What starts out as mild acid reflux symptoms in children and adults, can become more serious as the acid leaks from the stomach into the esophagus. Children in their infancy can experience acid reflux, or Gastroesophageal reflux (GER), but it often clears up as they grow older.
For adults with heartburn, it’s important to change their diet and seek treatment for the symptoms of acid reflux. More serious conditions occur as the muscle weakens and symptoms create permanent damage.
For instance, chronic acid reflux becomes increasingly common after a person experiences heartburn. This condition, known as Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), usually treated with over-the-counter medications. But if the acid reflux symptoms in children and adults are not treated, more serious treatments are needed to ease the discomfort.
In the more advanced stages of GERD, acid can create bleeding ulcers—called Esophagitis—can require more aggressive therapy. Also, scars from damaged esophageal walls can build up, making it difficult to swallow and can even become cancerous.