Rumination Symptoms: 

Seems to be exclusive to infants or young children, however, it can affect all people. Keep in mind these are not ALL the symptoms but rather the most common ones. 

Physical Symptoms: 

  • Backward flow of recently eaten food from to stomach to the mouth, this often times occurs within 15-30 minutes after eating (occurring for at least a month) 

  • Often times, rumination happens without retching or gagging 

  • Nausea

  • Discomfort 

  • Belch (sometimes)

  • Bloating

  • Heartburn

  • Diarrhea

  • Abdominal pain 

  • Headaches or migraines

  • Dizziness 

  • Arching back, sucking thumb, putting fingers in the mouth to bring food back up

  • Puffy cheeks

  • Behavior is not connected with gastrointestinal or another medical condition like esophageal reflux

  • Insomnia/trouble sleeping 

  • Strong breath odor

  • Severe weight loss

Emotion and behavioral symptoms: 

  • Uses rumination as a way to feel calm and relaxed 

  • Can be caused by a lack of nurturing of physical contact, thus causing the person to ruminate to feel protected 

  • Pleasure when food is being brought back up

  • Feel distance from their parents/isolated 

  • Depression, anxiety, mental retardation or other disorders can cause rumination