Let’s start by looking at why babies spit up and address the common question of ‘why is my baby spitting up so much?’ Many newborns spit up after feedings or while burping because their digestive tract is not yet fully developed. And there are a few situations in which newborns are more likely to spit up than others.
So, what causes this reflux in babies? Below are a few of the main reasons babies spit up: 1
- Your baby has eaten too much
- Your baby has fed too fast
- You are burping your baby
- Your baby has too much air in their belly
- Your baby is drooling from an excess of saliva or mucus
So, is it normal for babies to spit up? To put it simply, spitting up after some or even all feedings is perfectly normal for a growing infant. But there are some things to look out for to ensure that your little one doesn’t cross the line between spit up and vomiting. The two are very different and you should consult a doctor if your baby is forcefully vomiting all or most of a feeding.
Consult with a doctor if your baby shows the following symptoms, which your health care professional will help you look out for: 2
- Spits up frequently and isn’t growing or gaining the expected amount of weight
- Appears to be in pain, crying a lot or arching his or her back
- Coughs or has difficulty breathing, which could be a sign of an irritated esophagus
- Spits up even when he or she hasn’t eaten anything
- Forcefully vomits
- Has a fever or diarrhea, which could be a sign that he or she is dehydrated
If your child is only spitting up small amounts of milk after feedings and is continuing to grow at a healthy rate, rest assured that this is very normal and no reason for concern. If you have any questions regarding reflux in babies, check out this article to discover what the symptoms are and how you can deal with it!