Long-Term Concerns of Mild Acid Reflux

David Israel, BSc, MD, FRCPC, discusses concerns around mild acid reflux.

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David Israel, BSc, MD, FRCPC, discusses concerns around mild acid reflux.
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Featuring Dr. David Israel, BSc, MD, FRCPC, Gastroenterologist

Duration: 2 minutes

While reflux can be caused by some serious illnesses, what we’re talking about now is the more common reflux that is not associated with a severe underlying condition.

Such reflux can still cause problems. It can cause by recurrent of acid into the food pipe or the esophagus. It can cause irritation in the esophagus that is called that is called esophagitis.

Some children with esophagitis would be irritable. They may like eating because it causes pain. It can cause irritation and some small blood loss into the system and appearance of anemia. Those are the kinds of concerns that the physician who follows your child may tell you and discover over time.

In addition, if a child is spitting up a lot, they may lose too many calories and not be able to sustain proper growth. Again, measuring the child’s weight every few weeks to ensure the child is gaining is part of the follow up.

If the child is not thriving, one needs to address and look for other potential causes of the problem and again the dietitian and the family physician can be very helpful. Lastly, in a very uncommon situation, if things are coming up into the mouth they can be swallowed into the lungs. This is called aspiration where food content gets into the lung and causes pneumonia.

This is a serious condition and of course we cannot allow this to happen again and again and such instances would require vigorous investigation and a more serious approach. If you’re still not sure things are going well. If you’re not certain that your child is healthy and thriving, you should ask your physician to have a good look and help you out.

Presenter: Dr. David Israel, Pediatrician, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Pediatrician

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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