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28 Jun 2018

Reflux and Lactose Intolerance
Hi doctor, trust all is well. I want your opinion on something as my son was diagnosed with acid reflux. He was prescribed Nexiam 5mg x1 daily and Motilium 0.5ml x2 daily. He still suffers from heartburn. The coughing, vomiting, gagging, choking, wheezing chest and hiccups symptoms are still there. He was also diagnosed with lactose intolarence which i hope he will outgrow soon!! He has been on a lactose free formula ever since. Therefor we can't have him on any AR formulas and can't seem to find an alernative to Nestargel. It seems that he might have an ear infection as he keeps on tugging on it, but NO fever. Now my question is, i spoke to a Novolac rep who told me about Novolac Allernova, it is a hydrolized milk, formulated for infants suffering from cows milk allergies with or without regurgitation and is complete lactose free. I need your opinion on that, im too scared to change formulas and then it won't accommodate with him. Thanks
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childhood diseases

30 Jun 2018

You are in a very difficult situation with your baby son. He has very severe reflux and I am concerned about some of his symptoms especially the fact that he is coughing and wheezing. He is obviously breathing in tiny droplets of his feed. He is not responding to simple treatment measures and even using a thickener in his formula may not help. I suggest that you take him to be seen by a paediatric pulmonologist for an opinion. If you are in Gauteng or KZN I recommend Dr Andre van Niekerk.
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