How to Help Acid Reflux in Kids

I find our pediatrician about as useful as Walter Cronkite.  Whenever my child gets sick, I simply dread visiting the pediatrician because 1) I know that I will sit in the germ infested waiting area for hours and 2) the advice is unhelpful and 3) the pediatrician seems unaware of all of this.  I quit going there altogether this year, and we see our family internist instead. 

When my daughter turned 3 months old, she suddenly began acting like a baby with colic….except colic typically ends at 3 months.  Frantic, I called our pediatrician one evening and paid him a visit.  He was obviously clueless and proceeded to catheterize her not once, but twice to “rule out a UTI.”  Since she didn’t have a UTI, he seemed sure that she had “esophogitis,” or acid reflux.  We started her on the usual medicine (Zantac, Prilosec, etc.) for this problem, sometimes twice daily.  It never really made a big difference, and I would ask, “do I have to keep giving her medication?  What causes this?”   The usual response was “oh, no real reason, just happens with some, she’ll grow out of it.”  Not when she’s on this medicine, I thought.

It didn’t make logical sense to me to put an otherwise healthy child on a daily medication indefinitely.  As usual, I did my own footwork and after hours of research, countless alternative professionals, and an exhausting TWO YEARS of searching for an answer, I found two answers.  First, I learned that acid reflux can be a symptom of an underlying dairy or gluten allergy.  Pediatricians poo-pood this idea every time.  Secondly, it was recommended to me that I try a natural product called “Zypan” by Standard process.

I tried the Zypan (this company’s answer to the popular drug Zyban) as suggested, and it helped me finally wean her off of Prilosec.  How exhilerating!  After one week, my daughter stopped her acid reflux meds and has been fine ever since.  If she has a little dairy, I do hear some reflux on occasion.  Had you told me that a product like Zypan would have been the answer prior to all of this having happened, I wouldn’t have believed it.

Had I not figured it all out for myself, she would still be taking acid reflux meds.  This should scare every parent out there since none of these medications are  indicated for long term daily use unless the patient has proven tissue damage.  These medications were never intended for long term use.  In fact, medications like Zantac and Prilosec are highly correlated with an increased risk for bone fracture.  These meds also reduce the good bacteria found in the gut…..where 80% of the immune system is found.  No wonder she was sick all year long.

High glycemic foods can worsen reflux, so try to eat foods lower on the glycemic index.  The lesson to be learned here is to listen to your gut and take care of it, too.  Search all avenues of treatment when necessary without apology to protect your health.

That’s all from this Zantac free household today, folks.  Have a great week!