What is GERD?
GER isn't something to worry about -- even the healthiest babies have it. But when a child develops problems or pain due to the condition, it's known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, a more serious condition. If your baby won't eat, isn't gaining weight, is extremely irritable, suffers from forceful projectile vomiting, or develops respiratory problems from aspirating food, he may have GERD. The condition can't be cured, but it can be treated. However, if tests don't indicate GERD, you should skip the meds. A new study published in Pediatrics found that antireflux medications are being overprescribed for infants whose test results indicate GER, not GERD -- and in these cases the medication has no effect.
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