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A: Have you tried practically everything to get a better night’s sleep? You’re not alone. More than 1.6 million Americans say that they’ve experimented with herbal remedies, relaxation techniques and other methods to get to sleep, according to a recent study from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. But which really work? Researchers have come up with a few suggestions. Read on to find out what strategies experts say you can employ to get a better night’s sleep—starting tonight.

Try a cup of chamomile tea. This beverage contains glycine, a chemical that acts as a mild sedative, say researchers from Imperial College London. And since glycine is also a muscle relaxant, it may help reduce the pain of menstrual cramps. Tip: You’ll want to drink your tea at least an hour or more before bedtime if nighttime trips to the bathroom pose a problem.

Q: What kind of Medicines do they give babies for Acid Reflux?
I was just told that my 11 day old baby has Acid Reflux. What kind of medicines do they usually give babies for that and how do you give it to them?
The Doctors said he has Acid Reflux. I am wondering what medicines are given. Currently he pukes up every thing. We’ve tried all brand of formulas including soy and lactose free. Also tried breast milk. He pukes it all up.

A: My son was on Zantac for acid reflux. I was instructed to give it to him full-strength from a syringe. That didn’t work so well, so I did it just the way Beckers said.

Depending on how much pain it’s causing him, the doctor may not prescribe anything. There are also other things you can do to help alleviate the reflux:

-keep him upright for at least 30 minutes after eating
-feed him half as much, twice as often
-burp after every ounce or two he drinks (that’s the advice, but personally, it made matters worse for my son)
-incline the head of his sleeping surface 30 degrees
-over the counter gas relief drops, like Mylicon

I hope he feels better soon.

edit–I just read you additional info. How’s his weight gain? What did the doctors say they were going to do? Any more tests or anything? Did they say whether they were going to give him some medicine?

It’s my understanding (and my experience with it) that the acid reducers like Zantac don’t really keep them from spitting up, or reduce the volume of spit-up. I think they just neutralize some of the stomach acid so that when they do spit up, it doesn’t burn the esophogas so bad. I’m not a medical person, so I couldn’t tell you all about how the medications work, but that’s how it seemed to me.

Does spitting up seem to hurt or bother him? I’m not sure if you’ve already tried them, but there are formulas out there that are specifically made for reflux. Sometimes it’s recommended to add some infant cereal to the bottle to help weigh the milk down and keep it down. Of course, discuss it with your doctor before switching formulas or adding any cereal.

I really hope the little guy feels better soon!

Q: How do you get rid of acid reflux?
Without taking any medications, how can I get rid acid reflux?
I have it extremely bad. Had it since I was a kid.

A: You are absolutely right about not taking medications first. Medications would only help acid reflux symptoms and not the problem underneath.

I am a pharmacist but I also strongly believe in holistic approach to health.

Since you had for a long time, it most likely be coming from your food intolerance. You would probably want to invest into good food intolerance testing and a qualified nutritionist. This may be the only thing you need.

It’s important to eat healthy and organic, drink filtered water with mineral content and do breathing exercises that add enough oxygen to your blood to make it alkaline. You want your body to become alkaline to avoid any symptoms including acid reflux symptoms.

More on acid reflux symptoms:

As a quick fix, you can try half of freshly squeezed lemon in a glass of warm water on empty stomach in the morning. Yes, acidic lemon. Do this for a week and you most like will feel better.

I hope you feel much better soon.

Q: Are there any recipes for sauces, marinades or dressing for Acid Reflux?
My 12 yr. old daughter was diagnosed with Acid Reflux Disease yesterday… I can not seem to find any dressings or marinades suitable for her… are there any I am able to make myself or is there a web site I can go for recipes to help me out here at home?

A: Here’s a list of foods she can have, get creative, mom!

Food Group Foods With Little Potential to Cause Heartburn
Fruit • Apple, fresh
• Apple, dried
• Apple juice
• Banana
Vegetables • Baked potato
• Broccoli
• Cabbage
• Carrots
• Green beans
• Peas
Meat • Ground beef, extra-lean
• Steak, London Broil
• Chicken breast, skinless
• Egg whites
• Egg substitute
• Fish, no added fat
Dairy • Cheese, feta or goat
• Cream cheese, fat- free
• Sour cream, fat-free
• Soy cheese, low-fat
Grains • Bread, mult-grain or white
• Cereal, bran or oatmeal
• Corn bread
• Graham crakers
• Pretzels
• Rice, brown or white
• Rice cakes
Beverages • Mineral water
Fats / Oils • Salad dressing, low-fat
Sweets / Desserts • Cookie, fat- free
• Jelly beans
• Red licorice
• Potato chips, baked

i guess you’ll have to go by trial and error with the dressings, just remember to avoid tomatoes, any kind of lime/lemon juice and excessive spices.

