GE reflux

GE reflux

 Gastroesophageal reflux, see there.

Patient discussion about GE reflux

Q. Baby with Gastro esophageal Reflux... I have a baby with Gastro esophageal Reflux Disease, should I worry that she will have autism? I want to clarify my doubt to be more overcautious. Kindly guide me!

Q. how do you deal with a mild case of acid reflux

A. You can start with life style changes: if you have symptoms during the night, you can try to elevate the head of your bed. You can try to avoid foods that induce reflux: fatty foods, chocolate, peppermint, and excessive alcohol. Cola, red wine, and orange juice are very acidic, so it would be wise to avoid them too, In addition to these, you can try to use a diary to reveal which kind of food causes symptoms and avoid it.

Try to refrain from lying down immediately after a meal, or eating just before bedtime. Overweight is a risk factor for reflux, so if it's relevant weight reduction is also recommended.

If you feel heartburn, you may chew in order to increase salivation and thus alleviate the symptoms. Smoking has a negative effect on salivation, so smoking cessation is also recommended.

And that's before we even mentioned OTC drugs...

Q. is there anything to cure G.E.R.D. instead of taking pills daily?

A. there is no known way to "cure" but it can be manageable. there's a somewhat new procedure -An endoscope. Using this scope, doctors can treat the lower part of the esophagus to improve how it works. These nonsurgical procedures are somewhat new. There is not enough scientific evidence yet to talk about how well they work.
here is a nice tutorial about it:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/tutorials/uppergiendoscopy/htm/lesson.htm

and of course you can avoid some types of food and habits (sorry...long and tasty list...):
http://heartburn.about.com/cs/dietfood/a/heartburnfoods3.htm

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In motility disorders, such as gastroparesis, irritable bowel syndrome, and GE reflux disease, problems in a child's GI tract interfere with normal functioning, and may result in impaired digestion, nutritional problems, pain and chronic disability.
Gastroesophageal (GE) scintiscanning to detect and quantitate GE reflux.
Management consisted of reassurance to the patient and family, treatment for GE reflux, and counseling for psychogenic causes.
According to responses on the remaining 53 questionnaires, the presumed causes of the chest pain were idiopathic (30%), musculoskeletal (32%), GE reflux (15%), supraventricular tachycardia (8%), anxiety (4%), aortic stenosis (2%), asthma (2%), mitral valve prolapse (2%), GE reflux with anxiety (2%), GE reflux and musculoskeletal (2%), and GE reflux and hyperventilation (2%).
2) North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) Pediatric GE Reflux Clinical Practice Guidelines.