Feeding Problem - Baby Throwing Up
by reccamae marasigan
(trece martires city, cavite)
Question: Why does my baby want to throw up when she eats?
Baby Help Line Answer:
Baby Throwing up or Gagging?
I am not sure if your baby is wanting to throw up when actually sucking/drinking or when she is eating solids.
Is she actually throwing up, or just gagging? The gag reflex
is at the back of the throat, so if a big amount hits her throat suddenly she may just reflex gag. I know when my daughter was about 8 months she used to love banana, and would shove it into her mouth in huge quantities, all the while gagging! She eventually learned to have smaller mouthfuls.
If when drinking, are you breastfeeding or bottle feeding? Some teats on bottles have holes that are too big
for a young baby, and the milk may be coming out too fast
. If you are breastfeeding, you may have heaps of milk and again it is squirting and maybe she can't keep up. You can try expressing a little first to ease off the pressure.
If it is when you introduce solids, it could be she is gagging because it is unfamiliar and she is not yet used to thicker food
or textures. Just introduce small tastes in tiny amounts slowly until she gets used to it.
Some babies also have various degrees of acid reflux, which is when the stomach fluid goes back up into the throat too easily. This is quite common among babies, and often nothing to worry about unless then baby seems to be in pain when eating or doesn't gain weight.
So in conclusion, babies spit up. Almost all do, especially in the beginning. Unless your baby fails to thrive or seems to be in pain, it isn't really a problem.
Hope this helps,
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