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Pediatric Asthma: Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER)


In some children, the muscle between the esophagus and stomach may not work well. This can allow some back flow of stomach acid into the esophagus that may cause heartburn.This acid may also cause a reflex response that can result in asthma symptoms. Asthma symptoms and heartburn, especially at night can indicate GER.

Actions You Can Take

  • Elevate the head of the bed 6-8 inches, by placing blocks under the legs of the bed.
  • Avoid food or liquids 2-3 hours before bedtime.
  • Medications may be prescribed to help prevent GER.
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