Nonsurgical Management of the Infant With Gastroesophageal Reflux and Respiratory Problems

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Gastroesophageal reflux (GER), which is associated with respiratory problems such as choking, aspiration, apnea, and chronic respiratory disorders, is a source of significant concern to parents and health care providers. An understanding of the physiologic basis for the association between GER and these disorders enables the nurse practitioner (NP) to act as case manager for these patients. Knowledge of diagnostic procedures and components of management such as positional therapy, feeding techniques, pharmacologic therapy, home monitoring, and social support strategies enables the NP to collaborate effectively with other members of the health care team in providing nonsurgical treatment for these infants.

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