Happy Spitters

We often get calls from parents asking about their child’s “spitting up” habits. If your little one has had vomiting problems in the past due to food allergies, it may be hard to know when it’s a regular spit up or something more serious. Every baby spits up or vomits occasionally, and some do quite often or even with every feeding. If, despite the spitting, your baby is

  • Content
  • In no discomfort
  • Growing appropriately
  • Experiencing no breathing problems from the vomiting

then your little one is what pediatricians call a “happy spitter” and no treatment is needed.

Infant Reflux and GERD

Reflux occurs when the contents of the stomach flow back up into the esophagus. When reflux is severe, it can progress to a more serious condition such as GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). GERD symptoms include heartburn, regurgitation of food or sour liquid, difficulty swallowing, coughing, wheezing and chest pain. Typical reflux should not be causing any pain for your baby. If you notice your little one is in discomfort, please see your pediatrician.

We often get calls from parents asking about their child’s “spitting up” habits. If your little one has had vomiting problems in the past due to food allergies, it may be hard to know when it’s a regular spit up or something more serious. Every baby spits up or vomits occasionally, and some do quite often or even with every feeding. If, despite the spitting, your baby is

 

  • Content
  • In no discomfort
  • Growing appropriately
  • Experiencing no breathing problems from the vomiting

then your little one is what pediatricians call a “happy spitter” and no treatment is needed.

Infant Reflux and GERD

Reflux occurs when the contents of the stomach flow back up into the esophagus. When reflux is severe, it can progress to a more serious condition such as GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). GERD symptoms include heartburn, regurgitation of food or sour liquid, difficulty swallowing, coughing, wheezing and chest pain. Typical reflux should not be causing any pain for your baby. If you notice your little one is in discomfort, please see your pediatrician

Christine Graham-Garo

Published: 10/21/2010
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