Overlooking Acid Reflux Disease in Children
An 11-year-old boy in Boston developed a Gastro esophageal
reflux Disease (GERD). According to his mother, Cathy, it
was the end of June in the year 2005 when his son developed
a cough which usually happens during sleep, and even during
daytime. It is only a short dry cough symptom. His
pediatrician thought it was only allergy, however, when his
son was tested, result showed that his son had no allergy.
According to her, it was his son’s asthma that relates to
Studies show that GERD is likewise normal to infants and
children like in adults, though this fact is often times
being overlooked. The symptoms come in continual sickness,
coughing, and other respiratory trouble.
Children are vulnerable to GERD because of their immature
digestive system. Truth is majority of the infants grow out
of GERD once they reach the age of one year old.
The medical specialists further stated that symptoms for
children may come in difficulty in swallowing foods, or
failure to grow. The doctors recommended that in situation
like this it is best to lessen the amount of acid in the
children’s stomach before it could lead to acid reflux,
since this disease is not very curable in children.
However, the doctor suggested some approaches to avoid acid
reflux on children; an example of these is burping the
infant quite a few times during feeding, or letting the
infant stay in an erect position for 30 minutes after
Although, for a child ages three and up, doctors suggested
to keep them off from sodas that includes caffeine like
soft drinks, carbonated drinks, spicy foods like
peppermint, acidic foods like citrus fruits, too much
chocolate, and fried and fatty foods. Ideally, establishing
a healthy eating habit diet can really decrease the acid
reflux in children.
It is also suggested that children will eat smaller meals
before sleeping, if possible, do not allow them to eat two
to three hours before sleeping, also, elevate the head of
their bed fo