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Apr 15, 2011
melissa m.
Endoscopy & pH for a 4yr old?
Hi there...I'm new to this forum. My 4 yr old daughter has acid reflux. As a baby she always spit up a bunch but I never thought anything of it (she was our first)...she wasn't symptomatic in that the reflux never seemed to bother her or interfere w/growth, eating, sleeping. Well, she never really outgrew it. There was a time after she turned 2 that the 'spitting up' seemed to calm down but then came back with a vengeance about 9 months ago. After some meal times, it's like she's a momma bird w/baby chicks to feed-she just spits up 1-3 Tablespoons of semi-digested food. She's been on Tagamet now for several months. I tried taking away gluten which seemed to calm things down but I think dairy really aggravates her reflux as well (how do you take gluten and dairy away from a 4yr old?!). I'm posting b/c I feel like the an endoscopy and pH study for a 4 yr old may be traumatic...when we went for the consult w/ the GI doc he explained the procedure in front of her and now she's freaked out about a tiny camera going down her throat. I am too which is not helping matters. Not sure what to do but I do know that the smell of acid on her breath just breaks my heart. She complains about it hurting as well at times. I don't want to give her different, stronger meds if it's not going to stop the reflux. I know they'll control the acid but we just want it to stop. Any suggestions, support would be much appreciated. Thank you!
Apr 16, 2011
My daughter has been having such procedures done once a year since she was 2 weeks old. this year she was worried about it but came through it just fine. all kids have a great way of handling traumatic events. Instead of a camera think more like its a long noodle? Before the procedure my daughter was convinced that it was a long noodle that the doc would use to look at her tummy. yes the thought of the whole thing is scary for both you and your baby but it will help give you answers. it can also let the doc know how severe it is and what kind of medicine to give to help. good luck and hope things turn out well!
Apr 16, 2011
melissa m.
Thank you for the insight....a long noodle-we'll try it!
Apr 17, 2011
Lorenzo b.4/25/07 1 week in NICU w/ aspirate pneumonia from a reflux episode; diagnosed GERD at 9weeks; Used Zantac for 5months. Currently using Chinese Medicine and Craniosacral Therapy. GERD, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Sensory Processing Disorder. Ask me about breastfeeding a refluxer! Pic: day 5 in the NICU.
My son had a pH probe at 3 years of age and it was definitely traumatic for him. Very much so. I would not, however, have not done it for fear of that -- we needed to know where his reflux was at after years of trying various things out and never really being sure what was reflux (his is silent) and what was the result of some other issues he has.

There is a book called "Trauma Through A Child's Eyes" by Peter A Levine and Maggie Kline which may be a valuable resource for you, as it has specific discussion about medical trauma -- not just what causes it but, most importantly, what you can do to minimize it. I cannot recommend it highly enough. I wish I had been aware of it BEFORE we did the pH probe -- it would have given us tools to help make the experience much less traumatic and help our son recover more quickly and completely from his traumatic experience of it.

Apr 18, 2011
melissa m.
I can't thank you enough for your post and book recommendation. My mother instincts tell me the procedure is not going to be a good memory for her...but I've put it off long enough and know we should do it. I'm scared about scarring her in someway or creating this fear of doctors for her....I'm sure this energy and thinking is not helpful but it's how I feel. Will definitely get the book and read up before we go in to have it done.
Check with your
doctor first!