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A reflux board is a device prescribed for use in children who have gastroesophageal reflux. The board tilts the child upward, to prevent or reduce gastroesophageal reflux while the child is lying in bed.
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A reflux board is used to lift the child's head and shoulders above his stomach. It uses gravity to reduce episodes of gastroesophageal reflux, in which stomach contents flow out of the stomach, back into the esophagus and mouth, and possibly into the lungs. The board is used less often these days, because it has been replaced by new medical treatments and less invasive surgeries (using scopes).Update Date: 2/27/2008 Updated by: Rachel A. Lewis, MD, FAAP, Columbia University Pediatric Faculty Practice, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.