4 doctors weighed in:

My 11 year old son says he has indigestion/heart burn. Says his heart/chest feels like its on fire? Help please!

4 doctors weighed in
Cole Livingston
Emergency Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Calcium carbonate.

Try giving him some oral antacids, such as tums or rolaids.
These contain calcium carbonate, which neutralizes the hydrochloric acid made by the stomach. Do not exceed the recommended dose on the package of whatever you choose. If this is frequent, a pediatrician should evaluate your son for more serious digestive problems, which would require more extensive treatment.

In brief: Calcium carbonate.

Try giving him some oral antacids, such as tums or rolaids.
These contain calcium carbonate, which neutralizes the hydrochloric acid made by the stomach. Do not exceed the recommended dose on the package of whatever you choose. If this is frequent, a pediatrician should evaluate your son for more serious digestive problems, which would require more extensive treatment.
Cole Livingston
Cole Livingston
Answer assisted by Cole Livingston, Medical Student
Thank
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Med/diet/behavior

The burn is triggered when stomach acid enters the lower end of the swallowing tube.
This is aggravated by intake of caffeine in sodas or chocolate, spicy foods, fatty food intake & laying down within an hour of a feed.Cutting back on these foods/behaviors can reduce this. Tums (calcium carbonate) or similar products can give limited temporary relief, but changing the habits that led to the issue help in the long term

In brief: Med/diet/behavior

The burn is triggered when stomach acid enters the lower end of the swallowing tube.
This is aggravated by intake of caffeine in sodas or chocolate, spicy foods, fatty food intake & laying down within an hour of a feed.Cutting back on these foods/behaviors can reduce this. Tums (calcium carbonate) or similar products can give limited temporary relief, but changing the habits that led to the issue help in the long term
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Umesh Patel
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
38 years in practice
1M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors