My Favorite Infant Acid Reflux Books: A quick review.

by Jennifer Mitchell Wilson B.S. Dietetics, Dietitian, Health Professional

Last week I found myself engulfed in a book discussion on an infant acid reflux site. Realizing that many parents are still looking ways to answer their questions about caring for their own baby, I thought a quick review of my favorite child-care books would be helpful. Check out these titles and let me know in the comment section which is your favorite. Don’t see your favorite? Share it below!

Colic SolvedBy Bryan Vartabedian, M.D.

Vartabdian is a pediatric gastroenterologist who has also had two babies with acid reflux disease. His experience in both parenting acid reflux babies and treating them makes this book the perfect combination of compassion and information. The goal of the book is to get parents asking the right questions, as well as to provide the best answers possible.

Some of the points of strength in this book include the way Vartabedia addresses these topics: acid reflux and its signs, milk protein allergy, medications, and testing for acid reflux. There is even a chapter on what to do if your child’s reflux extends beyond infancy. While the book has tons of medical information it is still an easy read- perefect for any tired parent of an acid reflux baby. Colic Solved can be purchased in paperback or digital format.

Making Life Better for a Child with Acid RefluxBy Tracy and Mike Davenport

This revised version of Making Life Better for an Infant with Acid Reflux includes extended information to cover children with acid reflux as well. As parents to a child with acid reflux, the Davenports clearly address the problems and give common-sense solutions. Parents will be able to find the proper tools to research the condition and how to best talk with their child’s doctor. Food allergies, nutrition for acid reflux, and other health implication are also discussed. One focus frequently missed from the discussion of acid reflux- and perfectly covered here- is how it can effect a child’s behavior. Last but certainly not least the importance of taking care of the caregiver is also addressed- ket for tired parents trying to survive acid reflux. Making Life Better for a Child with Acid Reflux is available in paperback.


Reflux 101By Jan Gambino, M.Ed.

This book is one of the most thorough books on the market for infant acid reflux. With clear descriptions between GER and GERD, parents are able to more clearly understand when the issue of frequent spit up is actually a medical issue. The thorough information on non-pharmaceutical tips for controlling acid reflux such as positioning, formulas and dietary changes while breastfeeding are a perfect compliment to the nitty gritty medical information.

My favorite part is the section that covers some of the lesser-discussed conditions found along with infant acid reflux including asthma, apnea, motility disorders and more. Jan Gambino was the first person to offer me help on my own journey in parenting two children with acid reflux disease. Her compassion for parents walking this road is obvious throughout the book. Her death in was a huge loss to the infant acid reflux community. Reflux 101 is available in paperback and digital formats.

The Reflux BookBy Beth Pulsifer-Anderson

In this review I have saved the best for last. This book is probably my favorite (and I’m not just saying that because I worked with Beth at the Pediatric Adolescent Gastroesophageal Reflux Association for over 10 years). Everything is covered in this book. I have to agree with Dr. Bill Sears who states in the forward: “This book is a must read for any family who has an infant or child with gastroesophageal reflux (GER)... {and} is the model that I follow in my pediatric practice”.

Despite there being so much information in this book, all of the topics are clear and concise enough that any tired parent can breeze through it. From symptoms, diagnosis, home treatments, medications, testing, care-giving working with your child’s doctor and more rare issues associated with acid reflux disease, there is not one topic missed. One of my favorite parts of this book are the real life stories of other parents who have been riding the, “reflux roller coaster." I appreciate that she includes this because it helps other parents not feel so alone in their own struggles. Knowing Beth personally, I can tell you that her compassion for infants and children with acid reflux knows no bounds, and that is very clear in this book. Definitely a must read. The Reflux Book is available in paperback and digital formats.

_By no means should any of these books be substituted for the advice of your own child’s physician. Please do not make any changes to your child’s treatment plan without physician more helpful articles:Allergy, Intolerance or Acid Reflux?

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Jennifer has a bachelor's degree in dietetics as well as graduate work in public health and nutrition. She has worked with families dealing with digestive disease, asthma and food allergies for the past 12 years. Jennifer also serves the Board of Directors for Pediatric Adolescent Gastroesophageal Reflux Association (PAGER).

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Jennifer Mitchell Wilson

Jennifer Mitchell Wilson is a dietitian and mother of three girls. Two of her children have dealt with acid reflux disease, food allergies, migraines, and asthma. She has a Bachelor of Science in dietetics from Harding University and has done graduate work in public health and nutrition through Eastern Kentucky University. In addition to writing for HealthCentral, she does patient consults and serves on the Board of Directors for the Pediatric Adolescent Gastroesophageal Reflux Association.