Toddler Acid Reflux

Toddler acid reflux occurs when the child’s stomach acid flows up the esophagus or throat rather than staying in the stomach as it should. Learn the signs of acid reflux and tips for controlling it below.

Signs of Acid Reflux in Toddlers:

If you suspect your child suffers from acid reflux (also known as gastroesophageal reflux or GER) talk to his/her pediatrician. A toddler doesn’t have to display all of these symptoms to suffer from acid reflux. Any of these symptoms may be clues in helping him/her get the proper diagnosis:

  • Night Time Coughing
  • Night Time Vomiting
  • Day Time Vomiting
  • Toddler Being Extremely Picky
  • Wheezing
  • Weight Loss
  • Child Showing Signs of Pain (from heartburn, abdomenal pain, or gas)
  • Sour Burps
  • Bad Breath

Tips For Controlling Toddler Acid Reflux:

If you suspect your toddler has acid reflux, it’s important to talk to a pediatrician. Your toddler’s acid reflux may not be able to be controlled without medication. Along with remedies prescribed by a doctor, these tips are also generally helpful for toddler acid reflux:

  • Avoid caffeinated drinks in toddler’s diet
  • Avoid spicy foods in toddler’s diet
  • Avoid any trigger foods (other foods that make toddler acid reflux flare up. These may include fatty foods, citrus, etc. Toddlers do need fat for proper growth and development, so don’t eliminate fat).
  • Have your child wait at least 30 minutes after eating before laying down.
  • Have your child sleep with his/her head somewhat elevated (elevate the head of the bed or crib safely)
  • Feed your child smaller, more frequent meals, rather than three large meals.
  • Make sure your tot doesn’t wear clothes that are restrictive around the abdomen like tight belts, etc.
  • Prevent constipation.
  • Avoid drinks at night
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