Acid Reflux Remedies for Children

Apr 18, 2016

Treating seemingly “adult” health conditions in children can be complicated, especially when wee ones do not respond to medicine in the same way as adults. If your little one is fighting a battle with acid reflux and it seems like nothing else is working, you may want to try one of these natural remedies. Many children respond to natural cures for acid reflux such as apple cider vinegar, dietary changes, and coconut oil.

How to Recognize Acid Reflux in Your Child

One of the most important steps toward treating your child’s condition is first identifying it. Unlike adults, children have a much more difficult time identifying the origins of health concerns, so your child probably won’t be able to help you much. However, you can look for some characteristic signs or symptoms of the condition to help you determine if your child has reflux.

Some of the most common symptoms of acid reflux in children include vomiting, heartburn, stomach upset, weight loss and breathing difficulties. Additionally, kids with reflux often exhibit patterns of wheezing, recurrent pneumonia, and unexplained sore throats. Babies with reflex often spit up more than usual and may seem fussy or even colicky.

Common Causes of Acid Reflux in Kids

The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse explains that most children experience reflux because of an immature or poorly coordinated gastrointestinal tract. Because of this lack of development, many children are able to outgrow the condition following key stages of development. Nevertheless, sometimes other contributing factors are at fault. Additional factors that contribute to childhood acid reflux include overeating, eating spicy foods, drinking caffeine, obesity, and certain medications.

The Safest, Most Effective Natural Cures for Acid Reflux in Children

Seeking professional medical care is an important first step for treatment as a doctor can help you determine the severity of your child’s condition and offer some suggestions for an effective route of care. However, in addition to doctor prescribed treatment, you may want to consider natural options. Many times children respond well to home remedies such as apple cider vinegar, dietary changes, coconut oil, and even peppermint or lemon.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

One factor that contributes to acid reflux is acid – obviously. So, controlling the acid in your child’s body is an effective way to mediate reflux. Apple cider vinegar helps to alkalinize your child’s body and can reduce symptoms of the condition. Try preparing a drink for your child that contains ¼ to ½ teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with 6 ounces of water. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of organic honey for added flavor and nutritional benefits.

2. Dietary Changes

Dietary habits may be another contributing factor to acid reflux. Consider changing your child’s eating pattern to 5 to 6 small meals a day rather than 3 larger ones. Also, remind your child how important it is to carefully chew so that his or her body has enough time to produce the saliva needed to appropriately digest food. Specific dietary changes you may also want to consider include eliminating certain “trigger” foods such as dairy products, gluten, or wheat. Eliminating certain foods from the mother’s diet is also an effective remedy for treating reflux in breastfeeding babies.

3. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is an effective anti-inflammatory, so it naturally calms inflammation from reflux. It also helps lubricate the digestive system so it functions more effectively. Try adding 1 teaspoon of coconut oil to a warm drink or simply swab your baby’s mouth with the oil 3 to 4 times a day.

4. Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil has specific soothing properties that calm the digestive system and ease the symptoms of acid reflux. The oil also helps with inflammation and promotes better digestion. Try giving your child 2 to 3 drops of peppermint oil diluted in water or oil. Alternatively, you can find peppermint oil capsules at many natural health food stores.

Keep reading below to find out what our readers have tried in treating acid reflux in their children!



Apple Cider Vinegar  

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Posted by Gean (Salina, Ks) on 11/06/2009

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).


Posted by Aggieized (Clovis, Nm) on 11/05/2009

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.

Julia

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.

Replied by Christine
Surprise, Az
01/28/2010

Regarding your infant who has acid reflux and is falling off the growth charts, does your family have any history of allergies, asthma or eczema?You might consider eliminating foods that typically cause food allergies, this helped my children when they were infants, for 2 cutting out milk was enough. For my 3rd I've cut out quite a few foods from my diet. dairy, soy, and wheat are a great place to start.

