Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease in Children
When your baby spits up excessively after feeding, or your child complains of pain after eating, it could be gastroesophageal reflux disease, otherwise known as GERD. Our pediatric gastroenterology specialists know the ins and outs of GERD. With the right treatment, your child will get relief and avoid long-term health problems.
When the acidic contents of the stomach back up into the esophagus, this is called gastroesophageal reflux disease. Anyone, including infants and children, can have GERD. In infants, GERD can cause vomiting and fussiness after feeding. Older kids and teens may have symptoms such as heartburn and stomach and chest discomfort.
Treatments for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease in Children
When your child shows signs of gastroesophageal reflux disease talk with your pediatrician and try making diet or lifestyle changes to see if that helps. If not, our pediatric gastroenterologists can help to make sure it’s nothing more serious. .
Treatment recommendations will be based on your child's age. A review of diet is a first step for most kids. Medicine to reduce acid is also an option. Most children respond to medical treatment, though in some cases anti-reflux surgery is needed. Safe, effective relief is always our goal in treating your little one.
H2 blockers can help block the production of stomach acid, and proton pump inhibitors reduce the amount of acid the stomach produces.
Prokinetic medicine can help the lower esophageal sphincter muscles work better so that the stomach can empty faster. This can help reduce the number of reflux episodes.
In an anti-reflux procedure called fundoplication, the surgeon creates a valve at the top of the stomach by wrapping a portion of it around the esophagus. This prevents food and stomach acid from rising up into the esophagus.