Herbal Remedies For Acid Reflux Cough

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How long can acid reflex last?
    My mom has it. She has gone to the er three times over this and even on meds it lasts 3 to 4 days is this normal? Her attacks are severe. extreme pain in the upper stomach she says it feels like a heart attack. Vomiting to the point of dry heaves. It hits hard and fast lasts 3 to 4 days then its gone. The tests came back this time as pos for Gastroesophageal reflux disease GERD aka acid reflex disease. Does any of this seem normal.

    • ANSWER:
      No, she has a displaced solar plexus + bad dietary habits..

      The symptoms cited---------an offshoot of blocked energy + accumulated toxins in stomach, intestines, lymphatic system, gonads, hormonal imbalance with a displaced solar plexus

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  2. QUESTION:
    I have a bad cough eith nasal drainage what can i take to stoo coughing?
    Hard to stop coughing at times

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like it's being triggered by post-nasal drip. i use a multi-pronged approach, but you can try each individually:

      a mucous thinner/expectorant, like mucinex or its generic equivalent. be sure to drink lots of water with it, as this helps thin the mucous & helps with dryness of the mouth. most are over-the-counter.

      an antihistamine, like zyrtec, allegra, or other over-the-counter remedy. some, like benadryl, may make you sleepy. these are all over-the-counter.

      nasal irrigation, using a neti pot. saline is gently poured through the nasal passages to facillitate draining by removing sticky build-up and allowing freer flow. you can get these at natural food stores and pharmacies.

      steroidal nasal spray that reduces swelling in the sinuses, and to some extent the production of nasal drainage. these require a prescription. in long-term use you may develop slight nose-bleeds.

      i use benzonatate capsules prescribed by my doctor to numb my throat, b/c i often get allergic bronchitis, so this is a more extreme type of treatment.

      horehound candy: when it gets bad, i suck on a piece. it seems to lubricate the throat & help alleviate the dry, hacky cough. i usually suck a piece before bed b/c that's when mine is worse.

      elevate your head when you sleep. i sleep on 3 pillows. sometimes acid reflux can make it worse, especially at bedtime.

      if your cough does not improve, or gets worse after exercise or with stress, you may need evaluation for possible asthma.

      once you know what works for you, and what your triggers your problem, pre-treat when you anticipate having a triggering episode. an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure.

      any medication or herbal supplement may interact with other medicines or health conditions you may have. read labels and ask your druggist if you have any questions. be sure to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day during any respiratory infection or allergic rhinitis, as it thins the mucous in the sinuses & lungs. if you begin having a wet cough with fever, chills, and yellow nasal discharge or sputum, see your doctor.

      >i'm a chronic allergy sufferer with asthma and chronic bronchitis/COPD.<

  3. QUESTION:
    help!!!!!!!! throat is kind of red and hurts to swallow? NO SORE THROAT THOUGH?
    im gargling with salt water, but i noticed under a flashlight that the sides of my throat are kind of red but not really. hurts to swallow but no sore throat. coughing sometimes. no other symptoms; i feel fine.
    what can i do besides going to the doctor and getting throat swabbed? i CAN'T do that so don't tell me it'll be fine and to just breathe or say ahh because i just cant do it
    please help!

    • ANSWER:
      I am assuming when you say no sore throat you mean no scratchiness. When it hurts your throat to swallow that usually indicates inflammation (swelling and irritation) of the larynx. The larynx is lower down your throat in the area of your vocal cords. I know this as a physician and I also sited references. The redness indicates inflammation also. It may be a little difficult to see without a stick and the proper instrument that allows us to see lower down your throat.

      The cause of the inflammation of the larynx could be an infection- bacterial or more commonly a viral infection or even acid reflux. If you do not have scratchiness or redness in the back of your throat, it is unlikely that you have a streptococcal infection. These are the more common causes of pain with swallowing. The Mayo clinic lists other causes for this type pain. A bacterial or viral infection if left untreated can spread to the lower area in your throat; your larynx. But a bacterial or viral throat infection usually causes a scratchy sore throat and makes you feel pretty lousy all over. However, these infections are contagious. You may have contracted it from someone that had all of the above symptoms and it traveled downward to their larynx. You may have simply got the 'bug' in your larynx. The only way to know for sure is to see a doctor and be examined including a throat culture and blood work. You say that you cannot do that. If money is the problem, find out where the county hospital is in your area and they have to see you. The only reason that I say that is because I caught a virus from my secretary and my throat hurt to swallow. The following day It was extremely painful and I went to the ER. They had to intubate me because my throat swelled shut while I was there. That is extremely rare. I was in the hospital for a few days until the swelling subsided and they could take out the tube. Since it was viral, I was not given any medications. Although there are certain viruses that can be treated with antivirals; most viruses that cause a sore throat just have to run their course.

