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Gastro-oesophageal reflux in young babies: who should be treated?
  1. John W Puntis
  1. Correspondence to Dr John W Puntis, Paediatric Offices, off A Floor corridor, Old Main Site, The General Infirmary at Leeds, Great George Street, Leeds LS1 3EX, UK; john.puntis{at}


Recent guidelines focus on a non-interventionist approach to management of gastro-oesophageal reflux in infancy and emphasise the importance of explanation, reassurance and simple measures such as attention to feeding. Relying on clinical history alone leads to over diagnosis of disease, and widely used medications are often ineffective for symptom relief and carry significant risk of harm. The association between vomiting in infancy and other problems such as crying and poor feeding should not be interpreted as implying causality. When there are strong pointers to underlying gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, invasive investigations are required in order to formulate appropriate intervention.

  • Gastroenterology
  • General Paediatrics

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