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Jul 18, 2008
bbb's mom
Loving Mom of 3
Can GER begin at 2 years?
I hope that I am posting in the right spot - I was directed to this site by a friend. I am trying to find some people who have some knowledge of GER and this is obviously the right spot! :-) My son is almost 3 and has been showing signs of GER the past 4-5 months. By signs, I mean that he spits-up often (usually just swallowing it). It started out slowly, but is now very frequent (7-8 times a day). Everything I have read seems to suggest that GER is something that is started at birth, not appearing later. Can it begin at age 2? Or is it more likely that I missed the earlier signs (what a heartbreaking thought for a mom!)? I have called the DR, but since my son doesn't seem to be in any discomfort (he will only say his throat hurts if asked - never cries or complains on his own) and eating / weight gain isn't an issue, the DR isn't concerned. I guess I just need some insight from those who are familiar with this. Thank you in advance for any information you can give. We do have a DR appointment scheduled for Sep - I will be sure to inquire more from our DR then as well.
Jul 18, 2008
Melissa - Mommy to Sebastian, born 9/28/07 @ 7 lbs 7 oz and 20.75 in. At docs at 12 months: 27 pounds and 32 in! Good grief! GERD - currently on Prevacid suspension (liquid equivalent of 45 mg a day). Allergic to dairy, soy, eggs, wheat, all treenuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish, peas, sesame, bananas, barley, coconut, dust, dust mite, dog, cat, latex. Seasonal allergies. Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS). Neocate only - no solids - until further notice (drinks and loves water, too). Loves his doggie, our rescued Treeing Walker Coonhound, Louise, even though he is allergic to her. Louise will make your doctor a homemade pie if you would like her to. PHOTO: We couldn't do a cake on Sebastian's birthday, but that didn't stop him from tossing around the contents of a big bowl of popcorn! He now tries to eat it when we play with popcorn, so no more of that game.... :(
Hi and welcome! I am so sorry to hear that your little guy is starting to have reflux problems. I know how awful and painful that is to watch. I think reflux can begin at any age - both of my parents developed it as adults, so I don't see why it couldn't begin at age 2-3. It could possibly be silent reflux if he is swallowing what is coming up. There are lots of moms on here who will be able to give you great advice. They have gotten me through tough times with my own son!
Jul 18, 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
My son had severe GERD as an infant, but we thought he outgrew it around 1 year - but he hadn't. He still had sinus infections, asthma, really bad breath, etc. Then at age 6, he began having bad tummy aches. Lo and behold, he still has GERD. Have you taken your child to a Ped GI to rule in or out reflux? There are other things that can cause vomiting. A Ped GI would be a good place to start.
Jul 18, 2008
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! middle child didn't have any signs of GERD until she was around a year old, then she developed it and it was at it's worst at age 2. She was on meds for awhile, but seems to have outgrown it. My son probably has had it all his life, but it didn't start causing real problems until he was almost 11! So I think it can start pretty much any time. Wouldn't hurt to give his doctor a call and see if you can get in earlier, or see a pediatric GI doc...if he has a mild case, you might be able to get it under control quickly with medication. I feel bad, because with my son it took us so long to figure out what was wrong that even after he was on meds it took quite a while for him to feel better! I'm glad you found this place, everyone here is very helpful and supportive and there are lots of mommies with experience who can help!
Jul 18, 2008
Kathryn, Pager Volunteer and mommy to Emily Mia 02/04/07. 3 years old with GERD. 30mg Prevacid and Pepcid AC. Mylanta needed for flares. Failed prilosec med switch. Tried and failed many med weans but GERD and pain are well controlled. Functional constipation. Reoccurring SBBO. Suspected IBD or autoimmune disease. Resolved issues: MSPI, CSID (acquired), Stage 2 kidney reflux, Chronic diarrhea.
Audrey Meadow 06/20/08. born 34/35 weeks. Still b/f and eats everything! ftt and chronic constipation.
GER can be caused by things as well, certain medical conditions (UTIs, constipation, food allergies -milk and soy being the most common-, stomach and intestinal conditions) can use reflux as a symptom. My oldest dd has GERD but mostly it was silent, when she started spitting up a lot at 7 months it was found she had a Kidney infection. The pedi told me that usually a child who just starts spitting up and never has before usually has a reason behind it. Not saying your l/o has a kidney infection but what i am saying is give your son's symptoms to the dr and maybe ask for testing such as blood work or a barium swallow just to rule out some stuff just in case.

also what you might consider as well is to get a symptom list of the signs of acid reflux, and ask you son everyday if he feels like any of those things (throat burning, tummy hurting, night waking, food refusal, if he threw up/spit up ect) and keep a journal of how many days he does these things until you appointment so you can show the doctor.

on your own you can find a list of reflux food triggers in this site's reading room and reduce or remove those foods from his diet, be sure to recod in the journal if this seems to help or not b/c that could be a big indicator to the dr that his GER may need medication. HTH! and welcome! :)
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