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Gastroesophageal reflux

GORD (also known as GERD and reflux) is a common condition where acid from the stomach of your baby or child leaks into the oesophagus, causing posseting or spitting up of their milk or food. Babies will often grow out of this once the weaning period is commenced but it can be managed and reduced by assessing their feeding regime and making appropriate changes before this period begins.

Our dietitian can assess your baby or child’s feeding regimen and give a plan to relieve their reflux. To book an assessment and see if they can help please contact us.

What are the symptoms of GORD?

The symptoms of reflux change and vary according to the baby or child, but it is slightly different to vomiting, which is when the stomach contents are forcefully emptied from the mouth. The symptoms of GORD are:

If your baby or child has one or more of these symptoms above, they could have gastroesophageal reflux. To talk to our dietitians to see if they can help please contact us.

What are the causes of GORD?

The causes of gastroesophageal reflux differ according to each baby or child, those who were born prematurely or have been poorly frequently as a baby are more at risk. The most common cause is when the ring of muscle at the bottom of the stomach has not developed properly in the womb or it is weak, allowing stomach acid to leak back into the oesophagus and cause reflux.GORD tends to be more severe in newborn babies but then reduces as the muscle between the stomach and the oesophagus grows and strengthens. Some allergies and intolerances can also cause gastro-oesophageal reflux and they are sometimes hard to diagnose as their symptoms are nonspecific. If you would like help in managing your baby or child’s reflux or you would like an assessment for an intolerance or allergy please contact us.

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Does my baby or child have gastroesophageal reflux?

We will assess your baby or child's feeding regimen, weaning regimen if appropriate and positioning during their feeds. Our multidisciplinary team includes a dietitian and occupational therapist to assess your baby or child’s positioning, nutritional intake and feeding regimen to provide an individualised treatment plan which is suitable for them.

What is the treatment for gastroesophageal reflux?

The treatment for gastro-oesophageal reflux differs according to the cause of your baby or child’s reflux. Ouer dietitian and occupational therapist will give you a multidisciplinary treatment plan which will adapt your baby or child’s feeding and positioning to reduce the reflux. Your baby or child may have reflux from an underlying intolerance or allergy which will be assessed and a treatment plan if appropriate. To book an assessment please contact us.

Summary

If you think your baby or child has gastro-oesophageal reflux and you would like support in reducing this through help of our dietitians and occupational therapists please contact us.

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To refer a child to our services this can be done online, or by calling 0161 820 8262 or emailing office@kids feedingteam.co.uk

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