Latest by Jan Gambino

Did Baby Emily have Acid Reflux?

This is a story about my first born daughter Emily. Sometimes I wonder if baby Emily had Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER), a normal physiological condition of infancy with digestive symptoms such as spit up and occasional vomiting. In the first few mont...

GERD: A Teen's Point of View

GERD: A Teen’s Point of View Jenna is a high school junior honor roll student with a busy schedule including competing with a top east coast marching band, National Honor Society and church youth council. She also happens to have GERD. Jenna shares h...

The GERD/Migraine Connection

A recent study from Reuters Health, confirmed something that I already knew: many adults with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) also have headaches. I have spoken to many parents of older children and teens with GERD and often hear about frequen...

Reflux Medications Taken During Pregnancy Linked to Asthma in Children

A new study indicates that moms who took reflux medications during pregnancy may increase the risk of having a child with asthma symptoms. The study, presented at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology this week examined the health re...

Preparing your Child for an Endoscopy

Help, my child needs an Endoscopy “Help, the doctor said my child needs an endoscopy.” I often get calls and emails from parents when their infant or child with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) needs a medical procedure such as an endoscopy. Pa...

Acid Reflux from Infancy to Adulthood Part I: Your baby and acid reflux

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 Gastroesoph...

New Information on Positioning a Baby with Reflux

Parents of infants with acid reflux disease always want to know the best positioning for eating, sleep and play. Positioning is a simple, low cost treatment attractive to parents when faced with the other treatment options such as medication and expe...

Eosinophilic Esophagitis: An acid reflux look-alike?

Eosinophilic Esophagitis (or EE) was a hot topic at a gastroenterology conference I attended recently. EE is a chronic condition causing inflammation of the esophagus and appears to be on the rise in children. There are similarities in the symptoms a...

Overprescribing GERD Medications for Infants? Perhaps not

It is worrisome that babies with normal regurgitation or gatroesophageal reflux may be prescribed strong medication designed for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease. A study just published in the November 2007 issue of the journal Pediat...

Is it reflux or something else? Similar symptoms to check out first

A pattern of symptoms often suggests a diagnosis or disease. Vomiting and crying after feeding are often associated with pediatric gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). On the other hand, vomiting and crying are also symptoms of some food allergies...