GORD vs Reflux (GOR)

GORD (Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease) occurs when Reflux or GOR (Gastro-Oesophgeal Reflux) is associated with complications, such as:

  • oesophagitis (erosion of the oesophagus) which leads to a very irritable baby who may become difficult to feed because of the pain
  • excessive vomiting causing poor weight gain
  • recurrent respiratory problems such as pneumonia or apnoea

GORD is treated medically in the first instant, such as with anti-acid medications and a change in milk, but in severe cases can ultimately require surgical intervention to fix. If you suspect your baby has GORD I strongly advise that you seek immediate medical advice from a Paediatrician or Paediatric GIT (Gastro Intestinal Tract) Specialist.


The information in this article was reviewed for medical accuracy by, Paediatrician and Allergy Specialist, Dr Claudia Gray (MBChB (UCT), MRCPCH (London), MScClin Pharm(Surrey), DipPaedNutrition (UK), PostgradDipAllergy (Southampton), Certified Paediatric Allergologist (SA))

Dr Gray works at the allergy clinic at the Red Cross Children's Hospital in Cape Town, and has a private practice at Vincent Pallotti Hospital in Cape Town, contact 021 531 8013.