Mike and Tracy Davenport

Mike and Tracy Davenport
"Making Life Better for a Baby with Acid Reflux"

Interviewed by: Lauretta Pierce
November 16, 2004

Q. Who is Tracy Davenport and who is Mike Davenport?

A. Dr. Mike Davenport is a writer, coach, speaker and consultant who for years has been helping people survive, thrive and excel. He is the author of several books.

Tracy Davenport is a trained scientist and an advocate for children and parents. She is the director of an award winning camp for girls.

They are parents of two children, one of which suffers from severe gastroespogheal reflux disease. Together they have written "Making Life Better for a Baby with Acid Reflux," a popular book sold world-wide.

Q. What inspired the two of you to write "Making life better for a baby with acid reflux?"

A. Our inspiration came from seeing numerous parents and children suffering, really suffering, for what we believe to be poor reasons. We felt we could help.

Q. Is there a cure for acid reflux?

A. That is the $64,000 question, and the reason being is that there is not consensus to what reflux actually is. Yes, the mechanical process is understood by some of the more assute health care professionals, but why it occurs is not well understood at all. We have even seen research that suggests that there may be five different causes of reflux. Some of those causes are tempered by time, others by medication, others by intense care.

Q. How old is Benjamin now?

A. Benjamin is now 2 1/2 years old. Although he still struggles with his reflux, his quality of life is good, and we credit that a lot to his great medical team.

Q. What methods do you use to help comfort Benjamin when he has a flair-up?

A. There are many things that we do to help Benjamin when his reflux is significant, however, the main one is proper dosage of medication. It has been presented to us that many children are significantly under dosed with medication, and that is like trying to put out a kitchen fire with a cup full of water. Once we were able to establish the best theraputic dosage, things improved immensely. We also have to really limit his diet, and Ben always prefers to be in an upright position.

Q. How long did it take the two of you to write this book?

A. As with many books like ours, it is a "work in progress." It really started when it appeared that Benjamin was having real difficulties, at about 4 weeks of age, and it hasn't stopped.

Q. Are you currently working on a future book about acid reflux diseases?

A. We are working on more products to help people improve the quality of life for chronically ill children. Our main focus is going to be on the social and psychological aspects. The medical aspects are best left to the researchers and doctors in the know, like those at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and Georgetown University.

Q. What message would you like readers to receive from reading "Making life better for a baby with acid reflux?

A. Our message is pretty simple, and comes in two parts. Part one is, don't underestimate how hard caring for a child with reflux can be. The second part is that there is hope, and light at the end of the tunnel (it might seem like a long way away, but it is there.)