Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux in children

Gastroesophageal reflux:

Food enters the stomach through the esophagus. However, when reflux occurs, the stomach contents rise up and cause irritation. This feeling is quite uncomfortable and it is quite normal for a baby to cry after meals if he is suffering from GERD.

In children, the esophageal muscle is not yet fully developed. So it is not surprising that food moves into the stomach. In fact, it is one of the most common complications. Therefore, in addition to crying, babies usually vomit milk. However, as it grows and the muscles develop, the symptoms and crying should go away.

Symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux:

Thus, gastroesophageal reflux is normal. However, if it continues for a very long time (more than 12 months), the child may have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which requires medical treatment. Among its symptoms:
  • Vomiting after meals
  • Regurgitation even after the first year
  • Irritability and crying after eating
  • refusal to eat
  • No weight gain
  • In these cases, the pediatrician will order diagnostic examinations. Once the disease is detected, appropriate treatment will begin.