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. It must also occur on a regular basis.
Symptoms in babies and young kids include:
– Repeated regurgitation of food – Repeated re-chewing of food – Repeated stomachaches and indigestion – Bad breath and tooth decay – Raw and chapped lips – Weight loss