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Is spitting up a problem in babies?

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Spitting up, also known as reflux or gastroesophageal reflux (GER), is messy. But unlike vomiting, it usually isn't painful, and babies often don't even notice they're spitting up. It is more concerning to the parents than the baby. If your baby’s spit up goes beyond a simple throw up, she could be showing signs of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Most babies outgrow reflux by 11-12 months of age.

From: Reflux (Children) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Spitting Up in Babies."

Children's Digestive Health and Nutrition Foundation: "Parent's Take Home Guide to GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)."

MedlinePlus: "Gastroesophageal reflux in infants."

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch on May 02, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Spitting Up in Babies."

Children's Digestive Health and Nutrition Foundation: "Parent's Take Home Guide to GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)."

MedlinePlus: "Gastroesophageal reflux in infants."

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch on May 02, 2018

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