- Dr. DeMers
10 Things Your Pediatrician Might Not Explain To You, Part 6
If your older child has stomach pains, there are other options besides PPI’s as well.
The same goes for older kids. It is more and more common for Pediatrician’s to be faced with evaluating and treating chronic belly pains. I personally think that this is really something to pay attention to. It is important to look at the whole picture including their nutrition and stress. Even though PPI’s can give them some immediate relief, it does not address the root cause. And in some cases, lowering the stomach acid (which is an important part of digestion) can actually make things worse. There is research showing the dangerous side effects of PPI’s. I have seen dietary changes, nutrient and herbal support make a big difference for kids.