Treating Reflux in Kids with Diet 

Even those who test negative for a cow’s milk allergy test can have hypersensitivity reactions to dairy products.

Regurgitation and excessive vomiting in babies can be treated with putting up place them on their left side after meals and, of course, never while sleeping. Always is face up to wake up to reduce the risk of death in the crib. Also, as I explain in my video How to treat reflux in children with dietcan attempt smaller and more frequent feedings, thickening or changing formulas, and in breastfed infants, which is how all babies should ideally be fed, eliminating cow’s milk and eggs from the mother’s diet.

You may remember that, in my video Treat reflux in babies with dietI talk about how more than 40 percent of babies with reflux can be treated successfully treaty with cow’s milk extraction. also can affect also at the other extreme, as cow’s milk allergy can be a major contributor to diaper rash and also contribute to chronic constipation in 80 percent of affected children. However, in one study, only one child tested positive for having an actual allergy to cow’s milk, so it appears to be a type of sensitivity reaction that can really only be diagnosed by giving cow’s Try the diet. Anal fissures in babies can be practically pathognomonic for cow’s milk allergy, that is, so characteristic of the condition that it could be used as a diagnostic sign, without the need for allergy testing.

It’s like when hypersensitivity to cow’s milk was proven in 10 of 17 children with severe reflux. In most patients, hypersensitivity to cow’s milk was identified only by eliminating it and then retesting it for confirmation. The researchers did endoscopies, measured gurgling acid before and after milk consumption, and then verified it by repeating the milk exposure with double-blind, placebo-controlled tests when necessary. However, all but one of the children who had this adverse reaction to dairy tested negative for allergies. So, the children tested negative for cow’s milk allergy, but still improved by eliminating cow’s milk. “In conclusion, an association between hypersensitivity to cow’s milk and severe GERD [reflux] It was observed not only in babies but also in preschool and school-aged children.”

Another disease that can be cured with the elimination of cow’s milk is eosinophilic esophagitis, a chronic inflammatory disorder of the esophagus, the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach. To find out what is causing the inflammation, an elimination diet is prescribed, in which basically everything is eliminated, then each time a food is added back, doctors insert an endoscope into the throat and take biopsies to see if that Food in particular made things worse. How many damn meals are there? You can imagine how difficult, expensive, invasive, confusing and frustrating this can be for families. So the Northwestern researchers thought why not just see what happens if you eliminate just one food from their diet instead of forcing them to go through all that. His discovery? Eliminating cow’s milk induced remission in 65 percent of the children who tested it. Normally, doctors would have to try coating their patients’ throats with steroids to knock down their immune response. However, doing so sets the stage for infections like thrush, and of course, as soon as the steroids are stopped, the esophageal inflammation returns because the underlying cause is not being treated. But steroids are considered the standard of care. Too bad there’s never been a direct elimination test for cow’s milk versus steroids…until now.

As you can see in the graph below and at 3:40 in my videoresearchers carried out a comparative effectiveness trial of cow’s milk elimination versus an ingested steroid and found that both seemed to work equally well, i.e. cow’s milk elimination worked better because there are no side effects and you are treating the real cause. They concluded: “Our results suggest that elimination of cow’s milk is an effective treatment option that should be considered as first-line therapy…”

In adolescence, intolerance to cow’s milk proteins can contribute to chronic fatigue syndrome, evidently a common problem in young people with chronic fatigue and, most importantly, “a treatable contributor to their symptoms.” But again, most didn’t know dairy was a problem, possibly because hours can pass between drinking milk and when you start to feel worse, so people don’t make the connection. Therefore, even those who do not report problems after ingesting milk may still suffer problems after consuming dairy.

Finally, what about adults? Well, there is lactose intolerance. Most people on Earth are lactose intolerant after weaning, with the exception of some human populations that developed lactose tolerance About 10,000 years ago, thanks to a mutation in the lactase gene that allowed adult humans to digest lactose (milk sugar). As you can see below and at minute 4:53 in my videothey were mostly select European populations, while most Hispanics, Africans, and Asians remain intolerant, which may be a good thing, since acid regurgitation, reflux, and heartburn is so common among adults in the Western world. Food intolerance can play a role also in adults. Milk was found to be the main culprit, but the researchers were using what’s called a leukocytotoxic test, which looks at how a person’s white blood cells react to individual foods in a Petri dish.

This test is He frowned Professional allergology associations consider that they are not sensitive and specific enough. However, it doesn’t hurt to put it to the test. A controlled, randomized, double-blind trial was carried out. done in 38 patients with reflux in whom proton pump inhibitor drugs failed to completely control their symptoms. What happened when the diet was tried? As you can see in the graph below and at 5:48 in my videoresearchers random people to a diet that excluded foods to which they were sensitive (most often dairy) or to one that, on the other hand, excluded foods to which they were not sensitive. No positive result to control the placebo effect. One month later, symptoms in the control group decreased, but symptoms in the true diet exclusion group decreased significantly more. The researchers felt a little bad for the control group, so they switched those participants to the proper diet as well, and two months later, everyone was feeling better.

I covered the effects of maternal diets on breastfed babies in Treat infantile colic by changing the mother’s diet and Infantile seizures related to mother’s use of spirulina. The best is the breast, but you may also be interested The best baby formula and Formula for childhood obesity.

To learn more about dairy and children’s health, check out the related videos below.

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