When a child is diagnosed with acid reflux disease, many physicians will prescribe Prilosec. Your child also may be given other liquid medicines to relieve symptoms as well as an inhaler for throat swelling. Some parents feel this regime entails too many medications to give to a child, and prefer simpler alternatives. The tips listed here also can help with regular bouts of heartburn in adults as well.
Long thought to be a an old wives’ tale, a tall glass of milk does help coat the stomach. This can be true for any dairy product such as ice cream or thick yogurt as well. Avoid additions such as chocolate syrup or strawberry powder, however, as these can actually irritate a sensitive stomach.
Another option, goat milk, comes in both powder and liquid forms. You can find it in at health food stores or in the baking aisle of supermarkets, next to the evaporated and condensed milks. Goat milk is an effective natural remedy for acid reflux in children, and provides great nutritional value as well.
A child who suffers from an irritated stomach should be on a bland diet to reduce stomach acid. This means limiting or eliminating soda, spicy and fried foods, and other known culprits, from their diets. In addition, keep a daily log of what the child eats to see if there are any unrecognized trigger foods that may be exacerbating acid reflux symptoms.
Children should wear looser fitting clothing around the waist, especially infants. Stretchy elastic waists are better than slacks and jeans that do not give. Opt for overalls, jumpers, jumpsuits or dresses instead.
Place a larger pillow underneath the child so his head and chest are slightly elevated. This will help ease the burning sensation of acid reflux when he sleeps. Make sure she sits back a little in a chair, instead of leaning forward.