Why the baby spits up

Young mothers will always have cause for concern. One of them is spitting up food by a child. This problem remains relevant during the first three months of a child’s life, regardless of the type of feeding (breast or artificial).

Is it dangerous if the baby spits up?

The answer to the question – why the baby spits up, is extremely relevant due to the fact that it is important to determine how harmless this process is. If regurgitation is accompanied by a general deterioration in the condition of the child and weight loss – you need to urgently sound the alarm and consult a doctor. The cause of such regurgitation may be pyloric stenosis – narrowing of the pylorus. More often this diagnosis is found in boys and manifests itself in 2-3 weeks of life. With this disease, the baby spits up a fountain and noticeably loses weight even compared to birth weight. With timely surgical intervention, the prognosis is quite favorable, but in the opposite case, the child can quickly die as a result of exhaustion and accompanying diseases.

Also, painful belching can manifest damage to the central nervous system of the baby, which suffered hypoxia in the first minutes of life. At the same time, the baby’s hands may tremble, muscle tone may be impaired, or other symptoms of a neuralgic type may be observed.

Regurgitation associated with infectious lesions of the body is accompanied by the secretion of bile with vomit (a healthy baby spits up a lot, but it is either milk immediately after feeding, or a curd mass a little later, but in any case without bile!). At the same time, the baby turns pale or vice versa – it becomes crimson, cries for a long time, looks lethargic. In this case, call an ambulance immediately.

Do healthy kids spit up?

We started the article with options that, fortunately, are not very common. Now about the bulk of babies. Immediately hurry to reassure young parents. Yes, healthy babies regurgitate food after almost every feeding during the first three months of life. After that, the children’s body ripens so much that the regurgitation ceases. There are two simple reasons why the baby often spits up. The first and frequent – you overfeed the baby, and he gets rid of excess by spitting up. The second – during feeding, he swallows air with milk (this is called aerophagy).

After feeding, be sure to hold the baby upright so that belching passes, and air that has entered the stomach is released. When you are breastfeeding, the baby should capture not only the nipple, but also the sucking areola, with the mouth, this will make the process safe and painless for the mother and reduce the child’s ingestion of air. Also, to reduce regurgitation, it is useful to lay the baby on the tummy for a short time before each feeding and do a light acupressure with a finger around the navel.

So. Belching is normal, but it should appear the first few minutes after completing feeding, look like milk or cottage cheese and smell good. But, if the baby loses weight, but does not gain it, belching appears regardless of feeding and smells of rot – immediately consult a doctor.

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