My 11 year old daughter has had acid reflux for the past few years and it has gotten worse in the past 6 months. We took her to the pediatric gastroenterologist and he put her on Pepcid twice a day instead of as needed. She says it doesn't help one bit. Everything is fine during the day but at night after dinner it starts up. And it doesn't matter what foods she eats it still happens. I would rather have her have a natural treatment than taking meds for the rest of her life. She is already a healthy eater, being gluten free and vegetarian. I was reading that aloe might help. Any suggestions?
I would try removing All grains and sugar. Also, possibly dairy and nightshades. Seems like a difficult thing to do with a child but it might be worth a try for a month.
Mastika gum helped me so much after years of suffering linda, it's my wonder cure! I hope you're daughter starts to feel better soon and best wishes x
What is her diet like?
I had it for years. Have chewed tobacco starting in the 6th grade. Mine got to where almost every night I would get choked on the acid and would wake up throwing up and coughing up acid. Constant sore throat and was worried about throat cancer developing. I started taking a supplement and healed my gut and reflux issues. I haven't had an issue with reflux or my IBS in months. I still chew and just last night I had salsa and chips before bed.
Organic pickle juice daily
Aloe will protect the throat from the acid and aid in healing the damage. Coats liquid aloe is a good brand.
Get her some hydrochloride acid pills with digestive enzymes. I bet she needs more acid in her stomach to get the job done. Also have her eat her last meal at least 4 hours before she goes to bed. Check her blood sugar, her stomach might be delaying emptying which could be a sign of diabetes.
lyndsey A Husbyn Very healthy, almost vegan, almost no, dairy no gluten. Does yoga. Blood work was perfect.
Super Aloe 450 - one before bedtime - sold on Amazon. She should not eat a few hours before bedtime and make sure her pillows are high enough to keep her head up.
Because antacids make that worse. Drink baking soda in water and don't use antacids. Doctors know antacids take away necessary acids you NEED to break down food. You take those away you'll suffer more. Prescriptions are not always best people
Hmmm that's odd! Does she eat any sweets or spicy food or anything with high acidity?
Liquid aloe shots. Check into it. Helps me so much. And natural
Time to switch to drinking alkaline water. Find A Kangen alkaline water distributer. All your acid problems will disappear.
If you simply add Aqualyte and Ionyte to the whole families water daily you will have no more acid reflux. It is all natural and coral calcium and mineral electrolytes. I used to have horrible acid reflux at night and no longer.
ACV, Pickle Juice......
Definitely enzymes and hydrochloric acid. This is happening because she may not have enough acid.
Low stomach acid causes heartburn.
Baking soda in water
I'm allergic to all the acid reflux meds and I use baking soda and water or Tums.
Kambucha, fermented foods, probiotics.
I take a little water;little vinegar;;little honey;;stir;be gone in 10-15 min
She goes to sleep or lay right after dinner? My best friend has the same problems and the dr told her to walk 30-60min after every meal specially dinner
Aw poor dear, she is so young! I have had acid reflux since I was in my early twenties and while the prescriptions somewhat worked for me, they have very harmful long term side effects! I got off them and went the all natural route a year and a half ago and I haven't had one symptom since! I started eating paleo and you really have to limit her acidic foods, tomatoes, citrus, pop, etc. I also started using essential oils, I use young livings Digize blend along with peppermint, and these have really helped me. I also take a real live culture probiotic supplement daily (it should be refrigerated if it's live). Apple cider vinegar with cinnamon helps as well. Whole foods sells whole food digestive suppliments, along with an organic version of tums that really helps with the heartburn and indigestion. I used these in the beginning of my treatment, but no longer need them. I am now only 70% paleo, so eventually she will be able to slowly reintroduce foods back into her diet with moderation, if you choose to try this route. I would try the oils and ye probiotic first along with cutting out acidic foods for awhile to give her gut time to heal, if you choose not to go paleo.
pre and probiotics
haven't read the other comments, but how much does she eat? Even the right foods will bother you if you eat too much of it at one time. How late does she eat? At night, is the head of her bed elevated?
Might sound crazy, but how about depression or anxiety? Her nerves (from anxiety) could be "causing" her reflux. It could be a secondary symptom from anxiety.
Chiropractor and probiotics. Klaire Labs is what we use, reflux was horrible when my little was younger.
Enzymes, probiotics and essential oils
It's often eating too much or too little acid foods. N some people it's things like peppers. But what I just found out is long term acid reflex is extremely dangerous. We never thought of it as anything but a inconvenienceI. But recently found out that when it repeatedly burns the escopogus, it changes the skin, turning it black, N then it can grow these big white lumps that have cancer or turn into cancer. My father having his second surgery to try to remove it next week. He may be to late for surgery. If he hadn't let it go he could of prevented this.
ACV or bicarbonate of soda x
Stop drinking fluids during meals
My company has something that helps a lot of people and then they don't have to take any meds.
