Almost everyone has bad breath, (a.k.a. halitosis) once in awhile. In fact, about 25 percent of people report they have bad breath and while conditions of the mouth are responsible for most cases, there is clear evidence for an association between bad breath and acid reflux disease (Sturch, et al., 2007). Some even say that bad breath is a frequent symptom of GERD (Moshkowitz, 2007).
The way to find out if you have bad breath as a result of acid reflux disease, is to discuss your condition with both your dentist and your primary care provider. Your dentist will help you to rule out any dental disease and your primary care provider will either be able to help you confirm your suspension of acid reflux disease or send you to a gastroenterologist who will be able to help you. If it is confirmed that you have acid reflux disease, you may be asked to modify your diet and/or be put on acid reflux medication. Both of these treatments may take a week or two to improve your reflux.  ...
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.
more about acid reflux.
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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