Pediatric Pearls: Early Exposure to Acid Suppression Therapy

  • At a recent checkup, the mother of an otherwise healthy 8-month-old boy with a history of gastroesophageal reflux symptoms asks about potential treatment options. Both of the infant's parents also experience similar symptoms and have been treated with several acid suppression medications in the past.

    How would you advise your patient?

    (Answer and discussion on next page)

    Jordan N. Watson, MD, is a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is also a general pediatrician and the medical director of the Dermatology Access Clinic in the Division of General Pediatrics at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware.