Is my baby spitting up too much? Newborn Care

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When babies spit up often, parents find themselves wondering if it's a problem. See what a doctor and other moms say about what might be causing excessive spit-up and when it's time to worry.

Check Baby's Weight

"Spitting up is normal physiologic behavior for infants. All babies spit up some, and some more than others. The important thing is to know whether the spit-up is just [creating some dirty laundry] or if it's interfering with the child's ability to grow or feed without pain. As long as babies are gaining appropriate weight, not irritable, and not having pain with feedings, then spitting up should improve as the child grows. These children will often be referred to as 'happy spitters.' Some...

"Spitting up is normal physiologic behavior for infants. All babies spit up some, and some more than others. The important thing is to know whether the spit-up is just [creating some dirty laundry] or if it's interfering with the child's ability to grow or feed without pain. As long as babies are gaining appropriate weight, not irritable, and not having pain with feedings, then spitting up should improve as the child grows. These children will often be referred to as 'happy spitters.' Some tips to decrease spitting up are to create a calm feeding environment, burp the child  midway through the bottle and after the feeding finishes, feed your child on an upright angle, and hold the baby upright for 20 minutes after feeding. If your little one is in pain with feedings, spits up anything green, is not gaining weight, or you have other concerns about their spitting up, it is important to contact your pediatrician." -- Deena Blanchard, MD, MPH, Premier Pediatrics, New York, NY

Reflux Could Be the Cause

"My nephew spit up to the point that people were nervous to hold him unless they were covered by a blanket or towel. He ended up needing reflux medicine. I would advise talking to your pediatrician if you feel like it's an excessive amount of spit-up."

Consider a Dairy Sensitivity

"When I switched from dairy formula to soy formula, the spit-up ended."

Feed Slowly & Burp Often

"My daughter and son both spit up a lot. It really concerned me. My best advice is to make sure they are burped regularly, and feed them in smaller amounts."

Sensitive Formula Could Help

"My son was spitting up every single feeding. We tried everything until I decided to switch him over to sensitive formula. He's so much better now. Still get a little spit-up every now and then but now I'm not worried."

He May Grow Out of It

"My first baby spit up a lot. I was changing our clothes daily until he started sitting up when he was 5 months old, and then it just stopped."

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