Monday, September 26, 2005

Asthma / Reflux Connection Explained

Found a few things already:

  • A good explanation of the whole deal on InfantRefluxDisease.com


  • Some interesting info from ClinicalTrial.gov


  • And a bunch of info at NationalJewish.org, including:

    Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
    In some people, the muscle between the esophagus and stomach may allow some back flow of stomach acid into the esophagus. This may cause heartburn, as well as a reflex response that can result in asthma symptoms

  • It's a start...

    4 comments:

    Anonymous said...
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    The Mleziva Boys said...

    Thanks for the links. I have been reading your blog for a while and it is helpful. I have a 3 1/2 year old with asthma/Gerd?? and a 13 month old with out symptoms so far. A lot of things you write about your son sounds a lot like what we deal with our our b. our b currently sees an asthma/allergy specialist at our children's hospital. i noticed that you and several other moms, see a peds pulminologist. it makes me wonder if we should try going to one for a second opinion or if it might be better. without boring you with all my sons details. i was just wondering why you chose a pulminologist.

    Aimee said...

    Thanks for the comment! We chose a PP because little B's asthma isn't allergy related. We actually connected with her when he was in the hospital with RSV at 18 mos. and very slow to recover. We've been seeing her ever since. She has sent us to an allergist and ENT when necessary....

    But his asthma is triggered usually by upper respiratory infections and tends to develop into pneumonia, so a PP is more approriate for us.

    I think it's great that you're seeing a specialist. If your asthma/allergy specialist is helping you manage your son's asthma well, and giving you the support you need, that's ideal. But if you feel you need a second opinion, you could definitely check out a PP. We love ours.

    BTW, your boys are almost the same ages and distance apart as mine! (We're 4 and 18 months.) I'm enjoying them both so much! We'll see how we manage when mystery baby is born in December/January...

    The Mleziva Boys said...

    Congrats on your third pregnancy! I honestly don't know how you do it. The constant worries of having one asthmatic child is more than I can handle some days. I only pray the second child does not have or develope asthma.
    My b's asthma is not allergy related either. It seems to be related to change in season, upper respiratory infections, cold air, and GERD. I originally asked our ped. if we should go to a pulminologist and she told us that the asthma/allergy clinic would be better. But as always, I sometimes wonder. B is currently in a downward spiral with an asthma flare up. It seems to me that the typical asthma meds don't help him like it should...we currently use pulmicort and xopenex (supposedly similar to albuterol without the side affects). We have a super nurse practitioner at the clinic that I sometimes talk to daily during a flare up...waiting for a call back right now...I think I will ask her about a referal to a pulminologist. Ugh, the never ending questions as to what is realy the right diagnois and treatment.