Don't over-treat babies who spit up, experts say - - Jackson, MS

Don't over-treat babies who spit up, experts say

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Nearly all healthy infants spit up but a few have reflux that needs to be treated with medication and a new study in the journal Pediatrics stresses it is important pediatricians can tell the difference.

Researchers say both conditions should first be treated with lifestyle changes, like switching formulas or feeding positions.

If a child still experiences severe symptoms of reflux then medication may be necessary.

Children at risk for life-threatening conditions may need surgery. Cases of "GERD" or reflux have been increasing, and doctors want to make sure some babies aren't being over-treated.

-Study led by researchers at the University of South Alabama and published in the journal Pediatrics.

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