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2/25/19 blog post

the dos and don'ts of treating reflux in babies

It’s pretty common for babies to have reflux – what we adults often call heartburn but also known as gastroesophageal reflux, or GER. The acidic contents in the stomach back up into the esophagus and burn, causing baby to spit up, vomit, hold her breath or just be downright fussy after feeding. 

It’s really not surprising, considering babies have…

● An entirely liquid diet

● Tiny tummies

● Immature muscles, especially the one in the valve between their stomach and esophagus that is still learning how to close properly

● Spend a lot of time lying down

so what can you do?

As always, talk to your pediatrician first but he or she is likely to recommend:

does my child need to see a specialist?



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Dayton Children’s provides expert multidisciplinary care for infants, children and adolescents with diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.If you believe your child needs to see a gastroenterologist please talk to their primary care physician to receive a referral to our clinic. 

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 Our pediatric gastroenterologists are fellowship trained, and they provide leadership to the program’s clinical team, which includes certified pediatric nurse practitioners, pediatric nurses and registered dietitians.

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