The Holiday Heartburn

The last 3 months of the year are always the same. With Halloween, Thanksgiving, and then Christmas (or whatever you celebrate, don’t shoot the messenger) at the end of each month, it’s no wonder every January is the month gyms see their memberships increase dramatically.

The fear of weight-gain isn’t so much an issue with me; I’m already chubby, so I got extra room. But, because of that extra weight, and probably because my stomach hates me after all these years of abuse; I find that the sweets that come with this time of year give me really bad heartburn. This year I found out it’s not just me who gets that heartburn; my son does too. I didn’t even know kid could get heartburn.

After one of my children’s many gorge-fests of post-Halloween treats; my son started complaining. It wasn’t like is usual complaining, so I figured he might be telling the truth. He said his stomach felt like it was really full (no duh kid, you just stuffed  a year’s worth chocolate down your gullet), and that his throat hurt.

I thought he was getting sick; like from the flu. Seeing as my son is only 6, he still can’t describe symptoms as descriptive as you’d hope. Everything just hurts.

But when I started asking what his throat pain felt like, he began describing some cartoon he watches where the hero had to escape a lava trap. First, I diagnosed that my son is clearly insane, but second; the lava reference made me think he had heartburn, or some indigestion issues.

After doing some very minimal research with my friends over at Know Your OTCs, I found that kids can totally get heartburn, and there is even antacids made specifically for kids, but, of course we should always check with your pediatrician first.

And, with that problem solved, it gave me just the excuse I needed to take all the remains of my children’s Halloween haul, and throw it away. Of course, by throw it away, I mean hide it for when they’re stressing me out, and I need a sweet relief…it will make the heartburn I get all the more worth it.

Here are a few more awesome fun facts I learned through my research at Know Your OTCs:

  • Did you know that in the first year with a baby, parents change at least 2,000 diapers? With a newborn comes the beginning of many years of “poop talk” for parents! 
  • Norovirus is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis, or stomach flu, in the United States and it tends to peak in the winter months, similar to the flu. According to NBC News, “it makes 21 million people sick every year in the United States.” 
  • If you have a child who you believe is constipated – you aren’t alone. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), constipation is the reason for between 3-5% of visits to the pediatrician each year.

For more awesome tips about kids and the wonderful world of poop and gastrointestinal issues, check out these short videos of some of your favorite bloggers talking with our friend, Dr. Katie Friedman of Forever Freckled  

I’m a blogging ambassador for the CHPA Educational Foundation’s KnowYourOTCs program and all opinions are mine

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