Three Tips to Help Your Child with Reflux

Tracy Davenport, Ph.D. Health Guide
  • If you are reading this, then reflux is a part of your life. I can relate.

    Reflux is a part of my life, and my husband’s life, and that of my two sons. Our youngest child, Benjamin, now three-years-old, has significant reflux when he eats foods which are outside of his stomach’s very small comfort zone. Prior to his incredible medical team getting his medicine dosage just right, Ben woke up anywhere between one and three times a night. That was just recently. When he was a baby, he woke up as often as every 20 minutes. Not just crying—screaming!

    I need to share three things with you that you may or may not already have discovered about acid reflux. First, gastrointestinal issues, such as acid reflux, can be incredibly tough. Cliché-like, I know, but finding a solution may not be as straightforward as you had hoped.
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    Second, I think we all (including medical providers) have been sold a bill of goods in some ways. There are still many things in the medical world we just don’t have answers for, and the best we can often do is to support those who are searching for the answers (such as parents of a child who has acid reflux). Support them with resources, a plan of action, the latest in medicine dosing (even if it strays from tradition), and compassion.

    Third, for our family, it seemed that it was not until we got to the very top of the medical food chain (and I mean the top) that we heard some honest answers related to our son’s illness, like, “I am not sure why it is like this, but I see it all of the time,” or, “I hear this time and again, and we just don’t know what to do about it.” When we were swimming with the preverbal “bottom dwellers of the medical community” we instead heard things like, “Maybe you are just spoiling him” or “This reflux medicine always works!”

    I’ve kissed some real frogs related to my son’s condition, but with persistence, professional and personal support, and some luck, I have finally gotten to some of the princes and princesses in the reflux community and hopefully can help guide you through this potentially difficult time.

    Learn more about Tracy's second edition of her book, Making Life Better for a Child With Acid Reflux. This edition brings in the voices of six medical experts who provide up-to-date knowledge about acid reflux in babies and children.
Published On: April 10, 2006