Coping with Your Baby’s Reflux or GERD
New parenthood is always a stressful time, but if you have a baby with severe acid reflux and/or GERD, you may find yourself under extreme strain. Dealing with a fussy baby, or an infant who seems to be crying inconsolably can make even the most loving parent very frustrated.
Parents and caregivers of infants with pediatric GERD are likely to experience sleep loss, as well as psychological and physical stress until they find effective treatment for the baby’s reflux or GERD. This stress can have a ripple effect throughout the caregiver’s daily life, putting stress on professional activities, family relationships, and everyday social interactions.
Remember, to give your baby the best care, you also need to care for yourself. The effect on the caregiver can be profound and affect all aspects of their normal routine from sleep, and professional activities to family relationships and normal social interactions.
The NASPGHAN Foundation has developed a Coping Guide to assist you when there is any indication that these conditions may be affecting your life.