Avoid foods that can increase acid in the stomach

  • Citrus fruits and juices
  • High-fat foods, including fried foods and full-fat dairy products
  • Peppers/onions (for some people)
  • Spicy foods (for some people)
  • Tomato products (for some people)
  • Large portion sizes of any food

Avoid foods and drinks that make acid to to the esophagus

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine (chocolate, coffee, soda, tea)
  • Chocolate
  • Peppermint
  • Spearmint
  • Tobacco

Other dietary and lifestyle recommendations

  • Eat small, frequent meals throughout the day
  • Spend time walking after a meal to help you digest
  • Avoid laying down at least 2 hours after eating meals
  • Sleep with your head elevated
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight contributes to reflux
  • Exercise regularly
  • Avoid use of all tobacco products

For more information, visit GastroKids.

Rev. 8/2021. This document is intended to provide health related information so that you may be better informed. It is not a substitute for a doctor's medical advice and should not be relied upon for treatment for specific medical conditions.