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...
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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