Even healthy babies and children can sometimes experience digestive problems like heartburn, vomiting, gas, and tummy pain. Our board-certified pediatricians, Dr. Hebbur and Dr. Okammor, can offer their patients in Plano, TX, healthy solutions with managing symptoms before it becomes chronic acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It may be necessary to monitor what your child eats before a bout of heartburn, what time it is consumed, how much is eaten, and what other symptoms are present at the time. At Village Pediatrics, we will work with our parents and patients to find the right answers for healthy living and better digestive health.
Conditions and Symptoms
HeartBurn & Acid Reflux
Of course, it is normal for babies to spit up after a bottle. However, when the baby is malnourished because he or she is not keeping the formula down, it is another story. Other symptoms a baby may present are coughing, bottle refusal, inconsolable crying at feeding time, inflamed esophagus, blood in the vomit, and weight loss or unable to gain needed weight. Infants with underdeveloped digestive systems are most likely to experience acid reflux.
Children & Teens
Your older kids and teens can also develop acid reflux at any age, and they will be able to describe the pain and what is going on with their bodies. It is our job to help figure out what the problem is, how to treat it, and keep it from coming back. Heartburn and acid reflux in older kids can generally be managed with a diet that doesn’t consist of trigger foods, not eating right before bed, eating moderate portions, and if necessary, an antacid medication.
Testing for acid reflux can range from a physical exam and questions from the doctor to more in-depth studies with an upper and lower gastrointestinal (GI) study. Your pediatrician will make the recommendation on how to diagnose and treat your child’s symptoms, even if it includes a referral to a GI doctor. Commonly, pediatricians can recommend a change in diet, eating patterns, and prescribe medications like antacids.
Plan your Visit
Ease the Burn
Your child’s health is important to us. If your child is experiencing heartburn, excessive gas, and a burning sensation in his or her throat after eating, it may be worth documenting for your pediatrician. If symptoms get worse, like an inability to gain weight, chronic vomiting and diarrhea, and painful belly aches, make an appointment right away for your child to be seen. This digestive condition can be managed with proper treatment and the right diet for your child. Call today and make an appointment.