A reflux wedge is a device prescribed for use in children who have gastroesophageal reflux
. The foam wedge tilts the child upward to prevent or reduce gastroesophageal reflux while the child is lying in bed.
A reflux wedge 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The wedge is used less often these days, because it has been replaced by new medical treatments and less invasive surgeries (using scopes).
Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.