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On friday my daughter is going to the pediatrician

While she is normal weight she spits up a lot, she gets the hiccups several times a day, and she is in general extremely fussy. DH and I think she has reflux, what can the pediatrician do for it? What can we do to help her?


I bf, we don't consume much dairy, but we eat a lot of S. Asian foods that a heavily spiced (turmeric, garam masala, lots of chilies)

by on Jan. 9, 2013 at 4:56 PM
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StarburstKisses
by Member on Jan. 10, 2013 at 7:46 PM

You need to change your diet. That's the one m ain thing her pedi is going to tell you. I have acid reflux and other upper and lower digestive track issues. I have to stay away from foods that will trigger that. Spicy is on the list. I believe hiccups are normal...but what you eat goes into your breast milk. 

marisab
by on Jan. 12, 2013 at 2:55 PM

you bf which means what u eat goes in the milk so heavilyu spicy food,coffee,chocolate and so on well effect the baby try to cut back on the spice a lil

tossed
by Member on Jan. 12, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Eleate the head of her bed or crib.  Reduce the size of the meals she eats at any given time. No spicy foods. There are medications that can be given. The dr can do a ph probe to determine the severity of the reflux. If it is severe enough, there is a surgery that can be done...nissen fundoplication. My son was very fussy as an infant, spit up, etc. We tried meds. As he got older, he started having massive asthma attacks. He was on adult doses of asthma meds and was still having 2-3 attacks a day. It turned out that he was refluxing severely and when the acid hit the throat, it was exacerbating his asthma. He had his first nissen in the 4th grade...lots of improvement, but symptoms returned in high school and he had to have a second, much more extensive surgery and repeat nissen. Reflux can be much more serious than people think.

tossed
by Member on Jan. 12, 2013 at 3:08 PM

From personal experience...if I eat spicy food, my reflux will be 10 x worse. Also, reflux is diagnosed by a barium x ray or a ph probe...an endoscope is done AFTER the other tests are performed to see if there are additional issues involved.  Severe hiccups can be related to reflux and a hiatal hernia. 

Quoting LindaClement:

Spice has (contrary to a hundred and fifty years of belief-based advice) nothing at all to do with acid reflux (which is probably what your ped will 'diagnose' and prescribe a powerful drug to 'treat' without bothering to do the necessary biopsy to see if it's necessary).

Lots of kids spit up a lot, and hiccoughs are normal in young babies. It probably has nothing at all to do with your diet.


stepconfused182
by Kelley on Jan. 12, 2013 at 3:11 PM
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Look up overactive letdown and see If your daughter has any symptoms from that. Generally, moms who bf can eat whatever they want and not effect baby. This is a myth that you need to avoid spicy foods. Please join the Breastfeeding Moms group and post this question. There are some wonderful ladies over there who are experts with this kind of stuff and we would be glad to help you! A lot of times, symptoms of reflux tend to be caused by overactive letdown. Hope to see you in the bf moms group! :)
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Clubpenguin
by Member on Jan. 12, 2013 at 3:31 PM
Sit her up for a little while after she eats
LindaClement
by on Jan. 14, 2013 at 2:01 PM

It can be ... depends on the kinds of spicy foods.

Lots of spicy foods also happen to be extremely high in fat --much of the commercially-available Mexican, for example. Not a lot of the SE Asian super-hot food is high in fat, and the burn itself will have nothing to do with reflux.

Peppermint oil (in fresh leaves or candies) is a more likely culprit than 'spice' as a general statement --because 'spice' includes a lot of foods that have been shown to settle stomachs and lower acid production. And peppermint (and a few other herbs) are natural anaesthetics which numb the haitus valve --making things a whole lot worse.

Hiccoughs are not 'severe' by virtue of being 'often.'

Quoting tossed:

From personal experience...if I eat spicy food, my reflux will be 10 x worse. Also, reflux is diagnosed by a barium x ray or a ph probe...an endoscope is done AFTER the other tests are performed to see if there are additional issues involved.  Severe hiccups can be related to reflux and a hiatal hernia. 

Quoting LindaClement:

Spice has (contrary to a hundred and fifty years of belief-based advice) nothing at all to do with acid reflux (which is probably what your ped will 'diagnose' and prescribe a powerful drug to 'treat' without bothering to do the necessary biopsy to see if it's necessary).

Lots of kids spit up a lot, and hiccoughs are normal in young babies. It probably has nothing at all to do with your diet.



clp0930
by on Jan. 14, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Quoting LindaClement:

It can be ... depends on the kinds of spicy foods.

Lots of spicy foods also happen to be extremely high in fat --much of the commercially-available Mexican, for example. Not a lot of the SE Asian super-hot food is high in fat, and the burn itself will have nothing to do with reflux.

