Everything you will ever need to know about the things that come out of your baby’s mouth.
Just as what goes up must come down, what goes in must come out. As a parent of a newborn, you have likely learned that this happens more than you ever would have imagined, often seeming like he poops and spits up more than he eats. Many parents are concerned when their little bundle of joy spits up on a regular basis, questioning whether something is wrong or not. Here’s a little baby spit up 101.
Some babies may spit up as much as twelve times each day, with sometimes being major eruptions while others are much smaller. Spitting up happens because the digestive tract muscle between the stomach and esophagus is immature in babies. Although it may be alarming to you, most babies are not bothered by spitting up. Rest assured that it is likely a normal occurrence that your little one will start to show improvement of around six months of age.
If your baby seems to be very irritable and fussy, there may be an underlying reflux problem that can be relieved with medication. If your baby experiences more forceful vomiting or regular diarrhea, he may be experiencing a food allergy. If you have any concerns about your baby’s spitting up, call your doctor. Other signs you may want to look out for to report to your baby’s doctor are bloating, yellowish-green bile in the spit up, or bloating.
Tips for Minimizing Spitting Up
To minimize your baby’s spitting up, try these tried-and-true suggestions:
Hold your baby in an upright sitting position after feeds for a while to let food settle.
Burp your baby regularly.
Keep feedings more frequent and smaller.
Do not force your baby to finish a bottle or breastfeeding if he seems full.
To keep from having to change outfits every time your little one spits up, keep bibs on your little one for easy cleanup.
- Olivia, mom & a pediatric nurse
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