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GERD Awareness

GERD Awareness Week falls on the week of Thanksgiving, but don’t let that fool you; it’s not just a disease that affects adults on the turkey-eating holiday. Infants and children, unfortunately, get GERD too! Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is the backflow of stomach contents into the esophagus. It can be very painful, can cause tissue damage from the acid that is pushed up the throat, and contributes to picky eating. Here are some signs and symptoms to look out for if you suspect your child is suffering from GERD.

Infant Reflux: Infants commonly spit up, but when there is frequent or forceful spitting up or burping, vomiting, discomfort when spitting up, gagging, choking, hiccupping, refusal to eat or irritability after eating you have cause for concern. Here are some tips on how to help:

- Write down all the signs of reflux your baby is demonstrating and talk to your pediatrician

- Slow down feedings

- Feed your baby in an upright position

- Try smaller and more frequent feedings

- Consider additional Kangaroo Care or holding your infant upright after meals

Child Reflux: Children can experience painful reflux and, if they can verbalize, they may tell you that their tummy or throat hurts. The common symptoms I have seen are gas, bloating, burping, trouble sleeping, vomiting, discomfort during or after eating, gagging or choking, coughing, hiccupping, throat clearing, wheezing, bad breath, refusal to eat, crying before, during or after eating or complaining of a sour taste in their mouth or stating that food tastes ‘weird.’ Here are some tips on how to help:

- Write down all the signs of reflux your child is demonstrating and talk to your pediatrician

- Serve smaller meals more often

- Skip the juice

- Keep your child upright for 2 hours after a meal

- Decrease spicy foods, carbonation and caffeine (yes, I have several feeding therapy clients that drink coffee, energy drinks and caffeinated tea)

If you believe your infant or child may be suffering from reflux, talk to your pediatrician to obtain a diagnosis and discuss treatment and medication options. Plan on a repeat visit in a few weeks to discuss progress. Speech language pathologists who specialize in the treatment of feeding and swallowing disorders should also be consulted to help your child learn to enjoy eating.

Was your infant diagnosed with reflux? Did he/she grow out of it? What is your story about infant or child GERD? Please share your reflux journey with us in the comment section below. #ezpzfun #reflux #GERD

Happy Feeding,

Dawn Winkelmann, M.S, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist & Feeding Specialist for ezpz

Dawn Winkelmann, M.S, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist & Feeding Specialist for ezpz

Dawn Winkelmann, a.k.a “Ms. Dawn”, has treated thousands of kids across the globe by helping families overcome picky eating stages and food refusals, while adding new foods into their diet. Her high success rate is attributed to Ms. Dawn bringing her education, experience, sense of humor and her favorite feeding products to the family dinner table.

You will find Ms. Dawn’s expert feeding advice to be positive and fun for the entire family! She adapts complicated feeding/swallowing research and makes it practical and easy for parents! Get ready to learn the science behind your favorite feeding products and ways to bring happy family mealtimes back!

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