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Home Remedies for Acid Reflux in Children

written by: AlyssaAst • edited by: Lisa Lambson • updated: 11/1/2010

Acid Reflux is a common condition in adults but it can also affect children. Acid Reflux in children can be a difficult condition to cope with. Luckily, home remedies for Acid Reflux can allow this condition to be easier to cope with.

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    Acid Reflux

    A common condition among adults can also affect children. Acid Reflux can affect children of any age. This condition can be difficult to deal with but luckily, there are many home remedies that can help with this condition.

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    Symptoms

    Acid Reflux in children can cause a wide range of symptoms, this includes episodes of vomiting. Children who suffer from Acid Reflux may become reluctant to eat or cry while they eat. They can begin having difficulty while eating by choking or gagging. Children with this condition can develop a cough. As with adults with this condition, they can suffer from heartburn, gas, and abdominal pain. As a result of this condition, many children develop colic. Growth problems can begin to occur if the Acid Reflux is severe enough. Breathing problems and frequent cases of pneumonia can happen with this stomach problem.

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    Causes

    Acid Reflux occurs when the contents in the stomach are sent upwards into the mouth or esophagus. Many children who suffer from this condition are normal, healthy children but some have underlying health conditions that can cause this problem. Many of the problems that may cause this condition have to do with brain, muscle, and nerve malfunctions.

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    Home Remedies

    Although many children out grow Acid Reflux on their own and require no treatment, some children have a more difficult time with this problem than others. Luckily, there are many home remedies for Acid Reflux that can help cope with this condition.

    There are numerous steps that can be taken to help cope with this condition. For younger children, make sure they stay upright for at least thirty minutes after they eat. This will help the contents in the stomach settle and let the food digest for awhile. To help a young child sleep, one end of their bed can be elevated so they are sleeping at an incline.

    Children with Acid Reflux that are older in age can cope with this condition staying upright for at least two hours after eating. As with younger children, one end of their bed can be elevated to help them sleep. It is better for the child suffering from this condition to eat many small meals throughout the day instead of larger meals less often. Paying attention to foods that seem to trigger a child’s Acid Reflux should be avoided to lessen the frequency of the symptoms. Exercise can help a child cope with this condition as well.

    Webmd.com has a list of multiple over the counter medications that can help children with Acid Reflux if these home remedies for Acid Reflux do not work.

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    References:

    “Infant Acid Reflux” August 23, 2008 MayoClinic.com

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