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Nov 03, 2009
Hensleigh, 7 months, Prevacid 1/2 tab morning and night. FINALLY better at 2.
Ivy, 6 months, Prevacid 1/2 tab am/pm. Diagnosed 6 weeks.
homeopath and prevacid theory
I visited with a chiropractor/homeopath this week for a consultation. His theory is that by using prevacid to block acid production we are keeping her body from from digesting as it needs to, thus causing bloating and more reflux. I believe he may even think that the hernia is a possible result of not letting her digest. So far, my pedi has not given me any indication of hope that Ivy's hiatal hernia could/would ever heal. This homeopath said he was very confident we could heal the hernia and the reflux. He said the prevacid is just treating the symptoms and that if we go off of the prevacid he would work to treat the problem, not the symptoms. Everything he said really made sense, but I am quite scared to go off of the prevacid only to have to go back on b/c it takes so long to work. Now, I am not sure I am relaying exactly what he said because I was a little confused and am going to go back for one more consult to make sure I get what he is saying before making up my mind. I would really rather go about this in a natural way and try to reduce/remove her reflux/hernia rather than just accept that she may have to live with this condition and medications. My pedi's reaction to the diagnosis of the hernia and her increased sleep problems was to add reglan to the mix. Well, I read up on reglan and it scared me to death, so I think I should look at all alternatives before going down that road. Anyone have any experience with chiropractors/homeopaths? What should I look for or be wary of? Any advice?
Nov 04, 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:
Hi, we noticed slower motility when we used a high dose of a PPI for Jedd. Although, off of meds he still rated slow on GI tract testing done on G tube fed kids. So, not all that reliable. If you google delayed gastric emptying and PPI you will see there have been studies done that prove that high doses of a PPI will case DGE.

I'm not so sure I'd come off meds to use homeopathic remedies. That would scare me to death. But, we also used Reglan with GREAT success on Jedd. The only side affect he had was irritability. He had a heart condition (congenital defect) and we were still given the OK to use it. It worked wonders for him. We struggled over whether or not we wanted to stop it, but, in the end we really needed to. Jedd was a screaming mess while on it. He was miserable, but he wasn't puking due to his DGE.

If all reflux symptoms seem to be under control have you thought about weaning to an H 2 Blocker instead. We did that with Jedd. We used a PPI at night and the H2 in the morning. Then after a long while we were able to do teh H2 full time. This whole process took about 6-9 months. We went slow. He uses Axid.

We tried to wean from Axid to Zantac (generic) to save money, he didn't do well on Zantac at all. He started refluxing within 24 hours. We quickly got him back on Axid and that's where he stays today.

I hope this helps at least some.

Nov 04, 2009
adelines mom
the first day adeline was born she choked. she was in the progressive care nursery for 10 days. severe reflux! doctors put her on reglan. we had a baby nurse and the first thing out of her mouth was get her OFF the reglan! did research on the web and what i read scared me to death. adeline was very irratible and miserable on this drug. her hands were constantly conducting an orchestra! got her off this after about 2 1/2 weeks. went on axid. that did okay, but i kept beating myself up that maybe i didn't give the reglan long enough to work, so we tried reglan for one more week and the same symptoms came back. threw the bottle away. i know that it really helps some children. it did not work with our daughter. we have had really good luck with a chiropractor. i have worked with her for years. she is non force and uses a little device called an activator. thumps areas and massages. you should see adeline respond to her when she gets to the area of the stomach muscles attached to the spinal area. she has worked with a lot of babies. had adeline by c section. know that regular deliveries can be tough coming through the birth canal. my pedi was okay with me going. a neuro that does muscular work on my back told me not to take her! i did anyway. use your own judgement. we took her twice a month for a couple of months. we had good results! we have tried a lot of alternative stuff with adeline with good results. i would defintately go on probiotics. we meet with a local pharmacist that has a compounding pharmacy for a two hour consult, did hair anaylsis, did all sort of blood work and got a game plan, running everything by our pedi and gi doctor. go with your gut. i think you are smart to look into other things. it is scary to try new things! lots of times you feel like you are jumping off a cliff, when you try a new drug, new formula, etc. some work and some don't. hope this helps.
Nov 04, 2009
Debbie, Mom to:
Derek,10/29/02 GERD,Can't have any legumes(soy, being the worse), allergic to PN/Tree Nuts, struggled to gain weight for years, my "picky" eater,Takes Zegerid. Johnny, 12/05/99 GERD, managed by diet, allergic to cashews/pistachios.
We went to a Naturapath with my younger son. Nothing she did worked for us, and we've tried multiple probiotics and none helped for him. SHe kept saying it would take time for him to heal, but it never happened. I spent a lot of money on supplements and testing for nothing. For us, I try to look at it as a lifelong disease, because the GI now says, both my kids may have it forever. I'm just glad there is meds to help them. My older son was diagnosed at age 9, and I forced him to go to school so many times with stomach aches and he would cry and tell me I was an awful mother, but the Ped. had told us it was just anxiety. Finally when we say a GI and he was diagnosed by endoscopy with reflux, he had relief on PPI meds. I can't possibly see him suffer like that again. Do what your instinct tells you.
Nov 04, 2009
beth anderson
PAGER Director and original GERD Nerd
Mother of Chris (1988) and Katie (1990)
Author of The Reflux Book
Member of PAGER since 1992
Donor since 1992
Alternative medicine
Adeline's mom,