Replied by Cb
Blaricum, Netherlands
03/05/2010

Hi, any person big or small with stomach related problems should check if they have a vitamin B12 deficiency (the 'biggest' vitamin). This vitamin is needed for the growth of children! When the stomach and/or the intestinal tract isn't working as it should it can not make an acid which is needed to form B12 called the intrinsic factor. Look up the internet for further info, there are a lot of symptoms caused by this deficiency which can be misdiagnosed! My mother had B12 shots as she lost her hair and teeth after giving birth, if the mother is deficient maybe her children are too. The best way to take B12 is by taking a tablet under the tongue together with folic acid (also good to take before getting pregnant). Regards Carolin

Replied by Ang
Las Vegas, Nv
06/01/2010

I have acid reflux, so I can sympathize with your son. My daughter also has it, and slid off the scale too.

I wouldn't recommend Zantac or ACV. Instead, ADD FOOD ENZYMES and PROBIOTICS. This literally cured my Acid Reflux. The other cures either burn your throat (ACV) or suppress your production of acid (Zantac) which makes the problem worse.

Also, you might find he is more comfortable sleeping as a slight angle. I've seen both triangular pillows, or propping up one end of the bed about six inches (you can use blocks or something secure to rest the legs of the crib on).

But I will emphasize again that the only thing that has cured my acid reflux is taking food enzymes and probiotics every day. You also want to make the diet more alkaline (healthy). Things like sugar and chocolate will be hard on him.

Replied by Ac
Great Lakes, Il
09/24/2010

Has your child been checked for achalasia? Both my children had chronic vomiting which started around 3 months of age. My daughter eventually fell off the growth chart. Both were referred to a GI specialist and after endoscopy diagnosed with achalasia. After undergoing surgery to repair the narrowed esophagus, my daughter continues to have issues with reflux. She was on Prevacid. That was changed to Nexium, but she can't stand the taste. I was going to try ACV but I'm not sure if it's the right thing to do. I have started giving her a probiotic to see if this will help.

Replied by Darlene
Kewaskum, Wi/usa
10/01/2011

When our daughter was small I mentioned to the chiropractor that she would always spit up after every feeding. He said that was an easy fix. One adjustment to her pyloric valve between the large and small intestines was all it took. He said that most often boys experienced this immaturity in the valve at birth, but sometimes the girls do as well.

This chiropractor is also skilled at reflexology to test for food and environmental allergies; mold and fungus issues; even can test for heavy metals. It is a painless procedure that only takes seconds, much less involved than scratch or blood testing!


Posted by Mischa (Plainfield, Illinois/USA) on 12/30/2008
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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?

Replied by Rosy
Orlando, Fl
12/31/2008

Try using an oil diffuser with water and eucalyptus oil in his room as he falls asleep. I know when I have a stuffy nose this helps with the morning congestion.

Replied by Dave
Brandon, MB, Canada
01/03/2009

Try Colloidal Silver it should help the sinus.


Posted by Liz (Midland, TX) on 12/09/2008

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.

Replied by Sandi
Oneida, TN
05/21/2009

If you don't want to try to feed it to him, which could prove difficult at any age, try applying the apple cider vinegar to the bottom of the feet with a cotton ball. The vinegar will absorb through the skin and should help calm the stomach. It is also good for diarhea. It dries in about a minute or two. I use this whenever my family gets sick. I have used it for food poisoning, flu, gastric overingulgence. It has worked wonders. Try it and see how it works.

Replied by Deloris
Desmoines, Iowa
11/21/2009

You might want to see a doctor about a condition called (as I remember it) Hypyloric stenosis. From birth my son would throw up most of his formula. Even so, he grew at the normal rate. I knew the throwing up was not normal, but I could not get a Dr to take me seriously. One night I took him to the emergency room and as he was laying on the examine table nude, a Pediatrician on loan from Germany walked into the room and said "I can tell you right now what is going on with that baby" He put my hand on my baby's stomach and I felt a lump about the size of a ping pong ball move across his stomach. It was blocking the opening of his stomach. Part of his formula was getting past the blockage and the rest came up like a cup overflowed. He had the recommended surgery and was fine
after that.

