Spitting Up

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

You may notice your baby spitting up after feeding. Is this dangerous, and what can be done to prevent it? Dr. Edward Hill gives us some answers to these questions in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Spitting up is a common occurrence for most babies. Spitting up is not vomiting. Babies usually dont notice when they spit up, while vomiting is forceful and painful.

The medical term for spitting up is gastroesophageal reflux. It happens when milk or solid food in the stomach comes back up into your babys esophagus that joins the mouth and the stomach.

Strategies to prevent your baby from spitting up include:

Feed your baby in an upright position.

If you bottle-feed, burp your baby every 3 to 5 minutes.

Avoid laying your baby down following a feeding.

Ask your doctor if you can add 2 to 3 teaspoons of rice cereal to each ounce of formula. You might have to enlarge the nipple hole a little so the thicker formula will come out easily.

Some babies also spit up less if they are given less milk at each feeding, but are fed more often.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.