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Some natural products such as orange peel extract are being researched for their abilities to curb heartburn.
WHO IS AT RISK?
Anyone. But it should be noted that pregnant women, children, overweight individuals and smokers are all likely candidates.
Young babies have immature digestive systems. National Digestive Diseases (NDDIC) says that most children outgrow GERD by time they are one year old. However, because symptoms are painful precautions like frequent burping and keeping infant upright for 30 minutes after eating can reduce occurrence.
Older children may have to take similar precautions in diet and activity as adults. You should always consult your doctor when you suspect GERD to avoid future complications.
Being overweight or pregnant increases pressure in abdomen. 25% of pregnant women experience heartburn at some time during their pregnancy.
If you suspect GERD it is important to contact your doctor as there can be harmful side effects of persistent heartburn including scaring of esophagus, asthma, erosion of teeth and even increased risk of esophageal cancer. Frequent, persistent heartburn can also be a symptom of other serious conditions and should be checked on by a professional.
The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to medically diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Consult a health care practitioner before beginning any health care program.
Emily Clark is editor at Lifestyle Health News and Medical Health News where you can find the most up-to-date advice and information on many medical, health and lifestyle topics.