I am a NICU nurse working on a research project. GERD is a common problem in the neonatal population. Acid suppressor medication use has increased dramatically despite evidence to prove that GERD is the problem behind specific clinical symptoms. Medication use is risky in neonates because of their age and instability.
As a fellow NICU nurse, what are your thoughts and/or assumptions about GERD in neonates?
How is it addressed and/or treated where you work?
How common is it in your population?
How do you explain it to families?