Most babies spit up, and some vomiting in the first few weeks and even months, is normal development in most cases.
Spitting up is not seen as a health problem, unless the baby seems discontent and is not urinating or producing enough bowel movements.
In the case of GERD “gastroesophageal reflux disease” The baby will display other symptoms such as pain, feeding difficulty, sleeping difficulty. Read more about GERD if you suspect that your baby has this problem.
Vomiting may accompany a cold or flu. The baby will usually show other signs such as fever, tiredness and nasal congestion.
A very rare reason for vomiting is galactosemia, in which the baby lacks the enzyme galactose to digest breast milk…read more about this here.
This is when the vomitus is projected quite a distance away. Babies usually projectile vomit when they are sick. If a baby projectile vomits more than once per day and is also not gaining weight, you should see a doctor to rule out the possibility of pyloric stenosis. Pyloric stenosis is a condition where the connection between he stomach and intestines is narrowed. This condition is also vary rare.
Tracy Ann Behr, CBC, CLD (CBI)
Reference: Course information through Childbirth International on breastfeeding physiology / Health problems / Vomiting baby.
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