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Jul 07, 2008
Hi everyone, I'm new here :)
Hi everyone, I'm new on this site...I have a five year old son (turns 5 in 2 weeks) who has not been diagnosed with reflux but after doing research on-line and reading some books for the library, I think he has probably had a form of reflux since he was born perhaps. He was bottle fed (BF didn't work out) and always had SUPER DARK CIRCLES UNDER HIS EYES...when he was on solids, he would always throw up anytime he ate anything with tomatoes in 1 1/2 years old, he began coughing at night really badly, was put on a pile of asthma meds and he has been on them until about 2 weeks ago (off for the summer)...10 months ago he started a new different day time cough, a real throat clearing hack, very different from asthma, does it everday, about 5-6 times an hour, at its worst it was 5-6 times a minute, NO EXAGGERATION- all day long. He has had allergy testing done, been to a immunologist, pead. respirologist, paed ENT- recently had his tonisils/adenoids out and tubes put in his ears- because along with this persistant hack, he has had chronic congestion, NUMEROUS ear infections, sore throats, he has had 2 episodes where his throat closed up and he couldn't breath- I took him to emerg and they said it was croup- but it just 'went away'? It has been a very frustrating 10 months...I have had him off of wheat, dairy, soy, corn and sugar- and I mean SUGAR- he didn't have any halloween treats, not a single candy cane at christmas, nothing for valentines or easter....nothing has made a difference. After speaking with the surgeon that did his surgery one month ago he said that there is a possibility it could be reflux (after I asked) and he said that its worth exploring since we have tried everything else. He burps alot and has a bit of vomit come into his throat (reflux)... I've had him on a GERD diet for the last couple of days and today I noticed it was a bit better, but still present...I'm hoping I can help him through diet modification but perhaps I can't....just wondering if anyone has received any help from the naturalpath?? Are there any natural aids that can help children? Do you recommend meds?? Can they eventually be weened off? sideeffects?? Thank you for any help that you can recommend.
Jul 07, 2008
Jessica, Mommy to Jedd, severe reflux, severe food and oral aversions, Finally G tube free!!! VSD repair 4-24-07 (open heart surgery), hypospadias, repaired 3 times and Ear tubes Visit Jedd at his CB site:
If you do start a meds I would go with a PPI first. ALOT of Dr. like to start with Zantac but I know VERY few children who do well on that....allthough they all try that first. You just need something stronger most of the time and Zantac just doens't cut the mustard. PPIs would be like prilosec or prevacaid.

If his breathign is being affected that much have they run any test on him???? That way they could know how far the reflux or if the reflux has caused any damage to the inside of him. A good frist test would be a n EDG scope. That way they can litterally SEE inside and take biopses to check for issues internally.

I don't know alot aobut homeopathic remedies for reflux. I do know alady on another board who uses the to MUCH success.....
Jul 07, 2008
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!
Hi! I can't help you with natural meds. There's at least one mom around that might could, but she's not on every day.

As far as reflux meds, I think it depends on the kid's case. Maggie was weaned off meds by 11mos.

Are they sending you to a pedi GI? There should probably be some tests done to check for damage or other issues.

Did they tell you that having him sleep elevated some will help?

Jul 07, 2008
maia m - GERD. Nissen Fundoplication w/hiatal hernia repair.
Mom to
Son (10) GERD(aspiration pneumonias, apnea, tracheomalacia), Food allergy, Asthma
Daughter (6) GERD, Heart Murmur, Food Allergy, Asthma, Mold allergy
I have two older kids w/ GERD. If they haven't outgrown it by age 1, the odds of them outgrowing are lower, I've been told. If diet modification and things like elevating the head of the bed don't work, then the best route is meds - PPIs, H2blockers, etc. GERD, if that is what you are dealing with, can be very serious -- damage to esophagus, etc. My kids had throat clearing, asthma, ear infections, etc etc. All cleared now that they are on Nexium. They will be on it for the forseeable future. I am on meds, until I can schedule surgery. The meds, diet, etc are not enough to control the pain and damage being caused to my lungs, throat, stomach. Ditto the recommendations to see a Ped GI. Both of mine were scoped (as was I) to see if there was damage (there was) or if they had other conditions (like EE).
Jul 07, 2008
BRANDON-Zantac and Bethanacol; Neocate formula, 2 sets of ear tubes, Adnoids removed, Vasomotor Rhinits, Asthma. Currently on: Xyzal, Omnaris, Flovent and Xopenex,
AUBREY-Zegerid 2x a day, Soy Milk, Tubes put in and adnoids removed (11-7), Hypotonia, ECI therapy for low muscle tone throughout trunk and hips, oral motor issues and sensory integration issues, delayed speech, Teething, probiotics
PICTURE: Aubrey in her cute cat outfit. If you look you can see how her right foot turns in. She walks that way as well. It is not as exaggerated in the morning's but gets worse in the evenings. This was after her nap.
Hello and welcome! I don't have much to add as the pp's have said it all. I would def look into a GI (if not seeing one already) and meds. I HATE pumping meds into my baby, but it seems to be what works and keeps her pain free. Good luck and I look forward to seeing you around here (of course wish it wasn't for GERD). Jennifer
Jul 07, 2008
This is our dd, Alessandra. Dx with GER 10/07. Ran the gamut with meds and now done with them (crossed fingers). Using magnesium, probiotics and prebiotic supplements. With the exception of teething and general sassy attitude, all is well now. They really CAN grow out of it!
I hate that you're another one that has to be here, but welcome anyway!! My dd's ped is a little alternative, so even though we're on the meds route, we're also supplementing with probiotics and will be starting craniosacral therapy when we have some $$. Once we had the right combo, I had a different kid!

