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Gastroesophageal Reflux in Infants and Children Melissa Velez
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What is Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease? When highly acidic contents of the stomach are refluxed back up to the esophagus These gastric contents irritate and sometimes damage mucosal surfaces of the esophagus It is a clinical condition that is severe enough to impact the patient’s life and/or damage the esophagus
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Gastroesophageal Reflux in Infants An infant will throw up after almost every feeding and many times between feedings. This is usually due to an incoordination or immaturity of the upper respiratory tract. Parents often worry that something more is wrong with the baby’s stomach Ulcer Not keeping enough food down to grow
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Common Symptoms It is unknown whether adults and infants have the same symptoms Infants are most likely to have: Frequent or recurrent vomiting Heartburn Gas Abdominal pain
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Symptoms Blamed on Reflux that are Less Common in Infants Poor growth Unintentional limiting child’s caloric intake Laryngeal Penetration In children with neurological impairments Aspirate refluxed stomach contents Swallow-breathe patterns are not well coordinated
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