Dental problems (due to the effect of the stomach acid on the tooth's enamel)
Feeling full almost immediately after eating
Irritation to esophagus
Your doctor will ask about your child’s symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam. Your child may need to see a pediatric gastroenterologist, a doctor who specializes in gastrointestinal diseases.
Many of these are over-the-counter medications. Talk to your child's doctor about any new medication.
In severe cases, the doctor may recommend surgery. The most common treatment is called
. During this procedure, the surgeon wraps part of the stomach around the lower esophageal sphincter. This makes the sphincter stronger and prevents stomach acid from backing up into the esophagus.
While most causes of GERD in children are unknown, there are some steps to control the condition. For example, you can help your child:
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a