Our expert says:
Reflux is caused by the upper valve of the stomach not working correctly, causing stomach acid to run back into the esophagus, so apple cider won't make any difference. They prescribe Altosec because it reduces the acidity of the stomach fluid, and Gaviscon works as it makes a layer on top of the acid, preventing easy flow into the esophagus. At 71 however, one would be hesitant to do an operation to correct the valve.
It may help to raise his bed with about 10 cm on the side of the headboard (putting a flat brick under the feet of the bed on the head's side - not increasing pillows, as you slip down during the night) Diet is very important, small meals more often than big meals three times a day. Ask his doctor about adding something like Maxolon or Motilium.
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