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Does a child have much stomach acid, or only after a certain age?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Starts after birth

With the evidence we have, it appears that the stomach glands are inactive until birth, and begin secreting acid as soon as feeding starts.
Proper digestion requires that the stomach contents reach a certain degree of acidity for the digestive enzymes to function properly.Since babies grow quickly after birth, the process is adequate for this need.

In brief: Starts after birth

With the evidence we have, it appears that the stomach glands are inactive until birth, and begin secreting acid as soon as feeding starts.
Proper digestion requires that the stomach contents reach a certain degree of acidity for the digestive enzymes to function properly.Since babies grow quickly after birth, the process is adequate for this need.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics
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In brief: Stomach acid

All babies are born with active stomach glands that produce acid called gastric juice.
This helps in digesting formula and breast milk. When a baby regurgitates curdled milk with a sour odor, that's the stomach acid doing its work to digest the food.

In brief: Stomach acid

All babies are born with active stomach glands that produce acid called gastric juice.
This helps in digesting formula and breast milk. When a baby regurgitates curdled milk with a sour odor, that's the stomach acid doing its work to digest the food.
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
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