Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Tasja | 2010-06-22


Son`s reflux

My son will be 5 next month.He has had silent reflux since a little baby.He did not outgrew it,and have severe episodes on and off where he seems to suffocate or choke and start coughing and crying!A mnth ago we finally decided to have tests done.A PH manomatrie,and a Gastroskopy.He has mild inflamation of his eosophagus,and he was diagnosed with severe silent reflux(or GERD),spesially at night!!I think the normal count is something like 14,he`s was 27!Anyway we went to see a Peadiatric (chirurg),she said she doenst operate after the first consultation,and she also told me that a lot of stuff causes Reflux and not just the eosophagus velve that doesnt work,like the shape of the stomach and so on!i think 5 things they look at.So,she has put him on Altosec and motillium for 6 mnths,was also on it when a baby.I do all the other stuff ,like not eating after 6,and no drinks and food together,and higher pillows.I dont know if its works yet,because he sometimes has :good days/nights for weeks and mnths and then suddenly it flares up again.So,ill see how it goes.Now my guestion is:If the meds work,and its very costly by the way!!will he have to be on the meds for the rest of his life????I just cant imagine my little boy have to drink meds every evening the rest of his child years,teenage years and then as n grownup.Isnt it better to have the operation done,where she says 3 of the 5 things that causes reflux will be fixed???For my boys wellbeeing in the end!!!We will see her in September again,then it will be 3 mnths for just a checkup.But i worry about this!

Expert's Reply



Your son has been rather unlucky and has not outgrown his reflux. In fact he is still definitely troubled by the symptoms of reflux. There is no guarantee that the use of these medicines will help to get your son to grow out of his reflux. In fact the medicines will probably just continue to mask the symptoms and his reflux will recur when they are stopped. As he has a very strong possibility of having a life long reflux problem it seems that he would benefit from the Nissen operation which is done through a small incision using an instrument called a laparoscope. It is standard practice to first give medicines a chance as your surgeon has done here,but it is almost certain that she will need to do this Nissens operation to treat your son.

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