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Jan 28, 2008
mom4ry
5 year old with reflux and chronic bronchitis
My 5-year-old was diagnosed with silent reflux at age 2 weeks of age. She has been fairly well controlled since about 1 year of age on Prevacid and over-the-counter Pepcid. This past winter, she has been sick constantly, runny nose, sore throats and what is most troubling is a very severe cough. This is her fourth bout of this since November. She has been placed on antibiotics each time, which seems to clear it very quickly, yet as soon as she is off the antibiotics for a couple of weeks, we are back at square one. She is missing so much school, and I am becoming very frustrated. She is back home again today from school with a fever, nasty sounding cough and sore throat. Has anyone else ever dealt with this type of thing? If so, is there way to prevent this from occurring constantly? Very frustrated, Michele
Feb 02, 2008
jenrackley
PAGER Volunteer Services Coordinator
Nutritionist
Melina 7/24/02 now reflux free!!
TWINS:
Ella 5/3/05 GERD, asthma, hypotonia, food intolerances, esophagitis, IBS //
Ava 5/3/05 asthma, food allergies
Pic: My girls! They are getting so big!
You may want to post to the general beginner and infant forum. It gets much more traffic.
Feb 03, 2008
jenrackley
PAGER Volunteer Services Coordinator
Nutritionist
Melina 7/24/02 now reflux free!!
TWINS:
Ella 5/3/05 GERD, asthma, hypotonia, food intolerances, esophagitis, IBS //
Ava 5/3/05 asthma, food allergies
Pic: My girls! They are getting so big!
Michele- Feel free to e-mail me if you still have questions.

RackleyFive@cox.net
Feb 03, 2008
maggiemom
Maggie is now 3 years old and reflux free (knock on wood). I still check in some to see how everybody is doing :) Hugs to all!
I don't have any older kids with reflux, but my 1yr old is having the same kind of trouble yours is. Since Nov. it has been one sick episode after another. There are others on the beginner/general forum dealing with the ickies this winter too. There are lots of moms there, you're welcome to share your frustrations with us.
Feb 03, 2008
jjanes102699
Jennifer -- SAHM to two girls: Cami (4 years old and blessedly healthy!) and Claire - 2 years old - has NO milk/dairy in diet -- symptoms improving after a month off all dairy (see story); GERD; bile reflux; chronic constipation; gastric emptying scan scheduled for February
My DD used to go on antibiotics a lot for sinus "infections." Some of them were, in fact, infections, but others are, I think, reflux-related. I generally wait 10-14 days now when DD seems to have a cold before I take her to the ped for antibiotics for a sinus infection. Generally, most of her issues will clear up if I wait an entire two weeks. This makes me think that some of her congestion/stuffiness issues are simple URIs (colds) or reflux-related. (She's ALWAYS stuffy -- even on Nasonex every day.)

The cough, however, is troubling. My DD (who is almost 3), has had a few times where she had wheezing with a respiratory infection, which we treated with neb meds, etc. Once I thought she was wheezing again, and it turned out to all be in her throat! The ped gave us some steroids "just in case" it turned into croup, but we never had to use them.

It's so hard to deal with a child with chronic issues and not know what symptoms are caused by the chronic issues and which ones are caused by acute illness.

