My 6 yr old son has acid reflux and I don't want to put him on zantac...help!

Lori - posted on 05/11/2013 ( 24 moms have responded )

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Hi moms! So its nearly every day and mainly his throat burning which he calls his " tickle".... But it's not funny. Been a few months of this, mostly at night. Have tried to eliminate foods that are known to aggravate and eat 2-3 hrs before bed, etc. read it all. But my ex won't do the same( has him 50% of the time) and just wants to put him on zantac. I need support, experience w acid reflux, help w my ex! And any remedies that aren't pharmaceutical .
I have no friends with older kids w reflux( or a nightmare of an ex!) Thanks so much for being here!!!

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Janice - posted on 05/18/2013

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To rid your son of Acid Reflux, have him eat an unpeeled apple! The next day he will not have Acid Reflux. He should do this several times a week. No pills to take and no drugs, prescription nor over the counter.

Erin - posted on 05/13/2013

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I am a pediatrician and I want you to consider the fact that reflux can lead to esophageal erosion and cancer in the long term. It can also cause pneumonia, along with other medical problems. It is entirely possible that his problem is a loose esopageal sphincter and if this is the cause, he needs Zantac. I understand that you want to avoid medications and it is my last line of defense, but if your pediatrician is recommending it, please consider it more strongly. Barring that, keep his head elevated when he sleeps and do an elimination diet. You don't really say that you've seen a physician for this. If you haven't, I urge you to. We take reflux seriously.

Drew - posted on 05/17/2013

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My son had it as a baby and we had to put zantac in his bottle! He could projectile vomit clear across the room and screamed 24/7. Luckily, he outgrew it.

It sounds like you're doing all the right things, especially curtailing trouble foods before bedtime. Would something milder, like Tums, work for him? Does the Dr think he'll outgrow the problem eventually?

Lynda - posted on 05/17/2013

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Yes, Lexi, I agree if Zantac helps make your child feel better then that's the way to go, at least for a while. Perhaps food sensitivities can be discovered as you go along. There are so many factors to consider. Each child is different and each situation has its own issues.
It's good you are sensitive to your child's needs. Unfortunately some parents don't seem to have time!
Take Care,
Lynda

Heather - posted on 05/16/2013

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Try probiotics. They are all natural and seem to be helping my 9 year old sons "stomach aches" that I believe to be acid reflux. Also, he was consistently complaining of stomach cramps and headaches last summer... took him to the Dr. numerous times and always the same thing, he needs to poop! Well, that was not it and I was so frustrated thinking it could be something serious. Turns out it was during football season and he was DEHYDRATED! I started giving him double the amount of water than normal and really hydrating him the days before a game or practice. It worked!

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Rachele - posted on 12/26/2016

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We have been experiencing the same thing after a stomach bug that lasted about 12 hours. Thats been almost 2 months ago. It comes and goes but its do worrisome! Our daughter was just put on a liquid perscription 2x day. She also had strange symptoms that don't seem related. Sore arms/legs, headache sometimes, etc. So hard when they are little and dont feel good!

Amita - posted on 03/05/2014

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Hi mums, my 5 year old son is in pain for the last 5 days... his pain is located between his ribs and sometimes moves to below belly button. Been to doctor twice the have done some bold test , geting reports today... he cryies in pain.... he is on pain killers now. Doctor first said it is some sort of tummy bug... took him back after 3 days... blood test were advised. Also he gets pain after eating around an hour after eating. Can anyone please help being in similar situation.... it so disheartening to see him in pain....((

Audrey - posted on 05/18/2013

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I know what its like to have a bad ex situation and unfortunately sometimes all you can do is try to teach your kids to say no and get them into healthy habits. Its really tough being a single mom, especially when your ex isn't responsible enough to be helpful. have you tried putting your kid on probiotics or papaya (super awesome for helping with digestive issues)? I have a lot of food allergies and acid reflux is one of the symptoms (especially when I eat dairy). Have you had him allergy tested?

Lexi - posted on 05/17/2013

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Lori, my son is still on it. He's been on it for about a month. The first few days he was very drowsy but started feeling better. He doesn't get drowsy anymore and it has helped but there weresome days he didnt seem to want to eat as much but it lasted for a day and he was back to normal.

Lori - posted on 05/16/2013

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Thanks Lexi. Well, he started zantac two days ago. He still has his "tickle", dr said it would take a week till we saw a difference. How long did it take with your son to kick in and take away all the symptoms., also, today it seemed his tickle was worse, but maybe his teacher asking how he felt( since I informed her) made him more aware. But then when I picked him up he hadn't eaten lunch and they said he was falling asleep in the playground... Unheard of and kinda scary. I brought him home and we chilled but he hardly ate. I called the dr to see if she thought it could be side effects of the zantac but she said no, it sounds like he may be getting sick. Did your son have any side effects? And how long did he stay on it? After he went off, was he " cured" ? I am just worrying too much hopefully, but I really appreciate the feedback!
Thanks again so much,
Lori

Lexi - posted on 05/16/2013

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My son has acid reflux too, i tried the zantac, honestly it helped him feel better. Thats whats important.

