It’s Time to Worry If Your Child Has Heartburn

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Are You Poisoning Your Children?

Believe it or not, if your child has heartburn it’s because they are slowly being poisoned by the excessive amounts of carbohydrates in their diet.

Their excessive carbohydrate intake is toxic to their nervous system and is directly responsible for increasing incidence of heartburn, fatigue, headaches, abdominal pain and frequent urination.

Heartburn, the Most Obvious but Not the Only Symptom

I see kids almost every week who are experiencing the symptoms of heartburn.  This is not a harmless condition but a harbinger of illness yet to come.  And kids with heartburn often experience other signs of carbohydrate neurotoxicity as well.

Many have to urinate frequently, a sign of poor neurological control of bladder emptying.  They may experience headaches, poor concentration, and fatigue while sitting in class, a sign of poor blood flow regulation to the brain.

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Parents are often surprised when I get their children to admit to a variety of other symptoms once I hear about their heartburn.  Kids don’t complain much and just seem to suffer through it.

Damaged Nervous System Functioning

From a broader perspective, heartburn is a warning signal that your child’s nervous system is not functioning correctly.  Yes, heartburn is actually a neurological problem.

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Excess acid collects in the stomach, not because of excess acid production but because the stomach isn’t emptying as well as it should.  Couple this with poor closure of the valve between the stomach and the esophagus and you end up with stomach acid splashing up into the esophagus.  It’s this combination of neurological problems that leads to heartburn or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).

Both of these problems are controlled by the autonomic nervous system (ANS).  The ANS is a primitive part of the brain that controls all bodily organ function.  It controls peristalsis that pushes food through the intestinal tract.  It coordinates the muscles and valves of the bladder so we can empty the bladder efficiently.  It even controls blood pressure regulation, sweating, pupil dilation and constriction, saliva production and erections.

A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that carbohydrates are having a toxic effect on the ANS and is the cause of such common problems as heartburn, constipation, frequent urination, chronic fatigue and lightheadedness.

Recovery is Possible

Fortunately, a reduction in carbohydrates can result in complete reversal of many of these problems.   Simply cutting out all the soda and juices in a child’s diet can result in nearly complete reversal of these symptoms within just a few weeks.

If they are having heartburn don’t drink any soda or juice, find out what they drink at or after school (might be sodas there), and start cutting back on the bread, pasta or potatoes in their diet.

The bottom line is you have to cut back on the carbohydrates or their symptoms won’t go away.

Childhood Heartburn, A Warning Sign for Your Child’s Future Health

It goes without saying that no one wants their child to have heartburn.  But I believe the most important aspect of this problem is that a child with heartburn is a child that is progressing towards more serious illnesses in early adulthood.

High blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, polycystic ovarian disease, gout, obesity, sleep apnea and all triggered by excessive carbohydrates consumption.  These are all illnesses associated with insulin resistance; a disorder known to be triggered by excess carbohydrate consumption.  Coincidentally, these conditions are becoming increasingly more common in young adults.

Your child’s lifelong eating habits and taste preferences are formed when they are young.  If your child has heartburn, they are on the fast track to develop these other illnesses as well.

It is imperative you change their eating habits by controlling the foods that come into the house, their choices when eating out and the foods they eat at school.  You must take charge because no one else is looking out for them.

It’s not too late to change their future.  Start today by pledging not to bring any more soda, juices, chips, cookies, fruit rollups, donuts or ice cream into the house.  These should be foods that are eaten only infrequently.  Save them for the rare celebration.

Your kids don’t NEED these foods.  Sure they will gripe and complain.  But in time, they will adapt and in the process, you will literally save their life in adulthood.

