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Can milk cause acid reflux?

Can milk cause acid reflux?

Sure, anything can: Gerd is common--present in about 70 million americans. As such, there are easy solutions if you have just symptoms. If however you have inflammation due to gerd, this can be progressive & needs to be controlled. Start with behavior & diet changes (see prior healthtap answers), add acid-blocker medications (either h2-blockers or ppi's). Get evaluated, especially if atypical, chronic &/or worsening. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
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Acid Reflux (Definition)

Technically called GERD, acid reflux is the presence of acidic stomach contents in the esophagus. The acid irritates the esophagus causing heartburn symptoms. The regurgitation or reflux can vary greatly as can the symptoms. Blocking stomach acid with medications can alleviate the burning but medication cannot stop the reflux. Complicated GERD requires surgical treatment ...Read more


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My baby is milk allergic, and she has acid reflux. What kind of formula would be good to use?

My baby is milk allergic, and she has acid reflux.  What kind of formula would be good to use?

Check with doc first: If she truly has milk allergies, you may want to check with doc about using elemental formula such as nutramigen or alimentum etc...Soy is also an option, but i would check with her doc first. These may help with her reflux as well. If not, med such as Prevacid or Zantac (ranitidine) can be used for reflux etc..Thickening formular with rice cereal may help also. Consult doc...Good luck. ...Read more

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Is lactose free milk safe for acid reflux and lactose intolerance ?

Is lactose free milk safe for acid reflux and lactose intolerance ?

Yes: It is safe for both of those conditions. The milk sugar is already digested and gas and bloating should not be a problem. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with acid reflux. I have noticed that my breathing is disturbed but not starving for air.Milk and other food makes it worse?

Acid reflux: You have noticed breathing disturbances with your acid reflux, do you snore? Wake at night gasping for breath? Feel tired all the time? Are you overweight? If yes to some of these then you may have sleep apnea. Talk to your doctor and get evaluated for this. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of acid reflux or milk allergy?

What are the signs and symptoms of acid reflux or milk allergy?

GERD: Acid reflux causes central sternal burning, bloating, excessive burping and pain. It can be positional and worse at nighttime. Milk allergy is different from lactose intolerance. Milk allergy can cause rapid GI upset but might also have skin rashes, eczema flares, respiratory issues, etc.. Lactose intolerance symptoms are strictly limited to GI upset. ...Read more

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Does milk make acid reflux worse? Can a allergy to milk cause reflux and eczema?

Does milk make acid reflux worse? Can a allergy to milk cause reflux and eczema?

Milk, maybe: To check for reflux and eczema from the milk, i suggest avoiding milk for 3 days; on the 4th day give the baby milk and see if the reflux or eczema worsens. If it does repeat the avoidance and challenge to confirm. If either condition worsens, i suggest avoiding for a month and rechecking. Most such issues resolve with a little time and patience. ...Read more

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I used to vomit after drinking milk or food with milk acid reflux they said what should I do? What medicine should I take?

I used to vomit after drinking milk or food with milk acid reflux they said what should I do? What medicine should I take?

Vomiting or regurg?: Big difference--if regurgitating foods as you describe (that promote gastroesophageal reflux), then you probably are describing gerd ; diet modification (; acid reducer) is in order. If you are really vomiting as often as your question implies, then you have a bigger problem that warrants medical evaluation (checking for ulcers, gallbladder disease, pancreatitis, gastroparesis, pregnancy, etc.). ...Read more

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Any dairy = reflux/heartburn. Extreme fatty food = no heartburn, no reflux. No lactose milk = acid reflux too. What causes reflux then ? Thank you.

Any dairy = reflux/heartburn. Extreme fatty food = no heartburn, no reflux. No lactose milk = acid reflux too. What causes reflux then ? Thank you.

Milk protein Allergy: If the reflux is triggered by both lactose containing and lactose free milk, then you may have milk protein allergy. An allergic reaction releases histamine. Histamine in the stomach will increase acid production and cause stomach contractions which will push the acid up the esophagus. Try avoiding cows milk products and see if it helps. ...Read more

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I usually drink a glass of milk or small cereal before bed. Is this causing acid reflux? If i don't eat before bed i can't sleep. Dairy helps the burn

Modify ritual: A few sips of milk might ease the discomfort, but taking in any food or volume of fluid before you lay down to sleep aggravates reflux.The lower esophageal sphincter (les) relaxes periodically as you sleep and anything being processed in your stomach and the acid within, can travel up into your mouth.This is a ritual you need to modify.A few Tums (calcium carbonate) at bedtime might help more. ...Read more

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My baby is 11 weeks old, acid reflux, similac spit up for 5 weeks now. She has been vomiting curdled milk for 2 weeks now. Help!

My baby is 11 weeks old, acid reflux, similac spit up for 5 weeks now. She has been vomiting curdled milk for 2 weeks now. Help!

It's normal: As soon as milk hits the acid in the stomach it curdles and smells terrible, but if your baby is happy, growing and has soft poops she doesn't need any medicine or a change in formula. It is only when babies are in pain from spitting up that we give antacid medicine and unfortunately it does not stop them from spitting up. Sitting her up for a half hour after she eats and burping well does help. ...Read more

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Recently I have been having bloating, gas, and acid reflux that lasts all day until i wake up , then comes back after eating. I drink milk daily.

Diet: Milk can temporarily buffer stomach acid, nutrients in milk, particularly fat, will stimulate the stomach to produce more acid.Avoid fatty foods, chocolate, mint, carbonated beverages, citrus, tomato products, coffee. Medications suggested by your physician can help relieve symptoms of gerd. ...Read more

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I get acid reflux almost always (felt in lower neck) after eating All Bran Cereal. I use 2%, lactaid (lactose free) milk. Is it the bran or the milk?

I get acid reflux almost always (felt in lower neck) after eating All Bran Cereal. I use 2%, lactaid (lactose free) milk. Is it the bran or the milk?

DGL is used to: help with acid reflux and is safe. If you take licorice that is not DGL, over time it can raise your blood pressure. Please consult w/your doc. Peace and good health. Your reflux may not be from bran or milk but be a functional situation. ...Read more

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Is popcorn bad for acid reflux?

Is popcorn bad for acid reflux?

Only when greasy: It would be the fat in popcorn which worsens reflux and not the popcorn per se unless you are eating buckets of them at a time. Smaller meals usually work better. ...Read more

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Is milktea bad for acid reflux?

Probably: Tea/coffee as well as fatty food worsen reflux. Thus non-fat milk would be better for you. As for tea/coffee, it doesn't matter whether it is caffeinated or not. ...Read more

Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Reflux (Definition)

Acid reflux is defined as the presence of acidic gastric contents in the esophagus causing irritation. It's cause is blamed on the a lax gastroesophageal shpincter that permits usch regurgitation. Vesicoureteral reflux is regurgitation (backing up) of urine in the bladder into the ureter ...Read more