Saturday, February 2

Psychosocial Issues

Ger and GERD obviously have consequences for the children so afflicted, however an often overlooked consequence is what happens to the primary caregiver. If treatment for the conditions is ineffective or the children go untreated it is likely that the patient’s condition will lead to some level discomfort for the primary caregiver(s). Pediatric GERD caregivers are likely to experience report sleep loss and some level of psychological and physical stress as a result of ineffective or inadequate treatment of GERD. The effect on the caregiver can be profound and affect all aspects of their normal routine from sleep, and professional activities to family relationships and normal social interactions.

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