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Suggest treatment for hyperacidity and gastritis

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Posted on Tue, 12 May 2015
Question: Hi, there,

My daughter is 5 years old. Every one or two days she complains about tummy hurts during meal, which is not related to hunger, car sickness, or bowl movement. And we also ruled out game playing (i.e. she doesn't want to eat Most time and eager to play). it happens in the morning during breakfast. First we thought it might be milk but it still happens even we didn't give her milk. Recently she started to complains during dinner time. We haven't yet got see her doctor yet. Just wonder what could be the reason and what kind of check we should expect the doctor to do in this case.
Thanks!
XXXX
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Answered by Dr. Diptanshu Das (29 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
It is likely to be due to hyperacidity and gastritis

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic.

I have gone carefully through the provided details and it seems that your child could be having gastritis. Gastric acids are secreted throughout the day and are meant to be useful in digestion. But in case of prolonged gap between meals, as in between the dinner and breakfast, much gastric acid may get collected and may irritate the gastric mucosa. If left uncorrected, the gastritis may increase and worsen the problem. Subsequently gastric ulceration may also occur.

The solution would be to go for medicines like Junior Lanzol (lansoprazole) or prilosec (omeprazole) which reduce the secretion of the stomach acids. You also need to distribute the meals such that the meals are small but frequent. Also give plenty of green leafy vegetables and a high fiber diet. Try these and see how much relief she gets. In any case it might be worthwhile to get it examined by a doctor to evaluate if there are other causes that could be contributing to the problem.

Hope that helps.

In case you found my answer helpful, I would request you to close the thread with a positive review and a 5 star rating.

Regards
Dr. Diptanshu Das
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Diptanshu Das (2 minutes later)
Thank you Dr. XXXXXXX for your prompt response! We will give it a try and also consult her doctor as well.
XXXX
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Answered by Dr. Diptanshu Das (8 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Glad to be of service

Detailed Answer:
I am glad that you found my answer helpful. Bring in the dietary changes that I suggested and get in touch with a doctor when feasible.

Wish you all the best.

Regards
Dr. Diptanshu Das
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Diptanshu Das (11 hours later)
One more perhaps "dumb" question Dr. XXXXXXX The grandma suspected that my daughter might have some kind of parasite worms, like round worms... Could that be possible? we live in Toronto Canada with good living condition in general. We travel to South XXXXXXX for a month recently but her problem started long before that. (I haven't noticed any worm in her stool).
Thanks!
XXXX
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Answered by Dr. Diptanshu Das (23 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Periodic deworming can be done in children presumptively

Detailed Answer:
In children it is not usual to get worms irrespective of good living standards. Periodic deworming is therefore recommended although I doubt whether it is due to worms in your child's case. In any case, give her a dose of Albendazole 400 mg once tonight and repeat the dose after a fortnight. That should be enough to get rid of worms, if any.

Regards
Dr. Diptanshu Das
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Follow up: Dr. Diptanshu Das (40 minutes later)
Got it. Thanks a lot!
XXXX
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Answered by Dr. Diptanshu Das (37 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Glad again to be of help

Detailed Answer:
In case you found my answer helpful, I would request you to close the thread with a positive review and a 5 star rating.

Regards
Dr. Diptanshu Das
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Brief Answer: It is likely to be due to hyperacidity and gastritis Detailed Answer: Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic. I have gone carefully through the provided details and it seems that your child could be having gastritis. Gastric acids are secreted throughout the day and are meant to be useful in digestion. But in case of prolonged gap between meals, as in between the dinner and breakfast, much gastric acid may get collected and may irritate the gastric mucosa. If left uncorrected, the gastritis may increase and worsen the problem. Subsequently gastric ulceration may also occur. The solution would be to go for medicines like Junior Lanzol (lansoprazole) or prilosec (omeprazole) which reduce the secretion of the stomach acids. You also need to distribute the meals such that the meals are small but frequent. Also give plenty of green leafy vegetables and a high fiber diet. Try these and see how much relief she gets. In any case it might be worthwhile to get it examined by a doctor to evaluate if there are other causes that could be contributing to the problem. Hope that helps. In case you found my answer helpful, I would request you to close the thread with a positive review and a 5 star rating. Regards Dr. Diptanshu Das