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Gastroesophageal Reflux and Heartburn

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What is gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)?

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.

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Amy Feldman, MD, MSCS

Amy Feldman, MD, MSCS

Gastroenterology - Pediatric, Pediatric Transplant Hepatology

Christy Jones, PA-C

Christy Jones, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Renee Herrman, NP

Renee Herrman, NP

Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Frederick Suchy, MD

Frederick Suchy, MD

Gastroenterology - Pediatric, Pediatrics