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...
Over the years I have talked with many parents whose babies have what they consider to be "slow stomach emptying" or "slow motility." We found this to be true with one of our acid reflux babies as well. Until one of our daughters developed gastroparesis , we had no idea how bad it could really get! One winter my daughter Ava had a bout with a pretty nasty stomach bug that had been going around her school. It seemed like she was getting better until a weird phenomenon started. She began eating poorly and never got back to her pre-stomach bug appetite. Every three days or so she would throw up everything in her stomach. It would appear to be food from days before. The cycle repeated itself for weeks! Her pediatrician finally diagnosed her with post-viral gastroparesis. Gastroparesis is a condition that reduces the ability of the stomach to empty stomach contents. Some of the symptoms of gastroparesis include nausea, vomiting, feeling f...
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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