About Reflux

Reflux is very common among infants and young children after eating and in most cases resolves by the age of one. Generally it occurs as an occasional regurgitation of the contents of the stomach, and may be due to a weakness in the muscle that acts as a valve between the oesophagus and the stomach that rectifies over time. In some children, however, it could be the sign of something more serious and require treatment.

Examination and Diagnosis

Dr McIntyre will thoroughly examine your child’s symptoms and their medical history. If they present with a swollen or bloated abdomen, irritability, fever, chronic diarrhoea, poor weight gain, weight loss or sudden forceful vomiting, they may be diagnosed with a condition requiring medication or even surgical intervention. These more serious symptoms can be a sign your child has a food allergy, an intestinal obstruction, or gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD).


If your child has reflux complications or GORD, Dr McIntyre may recommend an endoscopy to examine the oesophageal lining using a special camera under anaesthetic. This test will enable her to determine if medication is useful in treating your child’s symptoms or if they are due to another condition.


Things You Can Do

Reflux and regurgitation can be worrying, but it is important to remember that the majority of cases will resolve themselves without treatment.

  • Try positioning your child upright whilst feeding and for 30 minutes post-feed
  • If unsure if you are under or over-feeding, try giving smaller amounts more regularly
  • Don’t start your baby on solids too early, if unsure of the right timing, speak to your GP

Promoting good health in our children

“Working closely with children and their families, it's immensely satisfying to be able to make a difference to their lives by managing their medical conditions with care and compassion.”

Dr Emma McIntyre