There exists a sharp distinction between GER (gastro esophageal reflux) and GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disease).
In fact it is GER that develops into GERD. GERD is the more serious form of GER and it lasts for a longer time. This condition is particularly prevalent in adults but can also be present in children, teens and babies. If you want to understand more about GERD and GERD surgery in children, then this is the blog for you.
Most babies bring up the contents of their stomach at least a few times each day but this does not mean that they have gastroesophageal reflux disease. GER or gastroesophageal reflux is a condition among babies under 2 years old. Babies outgrow this problem within a year and a quarter. Children and teens can have GER occasionally. However, it does not mean GER leads to GERD in every child or teen.
How Can You Identify GERD in A Baby, Child, or Teen?
To identify GERD in a baby or little one follow these 2 signs:
- Your baby’s symptoms of gagging, vomiting, coughing or trouble breathing prevent him or her from feeding and your baby has had GER symptoms for 12 to 14 months
- Your teen or child has GER more than 2 times a week for a couple of months
Treatment Options for GERD in Babies and Children
GERD is treated in children primarily by making lifestyle changes. For babies, hold them in an upright position for 30 minutes after feeding. Also, try burping them during their feed instead of after, when their stomachs will be full.
For youngsters, give them smaller portions at meal times, and schedule meal times 3 hours before bedtime. It is in the last case that GERD surgery should be viewed as a treatment option for children. Usually, the doctor will suggest surgery for your child when GER is very severe and offers no relief to the child.
Preparing Your Child for GERD Surgery
If your doctor suggests surgery for your child, then you need to prepare them for it mentally and emotionally. Even if you opt for laser surgery which is painless and creates fewer scars, your child may feel nervous and anxious about the entire process.
Talk to them and make sure the doctor or surgeon also speaks to them about the various complications of the surgery. While you may want to shield your child, it’s best to be upfront about this and ensure that your child is also aware about the details of the surgery.
GERD surgery is usually viewed as a special surgery for children. If you are looking for a surgeon to perform this particular surgery for your child, you can reach out to Clinica Heath’s Dr. Purnendu Bhowmik.
He is an experienced laser surgeon who will address the problem with requisite concern and care. Moreover, he has many years of experience in performing this type of surgery.