Raise the head of your child’s bed 6 in. (15 cm) to 8 in. (20 cm). Using
extra pillows does not work.
Have your child stay upright for 2 to
3 hours after eating.
Serve 5 or 6 small meals instead of 2 or 3
Limit foods that might make reflux worse. These include
chocolate, sodas that have caffeine, spicy foods, fried foods, and high-acid
foods such as oranges and tomatoes.
Keep your child away from smoky
If these steps don't work, the doctor may suggest
medicine. Medicines that may be used include:
Antacids, such as Mylanta and Maalox.
Antacids neutralize stomach acid and relieve heartburn. You can buy these
without a prescription. But they are not usually recommended for long-term use.
H2 blockers, such as
cimetidine (Tagamet) and ranitidine (Zantac). H2 blockers reduce the amount of
acid in the stomach. You can buy some of these without a prescription. For
stronger doses, you will need a prescription.