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I was just wondering if there are particula foods to avoid?

hi, my little girl is nearly 8 months old with nasty reflux. my doctor has prescribed s26 reflux formula and to add gavascon in 3 feeds. i was just wondering if there are particula foods to avoid? thanks jacquelene

Glend...
Answer: Hi Jacquelene, I’m glad that you have discussed your concerns with your doctor as that’s a very important first step, and I hope that adding Gaviscon to the feeds helps your little girl feel better. If you don’t find it helps, or it doesn’t help as much as you would like, please don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor again. You don’t mention whether you have already started solids, or whether you have had any problems with them, so my advice would be to introduce any new solids slowly. This will help you to determine if there are any foods that cause problems. The types of foods that people are commonly told to avoid (or minimise) are those that can cause irritation or increase the risk of reflux. These are for example, spicy foods, citrus fruits (e.g. oranges, grapefruit and their juices), tomatoes and other acidic foods, fatty foods (cream, fried foods, animal/vegetable oils, chocolate), carbonated drinks and also caffeine. All children are different though, and these foods do not always cause problems. If you do try them and you don’t notice any problems, then there may not be any need to limit them. It’s also worth mentioning that some reflux children suffer from food sensitivities, and if you notice any food that causes problems, you may need to consider that possibility. Cow’s milk protein or soy protein sensitivity seems to be common amongst reflux babies – but again, they are all different. I don’t think there is any particular food that is a problem for all reflux babies, and so it is a matter of trial and error (and taking things slowly). If you do have any problems, with food or anything else, I would recommend you talk to your doctor and get further guidance. You may also find the tips on our website helpful – go to www.reflux.org.au for further information. I hope that helps. Glenda For RISA Inc
Answered: 01 Jul 2009