Some babies may need extra attention if dealing with acid reflux

The North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology is releasing its recommendations for pediatricians to follow when diagnosing and treating GERD.

GERD stands for "gastroesophageal reflux disease". The disease is not to be confused with GER, which is simply gastroesophageal reflux. More than two-thirds of infants have GER. Researchers stress the importance of distinguishing between" GER" and "GERD" to avoid unnecessary costs and treatments.

When asked about infants with acid reflux, Dr. Skyler Kalady from Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital said, "If they're having 'GER' we can reassure families...those patients really need some changes in their behavior and feeding patterns, but likely do not need medications, whereas those with a 'GERD' -- with the disease component -- they likely would benefit from the behavior modifications, feeding changes, as well as potential medical drug therapy."

The complete list of recommendations can be found online in the Journal of Pediatrics.