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Dec 15, 2009
Effect of Viruses on Reflux
My 4-month-old daughter's specialist informed me that viruses, even the smallest ones, can cause a terrible round of reflux flares. He said that even if they are fighting off a virus their reflux can get worse. My daughter has had a cold, and her reflux has been very bad, so I believe him. Why does this happen? Can anyone tell me? I guess I should be thankful it's just a small cold and not the flu or something.
Dec 15, 2009
Zack born 09/28/07 @ 31 weeks. Dx silent reflux @ 6 mo. Now not so silent. Switched to Elecare @ 9 mo. On Prevacid 15mg 1x daily. Looking to stop the puke and gain some lbs.
Puke stopped about 24 months and he's learning to eat...very slowly.
Still on prevacid and periactin.
well, for us it was the SUPER increase in it just hard on their tummy and runs up and down their esophagus...Z was a super mucous puker when ill. Also viruses slow gastric emptying, so they don't feel like eating...and their tummies are upset and the gag reflex is probably more sensitive. We got SO much more reflux and puke with any virus...Sorry you're dealing wiht this..hope it passes quickly!
Dec 15, 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:
Jedd has the combo of GERD and Motility issues (controlled with diet and seems to have improved with age). That said, illnesses, even the slightest ones, throw his complete GI tract for a loop.

GI illness, like virus, have been known to shut his tract down to almost a standstill for a week. Praise God for feeding tubes!!! That was the only way we kept him hydrated and at home.

Heck, he had a pretty severe UTI and that threw him for a loop.

Now that his tube is out and he had that really bad UTI, he lost a pound in 7 days. It was horrible. I missed the tube these last 2 weeks but he seems to be bouncing back big time this week to make up for it.

Dec 16, 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
Extreme reaction to illness
Just some info to tuck in the back of your brain for later: We have had a few kids in the group who dehydrate quickly and crash dramatically with every illness. Turns out that high doses of asthma meds can provoke this. Extreme doses of steroids can affect the adrenal glands and adrenal insufficiency causes severe crashes from mild illnesses. This is much more dramatic than just getting sicker than other kids and dehydrated from not eating. Not likely what you are looking at right now.
Check with your
doctor first!