Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Kids get heartburn, too

"Mommy, I have a tummyache." Who hasn't heard that? Sometimes when you ask where it hurts, they point to their chest.

You don't have to be a fat, 45-year-old guy to get heartburn.

Wendy Anderson-Willis, MD, a pediatrician at Nationwide Children's Hospital, says she sees more kids with this problem.

Plenty of kids like barbeque chips, extra hot Doritos, salsa, and other "hot" foods.

But other things can cause a burning feeling behind the breastbone in kids:

Mints and gum
Ibuprofen
Chicken nuggets, fries, fried stuff
Doughnuts
Pop and energy drinks
Orange and tomato juice (acidic)

These can cause not only the pain, but nausea, scratchy throat, sour burps and night cough.

Stress and lying down after a meal can worsen this.

Don't give out OTC pills right away upon the first complaint. Tell the doctor how meals go at your house--off a plate or out of a wrapper? Veggies? Eaten in the car?

Children should not have to put up with this. It's your job as a parent to prevent it.

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