Pediatric GERD: Treatment, Diet and Home Remedies

Food and Nutrition

Foods to be given
  • Breads and grains
  • Fruits and vegetables (apples, bananas, grapes, melons, pears, plums, leafy greens, cucumbers, green beans, cauliflower, potatoes)
  • All children less than two years of age should be drinking whole milk and eating full fat dairy products. Consult with your physician if your child does not tolerate full fat dairy products.
  • Children older than two with acid reflux should be drinking skim milk or 1 per cent fat milk and eating low-fat yogurt and cheese
Foods to be avoided
  • Chocolate
  • Tomatoes
  • Citrus fruits
  • Fried foods
  • Peppermint
  • High fat foods
  • Garlic and onions

Home Remedies

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Avoid tight fitting clothes
  • Eat smaller meals
  • Raise the head of the bed 6 to 8 inches
  • Thicken bottle feedings with cereal
  • Serve the evening meal early at least two hours before bedtime
  • If bottle-feeding, keep the nipple filled with milk so your infant does not swallow too much air while eating. Try different nipples to find one that allows your babys mouth to make a good seal with the nipple during feeding

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