Bring on the burp cloths and the bibs because spit up is a very real deal, but contrary to popular belief, there’s a lot that can be done to help prevent spit up!
The truth is that as a new mom, you’re probably finding your little bundle of joy to resemble a spit up machine during the first year of his or her life. Let’s not deny the fact that spit up is, at the very least, a great inconvenience, but this article will help you better understand it and show you what can be done in order to help prevent and reduce the frequency of baby spit up.
Why Is My Baby Spitting Up?
Most babies peak at the top of their reflux stage when they reach the age of 4 months old. This happens because air gets trapped in the breastmilk or formula you’re feeding them with.
What goes in has to eventually come out, and when that air comes back out, some liquid might make its way out along with the air, which may come out through your baby’s nose or mouth.
Then there’s also a possibility that your baby likes to eat, a lot, which leads him to overfeed and overflow.
When Can I Expect My Baby To Stop Spitting Up?
Most infants are able to keep their food in their bellies by the time they are 6 or 7 months old or when they are able to sit unassisted, however, the spit up may continue until your baby’s first birthday.
Is My Baby Spitting Up or Vomiting?
Well, the fact that baby spit up smells like vomit might leave some new moms concerned about the wellbeing of their babies. The key difference between spitting up and vomiting, however, is a telltale sign of distress in your baby. Spitting up shouldn’t even faze your infant, whereas vomiting is a much more stressful situation which distresses babies.
Is There Anything I Can Do to Help Prevent Spit Up?
Actually, there are quite a few measures that a new mom can take in order to help her baby keep food down and prevent spit up. These include:
1. Enter the Ohm Zone during Feedings
Overstimulation before and during a feeding session can easily cause a baby to spit up. You may also want to consider keeping your baby calm for a short period after feedings to keep them calm and help keep their food down.
2. Be a Burper
Babies have to be burped regularly, even during feedings. Some babies may spit up due to an air bubble stuck in their stomach. New babies should be burped after every ounce of milk that was consumed during a feeding session.
3. Don’t Overfeed
Sometimes, babies spit up because they are consuming too much milk. Ensure that your new baby gets fed smaller, more frequent serving sizes in order to help them digest their meals more effectively.
4. Aim for Upright Positioning After Feedings
Positioning your child in an upright position after a feeding may help reduce spit up. Try to burp and then position your baby in an upright position for at least 15 minutes after feedings.
5. Keep Pressure off His or Her Tummy
Putting any pressure or your baby’s stomach during or after a feeding will probably induce spit up reactions. You may also want to consider the idea of avoiding tight diapers and clothing, just to help soothe their fully-fed tummies after feeding sessions.
6. Try a Different Formula
If you’re not breastfeeding and experiencing a lot of frequent spit up in your baby, it may be worth your while to try using a different infant formula for feeding.
7. Inspect the Nipple on the Feeding Bottle
Another tip for bottle-feeding moms: make sure the nipple of the bottle works for your baby. If the hole in the nipple is too small, your baby might end up frustrated, which may also lead to excessive air swallowing. A hole that is too large may also be problematic since this may cause your baby to gag and gulp which is very uncomfortable and will induce spit up.
8. Breastfeeding Moms May Want to Consider Their Own Diets
Breastfeeding moms who find that their babies spit up very frequently after feeding sessions should consider the idea of enquiring with their doctors about whether or not there might be something wrong with their own diets. Sometimes cow’s milk is a major culprit which causes breastfeeding moms to produce breastmilk that might not be suitable for baby’s digestive tract.
Although it’s not a great sight to look at (and definitely not something you want to show off on your clothes), baby spit up is very normal. We hope that you have found this post useful and that it has shown you that there are numerous ways in which you can help minimize and prevent baby spit up.