Symptoms of acid reflux are generally mild, however, more severe symptoms are possible and could suggest the advancement of the condition to GERD, a more serious form of the condition.
When acid reflux occurs, food or fluid can be tasted in the back of the mouth and can be tasted as the stomach contents and acid rises. When refluxed stomach acid touches the lining of the esophagus, it may cause a burning sensation in the chest or throat which is called heartburn or indigestion.
Persistent reflux occurring more than twice in a week long period is a strong indicator for GERD, the more advanced form of the condition. GERD also has accompanying symptoms of dry cough and asthma like signs.
Acid Reflux is common in babies and usually does not produce symptoms. However, for those who do, symptoms include spitting up, vomiting, coughing, irritability, poor feeding and possibly blood in the stools. More serious symptoms are possible in infants and can include poor growth due to inability to hold down food, refusing to feed due to pain, blood loss from acid burning the esophagus and breathing problems. These symptoms could indicate a disorder other than acid reflux. Consult a doctor or health care professional to determine if your child has acid reflux or a different condition.