      Now there are people that cannot take medicine due to allergies or pregnancy etc. For those people and people that have a viral infection we tell them to do the basics:
      1. Plenty of Rest - for your body and vocal cords larynx
      2. Plenty Fluids Especially Water- keep throat moist, prevent dehydration
      3. Comforting Food and Beverages Warm liquids, warm broth, hot tea with honey, popsicles, ice cream
      4. Use humidifier/vaporizer - eliminate dry air, sit for several minutes in steamy bathroom
      5. Saltwater Gargle 1 teaspoon of salt per 8 oz of warm water- gargle don t swallow
      6. Lozenges- suck on lozenges to soothe or numb throat
      7. Avoid Irritants- no smoking, no cleaning products
      8. Treat Pain and Fever with Over the Counter Medicines-ibuprophen (Motrin, Advil) will minimize swelling and reduce pain, acetaminophen (Tylenol)

      You may also want to try herbal/alternative remedies that are beneficial for sore throats such as:
      Use Herbs/Alternative products that help sore throats such as
      Slippery elm
      Serrapeptase, or silkworm enzyme
      Sage
      Andrographis
      Licorice root

      Please know that people can have allergies to any of these just like some people are allergic to certain antibiotics. Nothing is without risk.

      I'm sorry that you are not feeling well. In my years of practice, I treated many people at no charge. I didn't make a lot of money but I slept well. (How much money does one need anyway???) I have a friend who is also a doctor. He used to practice in China. I had a sore throat and lost my voice for several days. He treated me with an herb and I was well the next day.

      I hope this helps you. Pardon all the references. Most of the sites link pain with swallowing to an inflamed larynx.

      Be well my friend. If you have any questions or commments please feel free to e-mail me at dr_scal@att.net.

  4. QUESTION:
    Itchy Throat with burning for days?
    It's all itchy and burning right where I swallow and talk so my voice keeps cracking. Honey and tea doesn't help and it feels like somethings there. It's hard to eat. It feels really raw there.

    It's been there for days and I don't know how to fix it! Does anyone have any ideas? I'm slowly going hungry cause it's too hard to eat anything.

    • ANSWER:
      Itchy throat is an irritating sensation in the throat that provokes desire to cough. Other symptoms like pain, secretions, difficulty eating or speaking, runny nose or itchy eyes may accompany throat itch, depending on the cause.

      Conditions that may cause itchy throat:
      1. Dry Throat

      Dry throat often appears together with dry eyes, mouth and skin. Common causes are:

      * Cold windy weather
      * Sick building disease from excessive indoor heating or air condition
      * Stuffed nose and breathing through mouth
      * Acute or chronic throat inflammation
      * Dehydration
      * Under-active salivary glands in old people
      * Marijuana and tobacco smoking
      * Caffeine in coffee, sodas and energy drinks
      * Alcohol
      * Sj gren s syndrome
      * Medications, such as antidepressants, drugs to treat urine incontinence, belladonna (atropine), barbiturates, ergotamine, opium, diuretics, antihistamines or sprays to treat asthma.

      2. Loud Speaking or Singing

      3. Foreign Body

      4. Irritant Substances

      5. Psychological Causes

      6. Infections of the Throat
      Viral Infections

      Herpes simplex or Herpes zoster virus may, rarely, affect the mouth or throat.

      8. Throat Itch in Systemic Diseases

      9. Allergies to Food, and Environmental Allergens

      10. Tumors

      Tumors in the pharynx or larynx may cause itchy throat.

      11. Disorders in the Neck

      Enlarged thyroid or lymph nodes, abscess, tumor, dislodged tissues after an injury, or fibrous tissue (adhesions) after a surgery may press upon the throat from outside and irritate it.

