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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.


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Gastrointestinal Motility Treatment at Children's National Hospital

Children’s National is one of the few pediatric centers in the country to offer specialized care for motility and functional gastrointestinal disorders impacting your child’s digestive tract. Discover more about the treatment we offer.

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Meet the Providers Who Treat Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Departments that Treat Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

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Pediatric Aerodigestive Clinic

Our Aerodigestive Clinic provide specialized care for children with airway problems and feeding disorders.

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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.

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Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

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