Large Molars May Trigger Acid Reflux

B.S. Dietetics, Dietitian, Health Professional

As most of you know I have a 6 year old who lives with GERD. It has been a long and stressful road. Last week it seemed like she was back to old refluxing symptoms. I could not for the life of me figure out WHY My sweet girl was replaced by a grouch... and grouch who couldn't sleep. Of course, that led to a grouchy mom!

I am not even sure what led me to look inside her mouth but I did.... And low and behold, she was cutting some molars! I guess somewhere between my oldest getting hers and her sisters doing the same, I forgot about these missing molars. Bad mommy!

As most of you know, in infants teething can cause a lot of flare ups with reflux. Many can even run low grade fevers or have diarrhea. Apparently cutting teeth can also cause flare ups with 6 years olds!! So, if your child is in this age range and starts having their own flare up take a look at those molars!

After a few weeks waiting for the tooth to come in, Tylenol for the pain and an slight increase in her PPI to deal with the GI upset we have our sweet girl back. If only I had caught it sooner... I could get those hours of sleep back!!