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I have a 2-1/2 year old who suffers from chronic reflux. His pediatrician took him off Prevacid when he turned a year old (he was on it for the first year of his life). He has been suffering from bacterial overgrowth ever since he went off the Prevacid. Bacterial overgrowth is common among people who use PPIs - the low stomach acid lets the bad bacteria overpopulate in the gut. It's very difficult to get rid of the bad bacteria and repopulate with the good. If I would've known that this could happen, I would have also given him probiotics while on the Prevacid. I thought he didn't have reflux anymore, but 2 months ago, my son had an upper endoscopy and his esophogus showed signs of chronic reflux. So now the doc (his gastroenterologist) wants to put him on another PPI. I seriously do not want to put him on the PPI because of all the damage the Prevacid did. So now I'm trying to control his reflux with diet, and of course, sleeping on an incline. Are you aware of any all natural remedies for reflux?
The only thing we tried was staying still and sitting up right after eating, sleeping on an incline, no acidic foods, and we tried giving him Gripe water. Wesley has been on Prevacid, and more recently, Axid. I'm not familiar with the bacterial overgrowth. I would be weary of starting another PPI also.
I don't know if you have checked this out, but it is a great site dedicated to reflux.
I know when I posted on there before, there were a lot of moms with older children dealing with GERD. Let us know if you find any good tips for older kids. Ours is almost 14 months, and still has reflux issues.
///...........................Lauren, wife to Jay, mom to Wesley and Ruby
The problem with not treating acid reflux is you leave your LO open to future major complications. Every time they reflux the acid burns the tissues and those burns cause scar tissue. Later in life the scar tissue can cause everything from swallowing problems that require esophogeal stretching to esophogeal cancer and chronic lung disease from aspirating the acid. If your LO is still refluxing you should be talking to your Gastro about the benefits of a pH probe to find out exactally how bad the reflux is and what needs to be done to treat it.
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