Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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Should I Put My One-Year-Old on Nexium?

Tuesday, 16 Mar 2010 10:35 AM


Question: My pediatrician recommended that I put my one-year-old son on Nexium because of acid reflux. I am not comfortable with this. What do you think?

Dr. Brownstein's Answer:

You should feel uncomfortable about using an acid-blocking enzyme in a one-year-old. Acid-blocking medications have a host of serious side effects, including osteoporosis and increasing the frequency and severity of C. difficile infections.

My experience in treating children for acid reflux is that the first step is to search for the underlying cause. Many times this is a food allergy, particularly a dairy allergy. My first suggestion would be to have you son evaluated for food allergies or to take him off dairy for six weeks.

I am continually amazed at how many times reflux symptoms improve and even resolve by identifying and then eliminating or treating food allergies. You can treat allergies using NAET by reading my report "Discover the Amazing Power of Acupressure to Conquer Allergies."










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