Bringing up food is a common physiological process that usually happens after eating in healthy infants, children, and young people. It is most common in babies – affecting 4 in 10 infants – but can happen to almost everyone at some point in their lives.
It is important to differentiate the symptoms between reflux (GOR) which does not require treatment and reflux disease which involves a severe form of reflux requiring treatment (GORD).
Treatment of Reflux is based on the guidance from NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) Guidelines.
If there are symptoms which are called ‘red flags’ which include excessive crying, distress, feeding difficulties, failure to thrive, refusal of foods etc. then management may include use of anti-reflux medications and food thickeners.
In most cases the symptoms settle down after 6 months to 1 year.
But in some children they may last longer requiring further investigations.