Preventing Heartburn in Babies
In the UK The National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE) has published its first clinical guideline on the management of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (Gord in the UK, GERD in the US) in infants and children here. It points out that most episodes of reflux are temporary, and not chronic disease. WebMD provides more general information on preventing heartburn in babies here, and for an interesting article on treating acid reflux in infants naturally, read Chris Kresser’s post here.
Effects of Common Medicines on Heartburn
Did you know that some common medications, such as beta blockers, pain killers and antibiotics, can cause heartburn or exacerbate it? Here’s a roundup of those which you should watch out for. From a personal point of view, I’ve taken some of the medicines listed, but have not had a problem. What’s been your experience?
Double check with your doctor if you think there is a link.
Acid Reflux Sympathetic Recipes
Now, do you find yourself avoiding certain foods because of your heartburn, and as a result having a bland diet? There is no need, if you get a little creative in the kitchen. A revolution in acid reflux treatment occurred when Jamie Koufman, MD published her research in “Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook & Cure”, and the recipes she includes are delicious. She lists foods on the basis of their acidity, which is important to manage adverse impacts on the esophagus. I’ve got a copy of this book, and it has certainly helped me in choosing foods – and food combinations – which are not only tempting to eat, but help to heal damage done by acid reflux. More details, and reviews, can be found here.
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