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Srujana
Srujana
December 29, 2018 3:01 pm

My daughter 15 year old very healthy normal child never had any issues started abdominal pain all of a sudden. I was using protein powder in her milk shake shakes for some time. Don’t know if that caused pain . We took her to the pediatrician and they did ultrasound and blood tests all the results came back normal told to use Nexium and Hyoscyamine. She was okay first 2 weeks but now again she started heartburn with stomach bloating and gas. She is having constant dull pain in the stomach with whatever she eats . Doctor suggests to do… Read more »

Naeem M Hassan
Naeem M Hassan
November 8, 2018 11:44 am

Hi my son ten years old he suffering from hurt burn acid reflux which bother him to much he vomits every morning .we took him to the dr he said he have allergies to dairy product and acid reflux .he is not allowed to eat acidic fruits or dairy but he still having the same symptoms and I don’t know what to do ? Regarding what to eat and how to stop the vomiting every day .

Anon
Anon
September 30, 2018 6:04 am

Alright so reading through this I’m starting to think this is what happened to me. Ever since the fourth grade I have been having indigestion. And as I’ve grown older I have been having heartburn almost everyday multiple times a day. I’m 20 years old male about 260 pounds. I don’t know how relevant that is. At some points my heartburn is so bad I can’t go on with my day. I tried Prilosec otc for the 14 days and it worked. But after I stopped my heartburn started.

Lindy
Lindy
September 10, 2018 6:45 am

Hi Dr. Nemechek! I’m planning to start my 9yo ASD son on your protocol. I’ve read the book, joined the groups, read lots of posts, watched the YouTube videos, have approved products. Feeling prepared! However – question about antacid/PPIs. My ASD son has a hiatal hernia. He goes to his GI every year to get a scope and see how it’s doing. This year the report is that the ulcers have mostly healed and he is slowly growing out of the hernia, but it is still present and significant. Because of this, to prevent the ulcers from returning, he is… Read more »

Maz
Maz
July 7, 2018 8:47 pm

Thanks for your reply. My children are 5 and 6 & have had such bad reflux they have been gluten free on advice from the paediatrician. However at special occasions I let them have it. Would you recommend to stay gluten free with the protocol? If not, when would you introduce it? I am going to buy a copy of your book. Many thanks.

Maz
Maz
July 4, 2018 5:07 am

Hi, how many grams/day do you reduce the carbs for children? Do you recommend all children with heartburn take Omega3 as well as inulin?
Thanks

Carly
Carly
April 3, 2018 10:10 pm

Sorry, she’s also had stomachaches the last few days and around since the heartburn suddenly started up again, and nausea. I don’t know if that has to do it with, but they all started at around the same time.

Carly
Carly
April 3, 2018 10:06 pm

Hi, my daughters been having heartburn since she was about 9, then it went away for a while, but now she’s almost 13 and it’s getting pretty bad again. Should we talk to a pediatrician about it or just try to stop having a lot of carbohydrates? It’s not that bad that she is constantly complaining about it, but when I ask her she will say it hurts a lot and it’s just heartburn, she doesn’t have breathing problems with it or anything else. Could this be dangerous in any way? Thank you

Lea
Lea
March 28, 2018 7:02 pm

Hi Dr Nemecheck, I’m reading your book and about to start the protocol for my 8 year old who regressed aged 2-4. He has acid reflux and severe hunger – eats non stop. Fortunately, he likes healthy food and has never had fizzy drinks or junk food. But still, the reflux persists (amongst other issues). I’m currently looking at ketogenic diet with a professional. One question I have asked every Dr and never had an answer – my son has spider veins around his CNS areas (cheeks, behind ears, base skull, spine, low back)…these have gotten worse as he’s got… Read more »

Ellie
Ellie
February 25, 2018 5:11 am

I’d be so happy if this comment was read! I really need some pointers here,, it’s scary going through this stuff… I’ve been dealing with acid reflux for the past two months. I’ve never had this before, so it’s scary… I had an endoscopy done and it came back showing lesions and swelling from acid. After that, I decided to try any natural methods to curing it. About two weeks ago, I started having breathing and sinus problems. Acid still coming up to my throat. I got put on Raniditine, recommended by my doctor, an allergist, and the person who… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous
February 23, 2018 5:03 pm

