How To Be a Better Dad: Daughter with Sore Throat

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How To Be a Better Dad is the Fatherhood section on SingleDad. Get great fatherhood advice from our members who are in all stages of fatherhood. This month, learn about a member who has a daughter with a sore throat and what it possibly means.

How To Be a Better Dad:
Daughter with Sore Throat

How To Be a Better Dad is the Fatherhood section on
SingleDad. Get great fatherhood advice from our members who are in all stages
of fatherhood. This month, learn about a member who has a daughter with a sore
throat and what it possibly means.

How To Be a Better Dad:
Daughter with Sore Throat

Dear SingleDad,

My name is Sam and I am a 45-year old divorced Dad with a
12-year old daughter living in Spokane, Washington. I am in my second year as a
single parent and I have joint custody.

I wanted to share my recent experience that I am having with
my daughter in hopes that you or any of your members have had a similar
situation. This past month, =my daughter has been complaining about a sore
throat every morning she is with me.

At first, I thought it was being caused by the changes in
the season and made sure there was no draft in her room; however, her room is
insulated and there are no apparent temperature changes or draft in her room. I
also ruled out dust or allergens that could be possibly doing this to her
throat. I changed out all filters in our heating system.

I have taken her to the doctors and they have tested for
strep throat and she has tested "negative" which means there is no infection.
My daughter keeps waking up with a sore throat and bad breath and I am at my
wits end…

Does any of this sound familiar?

Sore Throat Sam.

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Dear Sore Throat Sam,

Now, I am not a doctor, nor am I giving medical advice, but
I have experienced a similar situation that might relate to yours. Believe it
or not, this is more common than you think amongst our brethren.

In my own personal experience, the problem stemmed from my
Joint Custody schedule. That’s right, the time my child spent in between two
households was the culprit to my problem.

You see Sam, when our children are shuttled in between two
households, there is no consistency or control on the feeding and sleeping
times and thus the inconsistency of these two events can cause digestive
issues. My daughter was suffering with sore throats that were actually being
caused by a mild case of acid reflux. Acid reflux can be caused by eating late
at night and then going to sleep.

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Acid Reflux

My daughter was eating late at night and then going
immediately to sleep. The body began the digestive process as my daughter was
falling asleep. This increase in digestive activity was causing acid, which was
irritating her esophagus, thus causing bad breath and a sore throat.

A simple but direct email and follow up phone call to my
ex-spouse allowed both of us to agree to making sure all dinners and meals were
happening before 7 PM during our custody schedule. Eating earlier allows the
body time to digest during active time and not during resting time when the
body is lying flat, vulnerable to acid reflux.

No more late meals, no more sore throats.

Give it a try and keep me posted.

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