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   Posted 3/10/2007 7:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey there.. I posted this on the GERD forum, and only got a couple of responses.. I was wondering what you guys thought about this?
My daughter has been complaining of her belly feeling "bubbly" and when she burps and farts (sorry for being so blunt) it smells like rotten eggs.. it is absolutely horrid..  skull She's only 10... I have heard that some people have this if they are lactose intolerant, but have also heard that it may be GERD.. I have GERD and a hiatal hernia, but have never had any run in with rotten eggs... I told her that we were going to try and cut down on her milk intake to see if that helps at all.. but I don't want to cut it out totally.. she LOVES milk... guess I can go to Soy, if I need to..  sad Any thoughts/advice would be greatly appreciated!    :-)
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   Posted 3/11/2007 5:01 AM (GMT -7)   


I'm sorry about your daughter going through that. I am not sure if children can take those OTC meds for lactose intolerance, such as Lactaid. But if they can, you might want to give it a try & see if it helps when she eats any dairy products. I get horrible stomach cramps & diaharrhea sometimes after eating ice cream & such and found that taking Lactaid with the first bite does help a bit. And, of course, you probably want to have her checked out by a doc anyway to make sure nothing more serious is going on.

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   Posted 3/11/2007 6:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Rather than trying to get her to swallow the Lactaid pills, it might be easier to just switch her over to Lactaid milk until you can see if it makes a difference.

She might well be having GERD, or there could be some kind of bacterial overgrowth in her intestinal tract. If that's it, some yogurt may help a little, but with any of these options, she should probably be seen by a pediatric GI.

I hope she gets back to feeling better soon.
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   Posted 3/11/2007 7:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I bought some Lactaid Milk yesterday.. It was the 1st time in 2 days that she'd had milk.. she said her stomach was a little "bubbly" last night and she was gassy... :( I really hoped the Lactaid will work, I didn't want to have to send her to a GI.. Guess it's my last choice, huh?

Thank you both for your inputs.. I really do appreciate it
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   Posted 3/12/2007 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   
maybe by "bubbly" she may mean gas? hmmmm? is she a gum chewer? when i was a kid i had wicked gas problems... hmmmm???????
i love LACTAID milk. maybe it'll help.

is she constipated?
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   Posted 3/12/2007 11:09 PM (GMT -7)   

My daughter was extremely gassy - I initially took her down to 1% milk, then switched her to soy and took her completely off all dairy for a couple of months. It made a world of difference. I can't recall any rotten egg smells - it was a few years ago and she was much younger than your daughter (about 4 or 5 and she's 7 now.) Eventually, I tried lactaid and it was not good. It brought back the D and gas. She tolerates small amounts of dairy - I give her limited cheese and yogurt, etc.....but I try to give her soy products and cut her completely off the dairy when the dairy goes overboard and she starts having constant D and belly complaints. She still is a pretty gassy person - even on soy alone, but I really am doing her an injustice by caving in and not insisting we have all soy products for her in the house and letting her have dairy. She also has always loved milk, she's not a big fan of soy.

If your daughter's gas issues continue regardless of removing dairy, I would definitely bring her in for tests - if not sooner. That foul of a smell can't be good. When I was 10 I had some stomach issues as well - all I can remember is I was burping ALL the time - I was taken off dairy and a whole list of foods for 6 months.

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   Posted 3/13/2007 4:45 AM (GMT -7)   
ducky i went online and did a search 4 u.... found it very interesting!
Do some people have more gas than others?
Yes. The average adult produces one to three pints of intestinal gas a day and passes gas 14 to 23 times a day. (i do not!) Vegetarians, carbonated-beverage drinkers, gum-chewers and smokers tend to produce more than the average amount of intestinal gas, as do people who eat lots of gas-producing foods

Which foods cause intestinal gas?
Carbonated beverages are an important source of intestinal gas. So are carbohydrates because they often contain indigestible sugars, starches and fiber. For example:
Raffinose. This sugar is found in beans, cabbage, brussels sprouts, broccoli, asparagus and whole grains.
Lactose. Milk and milk products such as cheese and ice cream, as well as some processed breads, cereals and salad dressings, contain the sugar lactose. While most people can digest lactose with no difficulty, some have trouble because they do not produce the enzyme lactase, which splits lactose into digestible parts. Without lactase, milk and other lactose-rich foods ferment in the intestine, releasing excessive gas. People of African, Asian and American Indian descent are most likely to be deficient in lactase.
Fructose. Onions, artichokes, pears, wheat, and some soft drinks and processed foods contain this sugar, which may be difficult to digest.
Sorbitol. Apples, pears, peaches, prunes, and some sugar-free foods, candies and chewing gum contain the sugar sorbitol, another one that's hard to digest
Rice is the only starch absorbed almost completely by the small intestine. Because rice starch never reaches the large intestine, gas-producing bacteria don't break this starch down. Other starches, including potatoes, corn, noodles and wheat, are gas producers. Dietary fiber, found in beans, oat bran, peas and most fruits, also tends to produce gas. When research subjects ate a diet in which half of their calories came from pork and beans, they experienced a tenfold increase in their normal gas production.

What gives intestinal gas its odor?
Trace gases — which make up less than 1 percent of the intestinal gas you produce — are responsible for 100 percent of the smell of intestinal gas. The most common trace gases produced by bacteria are hydrogen sulfide, which smells like rotten eggs; methanethiol, which smells like decomposing vegetables; and dimethyl sulphide, which smells sweet.(ok? i guess if we r going to "fart " a couple dozen times a day lets make a law to eat these types of sweet smellin farts!)
The most offensive intestinal gases usually contain sulfur compounds from sulfur-rich foods, such as cauliflower, eggs and meat. Although less-sulfur-rich foods such as beans can produce large amounts of gas, such gas has a less noticeable odor.
and one more piece of trivia......
What causes the distinctive sound when intestinal gas is released?
The expulsion of intestinal gas makes the anal sphincter vibrate, resulting in the characteristic sound. The amount of gas and the force of the expulsion, as well as the amount of resistance from the anal sphincter, determine the loudness and pitch.
all i can say is it is not good at 10 socially to be fartin like rotten eggs, even ur best friends will have trouble tolerating and i wouldnt want her to get a nick name like?.............. idk?  there is probably an otc med to take if diet changes dont help?  good luck ducky. 
u know if i burp my husband always says "what did u do step on a duck?" so is that how u got ur nickname by burpin? lol i guess my hubby thinks my burps sound like a duck quackin like he was injured and stepped on lol! but i dont step on them a dozen times a day!  lol  idt?lol 
 hope this helped it was fun in a wierd way?
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