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How is acid reflux treated in children?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Some docs will prescribe meds for children suffering from reflux, but you should also try some at-home tactics to help minimize the discomfort. In infants, be sure to burp your baby frequently during feedings (every 1 to 2 ounces or every five minutes when breast-feeding if he or she is a spitty baby) and prop up your baby after meals to allow gravity to work; backwash can happen more easily when an infant is lying down flat. If you're breast-feeding, you can also help by minimizing your own consumption of gassy foods such as onions, cruciferous vegetables (for instance, cabbage and cauliflower), and dairy. With toddlers and preschoolers, try adjusting their diet to see if certain foods trigger acid.
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