Replied by Wendy
Orillia, Ontario
12/01/2009

imo it is the milk...haven't seen a baby yet that can tolerate it. if ou truly want to still breastfeed it is not too late. i have used a herbal formula in the past from a herbalist in toronto...my milk supply was off the chart within 24 hours- i was stunned. from my research diet can play a roll in low milk supply as well as the baby not nursing often enough. wheat & dairy impacted my milk and made my baby vomit all the time...til i figured it out. m 3rd baby never ever spits up- he's 10 mo, until i eat something with wheat or dairy in it. i am guessing you ate dairy while you were breastfeeding? now ou are still feeding dairy. this is classic case of dairy reaction. ps. my first child was so small, wouldn't grow etc. NOW i know why. he does not eat dairy,wheat,sugar,yeast, soy or corn- he eats tonnes of salads and veggies and he is 8 now and growing well! still small for his age, wish i'd figured this out sooner!

dr. jack newman in toronto canada is THE world expert on breastfeeding- he can help you with the low milk supply as well as helping you to resume nursing after having stopped. he is a genius and helps women all over the world with major obstacles.

best of luck


Dietary Changes  

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Posted by Melnaie (Mountain City, Tn) on 04/17/2016
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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.


Kidney Reflux Remedies  

Posted by Kali (Cincinnati, Oh) on 04/29/2014

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

Replied by Nanowriter
Hotspot, Texas
04/30/2014

Research vitamin C and bladder infections. It is supposed to do an excellent job of keeping urine bacteria free.

Replied by Mama To Many
Tennessee
04/30/2014

Dear Kali,

So sorry about your friend's little baby! There are some things I would look into if this were my little one.

Charcoal is great for kidney issues. Here is a link about using charcoal for kidney problems.

http://www.charcoalremedies.com/kidney_disease

Now, that is for an adult, but charcoal is so safe, I have used it for babies. (Not that young, though, having never needed it at that age.) Anyway, charcoal poultices could be used over the kidneys and charcoal could be given internally. But a baby would need just a tiny amount each day, and away from any medication or herbs.

Dr. Christopher's has an herbal tincture for children that is called Kid e Dry. It has herbs that are good for kidney/urinary health. I do not know what the dosage is for such a little one, but it is something else I would consider in this situation.

Garlic is a natural anti-biotic. When mother's take it, babies do get it in breastmilk.

If potty training is the benchmark, there are actually books about potty training babies. I have never done this; my children have almost all been in diapers until they were three and a half. I have never read these books, but I know they exist. I would probably look into it for a situation like this.

Your friend is going to want to find a doctor that will support her in this. If I were trying to keep this baby healthy and avoid or minimize antibiotics, I would still want a supportive medical professional who would work with me and be able to monitor the baby's health and be willing to treat the baby if a need arose. Also, you probably know that if you just leave a hospital with a baby and reject the doctor's recommendations, the hospital may consider it necessary to call the police or social services. I have known of this to happen in less serious situations than the one your friend is facing.

Keep us posted on how things go!

~Mama to Many~


Multiple Remedies  

Posted by Tiffany (Orange City, Florida, United States) on 09/27/2011

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.

Replied by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia
09/27/2011

Hi Tiffany, my son also had digestive issues. Your daughter needs to be on probiotics (the kind that are kept in the refrigerator) and also digestive enzymes. Stay away from soy milk it is very BAD and be careful of milk formulas because most have MSG added to them (which is very bad for children). Stay away from processed baby food it also contains MSG.

There are some good remedies on this site for ear infections... Look at those.

At 1 year old, why is she not on cows milk? Raw milk would be better. Does she get any natural saturated fats? Butter? Yoghurt?

Does she eat pureed vegetables? Vegetables have enzymes in them for digestion. Organic is better. Juicing green vegetables is good for digestion as well not to mention a good way to get much need vitamins and minerals into her as well.

Google "youtube Dr Natasha McBride". She has a great book out but some very informative videos as well.

Dr McBride talk about making homemade chicken broth, which is full of vitamins and minerals. That would be excellent for your daughter to have.

Replied by Ladyliza
Los Angeles, Ca
09/27/2011

I would try raw milk. Sprouts carries it or google for a farm or grocer near you. Allergies don't usually apply to raw milk.. That means not pasteurized nor homoginized. Have you tried renting a breast pump? Your milk is the best.

Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
09/28/2011

Hi Tiffany, my oldest daughter cried all the time, many, many hours a day. I was living in a foreign country, no family or friends around me, it was a disaster! I cursed the day I decided to have children and gave up my very nice life! After going to many doctors, none of whom had a solution for her problem other than putting her on butter milk and other stuff which didn't help at all, I came across a doctor who felt so sorry for me that he decided to admit her into hospital. They discovered that she was lactose intolerant. She was 9 months old then and had lots of diarrhea. I think that she cried the whole time because she had cramps or something. She was put on lactose free milk and the problems stopped completely. She is now 30, married a few months ago and is a delightful, beautiful, young woman!

But the problems didn't stop there! Second daughter, born at 36 weeks (first one full term), same problem with lactose. Doctor gave her soy milk which I now know was a terrible mistake but she also grew up to be a wonderful young woman and is currently, at 26 a model!

Third daughter, same problem, soy milk again but she also had other problems like bad reflux (was admitted to the hospital for it but they gave no solution) and maybe because of that had a lot of chest infections. She was permanently having terrible colds. During her first birthday party the doctor phoned to tell us that the infections had become chronic. For the reflux I went to a homeopathic doctor who gave her some granules which stopped it right way together with thicker food like your daughter is eating. For the infections and bad colds I devised a treatment myself of echinacea, an old-fashioned grandmother's syrop called Kindervital with orange peel extract and other extracts (it is sold in many countries) and within two weeks the color has got back to her cheeks and she grew up to be a very healthy young woman about to turn 23.

So you see..... A bad start doesn't mean a lot of problems through life. If you look at my daughters, especially Amy the youngest, you would say that they are all very healthy. You just have to go on searching for solutions. I never accepted no for an answer, never! It only made me search harder and we had no Internet back then! Maybe you should also do some research on Amazon for example and find some books that might give you some answer? I have reviews a lot of book on this site but I confess that not having little children my interest doesn't lie in that field. Still Adele Davis' book Let's Get Well is one I remember giving quite a bit of advice for children.

Replied by Jen
Bozeman, Mt, Us
09/28/2011

Hello Tiffany, I am sorry to hear your poor baby has been through so much at such a young age. I agree that you should stay away from soy for sure. It is terrible for everyone. I had the same issues with one of my daughters who still has digestion issues (and I blame alot of it on the soy formula). She would not breastfeed after 4 months no matter how badly I wanted her to. Up to that point she had been absolutely healthy and growing wonderfully. But I decided to take a day away and go snowboarding without her. Grandma fed her bottles for the first time and walla..... She didn't like breast feeding anymore. I didn't have access to a good pump so I couldn't get enough milk for her with the hand held one I had. She got so sick on regular formula and we ended up swithching to soy. She became so unhealthy and stopped growing. They diagnosed her with failure to thrive. They tested her for everything from cistic fibrosis to thyroid disease to celiacs. Nothing. She is now the smallest of my five children and has had so many tests and procedures done to find out nothing. Recently we decided to try to give her enzymes (thanks to the wonderful people on this site) and she started growing like crazy. She is eating and illiminating normal for the first time in ages. She is 10 years old but is the size of a 7 year old stature and weight wise. We have been to so many specialists and doctors and none ever realized that she might not have the enzymes to digest the food. Duh.

Your daughter is at an age where you can give her regular milk now. I would switch her to homegenized milk. I would also give her probiotics and make sure she eats organic yogurt. She may have a lactose problem but if you give her enzymes that should help. Obviously you cannot start making breast milk again since she is one. Stay away from giving her pediasure and other processed "vitamin drinks" since they are made with other things that will make her health worse. You could try to make green smoothie's. My kids love them and think they are treats. I put a handful of parsley, spinich, blueberries, 1 or 2 banana's, a tsp or two of coconut oil, 1/2 cup or so of greek yogurt, both the zest and juice of one orange, a cup or two of coconut milk or water in the blender. This is the perfect amount for my 5 kids and myself (Its purple not green). You could lower the amounts and make only one serving or put it in the fridge for later. Sometimes I freeze this in popcicle holders and they eat it without even knowing it's good for them. Other days I add a little spirolina and/or chlorella for a boost and to help detox them a little. They will drink it for breakfast most days.

