Children's GERD 2

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Nearly 10 percent of teens and preteens in the United States are affected by GERD. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses ways to help your child if he or she is suffering from the condition.

Dr. Hill:

Gastroesophogeal reflux disorder, or GERD, can be difficult to diagnose in children.

GERD is a less common, more serious form of spitting up. Children and adolescents may be diagnosed with GERD if they show symptoms and experience other complications.

There are some things you can try to help your childs reflux:

Change your infants body positioning after feeding. Discuss this with your doctor first

Try smaller and more frequent feedings

Add a thickener, such as rice cereal, to infant formula or breast milk

Avoid late evening meals in older children, and

Avoid carbonated beverages, like soda, in children

If these steps dont help your childs symptoms, talk with your doctor. Infants and children with reflux usually do not need medicine. But, if your child is not getting better, your doctor might prescribe a medicine that decreases the amount of acid in the stomach.

Painful or troublesome reflux that is not treated can lead to poor eating, weight loss and other diseases of the esophagus or stomach.

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