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3 Year Old with Severe Acid Reflux

Posted by Mija (Warrington, UK) on 12/18/2006

Hello Ted, I am here again. Thank you for your quick reply My 3years old son's reflux condition doesn't get better at all, he is even losing weight. he gets too much acid and can't digest food at all. I give him ACV baking soda 2times a day. It is too early to see improve yet. As you recommended, I had planed to try licorice extract and royal jelly, but when I tried to find licorice extract liquid form, it contains alcohol ,or alcohol free but solvent. I can't be sure it is safe to be taken every day. I don't have any idea how the alcohol in licorice extract will affect a child. please advise me . you ask me to give him 1tbs of licorice 2times day, and you advise another 4 years old boy for 1/2 teaspoon. I don't know which one to follow. it seems 1 table spoon is quite lot for 3 years old boy. I am desperate to try every single tip for my little boy. The doctor refused to see him He think he can't do anything else except giving him antacid tablets. I guess you can help me again.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
391 posts

Dear Mija: First, acid reflux is due to prepared foods, rather than home cooked. Sometimes acid reflux are from milk. The other thing is depending on seriousness of the condition is it dose dependent.

If the stomach refuses to digest anything, you need to see your doctor. Often taking vitamin B complex on an empty stomach will allow the digestion process to work. The other thing is taking baking soda only, which make things simpler 1/4 teaspoon before meals in the morning will speed up digestive emptying. ACV plus baking soda also take a little more time, but you should see some results.

Stomach that refuses to empty often in my own experience are either a vitamin B complex problem, royal jelly, lack of baking soda in the intestinal tract, or giving the child citric acid in fruit juices during his meals. Fruit juices SHOULD not be giving to the child during a meal as this cause the stomach to slow down stomach emptying. As to the licorice issue, the slowing down of stomach emptying is not the issue of microbes, but appears to be dietary as being the cause. However long term stomach emptying may cause acid reflux since it creates an environment for helicobacter pylori to expand. As to the dose, then you can lower the dose to just 1/2 teaspoon, although from additional information I think speeding up digestive emptying might help. In some cases peppermint oil may also help with flatulence, 1 or 2 drops in water, and this may or may not help the stomach emptying.

I found in one case the stomach cannot digest, upon giving magnesium chloride of 250 mg. one single does the stomach digesting returned to normal. Sometimes avoiding salt can create lowered stomach activity. However the preferred form of salt is sea salt, 1/4 teaspoon per liter of water.

If you think the microbes, e.g. helicobacter pylori is responsible for neutralizing all the stomach acid by creating an ammonia, a best way is to some cinnamon , thyme, clove and oregano spices along with the food. Whenever the stomach tries to digest this, the helicobacter pylori gets killed, preventing them from producing the ammonia, thus increasing the stomach acids digesting the food AND the helicobacter pylori, thus quickening the stomach emptying and therefore the stomach can now function normally. Ted