I don't know if I said anything to help you. I just wanted you to know you're not alone!
Feb 04, 2008
rissaroo
Picture: This is what happens when you raise a kid on health food and they get ahold of a Coke! Bad mom, that soda is NOT on the reflux diet.
UPDATE: Isaiah is now 12 and off meds! He is doing great, eating again and hopefully will be catching up in the growing department. I am still in the "hoping it sticks" phase, but we're so happy that he's better!
Hi! I'm sorry your daughter is going through this! I have a son who is 11 and we are going through the exact same thing right now. He is normally a very healthy kid, but this year we have had over a month now of constant illness! It's awful. At the beginning of last month, I took him in because he had been having tummy aches. He ended up not only having reflux but also strep throat! Then, my girls all caught a cold/flu and right as he was getting over the strep he caught that, too. That one has lasted several weeks and we are still not over it, he has been sick for a *month*! Plus, we have been up and down with the Prevacid, it took forever to start working. Finally, the tummy aches have gotten much better and we are just dealing with the last of the cold. I have not been dealing with the reflux long enough to know (although I suspect my son has had it since he was a newborn...it's just gotten more noticable lately) but I am wondering if maybe the reflux can make them more susceptable to catching something? I know that when they're sick the reflux can get worse. This year seems like a bad one for colds and flu, though...our dr. says he's been busier than a normal winter. I know how you feel, though...I am a worrier and when one of my kids is sick so much I get really upset. How is she doing now?
Feb 04, 2008
debbie
Cough
Hi Michele, I read your post. It sounded very much like my 5yr old son. Turns out my sons chronic cough was from post-nasal drip, and now he's on zyrtec syrup every night and doing much better. Debbie in CT
Feb 04, 2008
joy
Dd (7) w/ SPD (sensory processing disorder), hypotonia, GERD, since birth. Previous PT, OT, Early Intervention, special ed, feeding clinic, feeding therapy from 2-3. Reflux meds since 2. Overcame severe feeding challenges, dysphagia, oral aversions, anxiety disorder. Weaned from reflux meds @ 6 1/2 yrs. A true miracle!! Ds (4) Prevacid 30mg, split am/pm; upcoming endoscopy. Ds (9 mos.), nursing, pureed foods, Zantac 1.2 mL 2x/day.
Hello. I'm sorry to hear your child is having such a rough winter. Coughing can have so many different causes. When my four-yr-old was little she ended up coughing from pneumonia. Recently my ds had 24/7 coughing and congestion for several months and when we got him on the Prevacid (in addition to the Zantac) it completely disappeared. In his case it was obviously reflux. I remember reading once that part of the stomach acid's job is to kill germs, but with GERD medication treatment there is less acid so maybe they're more prone to illness? My 4-yr-old was on Prevacid for about 2 1/2 years, and has been on Zantac most of that time and still is.
Feb 06, 2008
bear'smom
all new to me
My daughter (11 yrs) started having stomach pains along with headaches occasionally in Dec. 07. New Year's Eve, she was diagnosed with strep and was on amoxicillin for 10 days. Stomach pains and headaches became more severe and frequent. Finished all of the amox. and stomach pains/headache continue to worsen - to the point of not being able to function (eating very little, no activity, lots of school missed). Diagnosed with strep again on 1/22. Amox. prescribed again. Since she was starting to feel a little better on the 25th, we went out to have her favorite meal - crab legs. She ate fairly well, but by the end of the meal turned very pale and was having severe stomach pain. Within 1 hour, she had diarrhea/vomiting and hives. We went to the ER and she was given a large dose of Benadryl for an apparent allergic reaction to shellfish. She has never had any type of allergic reaction before. Her stomach pains worsened and I didn't give her the last 3 doses of the amox. because I felt that it was making her stomach pains worse. She saw a Ped. GI on 2/1 and he thinks she has acid reflux. He prescribed Prevacid 30mg. 2x a day for 2 weeks and we are waiting for the call to tell us when her endoscopy will be. She took her 1st dose of Prevacid last Friday night and we saw a lot of improvement initially but now she seems to be worsening again. She missed school again today because she was so nauseated/headache. She has complained of the joints in her fingers hurting the last 2 days, also. It seems like dairy products may cause her more distress. She always turns extremely pale whenever she is experiencing the worst pains. I have some questions and I would really appreciate any input. 1st: Could all of this be related somehow to the strep? (the dr.'s don't think so, but I just have this feeling that somehow its all related) 2: Could her allergic reaction be related to the acid reflux? 3. Am I expecting too much from the Prevacid too soon? 4. Has anyone else had the acid reflux always be accompanied by a headache? I have lots of other questions but I think I'm too frustrated to think of them right now. I've probably written too much, anyway. I just feel like I have been watching what used to be a very athletic and active little girl wither away. She has no energy to do anything.
Feb 06, 2008
bear'smom
I realized that I posted this in the wrong place. This is my first time joining in - sorry I goofed. I think I've got it in the right place now.
Check with your
doctor first!