Most Cases of Reflux Go Untreated

Most Cases of Reflux Go Untreated

Most Cases of Reflux Go Untreated

Over 2/3 of children with GE reflux (the sloshing upwards of stomach acid) get no treatment at all – not even over-the-counter antacids. A study of more than 1,000 children published in the February 2000 issue of Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine reported that up to 8% of children age 3 to 17 years have reflux, yet fewer than 2.5% are diagnosed or treated.

If your child has tummy aches (the most common symptom of reflux), poor growth, poor appetite, chronic respiratory problems, heartburn, or frequent spitting up, ask your doctor about the possibility of reflux. The cause for your child’ s discomfort may have been missed.

Dr. Alan Greene

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Dr. Greene is the founder of DrGreene.com (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

 

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