      12. GERD

      In gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD), acid from the stomach comes up into the throat and irritates it, causing itching and burning feeling known as heartburn.

      13. Vomiting

      14. Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures

      TREATMENT

      Immediate relief from an itchy throat, when your throat is dry, is by drinking some water. Having a bottle of water or a cup of herbal tea (without teine) in the reach of the hand can really help in dry indoor air. Being well hydrated is essential. If you excrete at least 200 ml of clear white or yellow urine every morning, you are well hydrated.

      Try to remove the cause. If you have a hay fever, do not hang around the woods and parks. In air pollution, close the windows. Breath through the nose, and do not speak loudly all the day, if possible.

      Pain killers, antibiotics, anti-cough syrups, corticosteroids and antihistamines should be used only when a cause is obvious and symptoms are disturbing your daily activities. Antibiotics quite often cause antibiotic associated diarrhea, even after only few days of use, and steroids have several side effect, including fungal infection of the mouth and throat.

      Remedies help in a mild itch due to a dry throat, but not in a severe inflammation. Throat itch is often transitional, so there is no need to spend money for several remedies.

  5. QUESTION:
    Please help!! I have a bad cold?
    I have a bad cold with a horrible cough and a stuffy nose. It has been going on for a week and a half now and I have a big swim meet on Wednesday. Does anybody know anything that will help me get better faster?? Like stuff that I have around my house, not some eucalyptus leaf found in Africa or anything like that ;)

    • ANSWER:
      Eucalyptus found in Africa? mmmm....
      You can find Eucalyptus oil at your local herbal store and even fresh at your florist. ;)
      I need a list of the stuff you have around the house, before I can suggest anything. lol

      Try one of these:
      Cayenne Pepper Tea: Boil a cup of water, add 1/4(one quarter) teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper Powder, mix well and sip it till it's all gone.
      Your nose will thank you soon after the third sip. lol
      Ginger Tea: Bring to a boil a cup of water with 6+ fresh slices of ginger, let it cool for a minute and sip it till it's all gone.
      Or chew/eat half clove of garlic (raw) ..... then drink half a cup of warm water.
      Add 1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar to half a glass of water and drink it.

      The above remedies are also helpful for acid/reflux/heartburn/gas.

      Read this: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/cayenne-pepper.html
      and this: http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-ginger-root.html
      and this: http://heartofwisdom.com/heartathome/2010/06/03/12-health-benefits-of-organic-apple-cider-vinegar/
      and this: http://www.livestrong.com/benefits-of-raw-garlic/

      Have a healthy happy life. :)

  6. QUESTION:
    Aaa not ready for musical!?
    I am preforming in a musical tonight and today of all days i have been spitting mucus out of my mouth all day. Are there any foods or drinks that will dry up the mucus? I heard that vitamin C does, but dosent the acid in oranges irritate your vocal chords?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are somethings you could do, regularly, to avoid that kind of situation:

      Get sufficient sleep.
      Drink plenty of water (4-8 eight-ounce glasses per day; build up slowly).
      Drink herbal tea for opening up, warming, and soothing the throat and nasals, but follow with water, as tea may have a tendency to dry you out prior to singing.
      Gargle morning and evening (more frequently, if needed) with a light, to-the-taste salt-water solution (a teaspoon in a cup of lukewarm water). You may also add a pinch of baking soda to the water, if you desire. Also, occasionally gargle with plain cold tap water (i.e., nothing added) to help cool down an irritated throat.
      Steam your lungs and vocal cords by taking deep breaths in the shower.
      Steam whenever the nasals or throat are clogged up from sinus congestion; a cold, smog, smoke, or the like. Use a personal steamer or simply boil a pan of water, place it on a counter or table and inhale the vapor with a towel over your head, like a tent (making sure that you do not get too close to the pan, which could cause a serious burn), When mucus is loosened, gargle it out.
      Suck on slippery elm throat lozenges for an irritated or sore throat or crush and add to tea.
      Use an antacid when needed to avoid heartburn or acid reflux, which causes repetitive burning of throat tissues and vocal cords (check with your pharmacist or doctor).
      Treat cold sores in your mouth with a liquid or a gel product specifically for cold sores.
      Use petroleum jelly on the edge of your irritated nasals or on chapped lips, if needed.
      Use a mucus thinner/decongestant cough suppressant when needed (consult with your doctor or pharmacist).

