Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease -- Adolescent
(GERD—Adolescent; Chronic Heartburn—Adolescent; Reflux Esophagitis—Adolescent; Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease—Adolescent; GORD—Adolescent; Heartburn—Adolescent; Reflux—Adolescent)
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- Abnormal pressure to the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), a valve that keeps food in the stomach
- Increased relaxation of LES
- Increased pressure within the abdomen
- 24-hour pH monitoring—a probe is placed in the esophagus to keep track of the level of acidity in the lower esophagus
- Short trial of medication—helps confirm diagnosis if GERD symptoms are relieved during the trial period
- Eating smaller, more frequent meals
- Avoid overeating
- Avoid late night meals
- Sleeping with the head of the bed elevated
- Avoid lying down within 2-3 hours after eating
- Consider looser clothing that doesn't bind the stomach area
- Lose weight
- Quit smoking
- Fried foods
- Spicy foods
- Caffeine products
- Carbonated beverages
- Foods high in fat and acid
- H-2 blockers
- Proton pump inhibitors
Children’s Digestive Health and Nutrition Foundation http://cdhnf.org
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov
About Kids Health—The Hospital for Sick Children http://www.aboutkidshealth.ca
Canadian Digestive Health Foundation http://www.cdhf.ca
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1/20/2015 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease: recognition, diagnosis and management in children and young people. January 2015. Available at: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng1. Accessed January 20, 2015.
- Reviewer: Daus Mahnke, MD
- Review Date: 02/2015 -
- Update Date: 01/20/2015 -