Foods for reflux babies

Feeding A Baby With Reflux | Parenting Blog | Babocush Limited

It may seem like it was just yesterday when you brought home your little bundle of joy then just like that, it’s time to wean your baby off of milk and introduce solid foods. This process might feel overwhelming, especially if your child is still experiencing baby reflux.

What are the symptoms of baby reflux?

It is important to note the symptoms. Repeated crying, vomiting or spitting up, arching of the back or neck during or after feeds, recurrent ear infections, incapacity to sleep or frequent waking, irritability and lastly, frequent hiccups. Babies typically grow out of reflux within the first two years of their life. With that being said, there are still some foods that can aggravate reflux and others that can ease it.

If your baby suffers with reflux, you may feel more comfortable consulting your doctor before you wean your baby off milk and transition them onto solid foods. As a general rule of thumb, you should avoid giving your baby solid food before they’re four months old.

It’s important that you start the weaning process with purees and baby led weaning.The best foods to feed a baby with reflux are purees of vegetables, particularly root vegetables like potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, swede, parsnips and sweet potato. You can also feed your baby any non-acidic fruits. You should avoid citrus fruits like oranges, apples and grapes, tomatoes, peppers, courgettes, cucumbers and aubergines. In addition to that, you should also avoid any foods that have cow’s milk proteins as well as spicy foods.

How to introduce solid foods?

By the time your little one is 4 to 6 months old, you'll probably have your breastfeeding or formula drill down to an art. However, don’t get too comfortable - your baby will soon be ready for "real" food. When it comes to giving your baby solid food, there are a few tips you can follow that can make the process much easier…

Wean your baby slowly

As a general rule of thumb, you should wean your baby slowly and let them take the lead on how much food they need. Don’t hurry meal times, allowing plenty of time for food to settle in your baby’s tummy.

Start with smooth foods

You should also start your baby on food that is completely smooth. The textures of different kinds of foods can be a trigger for your infant to spit it up. That is not to say you can never introduce different textures, just make sure that you do so slowly. You should also make sure that you sit your baby upright when feeding them.

Watch out for allergies

You can include any foods that are a part of your family’s diet during complementary feeding. As a precaution, you could introduce foods one at a time for three days at first and, if your baby has no issues, the next new food should be added. 

This way, any problematic food would be easier to recognise in the unlikely event that an acute or delayed form of allergic reaction occurs. Once potential allergens, such as eggs and peanuts, have been introduced it is recommended that you continue to include them in your baby’s diet, ideally at least twice a week, to ensure that your baby remains tolerant to that particular food.

Spacing the time in between introducing new foods will give you the opportunity to discover the foods your baby likes and dislikes. Although your baby’s reflux can make introducing solid foods a challenge, it’s by no means impossible. 

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Feeding Solid Foods To A Baby With Reflux: 5 Tips

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by Emily DeJeu in baby-solids-how —

Reflux: it’s a problem that affects many babies (up to 50% of babies age 0-3 months!) And if your baby has ever struggled with reflux, you know how hard it can be — the gas, the vomiting, the constant fussiness.

Since reflux is a digestive issue, introducing solid foods to your baby will definitely have an impact on her reflux symptoms. Some parents find their babies’ reflux symptoms actually improve with the introduction of solid foods; others find that starting solids increases reflux symptoms like gas and vomiting.

5 Tips For Feeding Babies With Reflux

Does your baby struggle with reflux? Below, we’ve included 5 tips to help you feed solid foods to your baby with reflux.

Offer good “first foods”.

Rice cereal is usually considered a good first food for babies without reflux, and it may be fine for a baby with reflux, too. However, rice cereal has been known to cause constipation and gas in some babies, so you may want to avoid offering it right away, if your baby has reflux.

Instead, consider starting with these foods:

  • Avocado — Foods that are high in fat, like avocados, can be good for babies with reflux. Babies with reflux may eat less than babies without, so it’s considered good practice to offer them high fat, high calorie foods.)
  • Pears — Pears are one of the least acidic fruits, and since acid can trigger reflux, pears make a great first food for your baby.
  • Bananas — Bananas have been shown to actually help with digestion.

Avoid foods that are known to trigger reflux.

Foods that are known to cause gas can cause lots of pain and discomfort for a baby who already struggles with reflux. Those foods include:

  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Broccoli
  • Cucumber
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Corn

Other foods that have been known to increase reflux symptoms include:

  • Dairy products (particularly milk)
  • Acidic foods, like tomatoes and oranges
  • High-fat meats
  • Carbonated drinks (not that you should be offering those to your baby anyway! 😉 )

Stick to the 4 Day Rule.

Remember the 4 Day Rule? Essentially, the 4 Day Rule advises you to wait 4 days between introducing new foods to your baby. This allows you to figure out which (if any) foods your baby might be allergic to.

