What is Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease-Infant
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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease-Infant Definition
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a disorder that results from food and stomach acid backing up into the esophagus from the stomach.
GERD is different from gastroesophageal reflux (GER). GER is a common disorder seen in infants, which causes them to spit up. Most infants outgrow this within 12 months. If symptoms do not improve by 18 to 24 months, your infant may have GERD.
GERD can cause serious health issues. The sooner it is treated, the better the outcome.
Food and acid back up into the esophagus from the stomach.
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