Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Peta | 2010-04-01


Reflux again?

Hi Dr
Me again - little boy 18 months, crycopharyngeal syndrome, feeding peg, antireflux op, dairy allergy etc.

For the past 2-3 months my little boy who usually sleeps through without a moan or groan, has been becoming more and more vocal in groaning and moaning in his sleep, very restless, turning on his tummy and pulling his legs up and gripping his upper tummy area and generally just groaning in his sleep. He also clears his throat / coughs every now and again. This gets particularly bad after i have given him a bottle through the peg.

This only happens at night though, during the day he is fine. He has become more and more vocal over the past couple of weeks and along with this he has become less inclined to even try to eat something orally.

He had his antireflux op 9 months ago and i was wondering whether he could be refluxing again? He is on losec anyway (1/2 tab both morning and evening).

He is not hot or cold, not teething, no cold, not dreaming or having nightmares.

What do you think? could the op be wearing off and could he be refluxing again? i was told that up to 20% of the antireflux ops do wear off after a while...


Expert's Reply



I cannot be absolutely sure, but it does appear that your son has a reflux problem again. His symptoms are suggestive of reflux.He is on Losec which will reduce his stomach acid, but would benefit from the addition of an anti-reflux medicine such as Motilium.Please speak to your paediatrician about this.

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