A to Z: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn more about diseases and conditions of the stomach and digestive system.Esophageal reflux, gastroesophageal reflux disease, GERD, acid reflux, heartburn, Barrett's esophagus, dyspepsia, indigestion, upset stomach, peptic esophagitis, reflux esophagitis, chronic heartburn, digestive system, stomach, esophagus, CD1Gastroenterology10/11/201204/01/201909/02/201991c09db0-46c3-40d2-b464-41fe09b24658https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-gerd.html/<p><em>May also be called: Gastroesophageal Reflux; GER; GERD; Acid Reflux; Chronic Heartburn; Peptic Esophagitis; Reflux Esophagitis; Dyspepsia</em></p> <p>Gastroesophageal (gas-tro-ih-sah-fuh-JEE-ul) reflux disease, or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/gerd-reflux.html/">GERD</a>,&nbsp;is a disorder that results from stomach acid moving backward from the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/digestive.html/">stomach</a> back up into the esophagus.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>Food travels down the esophagus to reach the stomach. The valve-like muscle where the esophagus joins the stomach is called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). When the LES opens at the wrong time or does not close properly, it can allow stomach acid to move backward into the esophagus. This can lead to a burning sensation (heartburn) in the chest and throat and can eventually cause damage to the lining of the esophagus if it goes untreated.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Almost everyone gets heartburn from time to time. People with GERD have symptoms more often, but symptoms usually can be controlled or lessened with medications or diet and lifestyle changes.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
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A to Z: GastritisLearn more about diseases and conditions of the stomach and digestive system.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-gastritis.html/fa67a6bf-1919-47d1-b687-bc52c4113764
Digestive SystemThe digestive process starts even before the first bite of food. Find out more about the digestive system and how our bodies break down and absorb the food we eat.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/digestive.html/f2005e0d-6586-4e09-94e7-65388be2bb40
Gastroesophageal RefluxWhen symptoms of heartburn or acid indigestion happen a lot, it could be gastroesophageal reflux (GER). And it can be a problem for kids - even newborns.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/gerd-reflux.html/e7bf2cbd-1676-4ca9-a5d4-5d70052c0344
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)Gastroesophageal reflux disease doesn't just affect old people who eat too much while watching TV. Active, healthy teens can have GERD too.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/gerd.html/a2ccead6-1b16-4eaf-9861-18e46ecd611b
IndigestionIndigestion is just another name for an upset stomach. It usually happens when people eat too much or too fast, or have foods that don't agree with them.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/indigestion.html/03d84f90-4dc2-498e-97d6-f19f034451d5
Pyloric StenosisPyloric stenosis can make a baby vomit forcefully and often. It can lead to serious problems like dehydration, and needs medical treatment right away.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/pyloric-stenosis.html/f4f9ad04-3e24-4290-9b0d-6d6d50fce04c
StomachachesLots of different problems can cause similar kinds of stomach pain - not all of them related to the digestive system. Here are some clues about what could be going on.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/stomachaches.html/f9b9598e-0232-4add-9fea-e6a8591cb740
Your Digestive SystemThe digestive system breaks down the food you eat. Learn how in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/digestive-system.html/2a59b1c6-c783-4de0-bb89-75a822f14849