Peppermint oil (in fresh leaves or candies) is a more likely culprit than 'spice' as a general statement --because 'spice' includes a lot of foods that have been shown to settle stomachs and lower acid production. And peppermint (and a few other herbs) are natural anaesthetics which numb the haitus valve --making things a whole lot worse.

Hiccoughs are not 'severe' by virtue of being 'often.'

Quoting tossed:

From personal experience...if I eat spicy food, my reflux will be 10 x worse. Also, reflux is diagnosed by a barium x ray or a ph probe...an endoscope is done AFTER the other tests are performed to see if there are additional issues involved.  Severe hiccups can be related to reflux and a hiatal hernia. 

Quoting LindaClement:

Spice has (contrary to a hundred and fifty years of belief-based advice) nothing at all to do with acid reflux (which is probably what your ped will 'diagnose' and prescribe a powerful drug to 'treat' without bothering to do the necessary biopsy to see if it's necessary).

Lots of kids spit up a lot, and hiccoughs are normal in young babies. It probably has nothing at all to do with your diet.




I just have a really fast let down apparently, the dr said we can keep dh's Indian food.
LindaClement
by on Jan. 14, 2013 at 2:19 PM
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You can successfully 'treat' the really fast let down ... and probably donate a couple of pounds of expressed milk if you want to.

Quoting clp0930:


Quoting LindaClement:

It can be ... depends on the kinds of spicy foods.

Lots of spicy foods also happen to be extremely high in fat --much of the commercially-available Mexican, for example. Not a lot of the SE Asian super-hot food is high in fat, and the burn itself will have nothing to do with reflux.

Peppermint oil (in fresh leaves or candies) is a more likely culprit than 'spice' as a general statement --because 'spice' includes a lot of foods that have been shown to settle stomachs and lower acid production. And peppermint (and a few other herbs) are natural anaesthetics which numb the haitus valve --making things a whole lot worse.

Hiccoughs are not 'severe' by virtue of being 'often.'

Quoting tossed:

From personal experience...if I eat spicy food, my reflux will be 10 x worse. Also, reflux is diagnosed by a barium x ray or a ph probe...an endoscope is done AFTER the other tests are performed to see if there are additional issues involved.  Severe hiccups can be related to reflux and a hiatal hernia. 

Quoting LindaClement:

Spice has (contrary to a hundred and fifty years of belief-based advice) nothing at all to do with acid reflux (which is probably what your ped will 'diagnose' and prescribe a powerful drug to 'treat' without bothering to do the necessary biopsy to see if it's necessary).

Lots of kids spit up a lot, and hiccoughs are normal in young babies. It probably has nothing at all to do with your diet.




I just have a really fast let down apparently, the dr said we can keep dh's Indian food.


erinsmom1964
by Gold Member on Jan. 14, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Actually its pretty hard to get the Drs to prescribe a powerful drug for reflux.  The usually only want to do the very least possible and often say "they will just grow out of it" and want to do basically NOTHING but maybe a bit of Zantac.  It is very common for parents to have to fight with their Pedi and even switch Drs until they find one that will treat the condition with any true amount of the seriousness that severe cases require. Being a mother who has 2 children with severe reflux even into adulthood I totally disagree with you after dealing with Drs and specialist ETC for over 23 years now.

Different children have different causes for their reflux and hiccups is actually a VERY COMMON symptom of reflux especially FREQUENT...WET SOUNDING....or PAINFULL SOUNDING. Depending on what is causing the reflux will decide if spicy food is part of the equation.  Intolerance and allergies can cause it.  Lack of tone is muscles in the esophagus can cause it.  Excess acid production can cause it.....there are a few different things that can cause it. also your child does not need to spit up to have reflux as one of mine is what is called a silent refluxer ...much more damaging.


OP here is a GREAT site they were a live saver and I mean that literally back when Erin was younger.  If not for all the wealth of info and support there I wouldn't of known were to turn with my youngest who has severe silent reflux.  I actually found her Pedi through another mother whose child was even more severe requiring feeding tubes ( BTW the poster that said surgery could fix it  AGAIN it depends on what is causing YOUR childs reflux and that isn't a first or even second step usually)


http://www.infantrefluxdisease.com/forums/

Quoting LindaClement:

Spice has (contrary to a hundred and fifty years of belief-based advice) nothing at all to do with acid reflux (which is probably what your ped will 'diagnose' and prescribe a powerful drug to 'treat' without bothering to do the necessary biopsy to see if it's necessary).

Lots of kids spit up a lot, and hiccoughs are normal in young babies. It probably has nothing at all to do with your diet.


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