What are the treatments for acid reflux in children? Is surgery needed?

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Here are some tips that help to reduce the acid reflux in children: - Raise the head of child's bed - Keep the child upright for at least 2 hours after he eats - Serve him several small meals throughout the day rather than three large ones - Limit any foods and drinks that seem to make his reflux worse - Encourage him to get regular exercise If the reflux is severe or doesn't get better, your doctor may recommend medication to treat it. Medicines to help with gas include: •Simethicone •Calcium carbonate antacid Most children don’t need surgery to treat reflux. But it can help those who’ve tried other treatment that hasn’t worked or kids who have breathing problems, pneumonia, or other serious problems from GERD. In the most common type of surgery, a surgeon wraps the top part of the stomach around the esophagus, forming a cuff that closes off the esophagus whenever the stomach squeezes -- preventing reflux.

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