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4 Year with Acid Reflux Since Birth

Posted by Debbie (Coventry, CT) on 11/29/2006

My 4yr old son has had acid reflux since birth. He also has multiple food allergies/asthma/environmental allergies. He takes zantac 3x a day and zyrtec once a day. I would love to wean him off zantac and try the ACV with baking soda. Would the formula be the same for a 4yr old? I do give him a probiotic daily. Thank you.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
391 posts

A 4 year old will very likely take 1/4 dose of an adult. Give the child some licorice extract, only 1/2 teaspoon. It helps kill whatever bugs that are causing the acid reflux. The mineral molybdenum (sodium molybdate) maybe helpful in controlling the pH and hence acid reflux.

Some scientists think acid reflux is the condition of weak stomach acid as the CAUSE. If this is true, there is NOTHING wrong with giving the bicarbonate, as the body will use that to alkalize the blood and allow better digestion in the intestines, raises the immune system, thus killing the bugs causing the acid reflux.

However, to increase the acid stomach is relatively easy. Most vitamin B complex have B6 which is often pyridoxine Hydrochloride. The child will very likely take just 1/3 of a dose and not everyday either. Maybe 3-4 days out of a week just to be safe. The body always needs a rest and continuous supplementation of anything is not good either, the minimum rest period is about 2 days out of a week.

The other thing I worry about is the issue of misdiagnosis. Often an acid reflux is quite often confused with an anorexic condition. The treatment of anorexic condition is actually quite simple: vitamin B complex! It doesn't hurt to give just one half tablet. Just to see. If it is true, then just 3-4 days out of a week is as safe as i can make it and given every week. If I am right the treatment should not last longer than a week to realize it is working. Ted