Anxious parents drive 'benign reflux' overtreatment

One in seven infants are taken to a GP by overanxious parents for gastro-oesophageal reflux, leading to overtreatment with PPIs and H2 antagonists, researchers warn.

A study of more than 4600 Victorian infants found almost one in four had gastro-oesophageal reflux symptoms in their first year, and one in seven (14%) were taken to a doctor.

Reflux symptoms started within the first month in almost half of infants and resolved within six months in 75% of infants, the study,