It is normal for babies to spit up after a feeding. Vomiting after a single feeding may happen sometimes and does not mean your baby has a problem. Repeated vomiting after feedings is more of a concern. The following tips may
help your baby spit up less often. If this advice does not help, talk with your doctor.
Feed your baby smaller amounts at each
Feed your baby slowly.
Hold your baby during
Do not prop your baby's
Do not place your baby in an infant seat during
Try a new type of bottle or use a nipple with a
smaller opening to reduce air intake.
Limit active and rough play
Try putting your baby in different positions during
and after feeding.
Burp your baby frequently during
Consider talking to your doctor about starting your baby
on hypoallergenic formula. About 1% of babies who spit up are allergic to milk
Do not add cereal to formula without first consulting
your child's doctor.
Do not smoke when you are feeding your baby. Children
who are exposed to tobacco smoke are more likely to develop illnesses that
cause vomiting. If you smoke, quit. If you can't quit, do not smoke when you
are holding or feeding your baby or when you are in the house or the car. For
more information, see the topic
Teach your children how to
wash their hands well, especially if there is an illness in the house.
If you use child care, talk to the caregivers about their
program or policies for sick children.
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November 13, 2013
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