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Have you heard this theory before and do you know if it`s correct?

Hi Glenda. Thanks for your suggestions on weaning Shae off Losec.
We have decreased her morning dose from 10m to 5mg and she seems fine so fingers crossed. We have also started giving her Slippery Elm powder 3 x a day, as suggested by a naturopath (I did some research on it and it is said to be very beneficial in helping with reflux) so we`re seeing if that helps as we wean her off the losec, although I won`t be decreasing it any more for a while yet as I know that teething, etc. will most likely flare her reflux.
I just wanted to ask, the naturpath also told me that it is her understanding that the reason babies develop reflux is because while the mother is pregnant she has been eating something that she has an allergy to (without being aware of it) and this causes the developing baby to develop reflux. She suggested to send a hair sample to this place in the UK to get it tested to see what allergy I have so that in future pregnancies I know not to eat this food so that the baby won`t develop reflux. Have you heard this theory before and do you know if it`s correct??? Thanks again Lou :)

Answer: Hi, I am happy to help. That’s great that so far everything seems fine as you are decreasing the Losec. I agree you don’t need to go too fast, but the other thing to consider too, is that if you make too many changes at the same time, it can get confusing (ie weaning and adding in Slippery Elm)- if you do notice any changes, it can then be difficult to work out what is causing it, if that makes sense. There seems to be a lot of different reasons why bubs have reflux- it can be genetic, a food sensitivity, a motility issue (how quickly the gut moves food through), a neurological issue etc so I’m not too sure that it would all necessarily relate to something the mother ate during pregnancy. I have heard (anecdotally) that sometimes if the mum eats a lot of a particular food while pregnant the bub can develop a sensitivity to that particular food, but I have no idea whether a hair sample will give you the answers you need (sorry). I am pretty sure there are some Australian companies that test hair samples too, but as to whether that will work, I don’t know. What I do know is that every refluxer is an individual. What works for one may not work for another, so it makes sense (to me anyway), that even if it did work for some, the hair sample idea may not work for everyone. At the very least, I suppose it sounds like it wouldn’t do any harm. My advice would be to continue to ask questions and to go with what your instincts tell you. Would it also be worth talking to your doctor about? Perhaps they can give you more information on the causes of reflux, which may help you decide? I wish I could give you more information than that, but I’ve not heard of that method for reflux before, and don’t have any idea whether it would help or not. A different perspective for you, perhaps, is that not every bub will have reflux, even if you have already had one refluxer. Also, even if any future babies are born with reflux, not only will you be more knowledgeable about reflux and what to do, you will be watching for it, and will pick it up much earlier, and therefore have it treated much earlier. Good luck in making your decision, and I hope that helps. Glenda
Answered: 15 Nov 2007