Pharmacological treatment involves the use of H2 antagonists, such as Tagamet, Zantac, Pepcid or Axid, which suppress acid secretion, and some familiar brand-name antacids, such as Gaviscon, Maalox, Mylanta, Tums or Propulsid, which promote stomach emptying, acid clearing in the esophagus and muscle tightening. In stubborn cases, physicians may prescribe stronger acting proton-pump inhibitors like Prilosec or Prevacid, which virtually shut off acid, or medications like Sucralfate (Carafate), which coats mucous membranes and sores to provide an additional protective barrier against stomach acid. If no infection is detected, your doctor may suggest lifestyle changes and medication.
Usually, acid reflux symptoms cause no complications. In a few cases, continued esophageal damage can lead to scarring, which may cause the esophagus to narrow. The narrowing creates strictures and makes it difficult to swallow. You may have dysphagia, a sensation that food is stuck in your esophagus.
Stand upright or sit up straight, maintain good posture. This helps food and acid pass through the stomach instead of backing up into the esophagus. In a 24-hour pH probe study, a thin tube is placed down into your esophagus for 24 hours. The tube monitors episodes of acid reflux over the day and while you sleep.
5. Green Vegetables. If you like green vegetables and have acid reflux, youâ€™re in luck.
Surgery. In severe cases of reflux, surgery called fundoplication may be done. Your babyâ€™s provider may recommend this option if your child is not gaining weight because of vomiting, has frequent breathing problems, or has severe irritation in the esophagus. This is often done as a laparoscopic surgery.
This test looks at the organs of the top part of your childâ€™s digestive system. It checks the food pipe (esophagus), the stomach, and the first part of the small intestine (duodenum). Your child will swallow a metallic fluid called barium. Barium coats the organs so that they can be seen on an X-ray. Then X-rays are taken to check for signs of sores or ulcers, or abnormal blockages.
Reflux is when some of the acidic stomach contents come back up the oesophagus towards the mouth. When this happens, the person can feel heartburn – a burning sensation in the chest because of the acid that’s in the stomach. The pain is felt in the chest behind the breastbone, and it may move up towards the throat.
Eat foods that rarely cause heartburn and avoid those foods that will often cause heartburn. Symptoms of indigestion can often be relieved with a few lifestyle changes. Because indigestion can be a sign of a more serious condition, such as an ulcer or occasionally cancer, anyone experiencing the following symptoms in addition to indigestion should consult with their doctor.
These drugs reduce the release of acid from the stomach lining. In addition to causing heartburn, excess stomach acid can also cause bleeding sores (ulcers) in the stomach; these, too, are treated with PPIs, among other drugs.