What are treatments for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in kids?

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Treatment of GERD (reflux) depends on your child’s symptoms and age. If she is uncomfortable, has difficulty sleeping or eating, or isn’t growing enough, your doctor may try medication. Antacid medications like Zantac, are available in dosages that are appropriate for children. However, these are for occasional use on a case-by-case basis. Other treatments include eating smaller meals, not lying down right after eating, and sleeping with a bit more elevation to the head. GERD can be managed through diet as well by avoiding foods that are high in fat or acid, chocolate, caffeine, spicy foods, peppermint, and carbonated drinks, especially with a meal. An antacid taken after eating and at bedtime may cut your child’s discomfort level too.

From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.

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