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Why do infants spit up?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
As food slides down, it moves into the esophagus pretty smoothly, then reaches the gastroesophageal junction, which joins the bottom of the esophagus to the top of the stomach. This is where a muscle contracts and prevents stomach acid from spilling up into the throat and causing heartburn. In infants, this muscle is often very lax, which is why they're prone to developing reflux, where food squirts back up from the stomach into the esophagus, causing spit-up or vomit.
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