GERD Diet 

 The GERD diet (gastro esophageal reflux disease) is important in helping control the symptoms of your child’s acid reflux. The problem with reflux is that there are very few foods guaranteed to irritate your child. Because of this recommendations need to be individualized and a consult with a pediatric dietitian is recommended.

In addition to your child receiving effective medications, a diet that minimizes symptoms of acid reflux will help him feel his best, hopefully causing him to eat better and with less bad behaviors.

What foods should my child with reflux avoid?

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Although some children may be able to tolerate some of these, for the most part these foods are ones to be avoided because of the risk of acid reflux.

Fruit: Citrus fruits and juices such as lemon, grapefruit, cranberry juice and tomatoes

Vegetables: Raw onions and French fries

Meat: Buffalo wings, spicy meats and chuck ground beef

Dairy: Ice cream, sour cream, whole fat cottage cheese

Grains: No plain grains, however sauces may be on the avoid list.

Beverages: Alcohol, coffee and tea

Fats: Creamy salad dressing

Junk Food: Fried chips, chocolate, doughnuts, fried pastries

Some foods can be eaten with caution as long as you pay close attention to your child’s symptoms.

Fruit: Berries, apple cider, peaches, grapes, dried cranberries

Vegetables: Garlic, leeks, cooked onions, scallions

Meat: Fried eggs, fried fish, cold cuts, tuna salad, egg salad and chicken salad

Dairy: Yogurt, mozzarella and cheddar cheese, low fat milk and cottage cheese

Grains: No plain grains, however sauces may be on the avoid list.

Beverages: Coke, Root beer, non alcoholic drinks

Fats: Creamy salad dressing

Junk Food: Reduced fat cookies

Finally, there are the foods that can be consumed safely without any risk of acid reflux. These foods are:

Fruit: Apples and bananas

Vegetables: Carrots, peas, green beans, baked or boiled potatoes, all vegetables not listed in the above 2 lists.

Meat: Very lean beef, fish, skinless chicken, egg whites

Dairy: Fat free cheeses and milk

Grains: All plain grains

Beverages: Water

Fats: Low fat salad dressing

Junk Food: Fat free cookies, jelly beans, red licorice

The GERD diet is not difficult to follow once you know what foods would be best for your child. By figuring out which foods he can tolerate and which ones aggravate him he will be able to eat greater amounts of the allowable foods.