When your baby spits after feeding, you may be concerned. Fortunately, this does not have to be a problem, except for the bother of having to keep changing your baby’s clothes. But what if your baby spits often? What can you do to help them? We have some tips for you.
The backflow of stomach contents into the esophagus is also called reflux. Your baby can spit up because of this. Sometimes, some of the milk flows back into your baby’s mouth, without them actually spitting it out.
When does your baby spit?
It is a common ailment for babies: most healthy babies spit at least once a day. That your baby has to spit from time to time, is simply part of growing up.
But why is this happening? Your baby’s stomach is still very small. This is why you have to feed them so often during the day. But the small size also means that the stomach can be full quite quickly. The only way for your baby to quickly get rid of the excess food, is by spitting up.
A strong let-down reflex can also be the cause of vomiting. It’s hard for babies to process this intense flow of milk. Any food that comes in too quickly, will just come out again. It can also happen that your child ingests too much air while drinking. The air has to get out again, and sometimes some milk may come along, especially shortly after feeding.
How do you prevent your baby from spitting as much as possible?
Is your baby happy, growing well and pooping and peeing regularly? Then there is not really anything to worry about. Your baby is getting enough nutrition and is processing that nutrition healthily. However, there are some things you can do to make sure your baby spits less frequently.
- Take your time while feeding, about 20 to 30 minutes. Drinking too quickly is not good for your child’s digestion. Also, drinking too quickly leads to swallowing air.
- Feed your baby in an upright position and don’t put them down until half an hour after feeding. When laying down your child, the milk can flow back into their esophagus. And that is what you want to prevent! A more upright position helps the food settle.
- Make sure your child has enough time to burp during and after feeding. By burping, they let air escape from their stomach, which frees up space for more milk!
- Do you need to change or bathe your baby? Wait until well after feeding, because all that movement will put too much pressure on their little stomach.
And there is only one cure for all those dirty rompers: do a lot of laundry. You can also use a large bib during feeding, to absorb some of the spill. Do you notice your baby being bothered by spitting up, please contact your pediatrician.