A diet for children with acid reflux
A diet for children with reflux should, above all, avoid foods that are high in fat. However, lean meats such as veal, pork loin, rabbit, poultry, pork and poultry ham and sirloin are allowed. The feeling of burning in the throat and the effects of gastric juice on the esophagus can be reduced by eating soups and broths and drinking herbal teas that regulate the digestive system.
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1. Reflux in children
Gastroesophageal reflux disease affects many people, especially adults. However, children also suffer from it, especially toddlers who are overweight or obese. The most common symptom of reflux is heartburn, a burning sensation or burning around the esophagus. It is caused by gastric juice that backs up in the digestive tract and irritates the delicate wall of the esophagus. Heartburn usually occurs when you reposition your body or when you exercise. It is accompanied by an unpleasant feeling of bitter or sour taste in the mouth. The cause of reflux is the regurgitation of the stomach into the throat due to a malfunction of the lower esophageal sphincter. A change in lifestyle and a proper diet can help to reduce the symptoms of reflux.
2. Foods allowed in acid reflux disease
Products that may be given to a child with reflux include:
- lean meats and cold cuts - veal, pork loin, rabbit meat, chicken, turkey, pork and poultry ham, sirloin,
- lean dairy products - yoghurts, kefirs, buttermilk with reduced fat content,
- boiled, stewed, foil-baked or steamed dishes,
- vegetables, such as carrots, potatoes, cauliflower, spinach, beets,
- certain herbs and spices, such as fresh basil, oregano, garlic, sage, dill, rosemary,
- yeast or biscuit cakes,
- non-carbonated mineral water,
- herbal teas, except mint tea.
3. Food products not recommended in reflux disease
Foods that should be avoided in a child's diet for reflux problems include:
- fatty meats and cold cuts - fatty pork, goose meat, duck, knuckle, ribs, ham, salami, pates, fatty sausages, head cheese,
- fatty dairy products - yellow cheeses, processed cheese, blue and fromage cheeses,
- fast-food - burgers, hot dogs, fries, cheeseburgers,
- fried foods,
- vegetables, such as onions, cucumbers, tomatoes,
- dishes with the addition of vinegar - marinated mushrooms, vegetables and fruit, salads and salads with the addition of vinaigrette,
- hot spices - pepper, curry, chili, hot pepper, pepperoni peppers,
- chocolate products - bars, chocolates, cakes, cakes, candies,
- carbonated drinks,
- juices: orange, lemon, grapefruit, tomato,
- strong tea.
4. Meals for children with reflux
Meals for children with reflux do not have to be standardized, and the child's diet does not have to be poor. The form in which the food is served is the most important. Porridges and dairy products should be thickened with starch or carob bean meal. It is also worth giving your child cooked lean meat, cut into pieces and vegetable broths to eat. Instead of fruit juices, you can give your toddler thicker liquids, such as purees or starch-thickened fruit mousses.
You can also prepare your child a fish baked in foil, with a little melted butter and herbs - thyme or dill. If your toddler likes spiced dishes, you can add parsley, and meat - basil. The child will eat with appetite when you prepare a sauce based on yolk, light vegetable stock and starch for the cooked meat. A child with reflux should also eat cooked vegetables such as carrots, parsley, beetroot, and zucchini. However, you should avoid bloating vegetables in your diet (peas, beans, broad beans, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli), which cause gas in the intestines and aggravate reflux symptoms. The last meal of the day must be eaten at least two hours before bedtime.