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what are some good foods to eat for gerd?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
See below: In general, low fat, smaller meals are recommended for gerd. You should also avoid caffeine, tomato sauce, chocolate, spicy foods, alcohol, salads and celery. You shouldn't eat late meals (within 3 hrs before bedtime).

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What is gerd?

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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Spit + pain: Gerd = gastroesophageal reflux disease. It's when food repeatedly comes up from the stomach into the esophagus, causing discomfort. If little babies spit up but don't have pain or fussiness, that's just spit-up, not gerd.
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What are the symptoms of heartburn?

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Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Varies as to age: In an infant heartburn might manifest itself solely as discomfort, a fussy baby. Or there may be neck turning or back arching which actually are mechanisms for reducing reflux. These symptoms may are may not be associated with vomiting. The older the child the more specific the complaints are usually upper abdominal pain and/or burning worse 1/2 -1 hour after eating.
A 32-year-old member asked:

If my late night snack involves milk, will that help reduce the occurrence of heartburn?

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Dr. Sheila Goodman
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not most of the time: The calcium in milk may help temporarily decrease heartburn for some women but it will normally come right back in a couple of hours. Also, some pregnant women develop an intolerance of milk products and will feel worse if they have milk. If your heartburn is bad, over-the-counter medications like zantac, (ranitidine) tagamet and Pepcid are all safe during pregnancy.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Are there any medications that can make GERD worse?

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Dr. Randy Burgett
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General Practice 9 years experience
Yes: Gerd can be exacerbated by many different drugs, including anticholinergics, beta blockers, bronchodilators used for asthma, calcium channel blockers, Dopamine agonists, sedatives, and tricyclic anti-depressants. It is best to talk with your physician if you are on other medications to see if they may cause your gerd symptoms to worsen.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can smoking increase my chance of suffering from gerd?

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Dr. M. Jay Petruska
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Smoking and GERD: Yes, smoking is associated with gerd and/or worsening gerd symptoms. It is best to avoid any triggers for gerd, such as smoking, spicy or acidic foods, caffeine and chocolate are common triggers. Your best bet is to stop smoking.

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