Is your baby spitting up after every meal? Are you worried whether this is normal? Do you stress over her nutritional intake being affected due to spitting? Spit up in babies is quite normal and this article will give you a better insight.
Spitting is very common in newborn babies and infants. Almost 50% babies spit up right after they are fed. Even though this is quite common and rarely makes a baby uncomfortable, it is also natural for mothers to be concerned.
Spitting is actually part of your baby’s developmental process. It happens because your little one is just learning the process of taking in food and sending it forward into the digestive system. Some babies might spit up only occasionally and others may spit up shortly after every feed. Most of the times this is harmless and not of any concern as long as the baby is happy and growing. However, it is important for you to notice the patterns of spitting and observe if there is something, in particular that causes the spit. Anything unusual needs immediate consultation with your pediatrician.
Some of the most common reasons for spit up in babies can be as follows:
In the initial three months, babies may experience a condition called gastroesophageal reflux or infant reflux. This is usually caused when a muscle that exists between the esophagus and the stomach is not fully developed. This muscle works to hold the content of the stomach in place. Therefore, when it has not matured, stomach contents travel back up causing spitting. Spitting is most common in four-month-olds.
Sometimes you may not realize but you end up feeding your little one more than required. This also causes spitting of excessive intake. Forceful or fast let down can also be one of the reasons that the baby spits up.
In case the baby is suffering from cold or starts coughing right after you feed him, it may come out in the form of spit.
While you are breastfeeding your baby, the baby might get in an uncomfortable position resulting in distress that can cause spitting. Lack of sleep also makes the baby fussy and hence causes him to spit.
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You may also be confused whether your baby is spitting or vomiting? One of the easiest ways to identify spitting is by judging the flow of the contents. Spitting has an easy flow and does not cause much distress or discomfort to the baby.
On the other hand, vomiting is forceful and often leaves the baby uneasy. Vomiting is also more in quantity, shoots a little distance away and does not dribble from the baby’s mouth slowly.
While spitting is completely normal; here are some ways to minimize spitting and ease it are as follows:
While it is completely normal and is commonly seen in many babies, you must watch out for spitting patterns. If your baby spits too much, it can hinder her growth due to loss of calories every time. As a result, the baby might face difficulty in gaining weight.
Excessive spitting may also be an indication of an underlying condition. You should consider consulting the doctor immediately in the following cases –
As the baby starts growing, his muscles develop and become strong. This allows the baby to keep food in the stomach. Usually, the spitting is seen more in the first three-four months and peaks around 2-4 months. However, as your baby grows, you will start noticing how he is adapting. It starts to reduce by the time the baby is six months old and goes away when the baby starts sitting on her own. However, in some cases, spitting may continue until the baby is one year old.
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Feeding the baby is one of the most important times for you to observe the growth patterns of your baby. If there is something odd that makes you feel concerned, it is completely all right to take opinion from the doctors. However, it is also important to know that all babies have unique growing patterns and they may respond differently to certain things. While it is okay to not get overly concerned by things like these, it is never okay to ignore them.
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