Q: What will happen if I leave my acid reflux untreated?
I’m a 14 year old boy, I’m pretty sure I have acid reflux. I haven’t seen any doctors in maybe 5 years. I’m scared. What will happen if I leave this untreated? Thanks, 10 points to the best answer.

A: I don’t think you should be guessing at something like this. Left untreated acid reflux can cause ulcers, bleeding of the esophogas and eventually lead to cancer. I don’t say that to scare or you or maybe I do. If you suspect something is wrong then you need to be seen by the doctor and expecially at such a young age. It may turn out to be minor and something you can control with a change in your diet. I do know firsthand the worse thing you can have to drink is soda or eating too close to bedtime.

Q: What is the best sippy cup for acid reflux baby?
My son has had really bad acid reflux since he was born. Now being 5 months old I would like to introduce a sippy cup to him. Just with a little bit of water he can try and get out of it nothing major but just to get familiar with the cup idea instead of the bottle. Any suggestions on what sippy cup is the best out there. He likes the one we do have that has little handles on it that he can grab on to. Thanks!!

A: i would get one with a plug- though he may have trouble with it. giving him one without may cause him to drink too much too fast and cause his reflux to act up- if you do use one with out a plug watch him carefully so he doesnt gulp

Q: How do you know if you have acid reflux?
I have had a few of the symptoms, but they randomly come and go so I am not sure it is acid reflux or something else. Sometimes I will feel nauseous, feel a lump in my throat and chest, throw up liquids, feeling like it’s hard to breathe and sometimes if I eat really spicy foods, my stomach burns. I am not sure because the symptoms sometimes go away for months so I assume it was something I ate, or just a case of indigestion. How can I tell if I have acid reflux or not?

A: “How can I tell if I have acid reflux or not?”

Well it sure sounds as if you do. The easiest way to convince yourself is a therapeutic trial with OTC medicine. Try Omeprazole 20mg (or Prilosec) twice daily for a week or two.

If your symptoms respond dramatically, the diagnosis is a near certainty.

-MD x30y

Q: I have grade 2 whiplash and also have acid reflux. How do I sleep more comfortably?
I was rear-ended in March of this year. A few days later, my chiropractor advised I had some soft tissue damage. Two months later, I woke up and stretched and thought I had a stiff neck but the chiropractor advised I now have grade 2 whiplash. My biggest problem is it’s worse in the morning but I have to sleep on two pillows as I also have acid reflux, which I am on medication for. Any suggestions for me?

A: document it all, call a lawyer

Q: What’s the difference between Acid Reflux & a “string” of phelm in my throat that I have trouble clearing?
Is Acid Reflux next?
Can it be controlled/reveraed with proper diet like some say?
Does anyone know the benefits of the O.T.C.called PREV/Acid/? What is the difference between it and PRILOSEC?

A: you need to go to the doctor you don’t have acid reflux acid reflux is when acid from your stomach reaches your throat

Q: Is being sick to ur stomach and dizzy a symtom of acid reflux?
After i eat sometimes(!) i get nausea and dizziness. It does not matter what i eat. but i know i have acid reflux and someone said that it may be the problem. i am going to see the doctor but i don’t know how i can maintain til then without ending up in the e.r.

A: Sounds like you may be diabetic.

Q: Can anyone suggest healthy snacks for someone with acid reflux?
I made a decision to start eating healthier over the weekend, by buying apples, oranges, grapes, and nuts, but my acid reflux has now started to kick in something awful. Are there any fruit alternatives I can switch too that won’t do as much damage?

A: Apple butter and crackers is my favorite. Here is some more information that might help you.

I am not a doctor, so either way you will want to talk to them, but this is what I have to say as a long time sufferer of Acid Reflux (G.E.R.D.)!

Three part answer information, what not to do, and what to do!

