Reflux Management

  • Breastfeeding & Cow’s Milk Protein Intolerance

    Breastfeeding & Cow’s Milk Protein Intolerance

    Usually, if a CMPi is suspected, there is more than one symptom at play. Food Intolerances can cause some of the same signs and symptoms as reflux, so people often confuse the two. The most common food Intolerance linked with reflux is Cow’s Milk Protein Intolerance. CMPI intolerance symptoms generally come on gradually and don’t [...]
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  • George’s story

    George’s story

    This is George’s Story. George was born in May, four weeks premature. I understand that this made him more likely to get reflux, in addition one of his cousins had had unproblematic reflux as a baby. George started to make very strange noises in the night at about 4 weeks, and suddenly stopped settling after [...]
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  • James’ Story

    James’ Story

    I watch James sleep snuggled up to me on the sofa, holding onto his cuddly ‘Tilly’ dog and study every inch of his face. I am addicted to him, his little laugh, his cheeky smile, and his unconditional love. The silent relaxed atmosphere of the house is a far cry literally from the dark seemingly [...]
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  • Jayden’s Story

    Jayden’s Story

    When Jayden was born in March, I knew instantly that something wasn’t quite right. Those first couple of feeds soon projected from his tiny mouth and all over his new baby grow. Frustrated, I asked the nurse for advice who force fed him and that soon ended up all over her. Nevertheless, they insisted it [...]
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  • Vesico-ureteric reflux (VUR)

    Vesico-ureteric reflux (VUR)

    Vesico-ureteric reflux (VUR) occurs when the valve between the ureters (the tubes that carry urine away from the kidneys) and the bladder is not working properly. Urine can flow backwards into the ureters, sometimes as far as the kidneys. If infected urine flows into the kidneys, this can damage them.
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  • Bronchoscopy

    Bronchoscopy

    A technique of visualising the inside of the airways for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. The patient usually undergoes a general anaesthetic. An instrument (bronchoscope) is inserted into the airways, usually through the nose or mouth, or occasionally through a tracheostomy. This allows the practitioner to examine the patient’s airways for abnormalities such as bleeding, tumours, [...]
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  • Barium Swallow

    Barium Swallow

    The Barium Swallow is most often carried out for infants who have frequent reflux episodes or difficulty in swallowing. The test requires the patient to drink a solution of barium (metallic element barium in water). Baby will be hungry having been asked not to feed before hand for up to 12 hours, so it will [...]
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  • Nuclear Medicine Imaging

    Nuclear Medicine Imaging

    A nuclear medicine imaging test was used to confirm that children with respiratory problems may be more likely to develop gastroesophageal reflux disease, according to researchers at SNM’s 55th Annual Meeting. The nuclear imaging technique, known as scintigraphy, was also shown to be more effective in detecting the disease in these children than traditional barium [...]
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  • 24-hour pH probe study

    24-hour pH probe study

    Parents and guardians can contribute to the success of this test and are often invited to participate. The 24-hour pH probe study is a test that uses a thin probe or tube placed in the oesophagus or food pipe, that connects the mouth to the stomach, to help your doctor diagnose and treat acid reflux. Placement [...]
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  • I knew my screaming baby had more than ‘just colic’.

    I knew my screaming baby had more than ‘just colic’.

    Originally Published in the Daily Mail on 20th July 2010 By Henrietta Norton As with so many first-time parents, my husband Charlie and I had a starry-eyed view of how things would be once we had our much wanted baby. So when Alfie arrived, ten days earlier than expected and following a smooth birth, we [...]
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  • PPIs for infant reflux?

    PPIs for infant reflux?

    Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), in common use for treating gastric reflux symptoms in babies, are unnecessary and ineffective in this age group, concludes an Australian systematic review. Published in Pediatrics, the review of 12 studies of almost 900 children aged 0-17 noted the paucity of evidence to support the current widespread prescribing of PPIs in [...]
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  • Guide to Reflux & Silent Reflux

    Guide to Reflux & Silent Reflux

    ‘Reflux’ is the general word used to describe what happens when the stomach contents move, without any effort, into the oesophagus (food pipe) and in some cases into the throat and out of the mouth. Silent reflux describes the same method of stomach contents moving into the oesophagus, whereby it rises to a point and [...]
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