1) Let your friend know that this is a great time to cash in some proverbial "chips." This is likely one of the most intense experiences of his life, so reaching out for help from friends and family is more than appropriate. Some of us are real hoarders when it comes to cashing in favors - worried that we better not ask for help now in case something REALLY bad happens later on. Unfortunately, a baby with reflux is one of those times). 2) Reassure your friend that you know the crisis aspect of this situation will be short-lived, and that you will still be there for her when the dust settles. Assure your friend that in time, either the reflux will be better, medical help will be found, or her family will have plenty of support in place to better manage the situation. I remember being really afraid that my husband and I would get through the acid reflux situation, only to find that all of our friends had found other friends who were not a...
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved
NEXIUM® delayed release capsules in children ages 12 to 17 for
the short-term treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
NEXIUM was tested in adolescents ages 12 to 17 in a randomized,
double-blind parallel group study in which a total of 149 patients,
ages 12 to 17, with clinically diagnosed GERD were treated with
either NEXIUM 20mg or NEXIUM 40 mg once a day for up to eight
weeks. Reported side effects included headache, abdominal pain,
diarrhea and nausea.
Drug makers don't yet know if NEXIUM® is safe or effective
for treating GERD in children under 12 years old.
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Copyright Pediatric Adolescent Gastroesophageal Reflux Assocation (www.reflux.org). This document is medically reviewed and used with permission. This is one of the most common questions we are asked. Fortunately, it appears as though most medications used to treat GER are reasonably safe. An equally important question may be "What are the long term effects of not medicating a child with significant reflux?" Untreated or poorly treated reflux has the potential to be very dangerous. Untreated pain in babies can make them withdraw from the world and develop very unhealthy attituted toward eating. Some even become afraid of food. Asthma can be caused by reflux. Patients with asthma and their families often don't realize that asthma can be deadly. Children with acid reflux who have respiratory symptoms may need more aggressive treatment to prevent lung damage or apnea. When you are making decisions about safety, you should consider that not treating reflux may be t...
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