Reflux is very common in well infants and often does not require treatment. However, clinicians must pay attention for red flag symptoms which may suggest gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) or other disorders.
Bringing up food is a common physiological process that usually happens after eating in healthy infants, children, and young people. It is most common in babies – affecting 4 in 10 infants – but can happen to almost everyone at some point in their lives.
It can be difficult to differentiate between GOR and GORD, and the terms are used interchangeably by health professionals and families alike.
Various treatment strategies can be tried including formula change, diet change, thickeners, antacids, pro kinetics, surgery. Investigations are sometimes required which include 24 pH monitoring, impedance monitoring, gastroscopy, barium meal.
Your clinician will discuss these with you and help determine what is best for your child.