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Spilling, reflux, & GORD in babies

The term reflux (also called gastro-oesophageal reflux or GOR) is just another name for spilling. This is when the baby's stomach contents pass up into the gullet (oesophagus) and into their mouth. Spilling is quite normal in babies, and is different to vomiting, when the baby empties their stomach forcefully.

GORD (gastro-oesophageal reflux disease) is when a baby has reflux or spilling, but also is not growing, feeding, or sleeping well.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by paediatric gastroenterologist, Child Health, Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed March 2017.

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