Diet for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Child

ExitCare Image Reflux is when stomach acid flows up into the esophagus. The esophagus becomes irritated and sore (inflamed). When reflux happens often and is severe, it is called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). What you eat can help ease the discomfort caused by GERD.

FOODS AND DRINKS TO AVOID OR LIMIT

  • Smoking or chewing tobacco.

  • Coffee and black tea, with or without caffeine.

  • Bubbly (carbonated) drinks with caffeine or energy drinks.

  • Strong spices, such as pepper, cayenne pepper, curry, or chili powder.

  • Peppermint or spearmint.

  • Chocolate.

  • High-fat foods, such as meat, fried food, butter, and nuts. Low-fat foods may not be advised for a child under 2 years old. Talk to the doctor.

  • Fruits and vegetables that cause discomfort. This includes citrus fruits and tomatoes.

Avoid giving your child food that causes him or her discomfort.

THINGS THAT MAY HELP GERD INCLUDE:

  • Having your child eat meals slowly.

  • Having your child eat several small meals a day, not 3 large meals.

  • Having your child wait 3 hours after eating before lying down.

  • Keeping the head of your child's bed raised 6 to 9 inches (15 to 23 centimeters). Use a foam wedge or put blocks under the legs of the bed.

  • Encouraging your child to be active. Weight loss may help ease discomfort in overweight children.

  • Having your child wear loose-fitting clothing.

  • Not smoking around your child.