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Nov 15, 2002
Don Bates - Northern VA
Connection between Reflux and Sensory Integration Dysfunction (SID)?
Hi, I've been following this board for almost two years now (our youngest son, Sam, is 22 months old and has reflux / had a fundoplication), though I don't post much; just "listen." One thing I've seen in our son that I've seen mentioned a few other times is the connection between reflux and sensory integration dysfunction (SID). Essentialy, from what I've read, SID is when the body doesn't process all the stimuli it receives "normally." Some seem "hypo-sensitive" and others "Hyper-sensitive." Sam's speech therapist has mentioned to us that she sees this in her reflux kids. I've also seen this mentioned on another reflux board -- parent2parent (http://parent2parent.aimoo.com). Has anyone else seen this connection? BTW, Sam also gets Physical Therapy / Occupation Therapy and it has made a huge difference with his Hypo-sensitivity issues. Thanks. v/r Don Bates Don.Bates@verizon.net
Nov 18, 2002
Staci Daddona
SID
our son has some of these issues, but i have no idea if it is related to GERD. we didn't have much luck with the OT. i've always wondered what effect being in pain as an infant has on my son's development (emotional as well as physical), but have never found a professional who would even hazard a guess. my son is a very sensitive, active, intense, and wonderful guy and his SID issues could be due to genetics and temperament. who knows?
Nov 19, 2002
Anonymous
connection with sid
Don, I'm not sure what sid is but my son is 25 months old, diagnosed with severe Gerd and esophageal dysmotility (has undergone a fundo and gtube placement at 6 weeks of age and continued on metaclopomide and ranitadine as treatment and daily chest phiso with ventalin for secondary respiratory problems) as well as several other problems, has had problems with his development speifically with speech and social skills - i believe that it is due to his Gerd, would these be associated with SID??
Nov 19, 2002
Don Bates - Northern VA
Connection with sid - response
Thanks for the note back. I don't have any answers either. Our kids have lots in common -- our son Sam is almost 23 months old and had a fundo / g-tube placement at 7 weeks of age. He was on Zantac for the reflux and is now on Reglan for motility issues. Once he had the fundo, we've been lucky to avoid the respitory issues. Sam continues to have lots of feeding issues, and sees a speech patholagist for this. She also works with him on language skills, which are also delayed. He gets PT / OT also, for his gross and fine motor skill delays. My layman's guess is that all this is related and the doctors / researchers haven't found the connection yet. From what I can tell, reflux seems to be a neurological issue that shows itself with physical symptoms. What I mean by a neurological issue is that the brain isn't telling the Lower Esophogeal Sphincter (LES) muscle how to open and close properly. Maybe this neurological issue is related to the delayed development and the hypo- and hyper-sensitivity? v/r Don Bates Don.Bates@verizon.net
Dec 19, 2002
Julie
response to connection between GER and Sensory Integration Disorders
My oldest child, 31/2, was diagnosed 6 months ago with PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified). PDD is synonymous with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). Though our son's symptoms do not qualify him as "autistic," most professionals now agree that autism is a spectrum and not a black or white issue. In that sense, he has very mild autism. At a conference on autism/PDD by my son's nuerologist in September, he mentioned common auto-immune disorders found in children with autism/PDD, which included reflux. My son's symptoms of PDD/ASD include a severe language/speech delay, avoidance of eye-contact (though not severe as seen in "classic autism", fine motor delays, milder gross motor problems and one of the defining features - sensory integration disorders. Over the past 6 months to a year, we've noticed Tyler sounding hoarse more and more frequently and our OT mentioned in her recent report that this could be due to chronic reflux. My 6 month old definitely has reflux and my husband and I are holding our breath about any autistic symptoms that may appear this next year. If your son is not quite 2, I wonder if he has symptoms in addition to his reflux that fall under the autism spectrum. If so, a pediatric neurologist or certified DAN! (Defeat Autism Now!) doctor may be of help. I hope I haven't caused you undue concern by mentioning "the 'A' word," but the key to helping these children is early identification and treatment. Our son was identified later than he should have been, so I want to help anyone I can get an earlier diagnosis. Our neurologist who mentioned the reflux/ASD connection is Dr. Jean-Ronel Corbier and he is located in Montgomery, Alabama. A good comprehensive/easy-read book to get if you do go down this path is "Facing Autism." I hope this is helpful info.!
Jan 23, 2003
LeAnne
SID
HI, I am new to this board, my two year old son was diagnosed with SID about five months ago, in addition to the SID, he also has GERD, Failure to thrive, and Severe anemia. I am finding it very difficult to find info on the SID and I am only recieving general info from the doctors. Because of all the dx that he has my son refuses to eat and has been on a NG tube for five months. Like your son, me son has severe speech/language delays and avoids eye contact, he also walks on his toes and is very rigid about certain things yet the doctors say that he is not autistic. If you have any info please email me @ L22C6E1@yahoo.com. I live in VA and there are not many resources available on the subject.
Feb 26, 2003
Julie Waite
SID, reflux, autism
I have been concerned about this connection for quite a while. I have a 3 1/2 year old son. He has been vomiting daily since birth. I was told by 4 doctors, "he'll grow out of it." At age 2 we began noticing sensory integration problems. His speech was coming slowly. At 2 1/2 a new doctor and prevacid. He Finally seemed to be relieved of much pain. I Always wondered what connection the pain had to his development. He now talks well but with some echoing. He has been diagnosed SID, mild autism, PDD-NOS, Aspergers, and hyperlexia. Every doctor has a different diagnosis. He is on meds. to help him with his behavioral outbursts, which started at age 3. feel free to email me - juliew@ticon.net
Feb 26, 2003
Julie Waite
SID, reflux, autism
check out www.new-vis.com excellent resource for sid and feeding
Check with your
doctor first!