Acid Reflux In Children

acid reflux in children

[title size=”2″]Acid Reflux Symptoms in Children[/title]

Acid Reflux is a condition in which acid from the stomach, called gastric acid, seeps into the esophagus from the stomach through the LES, lower esophageal sphincter. The LES is supposed to close as soon as food passes through it, but in a child with Acid Reflux, it remains slightly open.

[title size=”2″]Symptoms of Acid Reflux in an Infant or Child[/title]

  • Nausea
  • Frequent “wet burps” (spitting up for an infant)
  • Pain in the upper chest
  • Stomach Ache

Many times Acid Reflux in children can be eliminated by simple diet changes. When we eat large meals it can over-fill the stomach causing symptoms to occur.

Another cause of Acid Reflux in children can be certain foods, for instance items that are quite acidic including, but not limited to, citrus fruits, chocolate, items containing caffeine, certain kinds of mint, and spicy or fatty foods. Acid Reflux when left untreated can have serious side effects and may develop into GERD. What is GERD?

[title size=”2″]Symptoms of an Infant Experiencing GERD[/title]

  • Difficulties Gaining Weight
  • Spit-Up Has A Yellow Or Greenish Tinge
  • Blood In Stool
  • Blood In Vomit Or Coffee Grounds Like Material Present In Vomit
  • Problems Breathing

[title size=”2″]Symptoms of Older Children Experiencing GERD[/title]

  • Painful or uncomfortable swallowing, accompanied by the taste of stomach acid
  • Burning in the throat or upper chest
  • Wheezing or coughing with hoarseness
  • Nausea and frequent belching
  • Increasing pain while lying down

[title size=”2″]Call Whitefish Family Doctor Family Medicine – (406) 334-2204[/title]

It is imperative to treat Acid Reflux properly as soon as possible. Give us a call at Whitefish Family Doctor Medical Clinic today to help you find some relief for your child.


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