Infants overtreated with anti-reflux drugs

Many GPs and paediatricians are medicating infants for gastro-oesophageal reflux (GOR) instead of following the preferred protocol of parental education and reassurance as first-line therapy, according to the findings of an Australian study.

Professor Katrina Allen from the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne says while paediatric gastroenterologists have moved away from prescribing anti-reflux medication for GOR, more needs to be done to inform other doctors about the change.

She and colleagues studied more than 4,600 Victorian infants and found one in seven who