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January 21, 2013 at 9:12 pm #71488AnonymousInactive
My son is on 30mg Prevacid split into two doses (we can’t do more sdue to the fact that he’s also on iron 2x daily and that has to be taken a certain amount of time from antacid.
He still has terrible bouts of reflux and I’m wondering if there’s something I can give him between the Prevacid doses, particularly at night. Any ideas?January 21, 2013 at 9:47 pm #71489AnonymousInactive
Have you ever tried probiotics and/or digestive enzymes? They help my children tremendously!! They take a supplement of both pretty much every time they eat anything. If they forget to take one and they have dairy, they will be be miserable with a stomach ache or reflux within minutes. But then when they take one of their pills, their tummy will settle down almost right away.
We also have a machine that makes alkaline water and that helps a lot too to calm down tummy/reflux problems.
Before a baby is born, their digestive tract is sterile- meaning it is free from bacteria. The baby will pick up it’s first “dose” of good live bacteria (also known as probiotics or gut flora) from the birth canal. Whatever kind of probiotics mom has in there is what the baby will get. The next “dose” which is the highest strongest dose a baby will ever get, is from colostrum. Probiotics play a huge role in the health of the baby. They make up over 70% of the immune system and they are what line, coat, and protect the entire digestive tract.
Antibiotics kill not only bad bacteria but the good also. If a mother has been on many different antibiotics throughout her life it can alter her probiotics. This in turn will alter what kind the baby gets. If the mother has been on antibiotics while pregnant, for sure close to or at the time of giving birth this can severely alter the probiotics that baby gets. In fact, if on antibiotics at the time of birth, the mother may have no probiotics to pass on to her baby. And of course if baby has antibiotics at any given time it will kill off the probiotics. If the mother takes them while nursing, she will pass them on to her baby and it also will kill his/her probiotics.
If a baby is born by c-section, this can make him/her be behind in building up the probiotics. But if he/she gets plenty of colostrum it will certainly help.
Some babies who are born by c-section, are on antibiotics, get no colostrum, or all of the above, are not necessarily doomed for digestive problems. Some babies are really strong and healthy and their body has no problems making and building up its own probiotics. But for some, this can be the start to the digestive system not working well.
For some babies, they will greatly benefit from a probiotic supplement. I personally have never used this company but it seems to be popular and is made especially for babies. http://biogaia.com It only contains one strain of probiotic (Lactobacillus reuteri) and I personally feel that when someone is low on probiotics, they are low on many, so the best supplement would be one that has at least 10 different strains in it. But the bottom line is that your child gets relief and according to the reviews, many babies feel better when taking this product.
Another problem for some children can be a lack of sufficient digestive enzymes. Digestive enzymes are what are in all foods (before they are cooked or processed) to aid in breaking them down. They are especially needed for breaking down proteins. If a nursing mom eats a diet of mostly raw foods this can help some but unless the foods are organically grown, they are not very enzyme rich. The pancreas is what makes digestive enzymes and it will try to compensate for the lack of them in foods, but for some babies it can be difficult for their pancreas to keep up making enough to break down the food (proteins in particular) that they take in whether it be through breast milk, formula, or solids as they get older.
For some babies, they can inherit the problems of their body not making enough digestive enzymes, and for these children, they may carry this problem all of their life. Just like the diabetic doesn’t make enough insulin.
When “food” is placed in the stomach, the stomach will excrete a small amount of acid to activate the enzymes so they will start breaking down the food. If there are no or little enzymes, then the stomach will excrete a little more acid. Eventually the food is forced into the intestines even if it isn’t fully properly broken down. If the food isn’t broken down then it will very difficult for the body to be able to absorb and use it. For some children, this undigested food will sit in the intestines too long and the longer “food” stays in the intestines, the more moisture that is drawn out of it, and it can cause constipation.
This excess acid that the stomach makes, can play a major part in some babies digestive problems. Too much acid will kill probiotics. And beings that probiotics are the protective coating for the entire digestive tract, then without it, the food, reflux, or stool will rub right up next to the esophagus and intestines themselves and can cause them to become raw, inflamed, and even bleed sometimes.January 21, 2013 at 10:49 pm #71490hellbenntKeymaster
I’m not sure what is an ‘antacid’ in terms of neededing to be spaced from the iron- something to ask your pharmacist?
is it just PPIS or does a h2 blocker (zantac/axid/pepcid/tagament) also need to spaced from the iron?
tums & mylanta, too?
Zantac dosing- my/other’s question (has axid & pepcid doses, too):
Mylanta Cherry Supreme was the one variety of mylanta that does not contain aluminum. you can’t find it anymore,
but you CAN find store brand equivalents.
Try rite-aid, cvs brand, w almart, target, Bartell Drug (West coast), Dollar General, brand names: Geri-Care & Geri-Lanta Supreme, meijer, etc-
just look for one that does not list aluminum in the ingredients.
you can give 1ml up to 5 times a day-
it’s safe, even for newborns. if you see loose stools back off.
and, yes, probiotics & enzymes might help:
probiotics, brands used:
hellbennt2013-01-21 22:58:35January 25, 2013 at 7:15 pm #71516AnonymousInactive
It looks like your son is pushing 2 years old. Has he had testing to rule out what might be causing his reflux—it shouldn’t still be this bad at this age.January 27, 2013 at 7:43 pm #71536AnonymousInactive
kevieb wrote: It looks like your son is pushing 2 years old. Has he had testing to rule out what might be causing his reflux—it shouldn’t still be this bad at this age.
He has had an upper and lower scope with biopsies. His esophogeal flap doesn’t seem to close.
He also has a Meckel Scan scheduled for Tuesday, but I don’t believe Meckel’s diverticulum is related to the acid reflux.
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