My friend's baby had very bad acid reflux. She was breastfeeding. They finally figured out the baby was gluten intolerant, so when the mother stopped eating wheat, the problem stopped. The child had to continue off wheat for a few years. She took juice plus for a few months at age 2 or 3. At about age three she could tolerate some spelt, and now she eats everything (she's 5).
I was wondering if anyone has tried this remedy on infants. My 8mo old is falling off the growth charts and we're looking into causes for his low growth. One thing is that he's had reflux from birth, and at about 3 mo he started taking Zantac. I'm not convinced it's done anything for him, and recently heard of this cure for reflux. Our pediatrician was curious too when I told her about this, but just said she didn't know anything about this cure, and said she's never heard of vinegar being harmful to babies.
Has anyone out there tried this with their babies or children? Any luck?
Even though my son is falling off the growth curve, his developmental abilities are right on track, and even ahead of his age in some areas.
Thanks for your help.
EC: Hi Julia. You didn't specify which type of vinegar, so we 're guessing you mean apple cider vinegar (acv), the most popular remedy for acid reflux.
Las Vegas, Nv
Great Lakes, Il
Child GERD and Sinus symptoms: I am hoping to find the dosage of ACV that can help my 7 year old son with GERD (Acid reflux), constipation, and resulting sinus symptoms. We started the ACV with an adjustment of 1 1/2 teaspoons of acv to 1 tsp of raw locally grown honey and 8 oz of distilled water. Although the GERD and constipation symptoms reduced he now has quite a bit of congestion in his nasal cavity. His eyes are not swollen but very watery and has dark circles starting under eye. He complains of headache and has bad breath especially upon waking. His nose is draining but I've had to do a lot of sinus massage to get the process going. I've taken him to the pediatrician for the past month and he keeps getting more and more presciptions which aggravate other things.
Is there anything else I can do to ease his discomfort and help relieve his sinus pressure?
Brandon, MB, Canada
I have a 7 month old who has been battling excessive spitting up since about birth. I figured he would grow out of it but he has not. He is pretty small for his age but developing very well. I give him a homemade formula because of my inability to produce enough breastmilk. (He was breastfed the first 4 months of his life.) I also give him organic baby foods which consist strictly of fruits and veggies. Here is the recipe for his formula:
12oz. spring water
6oz. goats milk
1/4 tsp. childrens probiotic powder
1/4 tsp. acerola cerry powder(17% vitC)
1 tsp. whey protein concentrate
1 tsp. nutritional yeast
1 1/2 capsules of colostrum
4 tblsp. mineral whey powder (Goatine)
1/2 tsp. cod liver oil
1/2 tsp. sunflower oil
1/2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. extra virgin coconut oil
I really don't feel like it is the formula that is causing this because he had this problem before the formula (I could be wrong). My question is: will giving him the apple cider vinegar help a baby this young and how should I give it to him if so? (bottle? & what volume) Are there any other recommendations you may have. Thank you for your time and help.
Dietary change for children with acid reflux:
After determining that I wouldn't be able to breastfeed my son, we began the roller coaster of finding the right formula. I noticed that the more "gentle" the formula, the more distress he suffered, and realized it was probably a corn allergy. Five pediatricians disagreed with me. They insisted that projectile vomit and constant spitting up was common and could be alleviated with medications. I switched to an organic rice formula, again despite everyone's objections, and my son is fine. He never spit up again.
My friend has an infant whom is a month old that has been hospitalized almost since birth for kidney reflux or VCUG, a condition in which the kidneys has a physical abnormality and urine not only comes out but it goes back in causing retention of the urine which can lead to UTI and kidney infections. The doctors have told her if she does not treat, it will lead to scarring which will cause permanent damage to the kidneys. The baby is urinating adequate amounts of urine and stool yet the hospital continues to cath the baby every 4 hours "just to be sure" They said the only treatment option is prophylactic antibiotics until the child is potty trained. This mom is totally against antibiotics, is exclusively breastfeeding, and wants to take her baby home asap. My question is, is there a natural alternative to the antibiotics for kidney reflux in such a tiny baby? I was thinking she could take something and baby could get it through her milk but was not sure. Please help! TIA<3
My daughter (Evelyn) turns 1 October 4th. I am a first time mom so maybe what I'm about to discuss is normal? I don't know. I do have some medical experience, and was actually in school to become a doctor before I had her. BUT it seems like doctors don't think any of her issues are worth looking into. So, I had Evelyn at 34 weeks gestation. She was in the nicu for 2 weeks. When she came home she choked ALL THE TIME. She would turn blue, it was terrible. My doctor didn't believe me so I went to a GI doctor and they did a barium test, and found she has acid reflux. Well she still suffers with it badly. She doesnt spit up near as much but she is constantly choking. When she was in the nicu they said she had a milk allergy so she was on soy. (I tried really hard to breast feed). The soy was even worse so we went to alimentum. Well she STILL had issues on that. So we tried a million different formulas. We switch over to similac organic and it seemed to help. But still has severe gas issues. She's on a thickened diet for the most part. For every ounce of formula we do a teaspoon of earths best rice cereal. She eats very little solids so her main intake is formula. But shes always constipated, always has gas, always has reflux, always sick, and now she has ear tubes because the constant infections. They didnt even help. She still screams and shoves her finger in her ears. I just have this feeling its the milk based formula. But soy was so bad it was INSTANT barf. I just dont know what to do anymore. She has never slept through the night. She wakes up crying and gets a total of maybe 8 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period. Please give me some advice. I just am at a loss.
