|Symptoms of Infant Reflux and Pediatric GERD|
|Written by RMacLean|
|Friday, 05 January 2001 14:38|
Some common symptoms of uncomplicated reflux can include:
constant or sudden crying or colic like symptoms
irritability and pain
poor sleep habits typically with frequent waking
arching their necks and back during or after eating
spitting-up or vomiting
wet burp or frequent hiccups
frequent ear infections or sinus congestion
Your child does not need to exhibit all of these symptoms, in fact, only having one of the above could mean they have reflux. It does not; however, mean they need treatment. If your child is showing one or more of the above symptoms but is otherwise happy and healthy then some simple lifestyle modifications will likely make life better until they outgrow it.
Symptoms indicative of Reflux Disease or GERD:
refusing food or accepting only a few bites despite being hungry or the exact opposite requiring constant small meals or liquid
running nose, sinus infections
swallowing problems, gagging, choking
chronic hoarse voice
frequent red, sore throat without infection present
chronic ear infections
respiratory problems—pneumonia, bronchitis, wheezing, asthma, night-time cough, aspiration
gagging themselves with their fingers or fist (sign of esophagitis)
poor weight gain, weight loss, failure to thrive
erosion of dental enamel
neck arching (Sandifer's Syndrome)
As with reflux, children with GERD will not necessarily exhibit all these symptoms, for example children with silent reflux will not throw up. Another child suffering from asthma or chronic ear infections may actually have undiagnosed reflux that requires treatment. One or more of the symptoms listed could mean your child has reflux or GERD.
If you believe your child shows any of these signs, educate yourself on the treatment methods and then contact your doctor to discuss the best way to treat your child.
Symptoms of Reflux in the Older Child ( 2- 11)
Although by this time your child is probably able to talk it is actually very hard for them to pinpoint or communicate to you exactly what is sore or hurting. It is theorized that it isn’t until the child is 6 years old that they will know where pain is and be able to verbalize it properly.
Symptoms for 2-5 year olds
A hoarse or scratchy voice
Complaining of tummy aches
Burping, regurgitation and trouble swallowing
Weight loss or food refusal
Symptoms for Ages 6-11
A hoarse or scratchy voice
Burping, regurgitation, and trouble swallowing
At this age the children are a lot better at verbalizing their pain, look at them when the symptoms are present and see if anything is given away by gesture or reaction. You can also ask them to draw where they are hurt, as it is sometimes easier for a child of this age to draw it than to vocalize it.
If things do not improve, please contact your health provider to see if they agree with the diagnosis and if medical treatment needs to be given.
Reviewed By Dave Olson, MD
|Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 March 2008 14:49 )|
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*Disclaimer:The information available on this website should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care for the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of your child's reflux. Please consult with your child's doctor or pharmacist before trying any medication (prescription or OTC) or following any treatment plan mentioned. This information is provided only to help you be as informed as possible about your child's condition.