Acid Reflux in Children

Reflux can take place after a meal, when the contents of the stomach go back up into the food pipe (esophagus). Gastroesophageal reflux disease occurs when the acid contents of the stomach damage the lining of the esophagus. Children and teens can have acid reflux and GERD just as adults can.

Gastroesophageal Reflux


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At Mount Sinai, our doctors have specialized expertise in the management of acid reflux in children and the treatment of its complications. We take a multidisciplinary approach to treating acid reflux. Our digestive disease specialists coordinate with physicians in other Mount Sinai practices, such as Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep Medicine Associates, and Ear, Nose and Throat Associates. By working in collaboration with a range of specialists, we can quickly diagnose and treat reflux diseases affecting the throat, including the larynx and esophagus.

Acid reflux in infants

Infants spit up when their stomach contents come all the way out of their mouth or sometimes their nose. Most babies reflux, and many spit up as a result. But even babies who spit up after every meal are usually healthy and will outgrow reflux in time.

Infants who have difficulty feeding or who refuse feeding, who have poor weight gain, or who have respiratory problems may have acid reflux. The symptoms infants experience with reflux can also be signs of other conditions.

Acid Reflux can be treated with lifestyle changes and sometimes medications. The pediatric gastroenterologists at The Mount Sinai Health System are experts in determining the cause of your infant's symptoms and in developing appropriate treatment plans.

Acid reflux in children and teens

Symptoms of reflux in children and teens include:

  • Pain or burning sensation in the upper stomach or chest
  • Vomiting
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Hoarseness
  • Recurrent pneumonia

The symptoms children and teens experience with reflux can also be signs of other conditions, so it is important to take your child to the doctor for an evaluation. The pediatric gastroenterologists at Mount Sinai are experts in determining the cause of children’s symptoms. Treatment for acid reflux may encompass lifestyle changes, medications, and sometimes endoscopy. Your pediatric gastroenterologist will work with you and your child's pediatrician to develop an appropriate treatment plan.

Meet our team

Our pediatric specialists in acid reflux include:

Mount Sinai’s Digestive Disease Services consistently ranks in the top 10 across the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report. Please call us to set up an appointment. We are conveniently located on the Upper East Side of New York City.


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Pediatric Gastroenterology Shines in U. S. News and World Report. In the 2010-11 edition of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” U.S. News & World Report has ranked The Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital among the best children’s hospitals in the country. Mount Sinai ranked in the top 25, out of nearly 100 hospitals for pediatric gastroenterology.  Read More