Irritability, food rejection and low weight gain? Your child may have Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Sempre Materna | 01/16/2018
Fonte: Dr. Fábio Ancona Lopez
It is common for babies to have regurgitation, popularly known as “gush”: milk returning to mouth after feed, at the time of breastfeeding or event some moment later. Although it is an uncomfortable situation, leading to family’s concern, regurgitation does not cause any risks to children, and should be understood as derived from the lack of maturity of digestive tract. However, when the level of this symptom is high and causes associated problems, it has to be investigated, because it may be Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).
 
Understanding the difference between regurgitation and reflux and when it becomes a disease is required. Dr.  Fábio Ancona Lopez, pediatrician in child nutrition, explains: “Gastroesophageal reflux is the passage of gastric content to esophagus. In this case, it can go or not to the mouth and pharynx. The regurgitation is the passage of gastric content to the pharynx and mouth externalizing outside.  To simplify: regurgitation means that reflux was visible while reflux without it may be not identified.
 
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease is the condition in which uncomfortable symptoms and/or complications occur, such as irritability, food rejection, difficulty to gain weight, many times followed by intense and inconsolable crying. Babies may have this disease and need special care.
 
“GERD can lead to severe health complications to children, who can have esophagitis, vomits with blood, peptic ulcer, malnutrition, change of tooth enamel and bronchopulmonary aspiration”, adds Dr. Fábio Ancona.
 
Children under these conditions require special lactic formulas, developed to meet nutritional needs. International bodies, such as American Academy of Pediatrics, preconize thickening formulas - which show high efficacy against regurgitation and reflux - as a first-line treatment. These products use several types of thickener, such as preparation of cassava starch and carob gum.
 
“Parents and pediatricians evaluate the one that fits best to child. Paying special attention to formula digestability is required. Those with partially hydrolyzed protein of cows’ milk can provide more comfort to child. The use of two thickeners is also a differential to treatment of these little patients. The formulas available have an energetic, protein and lipid formula indicated to provide good growth and development, and should contain an adequate amount of linoleic and α-linolenic acids to a good cerebral and visual development of the child”, highlights Dr. Ancona.
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