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What is rumination disorder?

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Rumination disorder is an eating disorder in which a person -- usually an infant or young child -- brings back up and re-chews partially digested food that has already been swallowed. In most cases, the re-chewed food is then swallowed again; but occasionally, the child will spit it out. To be considered a disorder, this behavior must occur in children who had previously been eating normally, and it must happen on a regular basis -- usually daily -- for at least one month. The child may behave this way during feeding or right after eating.

SOURCE: American Academy of Pediatrics.

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on September 09, 2018

SOURCE: American Academy of Pediatrics.

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on September 09, 2018

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