Why do babies spit up milk?

Why do babies spit up milk?

Spitting up is a very common occurrence in healthy babies. Milk spit shows that the food in the stomach is emptied vigorously and powerfully, and the amount is relatively large. Since a baby’s stomach does not hang down like older children and adults, but in a horizontal position and the baby’s digestive system is still immature, this will reduce the capacity of the stomach and store less food.

Pathological reasons such as cold, bacterial infection, constipation, pyloric stenosis, esophageal atresia, intestinal atresia, poor bowel rotation, congenital megacolon etc. will cause the baby to spit milk abnormally.

Babies regularly spit up when they drink too much milk, too quickly. Some babies can become distracted when breastfeeding .

This can cause babies to swallow air and spit up more often. When feeding with a bottle, the hole in the teat is too large causing the milk to flow too fast. When babies spit milk, mothers must distinguish between physiological reasons, pathological reasons, or reasons for their own improper feeding to address the issue.

What to do if a newborn vomits milk

  1. Feed in moderation, not too much
  2. Feed small meals to reduce the pressure on the stomach
  3. During and after each feeding, let the baby lie on the shoulder of the adult and pat the baby’s back gently.
  4. Don’t be too anxious or too fast when breastfeeding. Relax. Pause for a while to make your baby’s breathing smoother.
  5. The opening of the feeding bottle should be moderate.
  6. Frequent burps during and after each feeding can keep air from building up in your baby’s stomach.
  7. After feeding, don’t let your baby get excited, and don’t shake your baby.

How to care for newborn spit milk

  1. You can choose the head-high foot-low side lying position, with the benefit of raising the head by 15°; for children with gastroesophageal reflux. Wait at least three hours after eating before lying down.
  2. Recurrent vomiting and neurological vomiting: Avoid showing tension to your children, enhance physical fitness , avoid overeating, keep the environment clean, dispose of vomit in children in a timely manner, and replace contaminated clothing, sheets to  avoid continuing to irritate the children.
  3. For children who are prone to vomiting, after a cold or after a cough: They should usually strengthen nutrition and physical exercise to improve the body’s immunity, or take bovine colostrum to prevent colds.
  4. Children who are prone to vomiting when taking medicine: When feeding the liquid, the liquid should not be too hot or too cold and the medicine can also taken a small amount of multiple times.
  5. Some children are more sensitive to congenital pharyngeal reflexes and easily cause vomiting: They should eat easily digestible liquid or semi-liquid objects and avoid overeating.

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