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What are the treatments for reflux in toddlers?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Toddlers may complain of pain in their upper stomach, experience heartburn, or burp more frequently than a beer-guzzling frat boy. If behavior and lifestyle modifications don't work, docs may try medicines like antacids, histamine-receptor blockers, and proton pump inhibitors. H2 blockers and PPIs both work by reducing the production of gastric acid, albeit through different mechanisms.

Thankfully, kids usually outgrow reflux by the time they're eight or nine months old, when they are spending more time upright and the esophageal sphincter tightens up. In babies, there's no cause for concern or treatment unless she is in distress or not gaining weight. A lot of times, a baby's spit-up may look like the whole meal of milk he just ate, but it's really only a fraction.
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