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Gerd In Newborns
My newborn was diagnosed with GERD . She breastfeed. What can I do on my end to lessen her symptoms, diet wise?
See below: It's nothing to do with your diet, sorry. It's physiological at this age and will go away as she grows. The newborn's ger relates to their liquid diet, such as bm, the immaturity of the low esophageal sphincter, and positioning (most of the time lying horizontally in the bed). I bet, you were advised by your pcp to burp her during the feeding, elevate the head of the bed and thickening the feeds. ...Read more
Stomach reflux: Gastroesophageal reflux disease is when the stomach contents comes back up into the esophagus too often, and/or in too large of an amount, with or without feeling symptoms such as heartburn. A person with GERD should avoid vinegar and other acidic foods or liquids like juice or soda. The person is treated with lifestyle improvements, plus acid blockers and antacids to decrease acidity. ...Read more
Maybe: Gerd is usually controlled with lifestyle changes and medication. There are some who are "cured" with certain surgical procedures which don't allow the stomach contents to reflux up into the esophagus. See your pcp or a gastroenterologist or a surgeon who specializes in this area. Surgery is usually reserved for those who cannot get control with medications or have other reasons. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
GERD: Some reflux is normal, but when it causes damage to the esophagus, lungs, or vocal cords, or significantly impacts daily life, it is a disease. Many factors contribute to cause including diet, obesity, hiatal hernia, and too many random openings only the valve entering the stomach called transient lower esophageal sphincter relaxations (tlesr's). Diagnosis & treatment are patient specific. ...Read more