If left untreated, the symptoms of acid reflux in babies and in adults can damage the esophagus, and lead to more serious conditions.
Infant “Spit Up”
While everyone experiences it at some point in their lives, acid reflux in babies is most well known at “spit up.” Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) occurs in 65% of healthy infants. They usually grow out of this condition, but a small number of infants develop a more serious condition, GERD, that requires medical evaluation.
GERD in Infants and Adults
Persistent heartburn is usually diagnosed as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) , This disease shares some of the same symptoms as acid reflux: heartburn, coughing, hoarse voice, upset stomach and even trouble swallowing.
The symptoms can also become much more serious—chest pain, vomiting and shortness of breath. This condition is usually treated with diet and over-the-counter medications.
Other conditions related to acid reflux occur when the condition is not treated. Acid from the stomach can damage the esophagus, causing bleeding and a build up of scaring or ulcers that makes it difficult to breath. This damage in the lining of the esophagus can also become cancerous. Dental problems, chronic cough, and asthma can also develop.
Florida Hospital specialists encourage anyone with these symptoms to seek medical attention and evaluation.