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    Old 05-15-2005, 07:04 PM   #1
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    Question Asthma and acid reflux??

    Hi, I was told by my daughter asthma specialist her acid reflux could be the cause of her not getting better. We just recently switched to a new doctor-so he hasn't rules it out yet. Does anyone know how the acid reflux causes asthma?? Or maybe it doesn't cause asthma but makes someones asthma worse. I am just trying to understand. My 3 year old is on prevacid now, but I really think that her acid reflux is out of control. She is burping a lot more and you can hear it coming up.

    Also at night I can hear wheezes and crackles and a ton of other noises in her lungs, but 50% of the time when I move her she clears up, but will start all back over again???? Does anyone with acid reflux have this problem or know about it-if it could be a trigger?

    They checked her adnoid from xray and they look good.


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    Old 05-16-2005, 08:59 AM   #2
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    Re: Asthma and acid reflux??

    HI,
    Sorry to here about your daughter. Search the history on these boards. Reflux can be a trigger for asthma. My son has asthma but has several triggers. I have reflux but no asthma. I do know that when I have an episode it can make me cough alot. I remedied the night time coughing for my son and gurgling and chest noises ,by not giving him any food or drinks before bed. I tried keeping his pillows raised, but as you know a child moves alot at night, so I raised the head of his mattress as well. Change his diet. Easier said than done, but its a start. Your best bet still is to do a search on these boards. There is alot of info on it.

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    Old 05-16-2005, 09:36 AM   #3
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    Re: Asthma and acid reflux??

    Reflux is a major trigger for my asthma.

     
    Old 05-16-2005, 06:22 PM   #4
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    Re: Asthma and acid reflux??

    The others are right. acid reflux aka gerd is a trigger for asthma. Basically anything that can irritate the airway can trigger asthma episodes. The acid is very harsh and if the reflex is bad enough it can come up and cause the airway to be irritated. If severe enough it can also cause serious damage to the esophagus as well. The acid after awhile eats the tissue away causing problems. The esophagus lining isn't the same as that of the stomach and isn't able to cope with acid as well as the stomach and is easily injured.

    citrus fruits
    chocolate
    drinks with caffeine and carbonated
    fatty and fried foods
    garlic and onions
    mint flavorings
    spicy foods
    tomato-based foods, like spaghetti sauce, chili, and pizza
    peppermint, spearmint

    "When food is eaten can also impact GERD. Consuming foods before bedtime is a major contributor to heartburn flare-ups in the middle of the night. When people lie down on a full stomach, it's that much easier for the stomach contents to creep up the esophagus. In addition, saliva production decreases during sleep, and saliva helps neutralize the acid. Patients, generally, are advised to eat the day's last meal or snack two to three hours before lying down." Quote from ***



    I appoligize, I do not know what the treatment/medicne is for a young child with Gerd. I would definately talk to your doctor about your daughters gerd even if he/she doesn't think it's causing asthma episodes. It would be wise to get it under control anyway, and you may find the asthma lightens or atleast the GERD can be ruled out.

    Best to ya!

     
    Old 05-16-2005, 07:04 PM   #5
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    Re: Asthma and acid reflux??

    thank you so much.

    Can milk be given at night?? Or is it bet to stop drinking and eating all together 2 hours before bed. That is going to be hard since she eats her snack an hour before bed and drinks a glass of milk.

     
    Old 05-16-2005, 07:58 PM   #6
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    Re: Asthma and acid reflux??

    Milk is pretty basic, so it should be okay.

     
    Old 05-17-2005, 08:02 PM   #7
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    Re: Asthma and acid reflux??

    Thank you.

    I did read the boards and found a post that said the acid comes up and goes into the lung?? Is that true or is it an irritation? Could it make you quit breathing during the night. When my daughter sleeps she quits breathing for 2-9 sec and her lungs sound like they are sticking and she will gasp for air=could this be acid reflux? Will she always start breathing again. I panic at night and don't sleep much because I am afraid she is going to stop breathing and not start back up-Could it happen?

     
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