Pediatrics - Indigestion
IntroductionIndigestion is a common condition and affects people of all ages. Indigestion can occur for many reasons. The consumption of certain foods, medications, cigarette smoking, and drinking alcohol can contribute to indigestion. Indigestion can be a symptom of stress. Some cases of indigestion resolve without treatment. Indigestion may be relieved with medications, lifestyle changes, and by treating any underlying medical conditions.
Emotional trauma, anxiety, and depression can contribute to indigestion. It can also be caused by some medications including antibiotics, steroids, thyroid medications, aspirin, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). In some cases, indigestion is a symptom of an underlying medical condition including symptomatic ulcers, nonulcer dyspepsia, stomach infection, GERD, irritable bowel disease, inflammatory bowel disease, pregnancy, thyroid disease, and inflammation of the stomach, gallbladder, or pancreas.
An Upper Gastrointestinal (GI) Series or Barium Swallow provides a set of X-rays showing the esophagus, stomach, and small intestine. Before the X-rays are taken, barium, a chalky substance, is swallowed. The barium provides an image of the upper gastrointestinal structures on the X-ray images. A barium swallow is commonly used to determine the cause of abdominal pain, swallowing problems, blood stained vomit, and/or unexplained weight loss. A barium swallow is an outpatient procedure that does not require sedation or anesthesia.
Your child may need to forgo certain foods. Children should not consume alcohol or smoke cigarettes. It can be helpful for your child to change the way he or she eats, such as eating slower and eating small meals. It can also be helpful to avoid lying down or exercising right after a meal.
Am I at RiskIndigestion is very common and experienced by people of ages. Cigarette smoking and consuming certain foods, medications, and alcohol can increase your child’s risk of having indigestion. Stress and certain medical conditions can also increase your child’s risk.
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