Vomiting in Babies
When your little one vomits, you can’t help but worry and wonder if the vomiting is a result of a stomach bug or something more serious. Today, even the most common illnesses can cause children to vomit. Therefore, your child may vomit multiple times during his or her early years.
While even the most common sicknesses may result in vomiting, that annoying feeling of helplessness and intense fear that your child could be seriously ill may linger.
Naturally, every parent wants to do something that will either make the problem go away or make it bearable for their little one. To help you ease the tension and anxiety, we’ve put together some helpful information to determine whether your baby is throwing up or simply spitting up and useful tips on how and why baby vomiting occurs.
Spitting Up Vs Throwing up
If your little one is not feeding on solids yet, it can be quite difficult for you to tell the difference between the baby spiting up or really vomiting as both may look similar. However, once he or she begins to eat solids, spotting the difference will be much easier.
If your infant is on a milk-only diet, the only way you can tell if they just vomited or just spit up is by closely observing the baby’s mood immediately after it happens.
Spitting up is just the smooth pouring out of the stomach contents through the mouth. A spit up, should not bother your child one bit. Watch for signs that your baby continues to go about their business as though nothing happened.
Baby vomiting is the expulsion of contents in the stomach in a forceful manner. The forceful nature of vomiting will upset your baby. In fact, your infant may become irritable and could start crying.
5 Reasons Why Your Baby Could Be Vomiting
There are multiple reasons that could cause your little one to vomit besides from being ill. If your baby is not currently experiencing sickness, consider the following reason why your baby could be vomiting:
An Allergic Reaction
If your little one has a milk protein allergy, avoid exposing them to the milk proteins found in your breast milk or formula as this may be the first point of concern. Formula options for your baby may include a soy-based formula or a hydrolyzed formula that will be easier for the baby to digest as it has milk particles that are already broken down. You may also want to consider switching your own diet and making changes to avoid dairy altogether.
During your little one’s first months, there are high chances that there will be feeding problems such as overfeeding which will often cause your baby to vomit. During feeding you may also notice vomiting due to too much movement from a baby bouncer or swing they are seated in. Try adjusting positions while the baby is feeding and keep your baby in a stationary position.
Excessive crying will trigger a gag reflex that will, in turn, cause your baby vomit. As troubling as it may sound, throwing up after prolonged crying will in no way harm your baby. If he or she looks healthy, this should not worry you at all.
Abrupt and persistent throwing up can be a symptom of multiple conditions. These include intussusception (when a part of your bowel slides into another part of the bowel), Hirschsprung disease (An obstruction caused by a poor bowel movement) or malrotation (when the intestines are twisted around each other). These obstructions can cause dehydration, malnutrition and multiple other health issues. If you believe your baby is suffering from any of the above, seek medical attention immediately.
This is a rare condition that normally strikes during the first few weeks after birth. This condition causes the muscles between the stomach and the intestines to thicken in such a way that food from the stomach cannot pass through to the intestines. If your baby suffers from this condition, he or she will experience a forceful projectile throwing up. Just like intestinal blockages, pyloric stenosis can also lead to malnutrition dehydration and other health issues. If you believe your baby is suffering from pyloric stenosis, seek medical attention immediately.
What To Do When Your Baby is Vomiting
If your infant is awake, keep him or her in an upright position or lay him down on his stomach or even side. During this time, as hard as it is to watch your baby distressed, be sure to keep calm. If the problem persists be sure to consult a pediatrician to reduce the chances of your prolonging any symptoms of a more serious condition. Finally, always remember to keep your little one hydrated by ensuring that you are giving him enough fluid. Avoid dehydration and remember to always consult with a doctor for any questions or concerns you may have.