Reflux Management

  • 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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  • Pyloromyotomy

    Pyloromyotomy

    Pyloric stenosis happens when the muscle below the stomach is thick and tight. Food cannot pass easily from the stomach to the intestine causing stomach contents to become blocked and begin to back up. Treatment A pyloromyotomy is  an operation to repair the pylorus. During the operation, the surgeon cuts the tight muscle between the [...]
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  • Gastric Emptying Study

    Gastric Emptying Study

    A Gastroesophageal Reflux Study (Gastric Emptying Study) is a diagnostic imaging procedure that measures the time it takes the stomach to empty and detects gastroesophageal reflux. This study can help: Detect gastroesophageal reflux Measure gastric emptying time Detect aspiration Evaluate a reason for nausea and vomiting Evaluate why a child is not gaining weight Assess [...]
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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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  • Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH)

    Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH)

    CDH is the abbreviated name for Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. ‘Congenital’ means born with , ‘Diaphragmatic’ means of or affecting the diaphragm; which is a thin sheet of muscle that helps us to breath and keeps our chest and stomach contents separate. ‘Hernia’ is a general term used to describe a ‘bulge’ or ‘protrusion’ of an [...]
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  • ‘Desperate families need better help’ with tongue tie’

    ‘Desperate families need better help’ with tongue tie’

    Services for babies with breastfeeding problems because of tongue tie need to be improved, a parenting charity says. The condition, which restricts the movement of the tongue, can be treated with a simple procedure and affects 3% of babies. The NCT said services around the UK were too patchy, and more awareness was needed. However, [...]
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  • Gemma’s Story

    Gemma’s Story

    I’d like to share my experiences My daughter was born in June, she’s now 3 months old. Having had a wonderful pregnancy (not even morning sickness), I also went on to have an amazing birthing experience, my daughter came out in water happily. As I had intended to breastfeed, the initial few days were okay [...]
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  • Pyloric Stenosis (HPS)

    Pyloric Stenosis (HPS)

    Definition Hypertrophic Pyloric Stenosis or HPS, is a condition in which there is a thickening of the muscle in the wall of the intestine, just beyond the stomach. A child with HPS will experience increasing numbers of large milky vomits, and will vomit within half an hour of every single feed. Immediately after vomiting, the [...]
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  • PH Probe Test/Impedance Study

    PH Probe Test/Impedance Study

    Gastroesophageal reflux monitoring: pH and impedance The armoury of tools available to diagnose GORD has become more sophisticated as new technologies and approaches have been introduced. pH monitoring studies have been recently included with medical investigation of oesophageal symptoms (heartburn, regurgitation, dysphagia, etc.) and more recently to understand the causes of persistent oesophageal symptoms in patients. [...]
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