Reflux 101: A Parent’s Guide to Gastroesophageal Reflux is a comprehensive guide to parenting a baby or child with Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER) and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). I wrote this book for you, the many parents of babies and children with reflux. When my daughter was struggling with reflux, I longed for a book that would answer my questions and provide the support and hope that I needed to get through the hard work of caring for her. At long last, the book is ready for all of you.
Reflux 101: A Parent’s Guide to Gastroesophageal Reflux focuses on the information parent’s need the most: how to help your baby or child eat, sleep, play and grow. At the same time, there is practical advice about day to day coping, communicating with the doctor and advocating for your child. The book will help you translate the treatment plan provided by the doctor into a workable home plan. At the same time, you will hear the voices of other parents who have struggled with reflux, offering support and hope for this often stressful season of parenting.
They say caretaking is the unplanned career. I can certainly relate to that. After college, I had a successful career as a preschool special education teacher. Things were going along just fine until my youngest daughter was born with severe reflux and asthma. My world was turned upside down. Each day was a struggle of worry and backbreaking work. It was impossible to work outside of the home as I cared for her and managed the household 24/7. I knew that I needed support and so I joined a patient support organization and eventually worked for the organization. I have had the honor and privilege of offering support and information to hundreds of parents, grandparents and day care providers of infants and children with reflux. They have taught me so much about caring for a child with reflux and their stories are presented as short vignettes throughout the book.
So my unexpected career took several twists and turns and went from teacher to caretaker to book author. During the reflux years, I found that writing down my thoughts and worries helped me to organize my ideas and had a soothing, therapeutic effect. I wrote many articles and patient brochures and eventually started writing articles for HealthCentral. This book was written on scraps of paper while driving erratically down the road, in the hospital while my sick kids slept, in clinic waiting rooms, early in the morning and late into the night, sometimes on far less sleep then is deemed acceptable for prisoners of war (see Geneva Convention section on humane treatment of POW’s). I have written this book over and over in my head and it is a relief to get it all written down in one book!