to be patient (I know much easier said than done!). AND, not every child who is on reglan will experience side effects, yours may be fine, though it's perfectly natural for you to worry! Just keep a close eye on him and if you notice anything call your doctor right away! Has your son had a delayed emptying test to confirm that this is part of his problem? If not, you may want to ask for it. It's a pretty simple and non-invasive test.
Check with your
doctor first!