This rule works for babies with reflux, too. After you’ve offered your baby a new food, wait a few days to see if it triggers any reflux symptoms. This’ll make it much easier for you to uncover your baby’s “trigger foods” and keep those out of her diet as much as possible.

Offer frequent, small meals (but not too close to bedtime!)

Your baby will have an easier time digesting small quantities of food than larger ones. And for some babies, eating large meals triggers reflux symptoms. So consider creating your own daily feeding schedule that’ll include 4 or 5 (or even 6) small meals.

What’s more, avoid offering your baby any solids in the hour before bedtime. This’ll help ensure that if he does have any reflux symptoms after eating, they won’t interfere with his nighttime sleep.

Keep your baby upright.

If your baby’s struggled with reflux since birth, you probably know this one already. The fact is that keeping your baby in an upright position after feeding can actually help him digest food, and can help prevent vomiting. This is true for babies when they’re breastfeeding or bottle feeding; it’s also true for babies when they’re eating solid foods!

Sit babies upright when it’s time for a solids meal, and avoid laying them down flat on their backs (or their stomachs) after eating. It’s also recommended that you avoid placing your baby in a walker or exersaucer (or anything else that’ll put pressure on his stomach) after he’s eaten.

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Does your baby have reflux? Do you have any tips to offer on feeding solids to a baby with reflux? Share your story and advice!

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Proper nutrition for GERD - Clinic on Leninsky

The key to solving many problems with the gastrointestinal tract is proper nutrition. Gastroenterologist at the Clinic on Leninsky Katerina Chesskaya tells what you can and should eat for those who suffer from reflux disease.

What is GERD?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic relapsing disease in which there is a spontaneous, regularly repeated reflux of stomach contents into the esophagus. As a result, the lower esophagus is affected. The reflux of stomach contents into the esophagus is considered normal if it occurs occasionally and is not accompanied by negative factors. The disease is evidenced by the frequent recurrence of casting and inflammatory processes of the gastrointestinal tract.

GERD is usually manifested by belching and heartburn after eating or bending forward, and also at night. Another indication of the presence of GERD is pain behind the sternum, extending to the interscapular region, lower jaw, and the left half of the chest. There are also signs of GERD that are not directly related to the esophagus - a cough, shortness of breath, often occurring when lying down, hoarseness, dry throat, rapid satiety, and bloating. The cause of chronic inflammatory diseases of the nasopharynx (pharyngitis, laryngitis, sinusitis, tonsillitis) in 30% of cases is GERD. It has been proven that against the background of GERD there is a risk of developing obstructive pulmonary diseases, including bronchial asthma.

Proper nutrition for GERD

As in the case of many other diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, the main principle of the treatment of GERD is proper nutrition. There are foods that relax the lower esophageal sphincter, which leads to the reflux of acidic stomach contents into the esophagus, that is, reflux. These include; strong tea, coffee, chocolate, citrus fruits, tomatoes, bitters (garlic, onion), fresh mint. As well as fatty varieties of fish, meat and products that cause gas formation: muffins, hot pastries, legumes, brown bread, cakes, pastries, grapes, cucumbers, carbonated drinks. Alcohol and smoking also reduce the tone of the lower esophageal sphincter.

Here is a list of foods to consider when planning your menu for the day.
1. Bread: fresh rye bread, tarts and pancakes.
2. Meat: stewed and fried meat dishes from fatty meat, poultry.
3. Fish: fatty fish, fried, smoked, salty dishes.
4. Vegetables: white cabbage, turnip, rutabaga, radish, sorrel, spinach, onion, cucumbers, salted, pickled and pickled vegetables, mushrooms.
5. Fruit: Raw, sour, unripe fruit, dried fruit puree.
6. Cereals: millet, pearl barley, barley and corn grits, legumes.
7. High acidity dairy products, spicy and salty cheeses.
8. Sweet: halva, chocolate, ice cream, cakes.
9. Drinks: sour, carbonated, fruit drinks, strong tea, coffee and alcohol.


1. Bread: from wheat flour of the first or highest grade, yesterday, dry, uncomfortable baking.
2. Meat: Beef, veal, chicken, rabbit, turkey, all in the form of cutlets, meatballs, soufflés, mashed potatoes and quenelles.
3. Fish: boiled river fish - zander, pike, perch, any low-fat varieties.
4. Vegetables: carrots, cauliflower, potatoes, beets, squash and squash.
5. Fruits: Sweet berries, ripe fruits. Preferably mashed or baked.
6. Cereals: oatmeal, semolina, buckwheat (mashed), rice porridge, on the water with the addition of milk, boiled vermicelli.
7. Dairy products: milk, lean cheese and low-fat sour cream. Cottage cheese dishes made from pureed cottage cheese, for example, cheesecakes, casseroles.
8. Sweet: jam, marshmallows, honey, marshmallow, cream and milk puddings.
9. Drinks: weak tea or cocoa with milk, sweet juices and decoctions.