I get really bad heart burn

Polly martin
Polly martin
January 14, 2018 3:53 pm

When my son who is 9, goes to his dads, hies dad feeds him whatever junk food he likes himself. My son has had gerd for 3-4 years now. I can control his symptoms with the diet I feed him. But he returns from his dads bloated, experiencing symptoms of reflux and etc. his dad says I’m making him up to be sick just cuz I want something to grip about and etc. etc. Can u write him a customized note, explaining the importance of diet and the consequences of him feeding him donuts, sodas, fried foods and etc. maybe… Read more »

Parveen
Parveen
January 11, 2018 8:29 am

I just bought the PDF version of the book and have begun reading it. I realised belatedly that I did not specify that my son is not autistic. I came upon this article because I was trying to comprehend the source of his heartburn and digestive issues. Just to clarify: CBI applies across the board to all children and adults, doesn’t it? Many thanks and apologies for the bother.

Parveen
Parveen
January 10, 2018 3:02 pm

Thank you so much and God bless you.

Parveen
Parveen
January 10, 2018 11:08 am

Dear Dr Nemechek, Thank you and God bless you for all you are doing for adults and children alike. The article was very informative and useful. My ten year old son gets acid reflux usually after a spicy meal and now that you mention it, when his carb intake is moderate or higher. He’d been diagnosed with acid reflux when he was five and took Lanzoprazole for a couple of years. By observation, we reduced or eliminated foods that we thought aggravated his system and he didn’t need the PPI thereafter. Unfortunately, he’s been given several doses of antibiotics till… Read more »

Melanie de
Melanie de
December 14, 2017 5:52 am

My 2 children have suffered from reflux since they were infants. They are both very small in size and are very picky reluctant eaters. We’ve tried everything under the sun trying to get to the bottom of it. We recently tried your nemcheck protocol and had great success for almost 2 weeks – all of their reflux symptoms disappeared and they were asking for food which the never do (unless they’ve had a round of antibiotics and we get the same result) and they were also much happier more content children! Unfortunately they have both regressed and are back to… Read more »

Pina
Pina
October 2, 2017 3:53 am

Hello – what an interesting article.
My 12 year old daughter has been having tummy problems for a number of years now. She is an anxious easily angered child who just never stops talking. She complains about tummy pain above her belly button; burning in her throat and tummy(doctor claims acid reflux) and feels like she always has to vomit. She is constantly constipated and we just recently found out she has a dairy abd allergy. Would the above recommendations be well suited for her to try as well. Our doctor also believes she has ibs.

Amber
Amber
June 9, 2017 3:09 pm

My daughter is 10 and for awhile now while we’re eating, she will beat on her chest and say it’s burning. She’s a tiny thing (only 50lbs) she complains of stomach pains ALOT and doesn’t go to the bathroom more then normal. I’ve always told her, her stomach hurts bc she needs to go to the bathroom, or she needs to eat more. After last nights episode I thought I’d look into what could be going on with her. I’m wondering if this is could be what it is.

Nicole Yard
Nicole Yard
April 9, 2017 4:21 pm

Hi. My son is almost 7 years old and has had acid reflux since he was an infant. He even had an endoscopy done at 3 months old. Was told it was fine, he just had reflux and would hopefully outgrow it someday. Well, he hasn’t. He has bad bouts of it that flare up and cause him to have what he calls “water come up in his throat.” He also is constantly congested and/or has runny nose. He also gets the stomach aches at times also. I really do not want to put him on acid medication. He was… Read more »

Lynda
Lynda
April 8, 2017 10:55 pm

Hi, my 11 year old daughter has suddenly started getting acid in her throat and is becoming extremely anxious about it. She only drinks water. She has been eating biscuits quite a lot before this started. She is extremely thin and worryingly because of the acid hurting her throat and her phobia of being sick she is eating very little. I did wonder if she was dairy and gluten intolerant so have replaced her normal cereal with gluten free and almond milk. She had this for breakfast then 2 slices of turkey and a few rice cakes. That is all… Read more »

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