Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

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GERD causes the backwards movement of food and acid from the stomach into the esophagus. Learn how you can help your child manage GERD.

Key points

  • Most infants experience some regurgitation after feeding.
  • Most infants outgrow symptoms of GERD by the time they can eat solid foods.
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when the irritable and painful symptoms are frequent and persistent or lead to poor weight gain.
  • Complications can include bleeding in the esophagus or difficulty breathing.
Last updated: January 19th 2021