"My 4-month-old baby regurgitates a lot, how do I know if he's suffering from GERD?" Our specialist, Patrick Tounian, head of a nutrition and gastroenterology department, answers Cylia's question.
The answer of Pr Patrick Tounian, head of the nutrition and gastroenterology department at Trousseau Hospital (Paris) *
- GERD or gastroesophageal reflux is a condition that causes, especially due to immaturity of the esophageal antiregurgitation system, rising stomach contents in the esophagus and can cause repetitive bronchitis.
- Be careful not to make an early diagnosis to avoid over-medicalizing a situation that is often banal! The more or less abundant regurgitation of milk (they can sometimes go as far as vomiting) are very frequent in many babies especially in the first half of life and improve between 6 months and 1 year with the maturation of the esophageal antiregurgitation system, the thickening of the diet and the verticalization of the child!
- So, when a child is bronchitis, even if it regurgitates a lot, it is perhaps the consequence of a viral affection rather than a GERD.
- Unless a particular clinical picture: bleeding, poor growth, etc ... which must necessarily be spoken to the pediatrician without delay, do not worry about regurgitation. We must be patient, this phenomenon will decline during the second half of life.
* Author of Answers to all the questions you have about your child's diet (Odile Jacob, 2014)
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