Why ‘Google’ your health questions, when you can ‘Cochrane’ them?

Have you ever been to the doctor and been confronted with a treatment you knew nothing about and an explanation that left you just as confused? How do you decide which treatment is best for you? What are a treatment’s harms, benefits and objectives? If you have ever struggled with any of these questions, please consider visiting the Cochrane Collaboration Library.

Difference between GOR and GORD

There seems to be a lot of confusion about the difference between Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux (GOR, reflux) and Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux DISEASE (GORD). Many people don’t realise there is a difference, that reflux can be anything more than a ‘happy spitter’, or that it can present in so many different ways.

What is Reflux?

The word reflux means to flow back or return. Gastro is a term related to the stomach. And oesophageal relates to the oesophagus (food pipe). Following this, the term gastro-oesophageal reflux is where stomach contents (comprising food and stomach acid) flow back into the oesophagus.

Gastro-oesophageal reflux can range in severity from being an occasional nuisance to being severe and debilitating. It can also improve or worsen for a variety of reasons, with a child having good or bad days.

Common Characteristics of Reflux

Parents describe some of the behaviours and characteristics that may be displayed by babies and children who have gastro-oesophageal reflux. Keep in mind that all children are different and the listed characteristics may not be indicative of your child’s condition.

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