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Acid reflux in toddlers: causes and treatment

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In older children, the causes of GERD are often the same as those seen in adults. Also, an older child is at increased risk for GERD if he or she experienced it as a baby. Anything that causes the muscular valve between the stomach and esophagus to relax, or anything that increases the pressure below the LES, can cause GERD.

Treatments for Acid Reflux in Infants and Children

Elevate the head of the child's bed.
Keep the child upright for at least two hours after eating.

Serve several small meals throughout the day, rather than three large meals.

Make sure your child is not overeating.

Limit foods and beverages that seem to worsen your child's reflux such as high fat, fried or spicy foods, carbonation, and caffeine.
Encourage your child to get regular exercise.

If the reflux is severe or doesn't get better, your doctor may recommend medication.

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