Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a common digestive condition in infants; however, it can also occur in kids and adults. How do you know if your child has GERD? Find out here.
“Gastro” refers to the stomach, while “esophageal” points to the esophagus, the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach. Normally, once the food reaches the stomach, it stays there and is eventually processed in the intestines.
However, the food, along with the stomach acid, flows back up (reflux) to the esophagus for some people.
GERD usually happens when there’s a problem in the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), a muscle that opens to let the food into the stomach and closes once the food is there. When LES relaxes for too long or too often, the food and acid flow back (regurgitate).