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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: KC | 2008/07/14

Q.

Reflux

Hi Dr.
My baby boy is now eight months old and I have stopped giving him medication (Losec and Motillium) for his reflux. All seems to be going well although he does seem to have bad days where he vomits alot and I can see he is having difficulty with acid reflux (clearing his throat, and crying/screaming when he vomits) but then for a few days he will be perfect and it won't worry him at all. I am in two minds as to whether I need to put him back on the medication. My concern is the long term effect of using medication on a daily basis. I still have a bottle of Motillium and when I see he is having reflux problems I give him 2mls (using it as I would use gaviscon - as and when it is needed). I am not using it on a day to day basis and I am no longer using the Losec.
He generally sleeps well and reflux does not bother him at night (he is propped up) and he is gaining weight nicely (9.2Kgs and 76cms).
Do you think I should leave him off the medication or put him back on it. I don't know if I am doing more harm in the long run stopping the medication.
Thank you for your input and have a lovely day!

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Good question here. As any tiny amount of acid stomach contents which your son could possibly inhale as a result of his reflux is harmful to his airways, it is essential to continue on his anti-reflux treatment until he is completely over this problem. In fact of the two medicines, the Losec is the more important one.

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Posted by: Rob | 2009/04/14

I am experiencing a continual acid repeating in my throat

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