Gastroesophageal Reflux parent education

The apnea program at Children's - Minneapolis is offering a new Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER) program for parents of infants with significant GER symptoms. This program has been offered by the Children's - St. Paul infant apnea program for the past 10 years and has been well received by providers and families alike.

The GER program will be available for both inpatients and outpatients. For inpatients, select the "GE Reflux consult (Apnea Program)" order in Cerner. Outpatient referrals can be made by calling the apnea program at (612) 813-5831 or faxing an order to (612) 813-6168. Apnea nurses will schedule education directly with the family.

The GER Program provides families with the following:

  • Assistance in arranging outpatient diagnostic testing as requested by the referring physician (as appropriate)

Education for parents regarding:

  • GER diagnosis (test results, if done)
  • Rationale for treatment
  • Physiological aspects of GER
  • Special feeding/burping techniques
  • Positioning suggestions for feeding, sleeping, and wake periods
  • Appropriate use of a Danny Sling (cloth brace)
  • Infant CPR and aiding an obstructed infant

Follow-up phone calls to:

  • Assess infants' clinical progress
  • Answer questions
  • Reinforce medication use (if applicable)
  • Reinforce feeding and positioning recommendations

William Wheeler, MD, medical director for the Children's - Minneapolis apnea program, will provide medical supervision for this expanded service. 

Primary physicians will be consulted for medication as necessary and parents directed to continue routine follow-up for weight checks and dose adjustments as therapy is warranted. 

Please direct questions to Pam Stading, patient care manager, at (612) 813-6434 (x56434) or the Children's - Minneapolis apnea program at (612) 813-5831 (x55831).