Acid Reflux: Stop the Burn
Most people think of acid reflux as a condition that only affects adults. However, that couldn't be further from the truth. Acid reflux, also known as GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), affects children of all ages, including newborns. Symptoms of GERD include burning in the throat, gagging or choking, sore throats, wheezing, chest pains, and hoarseness. Of course, it's easier to diagnose a child who can communicate what they are feeling to you. But that doesn't mean you can't recognize symptoms of GERD in babies. Look for frequent spitting up or vomiting on a regular basis. Respiratory problems such as asthma and bronchitis, crying when feeding, turning away milk, coughing, and wet burps are all signs that an infant may be suffering from acid reflux. If you think your child may have acid reflux, consult your pediatrician immediately. In babies, GERD can be caused by an immature gastrointestinal tract. In time, many infants grow out of this condition. For older children, GERD can be caused by medications, heredity, obesity, overeating, and certain food and drinks.