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My daughter has silent reflux and I was wondering if this effects her talking?

Hi Glenda
My daughter has silent reflux and I was wondering if this effects her talking? She trys to talk and squeal but ends up coughing. She is also teething and everything seems to be getting worse. Is this common?
Thanks for your help :)

Answer: Hi, Thanks for your question. Reflux can affect children in lots of different ways, and it is possible that she is refluxing so much even talking/squealing makes her cough. I can’t tell you that reflux is definitely causing it though, and I would recommend you talk to your doctor about what is going on. There could be lots of other reasons for her to be coughing and it sounds like it is something that your doctor needs to be aware of, particularly if it is having such a big impact on her. She may even start to avoid talking if it does cause distress and you would need to address that as much as possible. Lots of families say teething makes their child’s reflux worse, so I’m not surprised to hear that you have also noticed that. Other factors that seem to commonly cause reflux to flare are things like vaccinations, illness, change of routine, overtiredness, crawling and constipation. You don’t mention how old your daughter is, but perhaps some of these things could also be affecting her. Some children need an increase in their reflux medication while they are teething (or while other factors are affecting them), so even if she is medicated, that may be something you could talk to your doctor about. (of course it may also depend on whether your doctor thinks it’s reflux related). Have you noticed any change in her sleeping or eating? What about behaviour? Is she more irritable, sensitive or moody? Reflux can cause lots of behavioural issues, and this seems to be an issue particularly as they get older. It can also make some children hoarse, their talking may sound different, or they may stop talking all together. On the other hand, it may not affect their talking at all. I hope that answers your question. Please talk to your doctor whenever you have concerns, and please continue to trust your instincts. There is more information on our site about reflux (at www.reflux.org.au) that may help as well. Glenda, for RISA Inc.
Answered: 15 Jul 2009