I have a very severe case of Acid Reflux (G.E.R.D.). I have had to go to the hospital for some of the heartburn that I have had because the pain can become overwhelming or your breathing can be effected. It can be caused by Smoking, Drinking Beverages with caffeine (My case), Drinking Beverages with Alcohol, or can be Hereditary

The good thing about G.E.R.D. is that it can be a temporary thing and can be cured. It is never a permit thing even if you end up with it for the rest of your life it has the ability to be cured.

WHAT NOT TO DO!!!!!!!!
In most cases, stress is a factor to the reflux if you watch what you eat and reduce some of the stress it will help. If you watch what you eat for about a week you should find relief, if you do not then that is when you definitely what to listen to the doctor. Things to watch for are as follows:

Fatty Foods
Citrus Foods
Foods That Contain Grease
Fried Foods
Chocolate (including any Coco)
Tomato Based Products

The two foods that I recommend is Black strap Molasses and Raw honey. The apple is better for night time reflux while these will work for just about all of it. What you will do is take about a tsp. of whatever one you chose. Molasses being the better because of strength and nutrition, but must be use to the taste. What the substance will do is stick to the sides of the esophagus and do two things, one is heal and the other is protect.
On the healing end, both substances have a healing property in them, and as they sit on the walls of the esophagus they will heal it. This is also helpful if you have a sore throat in the morning from refluxing.
On the protection end, both substances are high in sugar and when acid that is refluxed comes up to that the sugar will neutralize it and it will not longer be a problem at that point.

I would also look to putting Cinnamon in you diet, it has been know to help with digestion and will help you reduce the amount of acid needed to brake down food, therefore causing you to reflux less.

Q: what light hot drink can I drink without getting heartburn or acid reflux?
I absolutely love my green tea and all sorts of tea. I love coffee too. I have recently come from hospital and need too spend lots of time at home but get acid reflux and heartburn as side effects from the meds. I really want to drink something light and hot but what can I drink that will go easy on my stomach?

A: Hi, heartburn can really be a pain, especially when it wakes you up in the middle of the night. One of the best things that can help, and this works really well for my mother is ginger tea. Ginger is known to be really helpful as an aid to digestive health. So definitely give that a go.

Green tea is also good as well.

You also need to focus on not what to drink. The two biggest culprits for making heartburn or acid reflux worse are caffeine, fizzy sugary drinks, and chocolate. The last one is a bit of a downer, but try to avoid in drink form and solid form.

I hope that was helpful, if you want a bit of information about some good natural cures for heartburn and acid reflux, take a look at the resource below, take care.

Q: Are there any medicines I can to take to help with my acid reflux?
I take Omeprazole every morning, but I forgot today. My acid reflux is really acting up now. What medicines can I take to make it stop? Is Pepto Bismol ok?
Omeprazole works well, but I forgot to take it this morning.

A: Just continue to take the omeprazole – if that doesn’t work after several months, you may want to try esmeprozole (sp?)…if that doesn’t work, you may need surgical intervention.

Q: What’s the best thing to do after acid reflux attack?
I have acid reflux bad sometimes I am supposed to take Nexium, but I often forget I need to know whats the best thing do drink/eat after you have acid reflux burn your throat whats something that will soothe it? And yes I know take the medicine before and you wont have that problem but this is when I forget

A: chew up a tums really good, swish it around in your mouth with some water thoroughly, gargle it around, and swallow it. I guess you could also use baking soda and water, as it’s a weak base, but I’d stick to using something alkaline like tums rather than a weak base, as it will buffer the pH closer to a neutral value rather than making your mouth basic.

Tums are made of calcium carbonate, the same stuff as limestone. They neutralize hydrochloric acid (stomach acid) very effectively

Do not brush your teeth for a half hour, stomach acid will soften the enamel temporarily.

Q: What could happen if you have acid reflux and don’t take medicine for it?
Awhile back my doctor told me that I have Acid Reflux and got me medication for it to take every day.
I did that for about a month, and eventually got sick of taking a stupid pill every day.
What can happen if I continue not taking that stupid pill? Any way I can get rid of it without spending an arm and a leg for the medication?

A: You can get rid of it by changing ur lifestyle a bit…..avoid spicy oily foods, avoid colas an other carbonated drinks. Eat atleast 5 hours before you sleep, maintain proper posture, dont slouch. Mebbe a glass of milk before bed might help coz milk is like an antacid.
If you dont take ur meds altogether, there may be complications like gastric ulcers and perforation of the stomach in severe cases.

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