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Helping Families Understand and Manage Pediatric Gastroesophageal Reflux

Download Files Apr 18, 2009

Gastroesophageal reflux is a common medical problem affecting about 5% of otherwise healthy children. The author describes how early childhood professionals can help families in three important ways.

Babies with GERD need to be burped thoroughly. Credit: Marilyn Nolt

Gastroesophageal reflux is extremely common among children with special needs and affects more than half of children with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, premature birth, and several other common conditions. The disease is becoming more widely recognized, but children with atypical symptoms may go diagnosed for years. The author describes how early childhood professionals can help families in three important ways.

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