Everyone else has said it as well, but I echo probably needing the meds. Zantac didn't do a thing for us, and we did the prilosec compound with no results, axid for nighttime, maalox for breakthrough pain, but we hit the jackpot with prevacid and pepcid, along with probiotics. As far as I can tell, most kids with this can be eventually weaned off, though there are exceptions. And for side effects, it will depend on the meds. WebMD or googling the meds like prevacid, prilosec, nexium, axid, and pepcid will give you the interactions and side effects.

Diet modification is a must, and just do what you can with it - it will help in the short and long run, but it never hurts to get checked for prior damage.

In any case, welcome to this fabulous forum - everyone here is so supportive. Ask questions, vent, or just come on for social interaction with moms who totally understand!

Jul 08, 2008
Mom to Ian, 3/1/07
Used Zantac - 1.0 ml twice a day
Weaned at 1 year
Back on Zantac at 15 months
Hi! My son is 16 months and was put on Zantac at 2 months. It worked for him. We weaned him at 12 months, but he started the coughing in the night like you described. (maybe his teething aggravated his reflux again?) We put him back on his Zantac and it cleared right up. We originally went with meds because he aspirated on his reflux and stopped breathing. Also, reflux can do long-term damage to the esophagus. Meds were scary for us, but they really made a huge difference. Good luck!
Jul 08, 2008
Sharon, Mom to Elyse, 17 mos (15 mos adjusted-preemie). Zantac/Elecare. History of: Respiratory Distress Syndrome with ventilation/CPAP/cannula, tpn, n/g tube, PDA, jaundice, apnea, bradycardia/tachycardia, severe anemia, blood transfusion, reflux, Sandifer's Syndrome, intestinal malrotation, hemangiomas, MSPI, feeding issues. ICU inpatient 53 days! 2 surgeries, 2 UGIs, barium enema, pH probe, endoscopy. Developmentally on target now! PIC: Yobaby Beard
Hi, I know a 6 year old who takes colic calm for reflux with good results. Check out their website:
Jul 08, 2008
Cooper was born 12/19/07. Birth weight: 7lbs10oz. Weight as of 2/11: 8lbs9oz. 6/23: 14lbs12oz! Struggling again 12mo: 18lbs. Breast Fed exclusively, on strict elimination diet until Dec 08. MSPI as well as other food intolerances Diagnosed w/ GER at 5 days following barium swallow. Choking with apnea spells. Ftt. dx w/ Laryngomalacia following brochoscopy 1/29. Aspiration. apnea monitor until 5mo. pH probe 1/29 showed severe reflux. Sandifers Syndrome. lbrady and tackycardia. echo and EKG 2/18: Came back normal! Swallow study 2/29: some NG reflux. Unexplained seizure 4/1. Negative CF sweat test 4/4! EGD 11/19: reflux damage in esophagus. pH probe 11/19, reflux improved. Safe foods: pears, apples, peas, rice, small amounts of chicken, potatoes, and carrots.
Currently drinking Elecare vanilla 30cal/oz and breastmilk.
Meds: Nexium 10mg 2x daily. Carafate as needed, miralaxx as needed, probiotics daily
Hi and welcome. Sorry you are having such issues with your little guy. That is just awful. I'm sorry it took so long for you guys to get the gerd dx. I agree w/ pp about a ppi first. We tried just about every med out there and prevacid was the only one that made much of a difference. As far as going natural, we see a chiro. They can really help with reflux. Cooper has just started going and I'm not sure how it's helped his reflux, b/c it is already fairly under control, but he definitely helped with his low tone. I would certainly look into that if I were you. My uncle believes his reflux was cured by a chiro. HTH
Check with your
doctor first!