Why does your baby spit up?

It’s quite normal for a baby to spit up a mouthful of milk or two after each feed. It’s what’s known as a physiological or uncomplicated reflux. It is common in infants because they have premature digestive functioning.

At first, it can be a worry because you may interpret it as vomiting or an abnormal condition. Not to worry, parents! Your baby will spit up less and less as he or she gets older. Just in case you’re still worried, here’s some more information on baby spit up.

What is baby spit up?

Here are some characteristics of what normal baby spit up is like and when it’s something more:

  • Almost all spit up smells a little bit sour
  • Spit up does not contain blood. If it does, there could be internal bleeding so seek medical advice
  • If your baby is experiencing other symptoms like diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, cough, cold or loss of activity with spit up. It can indicate illness so seek professional help
  • If baby spit up is so forceful that it is projected 3 or 4 feet, you should seek medical advice. It may indicate stomach problems for your little one.
  • Spitting up a large amount in each feeding may be caused by gastroesophageal reflux or GER.

GER is commonly overlooked but can be very uncomfortable for baby. Speak to your doctor if you suspect this condition. It normally subsides when baby reaches six-nine months. By this time, digestion has matured and your baby will spend most of their time upright.

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Tips to prevent baby spit up

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