      Now, to remedy the emergency in occurance, I think you should drink some tea, followed up with Water, so you don't dry your throat too much. Or even some Honey. Maybe Milk with 2 soup Spoons of Honey. I also sing and this usually works for me. I won't guarantee, of course, that it will work with you, but it's my suggestion.

      Hope this is usefull :)

  7. QUESTION:
    Young vocalist suffering from non-acidic reflux?
    I am young vocalist and I just finished my first year of college as a voice major. About two weeks after I started college, I started having a sensation of a lump in my throat, and then started waking up with a sore throat and had a "clicking" sensation in my throat every time I swallowed. I went to an ENT, and he told me I had acid reflux, even though I had no heartburn at all or any other symptoms of reflux. So I went on a combination of prescription and OTC PPI's (I've tried Kapidex and Nexium, and Prilosec and Prevacid OTC), stayed away from what I was told were trigger foods, elevated the head of my bed, stopped eating at night, and everything else they tell you to do, and it has not helped. No matter what I do, the symptoms persist. All that happened was weight loss from the change in diet, and for someone who is only 10 pounds away from being underweight, this is not good. My ENT was stumped and sent me to a GI doctor. He seems to think its non-acidic reflux and wanted to do a scope, but my insurance would not cover it, so I don't think that is going to happen. As a vocalist, having an irritated throat all the time is no good, although thankfully I have not experienced hoarseness or anything and have been able to sing like normal. I'm just so afraid that it's only going to get worse and that there is nothing I can do to stop it. Singing is my passion, and I'm afraid I'm not going to be able to pursue my passion. Is there anyone out there who has any suggestions or is experiencing this as well? Does anyone know of any natural remedies perhaps? I am very young and never had problems before college, so I have no idea why this is all of sudden there.
    Thanks for all the answers so far!

    I have heard of heartburn and saw it in my health food store, but didn't really know what it was. Thanks, maybe I'll try that.

    MeMeMe-Actually my ENT already ruled out the possibility of mucous and drainage...said my sinuses where clear. I do have lots of mucous in my throat some days, but not others. My throat is always irritated, but the severity of the symptoms and the location where I feel irritation is different from day to day. Some days it feels almost normal, aside from the constant "clicking"
    I have in my throat. But thank you so much for your answer and the advice!

    Maybe-I know I'm not lactose-intolerant. I am already vegetarian and do not drink coffee and hardly any soda, and when I do it's not caffeinated. Many people in my church are vegan, and I tried a vegan diet with no results other than weight loss, which, as I stated before, is not good for me. It seems like no matter what I eat, I still have symptoms.
    Oops I meant I have heard of heartburn free! lol

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Two things. First, I remember a few years ago that my sister's best friend had very similar symptoms as you are describing. She had started doing this little half-cough type thing which she said helped her throat feel clearer. My mom noticed it at dinner one night and asked the girl about it. She had been diagnosed with acid reflux too, but meds weren't helping. My mom is an ENT/head and neck surgeon and asked if she could take a look in the girl's throat and ended up calling her mom to talk to her. The girl went back to her ENT and was re-diagnosed according to my mother's advice and now everything's fine. I wish I could remember what it was... It wasn't the acid though. It had something to do with how mucus drained from her sinuses into her throat which was causing irritation in the back of her throat I believe. So it was like reflux irritation but was coming from the head, not the stomach. If I remember correctly, it required a minor surgery to correct something in there. Obviously don't go schedule an operation, but just a thought.

      Secondly, if you've taken the reflux meds for long periods of time (and it sounds like you've tried a lot of them), but they're not helping, I would definitely try to get a second opinion. How frustrating that you can't get scoped! You may want to try some natural remedies to at least alleviate your symptoms in the meantime. They won't fix anything, but at least they might help your throat feel better. Common remedies for throat pain include eating spoonfuls of honey (plain or you can mix honey in a non-acidic warm drink like certain teas or even rice or almond milk). Warm liquids in general are good for sore throats, but can aggravate reflux, so be careful in case it is acid reflux. You can also try sucking on herbal lozenges or inhaling steam (my mother's #1 remedy for most throat/chest/cough/ENT issues--she used to always boil a pot of water and then put a dish towel over my head while I leaned over the pot, inhaling the steam when I had bronchitis or something similar). I would definitely up your water intake too; it can't hurt.

