Grandparents Step Into An Active Role in Treating Acid Reflux

Tracy Davenport, Ph.D. Health Guide
  • As a result of our book, Making Life Better for a Child With Acid Reflux, we are often contacted by grandparents desperate to improve the lives of their children who are caring for a baby with acid reflux. Our sense is that these grandparents have stepped in to serve an important role in supporting a family experiencing a potentially difficult medical situation. This blog is dedicated to those grandparents who are instrumental in helping to care for a grandchild with acid reflux.

    Let me first and foremost say thank you for helping your child and grandchild. Take it from me. When things do improve with your grandchild, your son or daughter will be forever grateful for whatever help you provided.
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    Every family’s needs are unique, but let me provide a few suggestions of ways you might be able to help your child’s family that you may not have already thought about.

    If you live close to your grandchild:
    1. Offer to stay with the baby at your son or daughter’s house for the night while the parents come to your house for a good night’s sleep. Leaving their own environment for the night may allow them some extra relaxation and an opportunity of a quiet night.
    2. Offer to come to the baby’s next doctor appointment. It is extremely important to have someone close to the family, but still sleeping enough to communicate clearly, at each doctor appointment.
    3. Remember to be a parent as well as a grandparent. Ask your son or daughter what you can do to support him or her specifically.

    If you are not in close proximity to your grandchild:
    1. Continue doing what you are doing right now. Finding out as much information about acid reflux in babies and children as you can will allow you to understand what resources are available to help improve the situation, and what issues your grandchild may be facing.
    2. Provide long-distance support over the phone or email. My own mother lives 1000 miles away, but because she has acid reflux, she is able to give us some very practical advice about what makes her reflux worse, and what to do to help our son during and after a reflux episode.
    3. If your own financial situation allows it, this may be a good time to offer some short-term monetary support. Taking care of a baby or a child with a chronic illness for even a brief time can be an expensive affair. Let your son or daughter know that you realize these are extraordinary times, and your offer to provide a financial respite is in no way a reflection of their ability to support themselves in normal circumstances.

    Finally, continue to take care of yourself so you can be there for your family when you want to be. The following Web sites were designed specifically to support you in your role as a grandparent:

Published On: February 05, 2007