When you think about it, everyone has a strong opinion about food and eating. One adult may crave crunchy, salty chips while another needs to have a piece of chocolate each day. So why are we surprised when a baby expresses strong opinions about the different flavors and textures of baby formula and pureed food?
Adults with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease often recite a list of foods that cause pain and burning. Unfortunately, babies cannot express themselves as precisely when foods and beverages are irritating to the throat or esophagus. A baby may use their only method of communication (i.e. crying) to indicate that the food is causing irritation and pain. Therefore, feeding a baby with reflux is often accompanied by fussing and even loud crying.
As a parent, it is terrifying and confusing when a baby won't eat. It is easy to attribute turning away and crying as a naughty behavior or an attempt to manipulate us. When a baby stops eating completely due to re...
There are many barriers to healthy eating at work, from a rushed or non-existent lunch break to that box of donuts staring at you in the break room. The reality is that healthy eating is just as important as remembering to take your acid reflux medication to reduce symptoms and manage your reflux . The basics of healthy eating at work (and home) include eating small, frequent meals instead of a large meal. A small meal will place less stress on your stomach and decrease stomach discomfort, heartburn and bloating. It is also important to chew slowly and carefully so the food will digest well and you will avoid ingesting air, which can lead to burping or bloating. Avoiding foods that trigger symptoms will go a long way to reducing heartburn and discomfort too. Here are some ideas to consider: Try eating part of your lunch during break time (morning or afternoon, depending on your hunger) and the rest during your lunch break. If you purchase a meal, eat onl...
I recently interviewed 11-year-old Bryson, a sixth grade student who lives with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) to see what reflux can feel like to a child:
My Question. How did you know you had GERD?
His Answer. I went to the doctor when I was little because I cried every time after I ate. I had constant heartburn and when I ate certain foods I also got the hiccups.
Q. What does your reflux feel like now that you are 11-years-old?
A. It feels like there is a lump in my throat after I eat certain foods, like acidic foods. Or, I get heartburn and it feels like I am throwing up in my throat. Sometimes it just burns in my chest. Also, when I first get up in the morning, I don’t want to eat. I just don’t feel hungry.
Q. Does your reflux ever cause you any problems at school?
A. Like, maybe after lunch I will feel the reflux and that will be distracting. Or if I do sit ups it can hurt.
Q. Does yo...
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