Clear, concise guidance lacking for infant reflux

'It's hard to diagnose so it can be a tricky area', says lead author

A new study has raised concern over the inconsistency of guidelines on managing infant gastric reflux and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD).

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The University of Sydney research shows almost half of GP consults for infant reflux and GORD result in a script for acid suppressant medicines.

The BEACH data analysis of 18,900 infant visits between 2006 and 2016, found 512, or almost 3%, resulted in a diagnosis of reflux or GORD with acid suppressants prescribed in 44% of reflux cases and 48% in GORD cases.