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Gastroesophageal Reflux and Heartburn: Overview

What is gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)?

Reflux and heartburn are discussed in the Digestive Health Institute
Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) refers to episodes when the stomach contents come up into the throat or mouth. In babies, it typically comes out of the mouth, which we call “spitting up.” Older children and teenagers can experience heartburn, sore throats and trouble swallowing.

What causes reflux?

Reflux occurs throughout the day in most people, especially after meals, and is related to relaxation of the muscle at the top of the stomach.

Who gets reflux?

Reflux is a normal occurrence in people of all ages and races.

Helpful resources

GI Kids has information for kids and parents about gastrointestinal disorders.