Elizabeth - posted on 05/16/2013

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Sorry to tell you, but Zantac may be the best option. It's not like it's a neurological medication. My reflux was left untreated for years until I got stomach ulcers when I was 18 and couldn't keep ANY food down. I took Zantac and Prilosec for a year and all my symptoms were gone and I never had to take any stomach medicine again. Please don't do make your son suffer just because you're anti-pharmaceutical. God gave doctors and scientists the talent to make these drugs for a reason, they help people. However, it is a good idea to continue eliminating the things that irritate him, medicine alone cannot save him. I will tell you, chocolate and tomatoes are a big no no, anyway it's a great excuse to eliminate chocolate from his diet that can cause other negative side effects like ADD and sleep deprivation!

Stephanie - posted on 05/15/2013

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Hi Lori, I am not sure if this will work, because it is a natural remedy. Papaya enzyme chewable tablets. I take them now that I'm pregnant when I get heartburn. You can eat them with a meal or after, or whenever you get the feeling you them. It's something natural to try, good luck!

Jessica - posted on 05/14/2013

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My daughter had acid reflux until she was nearly 2- made her vomit on a daily basis without meds- getting her on meds was a game changer, and we were able to wean her off it. Seems like meds might be the right solution at least temporarily. How come so averse?

Lynda - posted on 05/14/2013

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Wow! A child so young to be having reflux. Sounds like there might be some emotional stuff going on. Kids often pick up on emotional struggles of their parents. I hope you can find some other way to handle this other than Zantac. Maybe your son feels as though he gains something (like acceptance) by being "sick". There must be positive feedback coming from some part of this. (He might not be aware of it.)
If he can feel that he has more control over his life, and is not being used, he may be able to overcome this issue. What about a special friend who could act as a counselor, someone he can trust, and you can trust. He needs to talk about how he feels. You need to do what is best for you but he may need help dealing with that. Maybe you could find an outlet, something he likes to do that makes him feel good, and positive about himself. (A special talent he has.)

Ilima - posted on 05/14/2013

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I had horrible reflux as a teenager...doc told me it was a stress disorder; I got stressed out and it caused the valve between my stomach and esophagus to operate sporadically. Not sure if stress is a common cause but i'd look at stress levels in your boys life it was the direct cause of mine.

I healed mine naturally using lots of aloe vera juice and homeopathics like calms forte. The aloe juice really helped me a LOT, I would take a few sips before & after eating anything and any time it felt aggrevated. I also cut out all acids - tomato, orange, coffee, etc.

I hope this helps.

Lori - posted on 05/14/2013

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Hi erin, thanks SO much for your expertise and insight. This began after a bad stomach bug where he threw up hard for 12 hrs. Could that have caused this? Is surgery necessary? I will put him on the zantac but for how long? And the side effects I've read about are also health hazards so wouldn't want to keep him on it for so long. Is surgery the answer? Thank you sooo much!
Best, lori

Sharron - posted on 05/14/2013

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i also have relflux badly, i have elimanated all foods but still get it. i prop my self up at night when sleeping it helps heaps . try that.. put a little pillow under bub...

Angail - posted on 05/13/2013

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I have a 7 month old baby boy and while breastfeeding I did an elimination diet and getting rid of dairy really helped. I also supplemented with formula and had to get rid of the formula with dairy in it. I kept him elevated all the time, sleeping, changing, etc. At 7 weeks old, after researching like a mad woman and not getting any sleep, I went to the pedi and told him we needed medicine. Since then, he has been on Axid and/or the generic and he is like a whole new person. I know you don't want to put him on medicine, but it could make him a lot less miserable. My little guy takes it once in the morning and once at night and he is actually pretty happy! Wishing you the best!

User - posted on 05/13/2013

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My daughter suffered from extreme acid reflux as a baby. After months of eliminating foods I was eating while nursing her and also trying different formulas, with no change, we put her on Prilosec. It didn't work and I felt horrible giving my baby medicine so young. She was is so much pain all of the time. Out of the blue a coworker of mine suggested I take her to a chiropractor, he had heard somewhere that a chiropractor can help with reflux. We had a chiropractor that we really trusted and took her to see him. He said she was out of alignment (probably because of a long labor/birth process) and he adjusted her. I kid you not, that night our baby that had never slept more than an hour at a time without screaming, slept through the night. She continued to improve and had a second appointment with the chiropractor. After the second adjustment she was 100% better with no signs of reflux whatsoever. I have suggested this to a few other moms who have had children with reflux and it has helped their children as well. I wish you luck, I know how painful it is to watch your child suffer. Hugs.

Vanessa - posted on 05/13/2013

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He's 6 - if you're having problems with the ex - your son is old enough to speak up for himself. My son was on allergy medication from early on and he simply knows when to take it/how much etc and he's responsible for himself ---- if you do go the medication route and your ex doesn't want the responsibility, maybe set an alarm on his watch and then all he has to do is tell his dad it's time for his tablet.
I suffered from reflux for years and if the food way doesn't help then def consider the medication - he'll feel soooo much better!

Desiree - posted on 05/13/2013

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I suffer with it on a normal day never mind while pregnant so I have a good idea what your son may be going through. First find out what triggers it, you will find that certain foods make it worse espcially breads and sugars. I would reduce them as much as possible, get your self a box of bicarbonate of soda. half a teaspoon in a small glass of water works a treat. When he sleeps put his head higher than his tummy, It will prevent the acid from ccoming back up the throat and burning. Don't let him drink right before bed it makes it 10 times worse. Eat foods that are neutral in other words, no spices or too much salt. I found that plain soda water also helps. If all else fails take him to a gastro enterolgist they can do a tiny op that will stop the reflux. It can be done labroscopicaly. He will learn with time what to avoid if he doesn't want to feel so bad.

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