TUMMY TROUBLES: HEARTBURN IN CHILDREN
COMMON QUESTION #2
My son says that his stomach hurts, but can young children even get heartburn? And if so, how do I help him find some kind of relief?
DR. KATIE’S ANSWER
Yes, absolutely, children can suffer from heartburn just like adults. The main symptom they’ll complain of is pain or burning in their upper abdomen. The good news is that there is an over-the-counter (OTC) antacid that can help children over 2 years of age. It provides a short-term relief by neutralizing the acid in your child’s stomach. It is really important to consult with your pediatrician before beginning any antacid, and any time you begin using an OTC medication, read the drug facts label first.
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