Gastroesophageal GE reflux in children (1138)

Key points below

What is gastroesophageal reflux?

Gastro reflex

Reflux is a term used when stomach contents flow back up into the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach. This tube is called the esophagus. Reflux can irritate the esophagus. It may also cause problems with swallowing or breathing.

What causes it?

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How does GE reflux affect my child?

A child with GE reflux may:

Tips to help your child


Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child:

  • Still has pain from GE reflux after you have tried the tips listed above.
  • Vomits and it is bloody or bright green.
  • Will not eat or has a hard time eating.
  • Is not growing normally or is losing weight.
  • Has a hard time breathing during or after eating.
  • Has chronic coughing or wheezing.
  • Has medicine that is not helping.
  • Has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.