The Reflux Book, A Parent's Guide to Gastroesophageal Reflux

Health, Mind & Body

By Beth Pulsifer-Anderson

Publisher : Intensive Care Parenting

ABOUT Beth Pulsifer-Anderson

Beth Pulsifer-Anderson
I'm the parent of two children with acid reflux. I'm the founding director of the Pediatric Adolescent Gastroesophageal Reflux Association and I'm the primary writer/editor of Reflux Digest. I've written several medical journal articles.



The Reflux Book: A Parent's Guide to Gastroesophageal Reflux contains two books in one cover. The first half of the book is for parents of infants with mild to moderate reflux. The second part of the book is for parents of older children and children with more serious problems. The book also includes a very detailed table of contents, an index, a resource list and several forms for tracking symptoms. A total of 300 pages.
  • Information on symptoms and diagnosis
  • Common treatment and medications
  • Techniques for sleep, feeding and comforting
  • Ideas for coping with a high-need baby and child
  • Suggestions for working with the medical team
  • Parent-tested tips on caring for your child at home
  • Parent stories throughout the book (193 plus three poems)
  • Comprehensive index and resource guide
  • No medical advice—only information
  • Even the most complex sections are very easy to read (8th grade reading level)
  • Covers newborns though teens

When my daughter was born with GERD in 1990, there was no internet. I had to read medical journals and beg for practical ideas from every nurse, doctor and the very few parents I could find. I vowed to get every idea into the hands of parents who need help.

Dr. William Sears, MD Co-author, THE BABY BOOK and 30 other titles

This book is a must-read for any family who has an infant or child with gastroesophageal reflux (GER).

My interest in GER began in the early nineties when, as a pediatrician, I was uncomfortable passing babies off as having “colic.” I still remember a mother coming into my office with her one-month-old baby who sounded like she had typical “colic.” The mother said to me, “Dr. Bill, I know my baby is hurting somewhere and I’m going to camp out in your office until you find out why she is hurting.” This mother encouraged me to keep searching for why her baby hurt, and the cause of the “colic” turned out to be severe gastroesophageal reflux.

Since that time, I have replaced the term “colicky baby” with the more accurate description “the hurting baby,” and it turns out that many so-called colicky babies actually suffer from this treatable condition.

GER is tough on the child and the family. Hurting babies, sleepless nights, tired parents – that’s what happens in a reflux family. The infor-mation in this book has been compiled by authors and parents who have survived and thrived with their infants and children with reflux and have shared their wisdom to help other parents who have children with this condition.

My favorite feature of this book is that it teaches what I believe is the best medical model for the treatment of GER: the pills-and-skills model. This is the model that I follow in my pediatric practice in treating infants and children with GER. Besides the “pills,” or medications, that you will learn about to treat GER, you will also learn the many infant and childcare skills and feeding skills that will help alleviate this painful condition. For example, in my office the first skill I give parents is what my patients dub Dr. Bill’s rule of reflux: “Feed your baby half as much, twice as often.” For the older child I add, “…and chew twice as long.” For the younger baby we often add the next rule, “Keep baby upright and quiet for 20-30 minutes after a feeding.” These are just a couple of the home remedies for reflux that you will learn about throughout this book. I wish that every healthcare provider who counsels parents for GER will “prescribe” this book.

Dr. Bill is an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Dr. Bill received his pediatric training at Harvard Medical School's Children's Hospital in Boston and The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto -- the largest children’s hospi-tal in the world, where he served as associate ward chief of the newborn nursery and associate professor of pediatrics. Dr. Sears is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and a fellow of the Royal College of Pediatricians (RCP). Dr. Bill is also a medical and parenting consultant for BabyTalk and Parenting magazines and the pediatrician on the website Dr. Sears is the author or co-author of 30+ books on parenting and children's health.

Krisi Brackett MS CCC-SLP, The Pediatric Feeding and Dysphagia Newsletter

The Reflux Book is a wonderful resource for caregivers and clinicians. The information is presented in a simple, clear manner that will not intimidate parents. And, it is extremely thorough and accurate which will appeal to clinicians working with children who are dealing with reflux. Every therapist working with children who have a feeding difficulty should have one!

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Vik Khoshoo, MD, PhD, Pediatric Gastroenterologist

The book is very thorough, It contains a lot of complex scientific information expressed very simply

Todd Eisner, MD Gastroenterologist and writer for

This a small part of a long review that you can read by clicking this link: Throughout the book, the general theme is to provide an informative resource for parents of children afflicted with this disease, while doing so in a non-threatening way. While many medical books for the layperson tend to scare those that read it with the attitude of an alarmist, The Reflux Book has a straight-forward and positive approach. It should be read by all who are close to a child with gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Hope Trachtenberg-Fifer RN, MS, Certified Health Education Specialist Member, American Medical Writers Association

A smart, concise, and supportive resource for concerned parents of children with reflux.
The author’s years of experience facilitating parent support groups, publishing, and navigating her own children’s health care needs, have provided her with a great deal of common sense and practical advice. Anderson clearly connects with her readers, and her readers will connect with her.