How can you get a baby to stop spitting up? and is that normal?

User - posted on 07/06/2009 ( 26 moms have responded )

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How can you get a baby to stop spitting up? and is that normal?

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Amy - posted on 03/27/2013

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I would love to know the answer to this as well. My 6 week old has been spitting up since he was 2 weeks old after every, yes EVERY feeding. Sometimes immediately other times it takes him a good 15-45 minutes. It is very frustrating and now my husband hates to hold him for fear of being puked on. I hate that this is happening! Please help me! Ps. he is an exclusively breastfed baby, gaining perfect weight.

Nazia - posted on 08/31/2013

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M having the same problem.its nrmal.m also bf.jst keep towels handy and lots of bibs.u r nt alone.cn b frustrating tho.bt hang in there like i am.

Michele - posted on 07/10/2009

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My first son was both formula and breast fed, and my son only spit up after formula. My second son is exclusively breastfed and he has never spit up. I believe it is because of the formulas. And I noticed breastfed babies that spit up usually have mom's who drink caffeinated beverages or something that is too strong.

Suzanne - posted on 07/08/2009

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Depends how young the baby is - infant - make sure to burp every ounce, baby - try different formula, I know Enfamil makes one especially for spit up issues, check their website.

Kelly - posted on 07/07/2009

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Babies spit up a lot, it's normal. Some things you can do to help are feed her/him in a more upright position and burp somewhere inbetween. Keep them in an upright position for a couple hours after feedings and I would try some gas relief drops immediatly after feeding, they are completely safe to give as many times as you'd like. Also, make sure the enviroment isn't to stimulating for the baby after feedings just let them relax.

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User - posted on 07/10/2009

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Normal? Depends on the degree which they are spitting up. If its excessive perhaps seeing a specialist is required. Ive never known a baby NOT to spit up. Are you sure its not reflux?

Laura - posted on 07/10/2009

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My little girl used to spit up so much. She did grow out of it, seems like overnight (it was after she was 4 months old, though). It is unsettling as a parent. As long as the dr looked them over and said they will grow out of it, it will pass. Trust. I used to be so upset over it. Tried formulas, put 1 side of bed on phone books so that her head would be higher, burped, everything and it didn't help. Never thought she would grow out of it, but she did.

Nicki - posted on 07/10/2009

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I also have a baby that vomits a lot....I spoke with the baby's doctor and we ended having to put him on Nutramigen. He still vomits but not nearly as much as he used too...also he does not have the problem with gas anymore....just a suggestion. : )

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In Australia, we have reflux formulas that can help, so you don't have to mess around with the rice cereal. We use Karicare AR which is thickened and haven't looked back! Also settled his wind issues from the Nan HA Gold we were using.

Jennifer - posted on 07/09/2009

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if baby is very young and projectile may be pyloric stenosis. this is a stricture or not large opening at bottom of stomach leading to small intestines.baby would need upper gi to diagnose and surgery to repair.good luck

Kelly - posted on 07/09/2009

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Yes that is normal! My son spit up so much that my nanny thought something was wrong with him- she was wrong. He just drank his milk so fast that it came back up. My MIL said that my husband was the same as a child, spit up all the time so I think its just hereditary and normal. I would not worry, once they start eating solid foods it will stop so give it time. In the meanwhile use lots of bibs and paper towels. LOL

Kelly - posted on 07/07/2009

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my son spits up ALOT.....I had him at the doctor's the other day and asked them and they tell me that if the formula does not bother his belly (as far as constipation ect) then it's fine...they say some babies just spit up more than others.

Camille - posted on 07/07/2009

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Our son had reflux and was gurgling and spitting up a lot. Some doctors recommend thickening the milk/formula with rice cereal, but ours just told us to feed him less, burp him well and often, and keep him propped up after eating. If that doesn't work, the doctor can prescribe some drops that help with reflux.

Pam - posted on 07/07/2009

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I have a 9 month old and he spit up tonnes until about 7 months. I think babies outgrow it. I think it's totally normal. I went to my doctor too and he said it's normal too.

Keri - posted on 07/07/2009

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Sorry to say you can not do anything about spitting up unless it is a projectile vomiting. It could be an acid reflux. If you are formula feeding try switching the formula and feed your child more often with less amounts. Good luck!

Sarah - posted on 07/07/2009

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My Dr. told me that my baby spits up because their little stomachs don't expand to accomodate more food like ours do. So, to know that my baby is full, I feed him until he spits up a littlle. It's totally normal and doesn't hurt the baby.

Mel - posted on 07/06/2009

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oh and solids BEFORE milk always because itelps line the stomach and hold the milk down

Mel - posted on 07/06/2009

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it can be. mine has been projectile vomitting since she was 4 weeks shes now 15 months. smetimes it can be causes by reflux but sometimes just normal behaviour. the only things you can try are thickening bottles, elevating the cot matress, keeping head and shoulders upright during and after feeding for 20-30 minutes, or reflux meds

Romina - posted on 07/06/2009

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My baby spits up all the time, I found that if I pace his eating it keeps his food down longer. I let him eat, then take out the bottle and put him on my chest and rub his back, then I feed him again. This also helps with his burping because he does not burp a lot, it seems that when he burps, spit comes along with it. My son is also very calm so this works, some babies need to eat eat eat or they cry, it depends on your baby.

Allison - posted on 07/06/2009

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Quoting Tay:

How can you get a baby to stop spitting up? and is that normal?

How can you get a baby to stop spitting up? and is that normal?


Unless it's allergy related, there is probably nothing you can do about it. I had the same problem with my son, who was breastfed. My doctor told me that his sphincter muscle was weak and would strengthen as he got older. It did, but he is still the child that will throw up if he gets in a jumper right after he eats, and is prone to car sickness. Some of the things that helped me when he was a baby are:
* burping him in between the meal and immediately after
* sitting him up to feed as much as possible, and most importantly,
* having lots of burp clothes in the vicinity!
Let me know how it goes,
Allison

Emma - posted on 07/06/2009

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Feed your baby by placing him or her in an upright position. If you bottle-feed you baby, burp him or her every 3 to 5 minutes. Make sure the hole in the nipple on the bottle is not too large, or milk will come out too fast. Avoid laying your baby down following a feeding or moving him or her around too much before the food settles in the stomach. Some babies spit up less if their formula is thickened with rice cereal. 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.

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It is very normal and you can't control it. It will gradually get better and happen less often as their disgestive system continues to develop. Always make sure you burp the baby and it helps if you wait 30 minutes after a feeding before laying them down flat. Adding rice to their diet after 4 months also helps reduce the amount of spitting up for some babies.

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yes, it's normal. No, there is nothing you can do about it. It usually stops when they are about 1 year old. :-)

Michelle - posted on 07/06/2009

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I to have a baby who spits up ALOT! We have tried all different type of formulas and unfortunately none of them has eased the spitting up at all. I was told that he would soon outgrow it. Sorry I couldnt help much but hang in there.

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