After the breastmilk or milk, baby sometimes spits up milk from mouth or nose. Is baby spitting up milk a problem? If the baby doesn’t feel uncomfortable with good appetite and grows normally, that’s the common phenomenon in babies.
For the babies under one year old, physiological baby spitting up milk is very common, especially for the babies between 4 to 6 months. This is because the digestive system of little babies is not developed well. This kind of baby spitting up is no treatment needed, this problem will be solved when the babies grow older with the digestive system’s getting well-developed. For most of the babies, this situation will become better after 6-8 months. And this phenomenon will totally disappear after one year old.
Here are 10 best ways to reduce the baby spitting up
1.Breastfeeding is suggested. Mother should breastfeed her baby when baby needs. Do not feed too frequently or too much. And don’t force the baby to drink
2.Don’t wait until the baby is too hungry to feed. Mother should feed the baby when the little one is clam and pleasant.
3.Mother should feed the baby when the baby is sober. It’s not good for the baby to drink lying flat. It also important to feed with the sitting position (not lying).
4.Mother should try her best to reduce the air the baby will inhale during they drink. For the breastfeeding, mother should let baby keeps a very large proportion of the breast in the mouth. For the bottle feeding, the nipple should be full of milk and the size of it should be suitable for baby (ensure the milk will not come too fast or slow).
5.It’s suggested to have a pause after 3-5 minutes’ feeding and restart feeding after slightly patting the baby’s back.
6.After feeding, it’s better to hold baby vertically for 20-30 minutes. Baby can lie on adult’s shoulder. Then, the adult slightly pat the baby’s back and try best to make the air in the baby’s stomach out.
7.Try to feed more frequently but feed less at each time in case that the baby is too full and spit up the milk.
8.Change the diaper before feeding. If the baby defecate after the feeding, just try not to put the legs higher than the body which is easy to make the baby spit up.
9.After adding complementary, the mashed complementary can help to reduce the chance of spitting up milk. But just remember, don’t give too much water or juice, they will make things worse.
10.If the baby doesn’t spit up milk frequently, it’s not necessary to hold up the sleeping baby to pat, especially at night. If the baby always spit up, mother should sit up to feed instead of letting the baby lie down and drink.
What to Do When The Baby Is Choking
Baby spitting up is normal and common. Just take it easy and clean it up after the spitting up. If the baby keep coughing after the spitting up (chocking milk), you can follow the guides of below:
1.Don’t hold the baby vertically immediately in case of the milk enters into the lung.
2.If the baby just slightly chocks milk, mother can lean the baby’s body to one side and slightly pat the baby’s back.
3.If the baby is choking violently, mother should let the baby lie prone on her legs, and pat the baby’s back heavier so that the milk can outflow successfully.