Posted By Posting
Sep 19, 2007
Could this be GERD??
I just read the forum rules, so I hope I don't break any here!!! I am just looking for other parents who have children with GERD. My son is now 5 years old, and he was diagnosed with GERD as an infant (4 months) and it resolved at around age 2 or so. His most recent problems have been allergy related. He has severe allergies to almost everything (perennial allergies) and is always runny, congested, stuffy, coughing, you get the picture. Frequent sinus infections (8 so far this calendar year) and I have tried EVERY over the counter and prescription medication on the market, spending thousands of dollars. I am getting tight on the money due to being out of work since January from uterine cancer, but I don't want to deny him help with his problems, because he is so miserable all the time not being able to breathe. For the past two months or so, he has been complaining more and more of upset stomach. He makes me get out my stethoscope and listen, and then wants a children's pepto bismol. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I have been wondering if he could be re-developing GERD. He seems to be worse at night, after dinner, but especially at night. He gets a small snack and a drink before he goes to bed and before he brushes his teeth, and the last few days, he has complained of "bad tummy pain" after eating, especially once he lays down. He wakes frequently in the night, either unable to breathe due to being congested, or because his tummy hurts. My mom thinks its just stress from starting Kindergarten (and he's in full day kindergarten) which is new for him. But something in my gut (pardon the pun) just tells me somethings not right. I am going to call the nurse tomorrow and see if they have any late appointments available. He doesn't get out of school till 4 pm, so it's hard to get him in anywhere!! I'll take him out if I have to, of course. I was just wondering what other's children have experienced before they had GERD. Not looking for medical advice, just other's experiences is all. I am taking him to see his pediatrician hopefully tomorrow. Thank you all for taking the time to read this, and I hope to get to know all of you a bit better.
Sep 22, 2007
jan gambino burns
Jan Gambino, M.Ed
The Reflux Mom
P.O. Box 171
Arnold, Maryland
21012 USA
Mom to Rebecca: reflux and asthma, post nissen fundo, post g tube, post FTT and Jenna: reflux, asthma and POTS.
Author of Reflux 101: A Parent's Guide to Gastroesophageal Reflux.
Welcome to PAGER!
Dear Rehabnurse, Welcome to PAGER Association. There is much support here from other parents. I encourage you to go to the Reading Room and look at the symptoms list for children and teens. While I cannot diagnose your son, I can tell you that the symptoms of reflux and allergies overlap a bit. Some children have severe allergies causing sinus infections and some childre have allergies that fuel the fire of the reflux and cause sinus infections. You definitely need to consult with the primary care doctor and figure out a plan of action. Some children need to see a allergist, ears, nose and throat doctor or a pediatric gastroenterologist. The fact that he has sinus issues and stomach issues certainly makes me suspicious that there is something more going on. Keep trying-it will get better. Best wishes, Jan
Sep 26, 2007
tamyeh, parent volunteer
Trained PAGER Volunteer
Response to Could this be GERD again
Hi Rehabnurse: Just had an opportunity to read your post and I was glad to hear that your 5 yr old resolved with his reflux for awhile. I know they claim that if the child gets over the reflux by 2, he/she is done. But remember, each child is different and sometimes reflux can return. Regarding his pain, I wonder if it may be an option to get him to eat earlier than close to bedtime to allow him time to digest his food and for his stomach to relax so the tummy pain can subside. Just a thought and double check the types of food he is eating - anything that can cause more acidic reaction while being digested can result in the reflux returning also. Stay in touch as to how the doctor's appointment goes. Tammy
Nov 07, 2007
Dec 12, 2007
RE: posting
Have you determined the cause yet? My guess is food intolerances. Unfortunately they come and go, at least in my son's case. He was Milk intolerant from birth, then found out he was soy intolerant as well when he weaned from BF at 8 months. At 1, he had challenges, and was determined to be fine. He had a stomach virus at 18 months, and both came back. They resolved again right before he turned 3, he got them back again at 6. Each time, they change symptoms (at birth it was projectile vomiting, then when he was 18 months old, he would just scream all night, now he wets the bed and screams in pain in the middle of the night). Put him on an elimination diet (Is This Your Child? by Doris Rapp has a good one). My son has seasonal allergies as well -- benadryl works, but nothing else (claritin, zyrtec, beconase).
Check with your
doctor first!