On their last visit to Cincy, my daughter mentioned that her 6 year old son was burping a lot.  They told her to follow up with his pediatrician or a specialist, suspecting heartburn.  His pediatrician was hesitant to put him on heartburn medication right away because he said they would then be dealing with the side effects of that medication also -- prescribing just Tums.  It seems like his burping and some heartburn are more frequent now.  If your son is on heartburn medication, such as Prevacid, Prilosec, etc., could you let me know about the side effects you may have experienced.  Also, who prescribed the medication -- your DMD doctors, pediatrician, gastroenterologist?  Any input would be helpful.  Thank you.

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Justin(now almost 15yrs old) has been on Prevacid for awhile now. before that he was on Nexxium and then as a baby he was on liquid Reglan. He has never had any side effects from them. Justin was prescribed the meds originally by his pediatrician as a baby and then around 7yrs old his gastroenterologist started prescribing them and now either his dmd doctor or his pedi give us the script. Its just according to who we are seeing for a check up at the time we need a new script.

 

--Samantha

Xavier was on prilosec as a baby until age 2 and then started back up again about 3 year ago (he is now 9).  We have never had a side effect from it, only good things for us.  He is allergic to reglan and that can have some severe side effects but for just the heartburn/reflux at this age just a prevacid/prilosec/nexium should be beneficial. Our pediatrician is the one prescribing it now. But if we see that we need something more she will refer us to a gastroenterologist (Xavier also has some stomach issues related to anxiety so we have to manage acid reflux vs anxiety issues for him) 
My son (now 9) started on Prevacid right around the time he turned seven, then was switched to Prilosec a year or so ago when our insurance stopped covering the Prevacid.  He was having issues with reflux and his pediatrician prescribed it. We haven't experienced any side effects from either one and both have worked really well at controlling his reflux.
Thank you everyone for your replies.  It seems like the acid reflux meds are really helping your sons, and no one had any real issues with side effects.  I truly appreciate everyone's input.

Terry, I know I am a bit late, I just wanted to put my input here, Trey (almost 6.5, DMD, on Steroids nearly a year) had the same EXACT thing.  The doctor put him on Prevacid and it hasn't caused him any problems, but we have chosen to do Tums as well for the extra Calcium (doc recommended it as it bumps his calcium up by 1000mgs (and helps lots with the stomach issues!), he also does 1500mg Calcium Chews daily as well as 2500mg Vitamin D-3).  Although our son is a 'dairy lover' it seems like his Calcium levels are a little lower then they should be so we do Tums only on days when we have noticed no beltching, no tummy problems right before giving the steroids, about a 1/2 hour, but when we have a dinner that has acidic foods (Spaghetti, bell peppers, or even stuff that is harder to ingest) we do the Prevacid.

 

I hope you have figured out what works for you!  Each kiddo is sooooo different!  Cori

Thank you for your reply Cori.  I appreciate everyone's input.  My grandsons are going to Cincinnati next week, so my daughter and son-in-law will discuss this further with the doctors there.  I'm thinking they will put Cole on Prevacid.  He does take Tums right now as recommended by his pediatrician.  It's great that Tums has the added benefit of more calcium. 

Cori said:

Terry, I know I am a bit late, I just wanted to put my input here, Trey (almost 6.5, DMD, on Steroids nearly a year) had the same EXACT thing.  The doctor put him on Prevacid and it hasn't caused him any problems, but we have chosen to do Tums as well for the extra Calcium (doc recommended it as it bumps his calcium up by 1000mgs (and helps lots with the stomach issues!), he also does 1500mg Calcium Chews daily as well as 2500mg Vitamin D-3).  Although our son is a 'dairy lover' it seems like his Calcium levels are a little lower then they should be so we do Tums only on days when we have noticed no beltching, no tummy problems right before giving the steroids, about a 1/2 hour, but when we have a dinner that has acidic foods (Spaghetti, bell peppers, or even stuff that is harder to ingest) we do the Prevacid.

 

I hope you have figured out what works for you!  Each kiddo is sooooo different!  Cori

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