Food or milk can leak out and travel back up the food pipe (NHS, 2019) . Other potential causes for reflux can include an intolerance to cow’s milk protein or other allergies (La Leche League 2017) . He might also prescribe a medicine to help your child’s stomach make less acid.
But researchers aren’t sure whether these drugs ease reflux in infants. Gastric emptying study. Your child drinks milk or eats food mixed with a radioactive chemical, and a special camera follows it through his digestive tract.
“An infant’s symptoms could include a hoarse voice, a chronic cough, pauses in his or her breathing, or asthma-like symptoms.” Other telltale signs are gagging and choking, throat irritation, sour breath, a constant runny nose and wheezing. Severe reflux that continues for more than a few months can cause damage to the infant’s esophagus, stomach and throat. In conventional medicine, it often goes the other way around-they start with the symptoms.
Recurrent cough or (in rare cases) wheezing may be associated with GERD. In some circumstances radiology or other studies may be necessary. A consultation with a pediatric GI specialist (gastroenterologist) may be necessary. GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is a disease where reflux of stomach acid into the esophagus and oral cavity is chronic in nature.
However, GERD can also occur in older children. In either case, the problem is usually manageable. In older children, the causes of GERD are often the same as those seen in adults. Also, an older child is at increased risk for GERD if he or she experienced it as a baby.
How can I help my child live with GERD?
You should also keep a record of the time, type of food, and amount of food your child eats. Your child’s pH readings are checked.
This is known as silent reflux. Try to feed your baby long before bedtime so stomach contents have a chance to settle fully.
This is called the lower esophageal sphincter. This ring of muscle normally relaxes to let food pass from the esophagus into the stomach and then tightens again to keep the food there. When it is not fully developed or it opens at the wrong time, the stomach contents move back or reflux into the esophagus.