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Happy Chappy with reflux eventually treated

Hi Dr Ford, just wanted to pop you through a quick message to thank you for the diagnosis of Seth’s reflux last week, initially the losec worked immediately and then he caught a cold so now he is on the mend we are seeing the true effects come through, he is a much happier little […]

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Why are my blood results taking so long?

A parent asks “Hi. We would like to know the outcome of our son’s blood tests results. Please email us as soon as possible.” We reply: “Thank you for your email. It does take a few weeks for some of the tests to come back.The Laboratory only does some of the blood tests once they […]

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Nobody else would listen

Just got this email from a mum, whose child had food allergy, eczema and constipation, but she was not getting the help she needed: “Thanks for your time and understanding when nobody else would listen.” We make a big effort to solve children’s health issues. Cheers Dr Rodney Ford

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Happy mother and child

“Dear Dr Ford Thank you so much for your kind advice and support in managing Jack’s reflux.  When we first came to see you we were quite desperate.  Under your care he returned to the happy boy we were missing. He is now much better and we have seen no sign of his symptoms in many […]

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Omeprazole a crucial medication

Over the last few months I have seen increasing numbers of children being denied Omeprazole for the treatment of their reflux.  These babies are distressed, vomiting, regurgitating, not sleeping and their parents are distraught.  Omeprazole is a very effective medication for reducing the stomach acid, which causes most of the pain in GORD (Gastro Oesophageal Reflux Disease). […]

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It is easy to blame the mother

In clinic. Just seen a distressed mum and a distressed baby boy, 10-month old. He is not sleeping,  crying,  screaming and waking every hour or so. Also, not eating and will only suckle from the breast. He’s not growing, he’s losing weight. Mother has sought help from a lot of different doctors and a paediatrician […]

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Next best after breast milk – what formula?

What Formula should my baby have?  This is the desperate question that many mothers ask me.  They know that cow’s milk is making their baby sick, and now they are searching for the best alternative.  They are ready to wean, but they are unaware of the various choices and what will best suit their baby. […]

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Unsettled baby syndrome! Rubbish

Lilly, by four days old, she was constantly screaming, distressed, and hard to feed.  She was going rigid and vomiting. She developed eczema and had intermittent blotchy red rashes. Her local paediatrican gave her an odd diagnosis of the  “unsettled baby syndrome” – he said that there was nothing wrong, and that she was a […]

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Food colours/additive hyperactive worry

At least 60 food additives used in our foods which are questionable in terms of safety, or at worse, known to be harmful. This has been highlighted by this campaign: http://www.additivealert.com.au/ Food additive colours on to-be-banned list are:102, 104, 110, 122, 124, 129       Five years ago, studies from the University of Southampton UK (2007) confirmed that these […]

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GORD (Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease) caused by milk allergy

Cows Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA) is the underlying cause in up to 40% of infants suffering from gastric reflux. A recent review of GORD and treatment with acid suppression stresses that Cows Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA) is the underlying cause in up to 40% of infants referred for specialist management of GORD (Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease) […]

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