Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR), is also known as Silent reflux and the terms are commonly used interchangeably. Silent reflux is similar to acid reflux disease and GERD. They all involve the leaking of stomach contents (food and liquid) and stomach acid back up through the esophagus due to an abnormal relaxing or weakening of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) or if there is too much pressure on it. The lower esophageal sphincter is a band of muscle at the bottom of the esophagus where it connects to the stomach.
Silent reflux in children
As opposed to heartburn, acid reflux disease and GERD that are normally associated with adults, silent reflux is often seen in infants and children. This can be extremely hard to diagnose in the beginning. The common symptoms of this reflux in infants and children are asthma, noisy breathing, chronic cough, pauses in breathing, difficulty in gaining weight, trouble feeding, inhaling and spitting up food.
Treatment of silent reflux
For the adults, home care may be applicable and may include losing weight (as needed), quitting smoking, not eating at least three hours before going to bed, avoiding wearing of tight-fit clothes especially around the waist, chewing gum to increase saliva and neutralize acid, and moderate intake of chocolate, fats, mints, sodas, spicy or tomato-based products, caffeine and red wine.
Medication treatment may lead to severe allergic reactions and serious side effects. Obviously, these medications are also far too dangerous for your baby or infant. Most symptoms and causes of these reflux problems can be treated naturally through lifestyle changes and changes in diet and eating habits as well as using home based or natural remedies.
Treatment in young children can be more limited. However, you can use many natural remedies without fear of side effects. Silent reflux in babies and infants can often be relieved by holding them more upright when feeding and trying to put them to sleep in a position that keeps their upper body elevated as this can help prevent the reflux action.
Treatment for children and infants also include keeping the baby in a vertical position for at least 30 minutes after eating, small and frequent meals let or them be on medications and if there are abnormalities found, surgery may likely to happen.
A large number of people are now opting to use natural rather than prescribed treatments for helping to improve the condition. The most common reason for this is that they find that natural ones do not cause unwanted side effects like prescribed medications often can. If however, you are considering using natural treatments then it is advisable that you discuss the matter with your doctor before doing so.
Slippery elm has been used for centuries not only as a way of treating acid reflux but other digestive and stomach complaints also. Also, you will find that many people years ago would use fennel and ginger root as a way of helping to relieve the symptoms associated with indigestion.