How long will it take for babies to stop spitting up?

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Amanda - posted on 07/06/2010

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My twins were born at 34 weeks. My son had no suck reflex and was tube fed for his first few weeks in the NICU, and finally came home after a month in there.



He seemed to spit up constantly for I'd say his first 9 or 10 months of life. I never thought he would ever stop. But I look back now that he is almost 2 and I had almost forgotten about that now! Hang in there. Bibs help :)

Stephanie - posted on 06/30/2010

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My twin boys are 11 months old & are still spitting up. It has gotten better, but they still do it after they eat too much or are on their stomachs right after eating. They used to spit up so much, that I would have to change their outfits 4-6 times a day. Our doctor told us most babies little "flapper" develops by 6 months but in extreme cases it can take up to 12 months (lucky us). We too are on Zantac, dont over feed them, keep them upright & used to bup them VERY frequent but nothing helped!! So really they will stop when their little flapper fully develops which can be anytime. Good luck & I hope your little ones get over it by 6 mo.

Bridget - posted on 06/28/2010

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My babies had a horrible problem with spitting up. It started when they were about 3 months old and lasted until they were about 7 or 8 months old. I honestly thought it was never going to end. It was awful. I don't know how bad your babies are but mine were so bad it was hard to take them out since they would spit up all over the place. This happened every single time they ate (except for the middle of the night feedings). Apparently there is a muscle that becomes fully developed between 7-8 months (can't remember the exact age) but it causes them to stop spitting up. I saw a GI specialist and she gave us a few suggestions some we were already doing- not to feed them more than 6 ounces of formula at a time, not to over-feed them, always keep them in an upright position, burp them every 2-3 ounces, and continue with the Zantac that our Pediatrician prescribed us since they had reflux. She said eventually they'd just grow out of it once the muscle was formed and they did. Now at 11 months old they don't spit up at all! What a relief.

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