Latest by Jan Gambino

GERD Parenting Sins Part 2: The Picky Eater

Last week in my blog, I admitted that I had committed all of the GERD parenting sin. Please understand that the GERD Parenting Sins are a humorous look at the real lives of real parents doing their best every day and night to care for a baby or toddl...

GERD Parenting Sins Part 1: Spoiling the Baby

Let me start by saying, I have committed all of the GERD Parenting Sins…I rocked my reflux baby to sleep and let her come in my bed even though others told me that I was spoiling the baby and setting myself up for a severe and long term sleep issue. ...

Reflux Nursing Troubles? Pumping and Re-Feeding

Many parents and doctors find that breast milk is easily digested by a baby with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER). But what if your baby with reflux is having trouble nursing? Parents sometimes tell me: "M...

Choking, Gulping, Gagging

Does your baby experience choking, gulping, gagging and coughing during a feeding? How about arching and fussiness? Sound like your baby? Then read on. These worrisome noises from the tiny digestive system of your baby may signal a swallowing problem...

Ask the Reflux Mom-Fussy Baby Worries

Dear Reflux Mom, I have a 3 month old baby who has been diagnosed with severe ‘silent’ reflux…he takes 7.5 mg of Prevacid 2x a day and is on Elecare due to allergies. Plus, I add SimplyThick and a little ground rice cereal to his formula to weigh it ...

Calming the Baby By the Book

The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp, M.D. is a popular parenting book. I met up with Dr. Karp recently and he told me about his newly revised book, The Happiest Toddler on the Block and his parenting classes. Dr. Karp’s book describes a pra...

Question and Answer: Reflux and Autism

Ask the Reflux Mom 10-24-0uestion:** What is the connection between Acid Reflux and Autism?**** Answer:** Children with autism often have significant digestive issues including acid reflux. It is estimated that up to 76% of children with autism had o...

The Croup/Reflux Connection

A study released this week found a connection between chronic croup and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. You may have heard of croup, a common viral illness in infants and toddlers with a characteristic barking cough. In most cases, croup comes on su...

Sleep Feeding: Treatment Options?

While Sleep Feeding is not a common method of feeding a baby with Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER), HealthCentral has become Sleep Feeding Central with many caregivers joining our lively discussion on the topic. For those of you who are just joining in, ...

Is Sleep Feeding Harmful?

See Jan’s sleep feeding question and answer from last week more information on sleep feeding. Sleep feeding (also known as Dream Feeding) is not harmful when it is used as a short term feeding method for a baby who experiences pain and discomfort fro...