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!!
Jennifer Rackley is a nutritionist and mother of three girls. Two of her children have dealt with acid reflux disease, food allergies, migraines, and asthma. She has a Bachelor of Science in dietetics from Harding University and has done graduate work in public health and nutrition through Eastern Kentucky University. In addition to writing for HealthCentral, she does patient consults and serves on the Board of Directors for the Pediatric Adolescent Gastroesophageal Reflux Association.