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May 13, 2009
Association between Prevadic and Food allergies?
Has anyone had any problems with long term effects of Prevacid? Take a look at this article. granted, it's not the best source, but something to think about. I'm a first time father of a little boy. We are going nuts trying to figure out if we should give him prevacid or not. His reflux is pretty bad. anyway, I just wanted to see if any of you had experienced any long term effects. thank you
May 13, 2009
Mom to Jasmine aka: Jazz 01/24/2007
Dx with silent reflux at 8 months
FPIES, DGE, MSPI. Recently diagnosed with EC (Eosin. colitis and now Primary immune deficiency disease.
Also mom to Nathan. born Jan.20th, 2009, MPI . so far dx with reflux and has an extremely sensitibe GI system. Also dx with primary immune deficiency disease.
I have not heard of any, and I know a number of people who are long term users. It is difficult when trying to decide what is the best course of action for your little one. Just remember that Acid reflux can do horrible damage if left untreated and cause much worse problems for you baby. Not to mention the pain that they feel daily.

Whatever you do, welcome to the boards! You'll get some great support, advice and info here from lots of families who have gone through it as well. :-)

May 13, 2009
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:
In the time span that most children will need GERD meds, they will be considered short term anyways, even if they take it for the first 5 years of their lives. In the grand scheme of things, 5 years would be short term considering that some people have been on PPIs for 10+ years. KMWI Some adults even longer.

For us, we always looked at it this way, the benefits far outweigh the risk. So we used them. KWIM the alternative was just not an option. Period. So, we did it.

May 13, 2009
Jessica said it right on! In our case it is not an option either. Welcome to the board! As the pp said you will find a lot of support here and advice. My best friends husband has been on medicine for reflux for 10+years. He has taken prevacid for about as long as it has been around and has no side effects. The only other option for him would be a fundo but there is a good chance he may still need some meds so the risks outway the benefit for him. In fact the drs have never even mentioned the fundo. The meds have controlled it for all these years. So as Jessica says in the grand scheme of things GERD meds for most children are really "short term" in the grand scheme of things.
May 13, 2009
Pictured: G'mom w/3 kids. I'm mom to 1 angel Melissa (dec'd 11/92 - hypoplastic left-heart syn.)
2 healthy daughters (knock wood) Cory (16), Kim (11) & Eric (4) diagnosed with e.e. (scoped 8/08), GERD & severe food/seasonal allergies, asthma. Cried non-stop first 17 mths. of life Found out he is allergic to cow's milk, soy, eggs, and peanuts. Takes Prevacid, Neocate One Plus & Flovent.
I had read a prior study that found an increase in IgE type allergies and drugs like Prevacid in adults. I personally wonder what the future will show as far as all these babies/toddlers on these types of medications. I, personally, think the gut barrier should be mature before introducing anything besides breast milk/hypoallergenic formulas - but it really does come down to risk vs. need. Have you explored the possibility of food allergy/anatomical issues/etc. in your baby? Do allergies/asthma run on either sides of your families? For us (we learned the hard way) it was a small issue of reflux but a much larger issue of food protein allergies. El
Check with your
doctor first!