Key Sign of Acid Reflux in Children

Acid reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux (GER), is a common condition in children where stomach acid flows back into the oesophagus, causing discomfort and potential complications. In the UK, it affects a significant number of infants and children, with estimates suggesting that up to 50% of babies experience reflux during their first few months of life.

The condition can manifest through symptoms such as frequent vomiting, irritability, and difficulty sleeping. While many children outgrow gastroesophageal reflux by their first birthday, ongoing symptoms can indicate gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which requires medical attention to manage and prevent further health issues.

Understanding and recognising the signs of acid reflux is crucial for parents and caregivers to ensure proper treatment and comfort for affected children.

Three main signs of acid reflux in children are:

  1. Frequent Vomiting or Regurgitation Children with acid reflux often spit up or vomit frequently. This can happen shortly after eating and may be accompanied by a sour taste in the mouth or bad breath.
  2. Irritability and Crying Acid reflux can cause discomfort and pain, leading to irritability and excessive crying, especially after meals. Infants and young children may arch their backs or refuse to eat due to the discomfort.
  3. Difficulty Sleeping Children with gastroesophageal reflux may have trouble sleeping, as lying down can exacerbate symptoms. They might wake up frequently or have disturbed sleep patterns due to the discomfort caused by stomach acid moving up into the oesophagus.

Contact Paediatric Diagnostics today to book an initial consultation for your child.

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