Children's GERD 1

Monday, December 07, 2015

Gastroesophageal reflux disease isnt just an adult disease. Children and adolescents can also suffer from this uncomfortable digestive disorder. Dr. Edward Hill discusses childrens GERD in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Reflux happens when swallowed food or liquid in the stomach passes back up into the throat and mouth through a tube called the esophagus.

Spitting up is a form of reflux that happens in infants when the swallowed liquid or food moves from the stomach and into the mouth.

Spitting up is considered normal in most infants. It is usually worst around four months of age, and gets better by one year of age. Sometimes, toddlers, children, and adolescents have reflux.

If reflux causes your infant or child to have pain, heartburn, weight loss or other concerning symptoms, then he or she might have gastroesophageal reflux disease and should see a doctor.

Many things can make reflux worse. It is most common in infants and children after large meals and when lying on their back after a meal. Some medical problems can make reflux worse, such as hiatal hernias, nervous system disorders, cystic fibrosis and seizure disorders.

Most reflux does not need to be treated. It usually goes away by 12 months of age.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.