How To Deal With Kids Acidity Problem
Acidity problem is not common among kids. But if it occurs too frequently then you should not ignore it. Acidity in kids is characterized by burping, heartburn, and spitting up. The regular occurence of these symptoms is called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
GERD is caused by upward movement of stomach contents. These contents are acidic and move backwards because of the improper closing of the muscle that connects stomach with esophagus.
Symptoms of GERD
- Frequent Vomiting
- Difficulty in eating
- Sour taste in mouth
- Gas, heartburn or abdominal pain
- Frequent coughing
- No weight gain
Acidity problems may occur sometimes but if they become recurrent then you need to consult a doctor. A doctor will diagnose the kid and may suggest tests like pH probe, barium swallow and upper gastrointestinal endoscopy.
If not treated well then GERD may lead to other health related problems like pneumonia, sinus, ear infections and a cough at night. The stomach acid can also damage teeth by damaging enamel.
Treatment of Acidity in Kids
Doctors generally prescribe antacids and medicines that reduce gas in the intestine. But their are certain things that you can do to help your toddler-
- Do not let the child lie down for at least two hours after meals.
- Keep the child’s head higher than the rest of the body when they lie on bed.
- Do not let your kid overeat. Feed them small meals at regular intervals rather than feeding a lot at one go.
- Avoid fatty and spicy foods.
- Chocolates, onion, garlic, peppermint and tomato-based foods should also be not given.
- Keep your kid away from citrus fruits and carbonated drinks.
How have you dealt with the problem of acidity in your child?