Why does my baby want to throw up when she eats? I am worried that she is sick or that something is wrong with her.
(trece Martires city, Cavite)
Baby Helpline :
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, so I’ll provide some tips for both situations.
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 the gagging/vomiting happens when your baby is drinking; are you breastfeeding or feeding formula? 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. Most children grow out of reflux without any need for medical help.
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. Make sure you have towels within reach and maybe put a bib on your baby, so you can easily change to a new one and thus keep your daughter dry easily.
Hope this helps,
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