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Pediatric Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Key Points About Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) in Children

  • GERD is a long-term (chronic) digestive disorder.
  • GERD is a more serious and long-lasting form of gastroesophageal reflux (GER). GER is common in babies under 2 years old. Most babies spit up a few times a day during their first 3 months. GER does not cause any problems in babies.
  • It happens when stomach contents come back up into the food pipe (esophagus).
  • Heartburn or acid indigestion is the most common symptom of GERD.
  • Vomiting can cause problems with weight gain and poor nutrition.
  • In many cases, GERD can be eased by diet and lifestyle changes.
  • Sometimes medicines, tube feedings or surgery may be needed.
Children's Team

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Our Stories

Our Stories

Renesha

Renesha's Story

When Renesha came to Children's at 19-years-old, she weighed 286 pounds. Now, after her treatment through the Obesity Program, she's a self-proclaimed "health freak," encouraging her family and friends to work out and eat healthy with her.

Deion Gladden successfully treated for environmentally-influenced intestinal issues by Dr. Anil Darbari.

Deion's Story

Nineteen years ago, Deion was born prematurely and developed eosinophilic esophagitis and acid reflux, along with failure to thrive. For years, he endured environmentally influenced intestinal issues that he and his family didn't understand until they met Children's National specialists who "never gave up on us."

Departments

Departments

Comprehensive Motility Program

The Motility Program works to help treat a number of motility issues impacting your child’s digestive tract, including abdominal pain, aspirating, constipation and incontinence. Learn more about our Comprehensive Motility Program.

Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Our gastroenterology experts provide expert diagnosis and treatments for children with digestive, liver and nutrition disorders.