Natural Way

Updated on April 05, 2010
C.M. asks from Saint Helens, OR
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Hey All, I have a 2 1/2 year old little boy and we are struggling with weight gain (1-3% on curve for weight) and sever acid reflux. Just a note, he is a very happy, active little man and is not a sickly child beyond the occational cold and the problems that have come with acid reflux being so bad. We had an upper GI series done about 3 wks ago and we saw his reflux is pretty bad but we had relief in knowing that there was no tumors or obstructions or malrotations in his little tummy. Praise God! He is currently on 15mg of prevacid solutabs. Not only do I really not like the fact that he is on meds that are the same dose as an adult for indefenitly, but it is an expensive drug, nearly $100 a month. The money is not the concern but the "drug" part is. I was hoping to get some suggestions from other moms that could direct me in a more natural way. With the prevacid we have to give him another med to help with the other tummy issues that come up with taking the med. I hate that it is just supressing the symptoms and not helping his body to heal itself and learn to take care of it naturally. I am hoping for some advice on things that may help him that I can take to the dr appt we have on wed and also if anyone has someone that they have seen or they have taken a child to see, natropath, homopathic providers that are in the Portland area that they could recommend. Thank you for your advice and sharing any helpful information you may have to share. This has been ongoing since birth so I just want his little body to be whole and healthy all the way through!

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Thanks all for the tips and advice I have alot to bring to the doc on Wed. Thanks again I am really excited to talk with her about the probioitcs and enzymes and honey and NO MORE MEDS! I also found a few places in Portland that specialize in children and they are NP's so they are DOCTOR's that focus on natural care but can still order Rx if need be. Just a note, I want to let you all know that I am so grateful for todays medicine,NOT against it, if you need it use it don't delay, I had to have 2 c-sections and am thankful that we have the ablity to take care of our medical needs in the 21st century, with that said, I would rather find a way that will help my sons body to heal not just supress. I don't want him to be on meds for life and the meds he is taking can cause perm side effects that will cause him to need more meds all of his life. Thank you again and take care all of you! Blessing for Health to you and yours and mine too!!

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answers from Barnstable on

I have had Chron's disease for nearly 25 years and a few friends I have that also have digestive disorders swear by something called Black Cherry juice.

I also know people who take blue green algae supplements for IBS.

Worth a shot!

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answers from Atlanta on

HI C.,

Carrie's right about the apple cider vinegar (or any). The cause of the reflux is not too much acid, but not enough of it. The body alternates in being alkaline and acidic. The esophagus is alkaline and the stomach is acidic. Stomach acid is what breaks down foods for it to digest and go to the next stop. When there is no stomach acid, then the food rots, if you will, and ferments and causes issues.

Have you ever left a tupperware container in your refrigerator too long and the food in it spoils (badly)? When you open it, it spits at you. That is because the food has rotted and the gases that are building up from the fernentation process need to escape. That's what happens in the stomach. The gases rise and push on that delicate esophageal valve and burn going into the esophagus. If there is enough acid to break down the food, it continues on it's way through the digestion process.

Prevacid and other antacids actually cause it to get worse because the body is confused. The antacid may relieve the symptom at the time but it will come back with a vengeance. I had this problem and actually went to a Naturopath and he prescribed Betaine HCL with pepsin. That's simply stomach acid. I took it with each meal until my tummy started making it's own. Vinegar or even lemon in water with each meal will do basically the same thing. Avoid processed foods and sodas as the chemicals in them confuse the stomach as well.

There are also complications when food does not digest. Besides the small intestine and colon issues like IBS, colitis, ulcerative colitis, or crohn's, and ultimately colon cancer, lack of digestion can cause kidney stones, eczema and all sorts of issues. If you get his tummy straight now, he should be fine.

Hope I helped!


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answers from Minneapolis on

We did chiropractic care with our son and he is no longer on medecine! Amazing. Don't just go for one or two visits and think it will be all better you have to give it a little time. Our son was so tight in his upper body and once the body was aligned better he was off his doctor made sleep wedge and and off the medicine, we started him younger so it might take a little longer for your son. But it was amazing. He went from a never happy child to the most smiles and laughs we have a new son now and I love it!



answers from Davenport on

I would start with diet and maybe probiotics. Is he a nervous child. Stress can also be a factor. Has he tried Zantac. It has less permanent side effects and it is cheaper. If you decide to try something herbal, please do research on it. Just remember herbal/natural does not mean safe, especially for a child.



answers from St. Cloud on

I do want to put in a word about Apple Cider Vinegar. While it is great for reflux (cures mine in an instant!) I would caution you to NOT give your son any tablets. They can erode the esophagus. If you decide to try to give the liquid to your son, try putting it into a cup of warm water to make a "tea" like beverage. I would do about a teaspoon OR LESS per cup of water for a little one.
I use Braggs raw apple cider vinegar.

Have you tried chiropractics? That helped my daughter when she had reflux. We started taking her to be adjusted when she was an infant.

A naturopath is a good choice! I hope you find one that can help your little one.



answers from Kansas City on

My husband has severe acid refux, and we try to manage it with diet. Anything acidic, we cut out, orange juice, etc. We buy him pear juice from the natural food section of Hyvee, since pears dont affect him. We also had to cut out tomato products until we discovered that when making spagetti sauce, if you put in a teaspoon of baking soda, it neutralizes the acid. we are gradually adding things back into his diet, now that the reflux is more under control. Here is a website with a list of foods to avoid:

Another thing that really helps him is sleeping elevated at night. We bought him a wedge pillow at Bed Bath and Beyond that lifts him up, and it really helps. He can always tell when he needs a newer, firmer one because he wakes up with the burning.



answers from Chicago on

Try a spoonful of local honey or raw honey mixed with a pinch of ceylon cinnamon (do not use cassia cinnamon...the kind you usually find in the store!) It's a wonderful acid reducer, it's all natural and tasty! I would think your child would eat it up!

Also, try yogurt with live cultures. But the first thing I would do is check for food allergies. I had horrible acid reflux and they put me on meds which made it worse (because the meds reduced the acid in my stomach) and I found that I'm allergic to milk and eggs. Once they were removed from my diet the reflux stopped.

Now when I have reflux from eating something spicy I just eat some honey and cinnamon. It works for me!



answers from Provo on

I would go to the health food store and get probiotics which are fantastic for the GI tract. I have a smaller than normal esophagus, which is hereditary. My Nana had her esophagus stretched. All of her kids have the problem and I do to. When I was with my family over Christmas and my mom was suffering from heartburn really bad. I mentioned to her that apple cider vinegar was great for the digestion. She tried it and has never had another problem. I know that they have apple cider vinegar tablets for adults. There might be chewables for children because my son takes the chewable probiotics for children. I love the natural remedies because they usually solve the problem and not just put a bandaid on it.

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