Andrew is a tricky 2-year-old boy. He came to see me with what his parents called a “behavior disorder”. They said he was uncomfortable and squirmy, especially after meals. He would wake in the night and be irritable and cranky. He easily got agitated and moody. Interestingly, he was “a screamer” as a baby being very distressed and having lots of vomiting. He was treated with medication to reduce the acid in his first few months of life that helped lot. The medication was stopped by one year of age.
Reflux disease (GERD) causing behavior disorder
To me, it seemed that Andrew was getting gastric reflux disease again, and that this pain was causing him this behavior disruption.
So I started Andrew back on omeprazole 10 mg a day. His parents said, “he has had a personality change! For the better! It has made such a big difference, he is now happy and chatty again”.
The message from the story is that gastric reflux disease (GORD, GERD) can present as behavior disorders in children. Look out for it.