Another great way to get her to eat might be to let her dip things. Kids love dipping anything. Try some rice cereal with a little melted cheese in it (for my kids I add chile pwdr to make it spicier and it has the feel of cheezy grits). She can dip crackers or chips in it. Apples and pears go great with peanut butter, nutella (hazlenut chocolate spread), Sunbutter (Sunflower seed butter). Hummus is a really great snack since it has chick peas, sesamee seed paste, olive oil, garlic and all of these are great for digestion and supply vitamins and minerals. Hummus goes good with any sliced veggies or crackers. Since she is probably still not eating alot of hard crunchy foods you could steam the veggies and fruits to soften just a little. Let them cool and let her dig in. I have 3 picky eaters so you learn to get very inventive:) I worked in a wonderful daycare for a long time. I learned so many great things about feeding kids with special needs and requests. Kids are all different. They will eat what they want. You just have to figure out what it is they want. I put at least four different things on the table for dinner. They have to take at least one spoonful of each. But they can have as many spoonfuls as they want. I just make sure that for the most part all of the choices are healthy:)

I hope she will get healthy soon. I can give you a link to where to get the liquid enzymes if you need it. You just put a few drops in each meal she eats or in her drinks. God bless and good health to both of you.

Replied by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia
09/28/2011

Good points Jen, re the Hummus I would make it fresh, don't buy it in a tin because it may have additives added. Also goats milk is better than cows milk if you can't buy raw milk.

Also I read recently that MSG is added to cheese? Chips and crackers (processed ones) are also not helpful for young children as they have MSG added to them. We need to get back to cooking our own crackers and chips like grandma used to.

If you read the book "Excitotoxins, the Taste that Kills" you will read that MSG is called an Excitotoxins because the glutamate receptors in the body and the brain get excited and then die. Brain cells are being killed off with MSG unless you supplement the diet with certain foods. There are many other issues with MSG that are very bad for us. It is in all processed foods.

Replied by Suzy
Dc, Usa
10/15/2011

Dear Tiffany... I just came across this site and read your post. My daughter has had the exact same problem and was found to have milk protein allergy. This kind of allergy usually goes away by age 3-5 according to her pediatrician. I had stopped eating milk and milk based food as I wanted to breastfeed her. I pumped and discarded my breast milk for a week and then started breatfeeding her. Additionally, gave her Nutramigen formula, which is lactose free. I could eat the store bought cereals, breads, even vitamin and calcium pills as they all contain some kind of milk or whey protein.

At seven months, we started her on home-made solids like puree of cooked carrots, green peas, green beans, peach, mango, oats.

We avoided giving her rice, banana, applesauce as these are supposed to cause constipation. She was sometimes constipated and we gave her apple juice and diluted prune juice and she was fine. This was all based on her doctors advice.

At age one, we started her on lactose free milk and stopped Nutramigen. At age two, we started her on regular organic milk and she tolerated it well.

Now she is 3 and is just fine. Please take your doctor's advice and all will be fine with God's grace.

Replied by Theresa
Gobler
10/23/2015

I have 2 grandsons ( ages 1 & 2) that have3 thrown up since birth & scream with tummy pain. Have u had your LO genetically tested? Their test came back that they have severe food allergies called fpies (food protein induced enterocolitis syndrome) it can throw them into shock if not treated with IV fluids immediately, I think all babies that continue to have issues with no definitive answers need genetic testing, we were lucky to have a very open minded pediatrician that sent them to the genetic right away, the 1st sign was low blood sugar at birth. Plz keep pushing, u know your baby better than anyone. Mother's instincts, if u feel something is not quite right, u are probably correct. They tried the new mom thing & other things until they changed pediatricians. Best move they ever made, now we know they have more than 1 genetic syndrome, but they r getting the needed home therapy & test needed to save their lives....good luck & god bless...


Posted by Ari (Atlanta, Ga) on 09/21/2011

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!

