Can a Child with Acid Reflux Take Hydrochloride

Question: Dear Luise: I started taking Hydrochloride to aide in digestion and acid reflux.  My 10 year old has acid reflux at bedtime.  Want to know if Hydrochloride is OK for him to take?  He does not eat meat and wondering if that has a lot to do with low stomach acid? Thank You, S.

Answer: Dear S.: You can go into a health food store and buy “Betaine HCL with Pepsin” and the dose for children will probably show on the bottle. If not, the clerk may be able to contact the manufacturer and get that information for you.

However, I would suggest that you consult a nutritionist first about your son’s diet. It’s very possible that it may be too high in carbohydrates and too low in protein. I have heard that is a common cause of heartburn and acid reflux. Instead of treating the symptom, I suggest you locate and eradicate what’s causing it, if possible.

I have also heard, (and have no idea how it works), that if you lie with your feet elevated and your head low, it will lessen acid reflux. You might want him to give that a try, too. Sounds weird, I know. Blessings, Luise

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