A number of studies suggest that obesity contributes to GERD, and it may increase the risk for erosive esophagitis severe inflammation in the esophagus in GERD patients. Once in place, the balloon is inflated and electrodes attached to the outside produce pulses of heat. When you eat, food passes from the throat to the stomach through the esophagus. Many people experience heartburn and there are a large number of over-the-counter OTC medications and home remedies available to treat heartburn or the symptoms of heartburn. Have soups, smoothies, protein shakes, milkshakes, yogurt, and puddings. Infant acid Instant heartburn treatment usually goes away on its own around 12 to 18 months of age. These drugs include Pepcid®, Pepcid AC®, Tagamet HB®, Tagamet 75®, Tagamet®, Zantac® and Axid®. Because I have acid relfux when I lay down at night I take my medication about an hour before I go to bed rather than in the morning. Tight apparel puts more weight on your mid-region, and may exacerbate acid reflux.