It is also important to adhere to the diet:

— Fractional meals in small amounts and often up to 5-6 times a day.
- Do not lie down immediately after eating, the last meal is 2-3 hours before bedtime.
- Do not work in a slope, exclude the "gardener" pose.
- Do not wear tight belts and limit abdominal exercise.
- Obese people need to normalize body weight.

Remember that only a gastroenterologist can make a diagnosis of GERD (however, like any disease), to accurately determine the patient's condition. At the appointment, the doctor, together with the patient, will find the cause of the disease, outline a treatment plan and further supportive therapy in order to avoid relapses.

At the Clinic on Leninsky, an appointment is being made:

  • pediatric gastroenterologist Natalya Medvedeva;
  • gastroenterologist Ekaterina Chesskaya.

You can make an appointment with a gastroenterologist at the Clinic on Leninsky
by calling +7 (495) 668-09-86 .

Moscow, Leninsky prospect, building 67, building 2
Tel. .-Fri. 7:30–20:00 Sat-Sun 9:00–18:00

Diet for esophagitis of the esophagus | Sanatorium Gorny

Esophagitis is an inflammation of the esophageal mucosa due to weakness of the cardiac sphincter. A diet for esophagitis is a prerequisite for the complex treatment of the disease.

General rules. duration of the diet.

The main task of clinical nutrition in esophagitis of the esophagus is the complete exclusion of damage to the mucous membrane by mechanical and chemical factors.

With esophagitis, table number 1 is prescribed. In nutrition, you must adhere to a number of rules:

  • the number of meals should be 5-6 times. portions are small. Such a tactic in nutrition with esophagitis allows the stomach to stretch unnecessarily and produce excess hydrochloric acid.
  • Food should not be too hot or cold. The optimum temperature for food is 25-50 C.
  • You can not eat "on the go". Eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly.
  • Do not drink water immediately after eating. It is permissible to drink only 30-40 minutes after eating.
  • Meals can be steamed, stewed, baked or boiled. You can't fry.
  • Limit salt intake as much as possible.

In case of exacerbation of esophagitis, diet 1A should be followed for no more than 10 days. This diet is strict and if you stick to it, then the symptoms of the disease stop quickly enough. As soon as the discomfort and symptoms of exacerbation subside, you can go to table 1B. This table is more complete in terms of nutrients.

Notice! Acute esophagitis is a contraindication for spa treatment: it is better to go to a hospital.

If you have a chronic form, then you should regularly carry out preventive treatment .

Nutrition for chronic esophagitis:

In chronic esophagitis, table number 1 must be observed. From the diet it is necessary to remove all foods that can cause increased secretion of gastric juice or provoke increased gas formation.

Most of the food should be taken in the morning. You can not "eat up" at night, it is better to eat easily digestible foods, such as vegetable dishes or cereals.

List of approved products:

Porridges and cereals

Buckwheat, rice, semolina, oatmeal


Milk, non-acidic sour cream, low-fat dairy products, butter, unsalted cheese


Potatoes, zucchini, cauliflower, carrots, pumpkin, beets


Beef, veal, chicken, rabbit, turkey


Boiled tongue and liver


Low-fat varieties of river fish


Bananas, apricots, pears, sweet apples, melons

Soft drinks

Weak tea, rosehip broth, compotes and kissels from sweet fruits and berries

List of fully or partially restricted products:


Sweet pastries, fresh wheat and rye bread, pancakes, pancakes, fried pies


White cabbage, radish, radish, legumes, bell peppers, turnips, radishes, onions, garlic, sorrel, spinach


Millet, barley, corn, barley

Fruits and berries

All sour fruits: citrus fruits, currants, green apples


Goose, duck, pork, canned meat, lard, sausages, sausages, smoked meat, dried meat

Soft drinks

Strong tea, coffee, kvass, sparkling water, sweet fruit drinks

Nutrition menu for esophagitis.


Nutrition for esophagitis should be based on the fact that food should not be digested for a long time. Dishes should be easily digestible, should not irritate the mucous membrane of the stomach and intestines. Products should envelop the gastric mucosa, and not irritate it.

Diet recipes for esophagitis:

Sample menu for one day:


Oatmeal boiled in water with milk, red apple compote.

Second breakfast:

Steam omelet. Rosehip decoction


Chicken soup with vermicelli and vegetables. Pike perch fillet with boiled potatoes. Herbal tea.

High tea:

Low fat yogurt. Cookie. Weak tea.


Vareniki with cottage cheese. Tea with milk.

Before going to bed you can drink a glass of warm milk.

Dietitian comments:

Therapeutic nutrition for esophagitis allows you to quickly get rid of unpleasant symptoms and normalize the work of the entire gastrointestinal tract.

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