August 2014
Thank YOU to every PAGER member over the past 22 years. It has been a pleasure helping you. We made some wonderful friends along the way and you all enriched our lives. Thanks for making us part of yours.


      PAGER is closing after 22 years. Funding from corporations is no longer available for pediatric groups and grants are no longer available for “disease-specific” organizations. We haven’t been able to pay staff in years and now we can’t afford liability insurance. We paid the minimal expenses from our own pockets this last year.

      What now?

      Beth Pulsifer-Anderson is available as a paid reflux consultant for parents who are desperate. Text 301-213-9533 or send an e-mail to author@refluxbook.com. Beth is back in college and would love to network with you on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/bethpulsiferanderson/) as she starts her career search as an Occupational Therapy Assistant next year. She also takes freelance writing and medicalese translating gigs. See her writing web site at http://www.ClarityWritingAndEditing.com.
      Beth Anderson and Katie

      Jennifer is available as a paid reflux consultant to help parents whose children have reflux. She has lots of experience with food allergies, asthma, dealing with schools, etc. Text her at 870-416-2039 or send her an e-mail at RackleyMay19@gmail.com. She also loves writing assignments and is a blogger on www.HealthCentral.com. Jennifer and Ella

      This web site has been sold to our amazing webmaster, John McCann. John has put in long hours over the years designing and running this site. He has reflux himself and has offered to keep the information available. We hope he will find a way to expand the site and offer help to adults with acid reflux. Maybe he can find enough advertisers and sponsors to pay for the bandwidth. His contact information is at the bottom of every page.

      Jennifer and I would like to extend a special thank you to the PAGER board members and volunteers, past and present, who made this all possible. You made a difference!


    When a child suffers with acid reflux, the whole family suffers. We are here to help you understand Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD / heartburn) and learn how to cope with it. Reflux.org is home to 300+ information pages, 100,000 searchable messages, 20 trained volunteers and over 10,000 members..<p><p>

? - Are you gathering questions for an upcoming doctor visit?
? - Are you hesitant to give your child her meds?
? - Are you having trouble deciding if the meds are working?
    Click the TALK TO A VOLUNTEER button! You will be connected to a trained volunteer who knows a lot about reflux
? - Do you need ideas for getting your child to eat more?
? - Do you think your child might have food sensitivities?
? - Are you feeling overwhelmed and wondering if it will ever end?
    Click the FORUMS button! You will be connected to hundreds of other parents who are in the same boat. (Search the 100,000+ forum messages to find more ideas that can really help you and your child.)
? - Do you know ALL the possible symptoms of reflux?
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The Pediatric / Adolescent Gastroesophageal Reflux Association (PAGER) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides information and support to parents and children (infants to teens) dealing with Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER). We have been helping you and your child deal with acid reflux and related disorders since 1992.

PAGER has relocated to 404 Wheaton Place, Suite C, Catonsville, MD 21228



Check our our new YouTube video. It was created by Dane Larsen, owner of Nomad, a boutique creative agency in Newport Beach, CA. and parent of two girls with reflux. The video was created through the Youtube Cannes Good Work contest. Thanks to Dane and the wonderful car mechanic who volunteered his time.

Click the play button to start the video.



Now that you are motivated by the video, here's how you can help: Click here to help other families.








Click the image to watch a video about GERD produced by CareFlash.com. Click here to access this video in several other languages.

This web site is supported by educational grants from The Demarest Lloyd Jr. Foundation.


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Reflux since age 6
By Tara - Story from age 6 - 15

Thickening breastmilk or formula
About thickening breastmilk and formula

Quality of Life
PAGER assisted Astra Zeneca in developing a Quality of Life questionaire

Breastfeeding your baby with acid reflux
Booklet about breastfeeding babies with acid reflux

Coping with a Crying Baby
This document goes WAY beyond the 10 simple hints found on other web sites. Written by a PAGER member and educator.

Progressive Rx offering discounts on medicine
Use our link and 10% of your purchase is donated to PAGER! Read this for details.
Bow 2.0 Video
The goal is to raise much needed money so that families who need help will get it.



Quad Cities Iowa Gazette
Acid reflux meds on rise in babies, but are they effective?

FDA finds more violations at J&J plants
Problems with production of Mylanta and Pepcid

PPIs during pregnancy may cause birth defects
Researchers are starting to see a higher incidence of cardiac defects

Probiotics help preemies gain weight
Study seems to show it helps them absorb nutritients better

GERD and IBS overlap
Until recently, the dominant view in clinical practice was that GERD and IBS are two different diseases with no link

Genes for Eosinophilic Esophagitis discovered
Pediatrics researchers have identified the first major gene location responsible for a severe, often painful type of food allergy called eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE). In this disease, which may cause weight loss, vomiting, heartburn and swallowing difficulties, a patient may be unable to eat a wide variety of foods. . .

Eosinophilic Esophagitis Medicine in clinical trials
Clinical trials starting for patients with excessive white cells (esosinophils) in the esophagus

Extreme acid reflux with other symptoms
A news clip from News 12 in Richmond

Introducing solids to babies and toddlers, including picky eaters
Strategies for introducing new foods to all children and eliminating mealtime conflicts. Also describes picky eater, selective eater, choosy eater, food aversion, new food phobia, sensory food aversion in detail
Check with your
doctor first!