Los Angeles, Ca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
Bozeman, Mt, Us
Response to Liz regarding acid reflux in children: See if you can look into MASTIC GUM in a LOZENGE form! It also comes in capsules that you can open and somehow ( a Miracle probably) find a way to get the little-one to swallow down on an empty stomach. It taste kinda yucky, so get Baby the Lozenges! The capsules definetly worked for me in getting rid of my Acid-Reflux! In less than 2 weeks I was able to actually eat 2 Big soyBEAN based Mock-Ham sandwiches @ 2 a.m. and NOT have any indigestion at all! Beyond that baby could have an allergy to Wheat or Gluten. We eat poorly these days and our bodies try to tell us when something is NOT GOOD for US! Mastic Gum is used to get rid of H. Pylori (see: New England Journal of Medicine article). Blessings!
Gippsland, Victoria, Australia
I was just wondering, my 2 year old has severe reflux that was made worse by prevacid, which he had worked himself up to an adult dose of, and didn't respond at all to prilosec. He now gets sharp pains in the middle of the night while refluxing up to the center of his throat and swallowing it again. He is unconsolable when this happens, and I am desperate to find something to take away his pain. He has had it for a year and a half now (he's almost three). Will this ACV and baking soda be safe for him?
Provo, Ut, United States
W. Bloomfield, Mi
I'm sorry if I'm doing this incorrectly. But I'm looking for some advice. I have a 3 year old daughter with multiple health issues. She is 100% G-tube fed and has GERD, neuropathic motility disorder, metabolic disorder which is believed to be mitochondrial disease. She was just recently in the hospital yet again because of vomiting, weeks of vomiting. She is on multiple meds for reflux and motility, yet she was pretty packed up on view of a KUB, though she was having BM's daily. She hasn't thrown up now in three days but the last two days she has been complaining and crying and then drinking water. she says it's her throat and I believe it's her reflux and acid coming back up. Now again, she doesn't eat by mouth and her diet consists of an elemental formula with Rice Cerealto thicken. She does receive a lot of meds. Everything is given through her tube.
I was searching for something else that we could try to give her for what I am guessing is the acid travelling back up to her throat and why she cries, drinks some water (which is thickened too - and she can't drink anything else or she will vomit) and I see information on ACV.. Any help on how to give her that? Would I do straight ACV, how much would I put down her tube? How often would one suggest? Anyone foresee it being a problem? I have her on a pribiotic every day already and then she is on two different reflux meds as well as mito "cocktails" and motility meds. I'm afraid she is getting backed up again? And why we are having more reflux issues? They have reduced her bolus feeds to a lower volume and more times during the day, but I'm seeing the beginnings of where we were a few weeks ago... she also has many bouts of hiccup episodes. Anyway, I just thought I would ask, I didn't see anything in the other questions like our situation, I may have missed however so again I apologize. Thank you. Susan
Wokingham, Berkshire, Uk
Acid reflux in toddlers: My twin granddaughters have been on prevasid since they were 8 months old. They are now 25 months. How can we get them off it? Do not seem to be able to decrease the dose. Thank you
Gippsland, Victoria, Australia
Using glass bottles to cure infants' acid reflux.
Through personal experience that was followed up with educating other new moms and having them try the same remedy, we think that acid reflux in many infants is being caused by plastic baby bottles.
There has been controversy regarding BPA of course. But even with BPA-free bottles, chemicals are still leaching into the milk, even when the bottle is new and even when the bottle has not been heated (one of the bullet points of what not to do with plastic).
Instead of repeating the details here, here is the link for the entire story regarding my granddaughter's horrible spitting up problem: http://bottleswottles.com/babyacidreflux.html and the link to a followup: http://bottleswottles.com/Story-AJ.html.
Since that time, we have been trying to accomplish a couple of things. Primarily, we would like to determine if indeed this could be true. That acid reflux in many infants could be cured by using glass instead of plastic. To do that, we need to get the word out and get testimonials back to show that we aren't unique... that this is indeed a problem.
Might you have any data on this already? If not, do you have recommendations on how we might go about accomplishing this goal?
Now, you can see from the link above that my daughter, as a result of her quest, started a business. If people use glass bottles, they will need to protect them and that is what Bottle Swottles are. But that is not my point here. I know your site will not promote or sell any products. That's not what I'm trying to accomplish.
I'm trying to figure out how to determine if we are on the right track. We think we are. We've seen it several times. Although we hear from moms that it works, we often don't get a written story from them about it. And that's what we think we need -- many testimonials before anyone will take an interest in this idea. Even my granddaughter's own pediatrician (who we normally are in agreement with) thinks we are unique, that this solution is not common. Therefore, she continues to prescribe acid reflux medicine to her patients instead of providing them with this simple alternative. If we had 30 stories from mom who remedied their baby's acid reflux just by discontinuing plastic bottles, doctors, the media, Oprah would be more likely to take an interest. This could be an amazingly simple and cheap and healthy solution. All we need to do is get the word out. But we're just a couple of moms and have no way to do that. We need help.
Please contact me if you have any suggestions or recommendations or data or research or links to other sites that could help us further this cause.
Thank you very much!!!