Bebcare Academy Knowledge Series - Vomiting
A blog post by Brian Murphy
Sometimes babies vomit or spit the milk they feed -- this is a perfectly common occurrence amongst newborns! So no need to be worried. This is also the reason why mothers tend to burp their babies to prevent them from throwing up.
Risk of Baby Dehydration
After being fed, however, if your baby throws up the milk and you notice a greenish color in the vomit, and he continues to vomit, then it could result in a serious problem. Infants can get dehydrated quickly. In the case of dehydration, medical help and treatment may be needed in a timely manner. Lactose and breast milk intolerance is also a fairly common problem that needs medical support and monitoring. This lactose intolerance is especially common among Asian babies. Frequent vomiting and spitting up of the milk could be due to an underlying infection or digestive problems.
Baby Acid Reflux
Vomiting from acid reflux happens when the muscles at the top of the stomach are too relaxed. This triggers baby vomiting shortly after feeding.
In most cases, the stomach muscles strengthen, and your baby’s vomiting goes away on its own. Meanwhile, you can help slow down the vomiting by:
👉 Avoiding overfeeding
👉 Giving smaller, more frequent feeds
👉 Burping your baby often
👉 Propping your baby up in an upright position for about 30 minutes after feeding
👉 You can also thicken milk or formula with more formula or a bit of baby cereal.
Note: Check with your pediatrician before you try this. It might not be suitable for all babies.
When You Need to Get Professional Medical Help
You should contact your GP immediately if any of these is happening:
🚨 Your child is repeatedly vomiting and is unable to hold down fluids
🚨 You think they're dehydrated – symptoms of dehydration can include a dry
🚨 Mouth, crying without producing tears, urinating less or not wetting many nappies, and drowsiness
🚨 Their vomit is green or contains blood
🚨 They have been vomiting for more than a day or two
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- Brian Murphy