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A 28-year-old female asked:

What symptoms do you look for to screen for acid reflux versus delayed gastric emptying in an infant? how does one know when to refer to specialist?

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Dr. C. michael Bowman
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Timing of vomiting: Many children spit up, some a lot. The time after feeding is key for deciding if the stomach has delayed emptying. Infants should have an empty stomach by 2 hours or so after eating, so if a child throws up 4 hrs or more after eating, they likely have delayed emptying. Poor weight gain, poor appetite and cough are all reasons for a referral. Talk to your doctor if you are concerned.

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Last updated Feb 16, 2020

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