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On average, how long will acid reflux last with an infant?

On average, how long will acid reflux last with an infant?

Symptoms: Acid reflux is actually part of every day life for all of us.Infants often peak in their symptoms around 3-5 mo and become less so as the begin to sit/stand/walk. The fact that they are not laying down begins to decrease their reflux symptom intensity . Most come off acid reducers gradually but may revisit the issue occasionally in childhood or their teens. Diet & behavior have a lot of impact. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Acid Reflux (Definition)

Technically called GERD, acid reflux is the presence of acidic stomach contents in the esophagus. The acid irritates the esophagus causing heartburn symptoms. The regurgitation or reflux can vary greatly as can the symptoms. Blocking stomach acid with medications can alleviate the burning but medication cannot stop the reflux. Complicated GERD requires surgical treatment ...Read more


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How do I know if my infant has acid reflux?

How do I know if my infant has acid reflux?

All do some: Reflux vs reflux disease: all kids/adults reflux. Burp once & u just had a dry one. Infants all do and it seems to increase a bit and peak naturally around 4m as they get stronger & generate more abdominal pressure with rolling & flexing. As long as they have no heartburn or other troublesome symptoms (barfing thru nose, wt loss) they grow out of it over time. Meds can help with symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for acid reflux in infants, how is it diagnosed and how is it treated?

What are the symptoms for acid reflux in infants, how is it diagnosed and how is it treated?

Symptoms vary: Infants normally spit up some following ingestion of liquids. Severity of reflux is judged by volume, frequency and weight gain. Symptoms include frequent spitting up, irritability, refusal to eat, and lack of normal weight gain. If reflux or vomiting several hours after meal, means also slow gastric emptying.Antireflux meds may not help. Ugi, nm gastric emptying, ph probe tests may be used to dx. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of acid reflux in infants. My baby is 3 weeks and I suspect that he has it. ?

What are the symptoms of acid reflux in infants. My baby is 3 weeks and I suspect that he has it. 
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Reflux: Most babies spit breast milk or formula at times. Babies with symptomatic reflux will often arch their backs and cry because of pain. If the reflux is persistent it will irritate the swallowing tube and there may be a brownish material or blood contained in the vomitus. Sometimes babies with severe reflux do not grow well. If your baby has any of these problems please be seen for diagnosis/care. ...Read more

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How does it sound the acid reflux cough for infants?

How does it sound the acid reflux cough for infants?

Wheezing: sounds like chocking and wheezing as a matter of fact the acid injury can cause lung irritation and asthma ...Read more

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6 month old grandson has infant nystmus can this be caused by ranadine he took for acid reflux?

6 month old grandson has infant nystmus can this be caused by ranadine he took for acid reflux?

Unlikely!: Nystagmus is unlikely to be caused by ranitidine. It could be congenital meaning present since birth or acquired later due to several causes. He needs to be seen by a pediatric optjomologist and may be a pediatric neurologist also. You have to rule out vision problem and neurological problems. ...Read more

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My infant has a mild case of acid reflux. Is it safe to let her sleep regularly in a rocker sleeper due to its incline?

My infant has a mild case of acid reflux. Is it safe to let her sleep regularly in a rocker sleeper due to its incline?

Yes: Elevation will help her reflux. Rocking or movement might make it worse. If you are not noticing an increase in symptoms, there is no need to make changes. Most babies have some reflux. All the best. ...Read more

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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?

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. ...Read more

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How long can a cough last with acid reflux can it last for months?

Long time.: The cough will last as long as the acidity is rising high enough to trigger the cough. Treat the esophageal problem and the cough will go away after a week to a month. ...Read more

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How long can acid reflux last?

How long can acid reflux last?

It depends: As to an immediate episode, it lasts until the acid is neutralized or clearer from the esophagus. Use water and an antacid. As to the condition, more long term control measures are needed...Daily proton pump inhibitors (meds), diet control, sleeping techniques (head elevated), possibly surgery to correct a stomach valve issue? For immediate relief, use water and antacid. ...Read more

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How long does acid reflux last?

How long does acid reflux last?

Depends: On the causes. If you are being treated. Are you changing your diet. Behavior modification. Talk to your doctor about how you can help treat this. As well as educate you on the problem ...Read more

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How long does a single episode of acid reflux last?

It=disease=always.: Until treated this will be a long term problem. U may help a single episode with a liguid antacid, but 4 the long term u need eval and med rx. A lot is available, so c ur GI specialist 4 eval, test, & rx. ...Read more

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How long can acid reflux symptoms last? I've had them for about 6 days now.

Symptoms can last: for awhile if acid reflux is untreated and there are no changes to your diet. If you have acid reflux, you can use an over the counter antacid (e.g., Tums), acid blocker (e.g., Pepcid or Tagamet) or a proton-pump inhibitor (e.g., Prevacid (lansoprazole) or Nexium) to help but you also need to cut out the causes - e.g.,spicy, tobacco, caffeine, etc. If none of this works, see your doctor for an exam. ...Read more

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Is GERD basically just acid reflux that lasts a long time?

Is GERD basically just acid reflux that lasts a long time?

Essentially, yes.: Most people experience heartburn on an infrequent basis. People with Gerd experience it frequently. If you have frequent heartburn,you may need to follow anti-reflux measures and perhaps take medication to keep it under control. Good luck. ...Read more

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What's more effective for acid reflux, 300mg of ranitidine or 20mg of famotidine ? Which one is likely to last longer, the effects ?

What's more effective for acid reflux, 300mg of ranitidine or 20mg of famotidine ? Which one is likely to last longer, the effects ?

About the same: Ranitidine and Famotidine are h2 receptor antagonists, and their efficacy at reducing acid and relieving reflux symptoms are about the same. For more long lasting relief, a proton pump inhibitor, such as omeprazole, would be a better choice. ...Read more

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Can i mix similac a.R. And and similac sensitive together for my 4 month old baby?It helps with his gas and acid reflux. And how long can they be mix

Can i mix similac a.R. And and similac sensitive together for my 4 month old baby?It helps with his gas and acid reflux. And how long can they be mix

Wouldn't recommend: I wouldn't recommend this. The sim sensitive is lactose-free to help with digestion problems. The enfamil ar is a lactose based milk with rice solids to help reduce reflux. Mixing will cancel the effects of each. Use the lactose-free , feed small frequent feedings, burp frequently and keep your baby upright for 15 min after feedings. If reflux is still a problem, your doc may rx zantac (ranitidine). ...Read more

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I just started taking a PPI for acid reflux. I read an article last year that long term use of PPIs can cause chronic kidney disease. Is this true?

I just started taking a PPI for acid reflux. I read an article last year that long term use of PPIs can cause chronic kidney disease.  Is this true?

You may be: right. If your doctor prescribes long term PPI use for you, then you should take it as prescribed. However, it is best to have your kidney function checked at least once or twice a year to make sure that you are not one of the very few people with this adverse effect. Here is a good article to read: http://www.gastro.org/info_for_patients/gerd-107-long-term-use-of-proton-pump-inhibitors-ppis ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Reflux (Definition)

Acid reflux is defined as the presence of acidic gastric contents in the esophagus causing irritation. It's cause is blamed on the a lax gastroesophageal shpincter that permits usch regurgitation. Vesicoureteral reflux is regurgitation (backing up) of urine in the bladder into the ureter ...Read more