Did you know? Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is common in people with Down syndrome.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also known as acid reflux and heartburn, happens when acidic stomach contents move backwards from the stomach up into the esophagus. There are several reasons why GERD is common in people with Down syndrome including decreased muscle tone of the sphincter between the stomach and esophagus. Check out our Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease article for an overview of GERD and summary of medications and at-home treatments for GERD.