Acid reflux typically affects individuals in all age groups. In case a toddler ends up with acid reflux, he/she might experience symptoms such as bad breath, difficulty swallowing, hoarse voice, fussiness after eating and refuses to eat. Since a toddler does not understand what he/she is experiencing, careful observation and treatment of the symptoms is vital. Feeding the child with the proper foods is a good step to help reduce the occurrence of acid reflux.
Calcium is considered as naturally beneficial in minimizing episodes of acid reflux among toddlers since it can kindle the esophagus to tighten which averts stomach acid from backing up. It is important to note that milk is a common food staple for many children as well. It simply means that a toddler is less likely to resist when it is time to eat. On the other hand, dairy can oftentimes trigger episodes of acid reflux. This is why it is best to consult a doctor first to determine if dairy is the cause. In case the child is not allergic, provide milk instead of other fluids that can worsen heartburn. Citrus juices such as grapefruit and orange juices can also contribute to the acid reflux as well.
Rapid transit foods
It is recommended to provide the toddler with rapid transit foods. Since acid reflux can be triggered by foods that are slowly digested, foods that are quickly digested can minimize the symptoms. This involves eating soft foods that are low in fat such as bananas, cooked peas, mashed potatoes and eggs. Carrots that are cooked also have anti-inflammatory effect on the stomach. Take note that these foods are suitable for children and will not strain on the digestive system.
Fruity, flavorful smoothies have been a pleasure for toddlers and also helpful in relieving acid reflux. All you have to do is to use a blender and ask the toddler to choose favorite foods such as bananas, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries to blend into a smoothie. Take note that the blended smoothie not only tastes good to the child but can be digested more quickly since it is already blended, thus reducing the symptoms of acid reflux. In addition, you can also prepare vegetables into smoothies.
What are the foods to be avoided?
There are also foods that should be avoided. It is best to avoid high-fat or fried foods that takes a longer time for the stomach to digest. Foods such as citrus fruits, onions, peppers and tomatoes are too acidic. Chocolate can also contribute to acid reflux. Try to encourage the child to eat slowly and with small bites to help minimize the incidence of reflux as well.
Once a child is suspected with acid reflux, it is best to consult a doctor for proper assessment as well as recommend the suitable foods to eat.