Replied by Katrina
Gippsland, Victoria, Australia
06/03/2012

Hello Liz, I have used and seen great benefit from acidophilus bifidus, purchased from the fridge in a health shop. Given to tiny babies & toddlers is very safe. Mixed into luke warm milk or water. Given up to 4 times a day. You will notice a difference within 24 hours. :-)


Posted by Liz (Honolulu, Hi ) on 09/19/2011

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?

Replied by Mdee
Provo, Ut, United States
09/19/2011

Up front you don't have to trust this but it has worked for severe digestive disorders. First off feed your kid simple sourdough bread... Just flour, water, and sourdough starter... 3 ingredients. Don't make it too sour... And have them eat hot/warm out of the oven. Gluten intolerant people can eat sourdough bread! You can learn how to make it online... Very nutritional food. Don't feed the child high fiber foods... It will aggravate the symptoms. Protein rich foods may also do the same ie meat, pastureized dairy, etc. Also good fat at night before sleeping is very helpful... RAW coconut oil or RAW high cream milk (perferable just cream).

It does work... Good luck!

Replied by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia
09/19/2011

Here are two great recipes for sourdough bread. A good article as well. The secret also lies in the long fermenting process of the last "rise" of the bread. You need to leave it overnight or for at least 12 hours.

http://nourishedmagazine.com.au/blog/articles/slow-ferment-sourdough-bread

Replied by Natural Mom
W. Bloomfield, Mi
11/03/2011

My 3 month old suffers from gastrointestinal Reflux. She takes Zantac which helps by neutralizing her stomach acid. This helped with the burning but did nothing for the amount of times she spit up. I am using raw coconut oil to help fight a tough battle with thrush in DD and nipple yeast in me. Now that we're getting the yeast under control I've noticed a wonderful perk! DD spits up less when I use the coconut oil! I swab her mouth with it 3 to 4 times a day - especially during bedtime because this is when she nurses the most. I also have noticed that she is problematic when I drink any type of dairy - ice cream is my weakness. So, I've alleviated dairy from my diet. No burning with a small dose of Zantac and less spit up from the use of coconut oil and my diet change. This combo has created a much happier baby and mommy!

Replied by Adrimama
Va, Us
05/19/2012

We tried zantac, prilosec, elininating dairy, wheat, soy, and all these things helped but did not completely eliminate my son's reflux. It wasn't until we took him to a pediatric chiropractor who adjusted him several times and recommended infant probiotic drops that he became much better.

Replied by Kay0515
De
06/05/2014

Liz, my son has the same exact same problem and has had it since birth. He is 13 months now and even thought he doesn't spit up anymore (it's always been more 'silient' though), he continues to have 'silent' reflux..the kind that swallows and coughs all day. Like you, prevacid made it worse. We took him off of it 2 months ago and he was slightly better without it. For sleeping - we hold him all night long and it barely helps and have tried every position (angled or not) possible to put him in. He's continuing to swallow all night and wakes with horrible gas pains around midnight no matter what we do while swallowing contiuously. Did you son grow out of his problem? Did you try ACV and did it help?

Replied by Mama To Many
Tennessee
06/05/2014

Dear Kay,

What a kind mama to hold him all night in his discomfort!

It is possible that my firstborn son had something like this and it was never diagnosed. The pediatrician we had was never very helpful. (My first born is 20 now.)

Anyway, as a baby he vomited a lot and was also fussy. He was helped a lot when I went off dairy (he was breastfed for 2 years, and had no solids before 16 months as everything made him vomit.) I also didn't give him dairy for a long time. As a child he had a throat clearing issue that resolved when we took him off dairy again. He actually does not seem to have trouble with dairy now.

Some things I wish I had tried for him were: kefir (water kefir or maybe even milk kefir)

Activated charcoal - for the gas pains. 1/8th teaspoon in a little water. I have had babies under a year take a charcoal tablet easily. You could try this at bedtime and see how he does.

And my last baby was drinking my apple cider vinegar water before he was a year old. I have found it safe for my children.

I hope you find something that will help your little guy to be more comfortable and everyone in your house to get good sleep at night!

Keep us posted!

