Table of contents:
- Spewing which is considered normal
- Efforts to Overcome Babies Often Spitting Up
- Symptoms to Watch Out for
Baby often spit up may make the mother feel worried. This condition is actually quite common in babies and is not dangerous. Although common, frequent spitting up in babies can also be caused by certain medical conditions that need to be watched out for
Spewing is the discharge of liquid, milk, or food that has just been swallowed. In medical terms, this is called reflux. This condition is normal for babies because the esophagus is not fully developed and the baby's stomach is still small.
Spit up will usually disappear when the baby is 1 year old. At this age, the ring of muscle that functions as a valve at the bottom of the esophagus is functioning properly, so that food that enters the baby's stomach does not come out easily.
Spewing which is considered normal
Basically, babies often spit up is not a worrying condition. In addition to expelling milk or food, spitting up is sometimes accompanied by belching, coughing, or hiccups. The frequency of spitting up in babies also varies greatly, it can be rare, quite often, or even occurs every time the baby is given milk or food.
The condition of the baby often spitting up which is classified as normal can be judged from the following things:
- Baby still wants to suckle and eat.
- The baby's weight is still increasing according to his age.
- Baby still looks comfortable and not fussy.
- Baby doesn't look claustrophobic or fussy.
If your little one is spitting up with the above characteristics, this indicates that the situation is fine and does not require special treatment.
Efforts to Overcome Babies Often Spitting Up
A number of ways can be done to prevent babies from spitting up frequently, including:
1. Position the baby's head more upright during feeding and after
When you give your little one breast milk or solid food, position his head to make it more upright. Maintain this position for at least 20-30 minutes after your little one eats so the food doesn't go back up into the little one's esophagus.
2. Give breast milk or food to taste
Another way to prevent your little one from spitting up often is to give him breast milk, formula, or food in small portions, but often. Also make sure to make your little one burp after every feeding or between feedings.
3. Pay attention to the size of the dot used
If your little one feeds with a pacifier, pay attention to the size of the pacifier used. A teat that is too big causes too much milk to come out, making it easy for your little one to choke and spit up.
4. Make sure the baby does not sleep on his stomach after feeding
After breastfeeding your little one, don't put him to sleep immediately. Mother or Father can hold the Little One for approximately 20-30 minutes first.
After that, Mother can put the Little One to sleep on his back with his head slightly higher than his body and legs. This is necessary because babies who sleep on their stomach after feeding or eating are more at risk of developing sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Another effort that you can also do to reduce spitting up is to reduce the consumption of cow's milk for your little one, especially if he is suspected of suffering from lactose intolerance.
However, Mother is still advised to consult with a pediatrician first to get the appropriate treatment.
Symptoms to Watch Out for
Although spitting up in babies is a normal thing, you need to be careful if your little one spits up accompanied by several other complaints or symptoms, such as:
- Your little one starts spitting up at the age of 6 months and continues until he is more than 1 year old.
- Spewing up food or milk too often and the amount of stomach contents that the little one vomits is quite a lot.
- The fluid that your baby vomits is yellow, green, or bloody.
- The little one has difficulty eating or refuses to be fed milk, so that he doesn't gain weight.
- Looks short, weak, fussy, and cries a lot.
If your little one spit up often and shows some of the symptoms above, then this could be due to certain diseases, such as cow's milk allergy, blockage or narrowing of the esophagus, and gastric acid reflux disease in infants.
Spewing is often a natural thing to happen and is part of a baby's growth and development. Therefore, Mother should not have to worry when the Little One spit up and looks calm and he althy.
However, if the spitting up is excessive and prolonged or accompanied by the symptoms previously mentioned, then the mother should immediately check the condition of the Little One to the pediatrician to get the right treatment.