      I hope you figure something out soon! I know how frustrating it can be, I'm going through something similar with my stomach. Just hang in there and keep pushing your docs for answers. They'll figure it out someday.

      Good luck!

  8. QUESTION:
    Stuffy Nose and Sore Throat?
    Oh Saturday i was in the area in smoke. I got sick in the after noon. Its Tuesday and im sick. I have a stuffy nose and a sore throat. Is there a home remedy that will last about 3 to 4 hours.

    • ANSWER:
      Viral infection (colds, flu, etc.). Often accompanied by fever, achy muscles, and runny nose, viral infections can't be cured but their symptoms can be treated. A sore throat from a viral source will generally disappear on its own within several days.
      Bacterial infection, especially from streptococcal bacteria (strep throat). Symptoms are much like those of a viral infection but may be more severe and long lasting. Often a bacterial infection is accompanied by headache, stomachache, and swollen glands in the neck. A strep infection is generally treated with antibiotics because permanent heart or kidney damage can result. Culturing the bacteria is the only way a doctor can determine the cause of the sore throat.
      While those are the primary reasons for a sore throat, there are others, including:

      Smoking
      Acid reflux
      Allergies
      Dry air, especially at night when you may sleep with your mouth open
      Mouth breathing
      Throat abuse: singing, shouting, coughing
      Polyps or cancer
      Infected tonsils
      Food allergy

      Home and herbal remedies for stuffy noseSniffing an onion often stimulates the nose to run and unblock the stuffiness
      Having spicy food cures a stuffy nose and helps to make it runny
      Try to have some hot soup or liquid, the steam of the liquid helps unclog nasal passages
      Inhalation of steam also helps treat the stuffy nose condition to great extent.
      Prepare your own salt water solution at home and spray inside your nasal holes. This will help you out to a great extent.
      Breathing strips are available in most drugstores. Some supermarkets also sell adhesive strips that you place across the bridge of your nose. These strips open the nasal passages, allowing you to breathe more freely.
      Gentler options such as steam, nasal rinses and breathing strips are more effective and don't have side effects.

      Home Remedies for sore throat:
      Just like mom used to say, gargle with salt water ( tsp. mixed with 4 oz warm water) every few hours or as needed.
      Mix a cup of warm water, 2 tsp. honey and the juice of one lemon (or several teaspoons) and sip
      Mixing white vinegar, water, salt and crushed vitamin C together, gargle
      Others swear by gargling with chili pepper (yes, chili pepper!) Capsaicin, the ingredient in chili pepper that makes them hot, also numbs the throat. Mix tsp. dried chili or cayenne pepper in a few ounces of water and gargle.
      Remember to drink plenty of liquids. Orange juice and other acidic juices may irritate a sore throat, so be careful.

  9. QUESTION:
    What would be the reason for me coughing from a month ago?
    **please give me real and correct answers**

    I have been coughing since last month . I traveled overseas to Tehran (high air pollution) and still had the problem. 1st, i did not take medication as my mom wanted me to do natural treatment (some type of herbs and water vapor and vicks those cough candies). Well it remained. I went to do x-ray and blood test, all normal except a bit high serum SGPT which is for liver not lung at all. X ray and everything was fine. Then after 3weeks i went to a doctor and took antibiotics, i felt much better but i had to stop it as i was allergic to the drug and i got diarrea. Now im back to australia but still have the sypmtoms which are:
    Cough sometimes with green infections but usually normal cough, runny nose.
    since 3 months ago i got kind of sick twice having fever and soar throat and cough but only for a day and usually took panadol and it was all good
    I lived in college and my friends smoked weed (second hand smoke)
    I drank a lot of alchohol for like 2months and stopped
    i went to a professional doctor for lungs and he said its all good i even did pulmonary respiration test

