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An Overview of GERD in Babies

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in babies is quite common. Reflux occurs when stomach contents come back up into the esophagus (the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach) during or after a meal.
Most babies with GERD are happy and healthy, even though they may spit up or vomit. Although most infants outgrow GERD within 1 or 2 years, some require treatment. Usually, feeding and sleeping modifications can improve symptoms.

Symptoms of GERD in Babies

Spitting up, vomiting, and coughing are the most common symptoms of GERD in babies. In a small number of babies, GERD symptoms may be more serious. Examples of these problems can include:
  • Poor growth due to an inability to hold down enough food
  • Irritability or refusing to feed due to pain
  • Blood loss from acid burning the esophagus
  • Breathing problems.
(Click Infant GERD for the full eMedTV article on this topic. This article deals with the causes, symptoms, and treatments of infant GERD.)
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