Spitting up - self-care
Spitting up is common with babies. Babies may spit up when they burp or with their drool. Spitting up should not cause your baby any distress. Most often babies stop spitting up when they are about 7 to 12 months old.
Why Babies Spit up
Your baby is spitting up because:
Spitting up is often not due to a formula intolerance or an allergy to something in the nursing mother's diet.
Spitting up is Often Normal
If your baby is healthy, happy, and growing well, you don't need to worry. Babies that are growing well often gain at least 6 ounces (170 grams) a week and have wet diapers at least every 6 hours.
How to Reduce Spitting up
To reduce spitting up you can:
When to Call the Doctor
If your baby's spit up is forceful, call your baby's provider. You want to make sure your baby does not have pyloric stenosis, a problem where the valve at the bottom of the stomach is too tight and needs to be fixed.
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Review Date: 8/5/2018
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