Health Watch: Child and Physiological reflux

Acid reflux occurs in adults, but its not common in infants. What should you do if your child is showing signs of reflux though? Dr. Cara Hamilton has some tips.

Dr. Cara Hamilton says, " Acid reflux is not an uncommon occasional problem for adults. But it is more rare in children, physiological reflux occurs in infants because they have liquid meals frequently and spend a lot of times on their backs. A lot of them have a lower esophageal sphincter that's the muscle that goes around the top of the stomach that goes to keep food in it. These symptoms of physiological reflux can be minimized by feeding your baby at an incline or propping up the head of their bed while they sleep by putting something underneath the mattress. Also burping them well can help because a lot of spit ups are just burps with milk or formula on top of them. Acid reflux in infants will give symptoms of a very uncomfortable feeding, children may cry whenever they spit, or fuss and arch their backs when they are feeding, maybe not gain weight very well. If these symptoms occur be sure to talk to your child's physician about maybe prescribing an antacid medication or changing formulas for your child. In an older child they symptoms may start at night time coughing or gastric pain. Pain that's in the top of their stomach that may be difficult for them to locate. Also sour tasting burps and sometimes the sensation they are vomiting into their mouth and swallowing it back down again. Many children don't know that's an abnormal feeling. So make sure to ask them about it if you suspect it. Avoiding certain spicy foods in your child's diet does not alleviate symptoms as it usually does for adults. Make sure to talk to your child's provider as they might suggest some antacid medicine for your child. If you have any questions or concerns about reflux talk to your provider this is Dr. Cara Hamilton at Black Hills Pediatrics with your Healthwatch.">