I am a mother of two children, a girl and boy. I also have GERD. So I know what my kids are going through, or atleast I thought! My 8 year old boy, had a terrible time with GERD as an infant, but is fine at this point in his little life. My 11 year daughter, is not. I just returned to work after being off a week with her. She had a sinus infection, but the biggest problem was her stomach. All she did was complain of a stomach ache. I had her to the pediatric gastrointestineral doctor two years and she was diagnosed with GERD. She was perscribed Prevacid. It seemed to help and they gradually whined her off of it. Occasionallly she would complain of a bellyache again, and sit in the bathroom with her head in the tiolet, but nothing happened. I gave her Tums and everything was fine the next morning. This week we started her back on the Prevacid. She wouldn't eat, and just said her belly hurt. I knew that some of the cause was her sinus infection and all the stuff draining into her stomach, with the acid, and no food to neutralize everything. How do you get a child to eat to break that cycle? I told her that she had to eat, even if her belly hurt because that was why it hurt, it had nothing in it, but acid and, infection. My husband doesn't understand and gets mad at both of us. We both have a phobia of throwing up which doesn't help the situation. I don't know when to push her to school and when not to. Last year she missed 10 days of school, and we got a letter from school, saying we would be reported if she missed any more days. She sitting in the tiolet crying in the morning, but by afternoon she is fine if she eats. What do you????? Advise is greatly appreciated.
Published On: January 26, 2009