GORD in Children
When to refer:
- Projectile vomiting and concerns of pyloric stenosis
Otherwise refer if:
- An uncertain diagnosis or red flagsymptoms which suggest a more serious condition.
- Persistent, faltering growth associated with regurgitation.
- Unexplained distress in children with communication difficulties.
- Symptoms suggestive of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) needing ongoing medical therapy or not responding to medical therapy.
- Feeding aversion and a history of regurgitation.
- Unexplained iron deficiency anaemia.
- No improvement in regurgitation after 1 year of age.
- Suspected Sandifer's syndrome.
- Suspected complications such as - recurrent aspiration pneumonia, unexplained apnoeas, unexplained epileptic seizure-like events, unexplained upper airway inflammation, dental erosion associated with a neurodisability, recurrent acute otitis media already managed appropriately.
When to suspect:
* The use of thickened formulas and alginate therapy together is not recommended.
** Omeprazole suspension is a special order.
Ranitidine suspension is available, please see the BNF for dose.
Please see the KCCG guideline ‘Appropriate Prescribing of Specialist Infant Formula’ for more information on prescribing - https://www.eclipsesolutions.org/UploadedFiles/355_KCCG_Specialist%20Infant%20Formula%20Prescribing%202018.pdf
Clinical Knowledge Summaries, NICE https://cks.nice.org.uk/gord-in-children, Last revised in March 2015.
Dr Rebecca Harling, GP and RMS Lead for Paediatrics, November 2017
Dr Matthew Thorpe, Consultant Paediatrician, RCHT, November 2017.
Mike Wilcock, Prescribing Unit, Royal Cornwall Hospital, January 2018.
Date Reviewed 14/08/2019
Date Next Review 14/08/2020
GP Sifter Dr Rebecca Harling
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