I'm glad you are sharing some success stories with alternative medicine. I would love to have you write up a story about your experiences that we can post. I put up my stories on the chiropractic section but we need more stories.

Hansleigh's, mom. We had good luck with homeopathy but it would only last a few hours each time. The treatments pointed to food sensitivities but we had no luck pinpointing which one.

I've talked to several chiropractors who use enzymes to improve digestion. Seems to make a lot of sense.

We took Katie to a massage therapist who taught us how to do a massage that keeps the food moving. It is called the LOVE massage technique. You rub the colon in an L shape several times, then the whole belly in an O shape several times, etc. She also got Katie relaxed enough that she could gently put her fingertips in under Katie's diaphragm and lift it to help release any hernia. I was shocked that Katie trusted her enough to relax during this. Imagine how you would react if somebody tried to put their fingers between your stomach and your diaphragm. You MUST be relaxed for it to be painless.

Will the chirpractor/homeopath agree to get started while you are weaning slowly off of meds? That might make everybody feel a bit more comfortable. Just a thought.

Nov 04, 2009
Ryan was born May 20th 2008. 9 lbs 2 oz. Ryan’s magic bullet was 30mg of Prevacid capsules mixed with Caracream from Marci-kids (I am forever indebted to the team at Marci-kids), Claratin for the mucos, and Mirlax for the constipation. Within 2 months of this combo he jumped from the 6% to the 50% for weight and continues to climb. Be strong, listen to your instincts. Read his story for more specifics that just might help you too - Karen
I have not done the Homeopathic route. Lorenzo's mom does though. Hopefully she will catch your post and fill you in on her expirience.

Mirlax did wonders for Ryans emptying and caracream mixed with the prevacid took care of the reflux and claratin cleared up the mucus which was causing him to gagall the time. It took me a really long time to find his magic recipe but once I did it was like gold. Read a ton, tweek here and there, follow your gutt, ask lots and lots of questions. You will find Ivy's magic recipe too. - Karen

Nov 07, 2009
Hensleigh, 7 months, Prevacid 1/2 tab morning and night. FINALLY better at 2.
Ivy, 6 months, Prevacid 1/2 tab am/pm. Diagnosed 6 weeks.
Thanks for all of your responses. I visited with the homeopath/chiropractor again and have decided to go for it. Very scary, but I feel I must try to first resolve this naturally. If I can't, we'll then visit the GI specialist in Salt Lake and make a second plan. I just can't keep doing what we're doing because it's not working. I'll post on our progress. We're on day 2 no prevacid.
Feb 26, 2015
We tried homeopathy
I know this is an old thread. Did homeopathy work for you then? We just tried a month of it. Foods to raise HCL, nat phos, strong probiotics, aloe Vera juice. Fish oil. Nothing worked. I think it made it worse in fact. Spent tons of money. How can naturopaths say too low of acid and medical doctors say too high? Feeling really guilty. Naturopath says PPI's are extremely dangerous and that's all that works.
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