Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER) is a common condition from infancy to adulthood. However, there are significant differences in the symptoms and treatments depending on the age of the patient. This week, I am beginning a three part series on Gastroesophageal Reflux from infancy to adulthood. Note: The information in this blog is for informational purposes only. Report all symptoms to the doctor for a diagnosis and treatment. Part One of a Three Part Series: Infants and Toddlers GER vs.GERD First, it is important define two separate but related conditions: Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER) and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER) is a normal physiological event characterized by the sensation of food coming up the esophagus in the form of a wet burp. Infants have GER after eating a large meal, ingesting air or eating too fast. On the other hand, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is the abnormal backwashing of stomach co...
I recently interviewed 11-year-old Bryson, a sixth grade student who lives with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) to see what reflux can feel like to a child:
My Question. How did you know you had GERD?
His Answer. I went to the doctor when I was little because I cried every time after I ate. I had constant heartburn and when I ate certain foods I also got the hiccups.
Q. What does your reflux feel like now that you are 11-years-old?
A. It feels like there is a lump in my throat after I eat certain foods, like acidic foods. Or, I get heartburn and it feels like I am throwing up in my throat. Sometimes it just burns in my chest. Also, when I first get up in the morning, I don’t want to eat. I just don’t feel hungry.
Q. Does your reflux ever cause you any problems at school?
A. Like, maybe after lunch I will feel the reflux and that will be distracting. Or if I do sit ups it can hurt.
Q. Does yo...
A few years ago, I compiled a tongue-in-cheek list called, "You Know You have a Child with Severe Reflux When...". Some of the members of the Parent Forum at www.reflux.org have created a new list. Funny and sad at the same time, we have all been there. You know you have a baby with reflux when... He's 4 months old and knows how to wipe his own face. You own over 30 bibs. You have twice as many burp cloths as bibs. You have clothes for YOU in the diaper bag. You ensure that all furniture in the house is either made of leather, micro fiber or it is disposable. You can tell when someone ELSES' baby is refluxing, just by the expression on their face! Each and every outing is planned around the fact that a feeding takes up to an hour, plus holding your child upright for at LEAST 30 minutes before putting her in the car seat. You are an expert at administering medication to an infant. Going to...
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