Trace Acid Reflux Medical History
Summer is often the season for family reunions. Whether you rent a beach house with your brothers and sisters or gather the family from 12 states and three countries, it is all about being together, remembering the past and making memories for the next generation. I find that family reunions are a great time to learn more about my medical history. While the conversation may be about sports, jobs and current events, often medical issues are discussed too.
Researchers have found a genetic link for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease so I do get a bit hyper-focused on knowing the digestive history of my family. Food allergies and other digestive disorders such as Celiac Disease have a genetic link too. While you may not want to start a conversation with your long lost relative by saying, “So, how is your digestion?” there may be more subtle clues and conversations openers. You may notice that your relative is avoiding certain foods or packs a cooler of special foods (Ok, so this is a big clue!).
A relative may make a comment like,
“Time to take my medication.”
“My doctor said I can’t eat this food.”
You can gently find out more about the medication and the dietary restrictions.
As you talk to family members with young children, listen up for comments that may be signs of infant reflux such as,
“She is so fussy.”
“She never sleeps.”
“She is small for her age.”
“Watch how you hold her, she can really spit!”
Often the doctor will ask you about your family history as part of a full evaluation. So enjoy your time with your family and learn a bit about your family’s medical history too!