acid to back up into the esophagus. Almost everyone has occasional
heartburn, but if these symptoms occur two or more days a week, it may be a
sign of GERD. GERD is a chronic condition resulting from the backflow of
stomach acid into the food-pipe (esophagus) that may lead to more serious
medical conditions including failure to thrive and esophageal inflammation
if left untreated, but it can be treatable. Symptoms in children with GERD
may vary according to age. In addition to heartburn, children with GERD may
experience sour or bitter taste in the mouth, difficulty swallowing, weight
loss, vomiting, regurgitation and abdominal pain.
"With childhood obesity on the rise, it's no surprise that we're seeing
GERD in young children more than ever before," said Dr. Robbyn Sockolow, a
pediatric gastroenterologist in New York City. "Unfortunately, the symptoms
of GERD can significantly limit children's daily activities, such as
participating in after-school hobbies. It's important that parents and kids
know the role healthy eating habits play in managing this condition."
About Ready, Set, Cook & Eat
Ready, Set, Cook & Eat will be held at two elementary schools in
Orlando and Kansas City. Three teams of four (kids ages 6-12 and adults
together) will be given a "SURPRISE" grocery sack of food supplies. Each
team will have limited kitchen equipment and approximately 30 to 40 minutes
to prepare a tasty, appealing, nutritious food item from their ingredients.
The grocery bags given to the teams are staged with an outcome in mind
(snack, breakfast on-the-go, entree, etc.)
In addition, pediatricians and gastroenterologists will be on hand at
the events to provide health information and answer questions.
For more information about GERD, tips for GERD-friendly foods for the
whole family, and to learn about the "Habits for Health" campaign, please
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