Pediatric Reflux Disease

This information is useful for children
infant
Why Yale Medicine?
  • Our unique Pediatric Aerodigestive Disorders Program features pediatric specialists including gastroenterologists, ear-nose-and-throat surgeons, pulmonologists and nutritionists.
  • Our team-based program provides a thorough, coordinated diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • We offer access to the latest research, techniques and equipment.

Gastroesophageal reflux—or when acidic stomach juices, or food and fluids move back up to the esophagus—is common and normal among infants. In fact, it is so common that parents mostly know it by a different name: spitting up. “When babies spit up and then smile afterwards, we call them ‘happy spitters,’” says Yale Medicine's Anthony Porto, MD, MPH, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine. “We’re more worried about it than they are.” 

But when repeated regurgitation begins to cause an infant pain with feeding, then doctors and parents should think about treating this condition. At Yale Medicine, our unique Pediatric Aerodigestive Disorders Program includes not just pediatric gastroenterologists, but other pediatric specialists including ear-nose-and-throat surgeons, pulmonologists and nutritionists. We work as a team to evaluate, treat and coordinate treatment plans.