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Hiatal Hernia in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is a hiatal hernia?

A hiatal hernia is a condition that causes part of your child's stomach to bulge through the hiatus (small opening) in the diaphragm. This part of the stomach may move up and down, or it may get trapped above the diaphragm. Your child may have been born with a large or weak hiatus, or with the hiatal hernia.

Hiatal Hernia

What are the types of hiatal hernia?

What are the signs and symptoms of a hiatal hernia?

The most common symptom is heartburn. This usually occurs after meals. Your child may also have any of the following:

How is a hiatal hernia diagnosed?

How is a hiatal hernia treated?

Your child's hiatal hernia may go away on its own if it is diagnosed during infancy. Any of the following may be used to treat a hiatal hernia or the symptoms it causes:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

How can I manage my child's symptoms?

The following nutrition and lifestyle changes may be recommended to relieve symptoms of heartburn:

Prevent GERD

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my child's doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your child. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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