Symptoms of GE Reflux

Remember, we all have some gastroesophageal (GE) reflux. We consider reflux abnormal only when there is too much of it or there are unusual symptoms.

Most of the time, we don’t feel much when we reflux, but when adults have it they may complain of:

  • heartburn
  • indigestion
  • a feeling of food getting stuck in the throat (dysphagia)
  • recurrent or persistent hiccoughs

While we assume that young infants may have the same symptoms, we don’t know for sure. The most common symptoms that young infants seem to experience with GE reflux are frequent or recurrent vomiting, and heartburn, gas, or abdominal pain.

Many other symptoms may be blamed on GE reflux, but much of the time, we aren’t sure whether reflux actually causes them.

Some less common problems seen in young infants that may be blamed on reflux are described below and include:

  • colic or recurrent abdominal pain
  • recurrent episodes of choking or gagging, feeding problems
  • poor growth
  • unusual posturing such as wry-neck (torticollis) or arching
  • breathing problems including apnea, and recurrent episodes of wheezing or pneumonia