    What i wanna know is:
    Do i have to do a TB skin test? or ct scan?
    Do i have lung cancer or TB? because my mom really made me scared.
    please give me accurate suggestion. i have no weight loss or headache or night sweats its only cough and runny nose.
    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Your symptoms could be many things, allergy being the most common cause. Clear snot, and an occasional cough are some symptoms. I had an uncle that was allergic to eucalyptus. He would not have been comfortable in australia.
      Acid reflux can cause a cough. You were drinking alcohol, a common acid reflux irritant.
      the harsh smoke from weed can cause a cough, and a runny nose
      An inflammation in your sinuses with some post nasal drip can cause a cough
      Seeing color in sputum is the dead germs of an infection.
      Tb cough is terrible, productive, you might have chest pain with it. Bloody sputum is common with it. A chest x-ray can prove or disprove that you might have it. Without night sweats or a headache or mind and body numbing malaise, you probably don't have that.
      CA symptoms start with a cough, chest pain. You probably do not have that, a chest x-ray can show it.
      Stay away from vaporizers, they can carry germs unless they are cleaned completely with bleach. And they do not provide relief to most conditions except bronchitis, and perhaps croup.
      beware of herbal remedies, you could be allergic to them. And they have no proven effectiveness.
      Make sure yo eat a balanced diet, make sure you get a day's worth of vitamin C every day.
      If your symptoms persist, go see the doctor, or call.

  10. QUESTION:
    Anyone with Exclusively Breastfed Babies that have Acid Reflux.....?
    that also have constant green stools? I have already seen the doctor, but she really couldn't answer my questions. So now I'm left to find the answers myself, mainly by asking lots of different sources. Personal experience from anyone here is one of those sources! Thank you!
    As for medication, I chose to try natural methods first, to see how it goes. In 2 weeks, if nothing's changed, we will get on the meds.

    And for the being overly worried, this is my third child. I listen to my instincts and tend to not worry about simple stuff. So I know this is more of a concern that I should investigate.

    • ANSWER:
      My first had reflux, but the consistently green stools means that something else is going on. For me all we had to do was nurse more often (at least every hour during the day or two hours at nigh otherwise he'd puke stomach acid)

      Green stools can be a sign of improper breastfeeding management (not often enough, limiting time on a side, poor latch, etc), breastmilk oversupply, or allergies.

      Reflux can be "physiological" (caused by an immature stomach sphincter) OR it can be caused by improper latch, oversupply or allergies.

      http://www.mother-2-mother.com/cc-baby-A.htm#GreenStools
      GREEN STOOLS

      The occasional green stool is not unusual in the breastfed baby. Consistently green stools, however, are not normal for the breastfed baby. Most doctors don't seem to recognize this as a potential problem because they often define "normal stool" as that of the formula-fed infant. Baby's stool can be a wide variety of colors and textures , and not all of these are cause for concern. It is helpful to know what is normal for the bf baby as well.

      Consistently green stools in the breastfed baby can indicate:

      * an imbalance of foremilk/hindmilk, often resulting in frothy green stools.
      * a sensitivity to something in the mother's diet, such as cow's milk products.
      * a sign that baby has an illness. Babies with an intestinal virus or even a simple cold will sometimes have green, mucusy stools. Teething can also bring about green stools due to increased saliva (can also cause tummy upset)
      * a lot of green vegetables or something with green food coloring in mom's diet.
      * If baby has started solids, that could also account for the change in color (this is normal with the change in diet).

      http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/reflux.html
      Some causes of excessive spitting up

      * Breastmilk oversupply or forceful let-down (milk ejection reflex) can cause reflux-like symptoms, and usually can be remedied with simple measures.

      * Food sensitivities can cause excessive spitting. The most likely offender is cow's milk products (in baby's or mom's diet). Other things to ask yourself: is baby getting anything other than breastmilk - formula, solids (including cereal), vitamins (fluoride, iron, etc.), medications, herbal preparations? Is mom taking any medications, herbs, vitamins, iron, etc.?

      * Babies with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) usually spit up a lot (see below).

      * Although seldom seen in breastfed babies, regular projectile vomiting in a newborn can be a sign of pyloric stenosis, a stomach problem requiring surgery. It occurs 4 times more often in boys than in girls, and symptoms usually appear between 3 and 5 weeks of age. Newborns who projectile vomit at least once a day should be checked out by their doctor.

