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Questions to ask about reflux, regurgitation and heartburn

Questions to ask about reflux, regurgitation and heartburn

These questions may help you discuss your condition or the treatments you have been offered with your healthcare team.

About reflux, regurgitation and heartburn

  • Can you tell me more about reflux, regurgitation and heartburn?

  • What will happen to my child's symptoms as time goes on? Could there be any other problems?

  • Could anything else be causing the problem?

  • Are tests needed?

  • What can we as parents/carers do to help?

  • Is there any additional support that we as parents/carers might benefit from or be entitled to?

  • I don't feel like I can cope any more – what can I do and who can I talk to?


  • Why you have decided to offer this treatment?

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of this treatment?

  • How may it help? What effect will it have on my child's symptoms? What sort of improvements might there be?

  • How is the treatment to be taken?

  • How long will it take to have an effect?

  • What if the treatment doesn't help?

  • Are there any risks or side effects associated with this treatment?

  • How long will the treatment be needed for?

  • What other treatment options are there?

  • Is there some other information (like a leaflet, DVD or a website I can go to) to find out more?

Following up on treatment

  • When should my child start to feel better and what if there is no improvement?

  • How often will the follow-up appointments be?

  • Are there different treatments to try?

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