Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) in Children

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Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) is a digestive disorder that returns acidic or non-acid stomach juices, food or fluids back up into the esophagus. It is also called acid reflux or heartburn. When the GER becomes an illness, it is called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

The symptoms of GER and GERD can vary from “spitting up” to severe difficulties with vomiting, esophageal inflammation, pain and lung problems. At Boston Children’s GI Motility Center, we treat the most difficult cases of GER and GERD.

Boston Children’s pediatric gastroenterology department ranks no. 1, according to U.S.News & World Report. Our team will get to the root of your child’s reflux using sophisticated tests and a team approach to care. Meet our GI Motility team.

Is GERD Serious?

Spitting up is a normal occurrence for young infants. As long as your child is growing well and not developing other problems, such as breathing difficulties, the condition needs no treatment and will resolve on its own with time.

However, GERD is considered serious when:

  • Babies vomit frequently, resulting in poor weight gain and growth.
  • Inflammation (esophagitis) or ulcers (sores) form in the esophagus due to contact with stomach acid.
  • The ulcers become painful and also may bleed, leading to anemia (too few red blood cells in the bloodstream).
  • It has associated respiratory problems.

Make an Appointment

For an appointment, more information or to obtain a second opinion for your child, please contact the Motility and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Center at 617-355-6055 or request an appointment online.

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