Spit-up is a reflux of food and liquids that travels from a baby’s stomach to their mouth. This is a normal part of a baby’s development. About half of babies spit up during their first four months and may persist through a baby’s first year of life.
Causes of Spit-Up:
- Underdeveloped esophageal sphincter
- Baby Positioning
Because a baby’s stomach and esophageal sphincter (the valve between the stomach and the esophagus) are small and not yet developed can lead to spit-up especially if a baby is overfed.
Because babies lie on their backs a lot, food and liquids don’t efficiently digest also causing spit-up
5 Tips to help Reduce Spit-Up
- Try reducing the size of the meals while increasing the frequency
- Slow down the flow of feeding
- Try a smaller nipple size on a baby bottle
- Hold your baby upright during and after feeding
- Try switching baby formula
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