What Is Acid Reflux Disease?

What is acid reflux disease? This is an important question because the only way a baby can tell us something is wrong is by crying. So how do you tell if they're crying because of baby reflux? First let's understand what it is we're looking for.

All babies reflux, usually in the first year of their lives. This is true. That's what's considered GER. But when the reflux is continuous over "time" (as shown in the chart above) it starts to cause pain and that's when baby reflux turns into a condition called GERD.

GERD stands for Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease where as GER is not considered a disease (D). GER is the occasional spitting up or reflux of the stomach contents and is almost universal in infants and has no significant associated problems.

GERD occurs when GER is chronic and creates significant symptoms or conditions that require medical attention, such as the infant GERD symptoms listed on this page.

  • Infant Acid Reflux (A Physiological Condition, Not a Disease)
  • Infant GERD (Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease) - Infant acid reflux that causes infant GERD symptoms
  • Infant NERD (None Erosive Reflux Disease)
  • Infant EERD (Erosive Esophageal Reflux Disease)
  • Infant LPR (Laryngopharyngeal Reflux)

Pain from baby reflux is when the reflux is recurring so often the acid in the reflux starts to hurt the tissue in the esophagus. That's when it's considered a condition or disease and that's when treatment should be considered before short and long term symptoms get worse.

We know you've been told that most babies outgrow reflux in the first year of life. But why should your baby have to suffer for a WHOLE YEAR? There's no reason you or your baby should have sleepless nights or more critical issues such as failure to thrive and other long term issues like feeding aversions.

What is acid reflux disease: TREATMENT OPTIONS

  1. The first thing we can do to help is send you to our infant acid reflux questionnaire. This gets sent to a doctor that has been treating babies with baby reflux for over 30 years. He will answer you within 24 hours with a FREE email consultation and a ton of great information to help  you and your baby.
  2. You can also connect with our infant acid reflux pediatrician. She specializes in infant acid reflux and failure to thrive. She understands what you're going through and she will listen with compassion and provide you with effective care.
  3. You can also go to our PPI dosing information page to watch this video about PPIs and how they can help treat your baby.
  4. You can email us and we can help answer any questions you have right now!

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