Charlene was a caregiver-mom for 16 years to a special needs angel hence she is experienced in more ways than just an ordinary mom
How to get rid of heartburn is a question quite frequently asked by many but to answer this effectively, we have to first understand the cause and find a way to prevent your affliction. Heartburn is a common digestive system disorder and closely linked to acid reflux. Heartburn is habitually experienced by most people in the evening or when you are about to fall asleep, it feels like your chest is being beset by a raging inferno, it is awful and downright painful. Not to sound too dramatic but it resembles a heart attack at times. Okay, granted not as fatal but still could mutate into a serious condition that includes many at all ages, babies usually outgrow the affliction if children experience it then acid reflux is a recurrent nemesis whereas adult sufferers will be burdened with it due to their diets.
I have personal experience with this through all three of my pregnancies and it felt like I was on fire for reals. Due to the restrictions on meds used during pregnancy, one has to be so careful, so I had to settle for home remedies that sometimes worked and sometimes did not. I can only imagine what acid reflux felt like for my disabled son as he suffered daily with it since he was born. Jaden (my late son) suffered so severely with his reflux that he had a stomach tube inserted into his stomach for feeding and had to have medication as well to manage it. His condition was a growing concern before the decision to insert the tube because that regurgitation aka vomiting caused by acid reflux caused him to be malnourished and he was becoming dangerously underweight. We had tried to change his diet as he only ate soft vegetables however there was only so much you can feed someone who cannot eat properly due to severe disability, so he had to have the operation to insert a feeding tube. He then went onto Ensure milk which was fed through the tube, it worked wonderfully as he had been gaining weight beautifully until his passing from heart failure last year.
Coming back to the heartburn... Basically, changing eating habits and possibly altering a few lifestyle factors here or there could work for heartburn sufferers. Ever notice what happens when you eat too much or drink too much? Yes, that is heartburn in all its glory and it is sometimes accompanied by difficulties swallowing, regurgitation, chest pains, dental erosion, hoarseness, asthma, dyspepsia, vomiting, and many others. …the gastric juices in your lower esophagus are disrupted (these juices are incredibly acidic) when any of the gastric juices touches the lining of the esophagus, it becomes aggravated and swells. These irregular flows of gastric juices could be due to a condition known as LES (Lower Esophageal Sphincter) this is the slackening of the muscle found between the esophagus and the abdomen.
How to get rid of heartburn when that attack on your esophagus? This happens at nighttime as well then snoring, restlessness, fatigue and even difficulty breathing may be present. As you can see there are few differences in daytime and night-time heartburn but a single intent is clear, they both need immediate relief. I am a firm believer in the saying ‘prevention is better than cure'. So how do you prevent heartburn? You watch what you eat…sounds simple cause it is that simple though to be fair, I must warn you that what is not simple is going without the foods that cause heartburn because, by a twist of fate, these foods are the ones you cannot say no to. Suffering heartburn depends, more often than not, on denying these foods because for that moment of pure pleasure you will suffer the consequences. Aside from large consumption of food that is unable to be broken down fast enough, foods responsible for acid reflux are spicy, fried, and fatty foods. Also, citrus fruits, caffeine, and alcoholic beverages as well as, last but not least, chocolate…my personal nemesis for which I will gladly suffer many infernos just to experience that moment of pure ecstasy. Ever heard the saying ‘suffer for beauty’ this is called ‘suffer for pleasure’ LOL I understand only too well.
If you have had heartburn already, it is obviously too late for prevention, so a cure is now what you seek. Then an antacid is a common choice, they neutralize the acids, and Acid suppressants are also used for complete relief from heartburn. However, if an antacid or acid suppressant is not readily assessable or you want a cheaper alternative then try chewing a stick of gum, it is a surprisingly instant though temporary heartburn reliever also try honey and aloe juice. Remember if you are still suffering recurrent heartburn even though you have changed your diet and your way of life then you may have a more serious condition, possibly acid reflux so stronger medication is probably needed, and seeking medical help is rather advisable.
Disclaimer: I am not a professional, It's just after 16 years with my late disabled son, I have researched and been educated by my son’s doctors on so many conditions associated with Cerebral Palsy. Hence, I share what I know when I can, in the hope that someone out there can be advised or helped through my experience...Good luck!
Charlene Gallant (author) from Cape Town, South Africa on June 01, 2021:
Thanks for your interest Elaine:)
Elaine Byers on May 31, 2021:
That's an awesome article, thanks for sharing these tips!
Charlene Gallant (author) from Cape Town, South Africa on May 31, 2021:
Hi...yes the tube was definitely helpful for my son in many ways:) thank you Pamela for your interest
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 31, 2021:
It is sad that your son had to have that tube inserted, but at least he gained weight and thrived. I recently wrote an article about hiatal hernias. Heart burn is a symptom of that problem. I didn't know babies could get serious heartburn. Thanks for sharing all of this information, Charlene.