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.