Diet Substitutions for Children with Reflux

Tracy Davenport, Ph.D. Health Guide
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    What ways have you been most creative with your child’s diet? How difficult are holidays?

    Most creative… well, I am trying to decide if my most creative effort so far with my son’s diet was going to the Wawa convenience store and ordering a turkey sub “with the turkey on the side” and just giving him the turkey, or making him lasagna out of rice noodles with mashed potatoes and ground turkey in-between, instead of cheese and sauce, or when I went through the McDonald’s drive-thru and ordered “just the toy without the happy meal?”
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    Or maybe it was the time I ordered the snow cone “with only the snow,” or the time I went to the smoothie shop in Florida and ordered him a smoothie “made out of this” and gave them all the ingredients, or when I made a rice pizza for him with a turkey hot dog cut up on top to look like pepperoni and placed it in the pizza box from the pizza restaurant?

    But then it could have been the time I broke up rice cakes and put them in a popcorn container at the movie theater so he could be just like his big brother… or maybe it was bringing honey into the Chinese restaurant so he could have “duck” sauce like everyone else? For kids, it seems to be all about the duck sauce at those places.

    Since our family’s new reality is beginning to blend with what was “normal” before our son with reflux, I consulted my friend’s daughter, and she said the most creative food idea yet for my son with reflux and food allergies was the “brownies” I made from smashed up bananas and rice flour, made chocolatey from melted cocoa pieces I sifted out of his “gluten free/dairy free/egg free” cookie mix.

    So it’s really hard to say what the most creative choice has been so far. I do know that the holidays and special celebrations can be extremely difficult on me, because I tend to put a lot of pressure on myself to make things as equitable as they can be (food-wise) for both of our sons. As Dr. Wirtz mentioned in his last blog, watching your child on the sidelines can be really tough psychologically, so sometimes I try to do as much as I can for him in those situations just to make all of our time at those special events more enjoyable.
Published On: July 26, 2006