I'm asking this for a co-worker...
Her son is 3 and has been having difficulties with what seems to be silent reflux (ie acid from the stomach coming up into the esophagus, making him cough and giving him frequent ear infections... might not be "silent reflux" exactly, but that's what's happening) for quite a while, and he doesn't seem to be growing out of it.
He's been being treated with medication to (according to co-worker) prevent the acid from coming up by closing the (damn, forgot the exact word) flap between the stomach and esophagus. They are now starting to talk about possibly operating.
Before they go that far, my co-worker is wondering if certain foods could be making things worse, or even causing it. Soo...
Can certain foods (I'm thinking dairy, what else?) cause "silent reflux like symptoms"? What are the worst offenders (she won't do a total elimination diet and re-introduce foods one at a time, so it'll have to be a eliminate one, see if that helps, if not, reintroduce it and eliminate the next, etc.)?
What good substitutes exist for the "offenders"?
Thanks in advance,