Rumination disorder is a condition in which a person, usually an infant or young child, regurgitates food they have previously chewed and swallowed, re-chews it and then either re-swallows it or spits it out. This typically occurs within the first 30 minutes after a meal and is voluntary.
To be considered a disorder, this behavior must occur in children who had previously been eating normally and it must occur on a regular basis.
Symptoms in babies and young kids include:
– Repeated regurgitation of food
– Repeated re-chewing of food
– Weight loss
– Bad breath and tooth decay
– Repeated stomachaches and indigestion
– Raw and chapped lips