Childhood Diseases

Posted by: tasja | 2010-01-28


reflux in son

My son is now 4.5 yearls old.He was diagnosed with silent reflux when he was a small baby.he was born at 36.5 weeks.He battled to keep the contents down,it never came out.I could hear the fluid in his throat,when he breaths,stopped breathing and then swallows.He cried a lot obviously because it burned his throat.He had al the medication for this,losec,motillium and so on.Our Pead Mosselbay said if he doesnt outgrow it by 9 mnths ,he will not.
So,now he still has it. 2.5 years ago we were at our Pead again with him( i was 26 weeks pregnant with our little girl at that time and had a difficult pregnancy),he said we should go to a Prof Brwon in Cape Town,he will take a look at our boy.We live 4 hours from Cape Town,and i did not feel up to the drive,and the next day he was better again,so decided to leave it a while.So,now every few months its starts the same,restless nights,swallowing ,crying,and then a day or 2 later,he has something like croup,only in his throat,it hurts and he becomes hoarse,a struggle to breath.He then gets Prednizone tablets,its the only thing that brings the swelling in his vocalcoards down.
So,now i dont know what to do,do you think that the reflux makes this happen,and is it treatable.I dont know if we should take him to Cape Town and put him through all the drama of investagating as to see if maybe his reflux could be fixed??On the other side i cant see him suffer like this night after night every few mnths.Im sitting here writing to you at 24h00 and his got it again,i want to help him but i dont want to put him through stuff if its not necesaraly.Our Pead said it could damage his throat or the acid can go into his lungs.
Can you shed any light or give any advise please??

Expert's Reply



Your paediatrician is correct. Reflux results in constant stomach acid irritation of the oesophagus [the food pipe ] and acid stomach contents may be breathed into the lungs causing permanent damage to the lungs. Your son must definitely see Dr Brown who is a brilliant paediatric surgeon. The operation is not a complicated proceedure and your son will be cured.You do not have time on your side anymore and your son must be seen ASAP.

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Posted by: Tammy | 2010-02-01

before you have the Nissan op done make 100% there is NO OTHER ALTERNATIVE.

my son had it done at about 10 months, he died at 15 months due to the stomach pulling through the diaphram and bursting in his chest and teh dr' s are thinking the nissan was the cause.

SO MAKE SURE that that is the the only way to go.

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Posted by: Peta | 2010-01-29

My son had a Nissan anti reflux operation done through Dr Brown at Vincent Pallotti at 9 months - he is now 16 months and a different child! He is so much happier and not in pain.

I am on the parenting forum if you want a moms view on this....


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