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      17 WAYS TO TREAT REFLUX
      http://askdrsears.com/html/10/t106004.asp

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      http://www.aaaai.org/professionals/resources/rgce/printable.asp?id=6
      How the Allergist/Immunologist Can Help:
      Consultation and Referral Guidelines Citing the Evidence
      Disease Group: Food Allergy

      Guideline:
      Infants with recalcitrant gastroesophageal reflux or older individuals with recalcitrant reflux symptoms, particularly if they experience dysphagia.

      Rationale:
      Food allergy may be a cause of infantile reflux, and evaluation for food responsiveness is high ( about 40%) for children in whom symptoms do not respond well to standard therapies.20 Older individuals may have reflux symptoms and possibly dysphagia caused by eosinophilic esophagitis, a disorder that is also commonly food-responsive.21,22

      Evidence Type:
      Diagnostic

      Indirect outcome (food avoidance)

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      http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/fast-letdown.html
      Is forceful let-down the problem?

      Does your baby do any of these things?

      * Gag, choke, strangle, gulp, gasp, cough while nursing as though the milk is coming too fast
      * Pull off the breast often while nursing
      * Clamp down on the nipple at let-down to slow the flow of milk
      * Make a clicking sound when nursing
      * Spit up very often and/or tend to be very gassy
      * Periodically refuse to nurse
      * Dislike comfort nursing in general

      If some of this sounds familiar to you, you probably have a forceful let-down. This is often associated with too much milk (oversupply). Some mothers notice that the problems with fast letdown or oversupply don't start until 3-6 weeks of age. Forceful let-down runs the gamut from a minor inconvenience to a major problem, depending upon how severe it is and how it affects the nursing relationship.

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      Lactose overload
      Lactose overload can mimic lactose intolerance, and is frequently mistaken for it. An overload is commonly seen in babies consuming large amounts of breastmilk, ie in mothers with an oversupply. This may result in symptoms such as an unsettled baby with adequate to large weight gains, more than ten wet and many dirty nappies in 24 hours. Baby is usually less than three months old. Ironically, a mother may perceive that she has a low supply because her baby always seems to be hungry. The nappy count can be the biggest clue to what's happening. What comes out the bottom must have gone in the top!

      There is a vicious cycle here - a large-volume, low-fat feed goes through the baby so quickly that not all the lactose is digested. (More fat would help slow it down.) The lactose reaching the lower bowel draws extra water into the bowel, and is fermented by the bacteria there producing gas and acid stools. The latter often causes a nappy rash. Gas and fluid build-up causes tummy pain and the baby 'acts hungry' (wants to suck, is unsettled, draws up his legs, screams). Sucking is the best comfort he knows, and helps move the gas along the bowel. This tends to ease the pain temporarily, and may result in the wind and stool being passed. Since the baby indicates that he wants to suck at the breast, his mother, logically, feeds him again. Sometimes it is the only way to comfort him. Unfortunately this provides another large feed on top of the other one, which hurries the system further, and results in more gas and fluid accumulation. The milk seems to almost literally 'go in one end and out the other'.

      Many mothers whose babies have had this problem have found it helpful to temporarily change from an on-demand breastfeeding routine. They aim to slow the rate at which milk goes through baby, so they feed one breast per feed, or set aside say a three-hour period (adjust this according to the severity of the oversupply) and every time baby wants to feed during this period, they use the same breast. Then they use the other breast for the next three hours, etc. This way, each time baby returns to the already used breast, he gets a lower-volume, higher-fat feed that helps slow the system down. When the baby's symptoms are relieved, the mother is able to go back to a normal according-to-need breastfeeding routine.

      Where the problem is severe and/or long-lasting, it might be worth trying to determine why there is an oversupply of breastmilk.

      * Is the mother timing feeds and switching sides after a set number of minutes?
      * Has something caused the baby to be unusually unsettled that has resulted in frequent comfort sucking and an oversupply?
      * Is secondary lactose intolerance adding to the overload situation?
      * Sometimes a mother is worried about having a low supply and overcompensates and overstimulates her supply.
      * Perhaps the baby has been unwell, or is suffering discomfort from a difficult birth, and sought comfort in frequent feeds.
      * Some mothers just have a tendency to oversupply - there is a normal variation in this as in everything else about our bodies. In days gone by, these may have been the mothers who could have made a living as wet nurses!


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