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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...
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...
A few years ago, I compiled a tongue-in-cheek list called, "You Know You have a Child with Severe Reflux When...". Some of the members of the Parent Forum at www.reflux.org have created a new list. Funny and sad at the same time, we have all been there. You know you have a baby with reflux when... He's 4 months old and knows how to wipe his own face. You own over 30 bibs. You have twice as many burp cloths as bibs. You have clothes for YOU in the diaper bag. You ensure that all furniture in the house is either made of leather, micro fiber or it is disposable. You can tell when someone ELSES' baby is refluxing, just by the expression on their face! Each and every outing is planned around the fact that a feeding takes up to an hour, plus holding your child upright for at LEAST 30 minutes before putting her in the car seat. You are an expert at administering medication to an infant. Going to...
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