~Mama to Many~


Posted by Susan (Maricopa, Az , USA) on 09/06/2009

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

Replied by Kathy
Punxsutawney, Pa
08/30/2009

Gastric and esophogeal irritation can be caused by fluoride in "cavity preventing" toothpastes, so if your child uses fluoride toothpaste, make sure that he/she is not swallowing any, or better yet, get fluoride toothpaste out of the child's life altogether.

p.s. Fluoride is also present in food or drink products made in processing plants located in cities that fluoridate their water. Gastric and epigastric (esophogeal) pain and irritation is one of the early signs of fluoride toxicity.

Replied by Wahida
Wokingham, Berkshire, Uk
05/17/2010

Please please don't give your child ACV internally. I think this is too harsh for a 3 year old. It actually has a burning sensation if you drink it even diluted. I take it for skin problems and there are many uses but I wouldn't give it to my children. There must be other ways. In the uk we use a liquid called Gaviscon for acid reflux. It has a milky consistency can be bought in the pharmacy without prescription. Not sure of the minimum age. Ask at the pharmacy or even ask your doc to prescribe something. I think there are even chewable tablets eg mint flavour. If she meets the age requirement find out if you can get it for her. There may be another brand name in your country.

I just googled it there is one called Gaviscon Infant Main use Active ingredient Manufacturer
Reflux of stomach contents in infants Sodium alginate, magnesium alginate Reckitt Benckiser.

Here is a link http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/medicines/100001148.html

The active ingredients of Gaviscon infant are not absorbed into the bloodstream. Instead they work by reacting with the stomach contents to form a gel. This gel thickens the stomach contents, making it more difficult for them to be refluxed back into the food pipe and be regurgitated.

Also before starting to take any new meds please tell the pharmacist exactly what other medication you are giving your child for the other health problems to avoid chemical reactions etc.

Good luck. Hope this helps. I have had severe acid reflux during pregnancy so I have personally used the adult version and it does help a lot.


Prevacid Side Effects in Children  

Posted by Nola (Otis, Maine Usa) on 05/24/2011

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

Replied by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia
05/24/2011

Nola, Prevacid is very dangerous for anyone to be on let alone babies and toddlers. Prevacid only masks the symptoms they have it doesn't "cure" anything. Reflux is caused by too little stomach acid in your stomach not too much. Prevacid blocks the stomach acid being produced. Stomach acid is needed for proper digestion.

You can do your own research though. The below from a website.

Dangers of Prevacid and other Acid Blockers

PrevAcid is a dangerous drug and should be avoided at all costs. It can cause really serious side effects, affecting not only your digestion but your cardiovascular system, your central nervous system, your endocrine system, your musculoskeletal system and more. It has been associated with everything from cancer to heart attacks to diabetes to depression.

PrevAcid also causes a profound and long-lasting inhibition of gastric acid secretion. While the medical literature mentions this because of "the negative impact it may have on the absorption of drugs where gastric pH is an important determinant of bioavailability", a far greater concern should be the impact it has on your ability to obtain any nutrition from your food.

So... By keeping them on the PrevAcid they are being starved of nutrition in their food. Personally I would give them probiotics and digestive enzymes and if you can find some raw milk (as it has enzymes in it). Fermented foods are great as they are easier to digest. Homemade chicken, beef and lamb broths would get calcium and nutrition back into them. Diluted lemon juice is also good as it is acidic. Yoghurt with live bacteria is also good.

I am doing the Gaps diet at the moment with my son. By following the diet you actually repopulate the gut with beneficial bacteria. The book is written by Dr. Natasha McBride. You can google her on youtube.

Replied by Katrina
Gippsland, Victoria, Australia
06/03/2012

Hello Nola, I also replied to another lady who has a little one with acid reflux. I have used and seen great benefit from acidophilus bifidus, purchased from the fridge in a health shop. Given to tiny babies & toddlers is very safe. Mixed into luke warm milk or water. Given up to 4 times a day. You will notice a difference within 24 hours. :-) Hope your grandchildren feel the benefits soon.


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Posted by Lori (Dallas, Tx) on 09/10/2009
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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!!!

Lori