Thanks everyone for the great advice!!
My reflux was caused by a response to wheat. When I gave up wheat/gluten it went away. I agree pribiotics and enzymes can help too.
I had esophogus spasm with my acid reflyx. 2 to 4 drops of pepermnt oil has been a miracle for me. It also makes my stomach more comfortable.
I'm telling you, look into possible anxiety. Sounds to me like it's more than just reflux. My daughter is 14 and was diagnosed with reflux 2 years ago. Meds did nothing, diet did nothing, ACV did nothing. And it was always worse at night, just like you said your daughters is. Just please look into the possibility of it being something other than reflux
And it's minty tasting so it can go right in the milk or anywhere really bc it doesn't have a nasty taste.
go vegan, milk cheese and eggs are acidic and fiberless. For optimal digestion just eat fruits vegetables nuts and seeds.
What is she eating at night or in the afternoon? It could be she isn't getting enough digestive enzymes. Pancreas problems.
My daughter uses baking soda
She needs to eat more deep green leafy vegitables and raw foods like cucumbers. Go for the green and raw. Also stear clear of wheat and sugar. Drink 2 glasses of water between meals. Juice fast for 1 month will heal her tummy.
My 11 year old grandson uses baking soda when his regular meds fail to help. His doctor told him to take Prilosec OTC once a day, and take Ranitidine, 150 mgs several times a day and before bedtime. Seems to keep it in check most of the time. He sleeps propped up on large foam pillows.
Start eating coconut oil
Find a message therapist or chiropractor in your area to close her "flap." The flap that allows the acid to flow up into the throat. It is a swiping "C" motion in the area between breasts and where stomach come together.
Mercy the meds these doctors dose out is insanity and to young kids. Messing up the body's ability to do anything correctly on its own. So sad. The stomach adjustment as mentioned above is amazing. I had this done twice while pregnant and it cured my heartburn issues. Still do not get it 3 months after.
PROBIOTICS FOR SURE! !!
I agree with juli , 2 tablespoon (not a once, split it up) a day should help, but also try papaya emzyme (even the local Walmart sells it).
Make sure nothing she is drinking has citric acid. Some pretty supposedly bottled drinks have it and it tears me up. Hopefully she is getting enough proteins to go with the fruit and veggies. Beans and corn together is a complete protein. Just a thought.
What about drinking kombucha?
Kombucha is very good, but, it is a dehydrator, so, be sure she drinks 6-8 glasses (8 ounces per glass) each day to be sure that her body is getting enuf water.
I swear by grass fed dairy /high quality organic yogurt has really healed my gut issues. Long term use of Prilosec was making my hair fall out by the handfuls. I changed my diet to high protein mostly fruits and veggies - very little meats and very limited seasoning besides herbs - some spices are not good for digestion and others are do check that out further* I also swear by ginger tea.
Get her off the acid reducers. reflux is caused by the ph of the stomach going to alkaline. This causes the "flap" that keeps the stomach sealed and "acids" from coming up to relax too much causing the stomach acids to leak past it. You need to raise the acidity or it will be a never ending battle. ACV or lemon water are usually the preferred methods. Two or three times a day is best. For acute attacks you can eat an orange, suck on a lemon, eat pineapple, or drink pineapple juice. Good luck
Also limiting or eliminating sugar and bread/ cereals will give you faster results.
Get good bacteria back into her gut too...
mia also has a good point, because replenishing the good bacteria's will help keep the acidity right.
She's eating too many carbs and pickle juice or "Bragg's" vinegar will take the reflux away immediately try it!
Go on Amazon and order your daughter some very good probiotics. I take two different kind. They saved me.
Raise her head with pillows and have her sleep on her left side. Is she overweight?
ginger root and acv helps mine.
I have had the same problem since I was that age. I even ended up with an ulcer at 15 bc I couldn't control the acid. Although it may seem like it doesn't matter which foods she eats, it is nearly impossible for certain foods not to make it worse. The best thing to do is write a food diary to understand which foods are triggers for her. I would also suggest starting with dairy and citrus since those are very common triggers. Drinking (more like sipping) lots of water is crucial bc it helps to "dilute" the effects of the acid. Also, as someone mentioned, anxiety is often a huge trigger for some. You'd be surprised how much anxiety children at 11 yrs old may have. I have used papaya enzymes since I was a teen and those helped calm my stomach. I've also tried aloe, but I only noticed that it helped me when I was constipated. Ultimately, the biggest help will be identifying her triggers and working with or around them.
Maybe some digestive enzymes to digest the food
Has the GI doctor done endoscopy? She may have Baret's esophagus. If the GI doctor doesn't do more, take her to another doctor. Prolonged acid reflux can lead to esophageal cancer.
Give her a spoonful of vinegar. It helps close the esophagus and also helps digest the food.
Need to dilute the vinegar. Add lemon and water.
Go to a naturopath.....acid reflux is from inflammation