A Note to Reflux Dads

Jan Gambino Health Guide
  • Presumably there are just as many reflux dads as there are reflux moms. On a day-to-day basis, I tend to hear from many more reflux moms. I know the dads are out there, but I get the feeling most of them lurk and do not leave a message. The reflux dads I talk with share the same concerns and often have the same questions: Will the reflux get better? What are the treatment options? How do we get our baby to sleep at night?


    Sometimes a father will contact me because he is the only one with a free hand to type a message or dial the phone. Finding information and support on the Web is a great contribution and very time-consuming. It can take a great deal of research to sort through all of the information and parent forums on the Web to find the answer to a specific question or concern. A few months ago, I received an email from a father in India. We exchanged several emails about home care, medications and diet. I was quite surprised when he called me on my direct line one day. While I had provided all of the information he needed, there were several important topics that required a good old-fashioned phone conversation. We talked parent to parent about deeper concerns: Does infant reflux signal a serious life-long problem? Do reflux babies stop breathing when they choke? As we comfort and rock our ailing babies day after day, mothers and fathers often think of the scary what-ifs. He was relieved to find out that most babies outgrow reflux with no long-term problems or serious complications.

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    A few dads really roll up their sleeves and get involved in the care of their refluxer by becoming the primary caretaker. It can be a daunting task to find daycare for a high-need baby or toddler. At the same time, it can be overwhelming to stay home. I wonder how dads find support when the Web is flooded with mom-to-mom support.


    Reflux affects the entire family and often brings added stress and anxiety. I hope the reflux dads reading this will make their voices heard, whether it is during a fleeting conversation with your spouse between crying spells or by participating in an online chat or forum. Perhaps a few dads will join the PAGER Association support network by becoming a trained parent volunteer or hosting a dad’s forum. And just in case you have not been recognized or acknowledged for your role, may I offer a word of thanks for all you do to help your refluxer feel better.

Published On: June 19, 2007