What you need to know
If a child has severe GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease), they may need certain considerations on trips and/or events.
- The child may feel better with constant movement. They may need to keep moving, perhaps even walking with little rest, all day and/or night.
- Frequent snacks/meals may be necessary to decrease the pain from the increased acid
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- Any change in routine may produce anxiety, fears, and/or worry.
- Anxiety may result in behavioral challenges.
- Crowds and loud noise may be overwhelming to some people.
What you can do
- Caregivers need to anticipate these needs and have medication, food and drink available when they are traveling or at special events.
- Preventing discomfort is easier than trying to cure the flare-up when it occurs.
- Be proactive and discuss any change in schedule or setting with the child ahead of time.
- Use social stories and pictures to help them understand the change.
- Role-play different social settings and appropriate behavior.