Symptoms of reflux in children can be quite vague, but may include chronic cough (even croup), hoarseness, chronic throat-clearing, excessive throat mucous, difficulty swallowing or a "lump" in the throat, chronic sore throat, worsening asthma, chronic nasal congestion, and sinusitis.
How is it diagnosed? Typically the diagnosis is based on your child's symptoms and findings on physical exam. Occasionally, a 24-hour pH probe study—the gold standard—may be necessary.
Are treatments available? Yes, your doctor can prescribe medicines that decrease the stomach's acid production. It often takes several weeks to see improvement, and many children need to be on these medicines for six months or more.
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