DOES YOUR BABY THROW UP A LOT? HOW TO HANDLE IT?
Does your baby Spit up a lot? How to handle it? If this is your question, here is an answer. Many babies bring up some milk after their feeds. The quantity is usually small, but it looks a lot because by this time the milk is mixed with saliva. This problem is more common among bottle-fed babies. It may also happen if the baby has had too much milk or he takes it too quickly. If your baby spits out too often, check the following:
- The bottle should be properly held and the teat always should be full of milk.
- The hole in the teat should neither be too small nor too large.
- The baby should not be moved about while feeding
- Don’t pat your baby too roughly when you are trying to make him burp.
- The baby should not be crying much, before or during feeds.
- He should not be forced to take extra milk when he does not want any more.
If in spite of following all the above mentioned tips, spitting continues, consult the doctor- especially if the regurgitated milk is large in quantity, if there is greenish bile or blood in it.
How to deal with it?
- Don’t force feed your baby, by insisting he finish the milk which he may have left in the bottle. Many babies vomit the extra milk which they actually did not need in the first place. On the other hand, some babies may become fat due to forced feeding.
- Warm milk feed for the baby should be prepared a short while before giving it to the baby. As germs grow rapidly in warm milk, the prepared feed should not be kept standing at room temperature for more than an hour. The risk of infection is greater in the summer. Do not keep hot milk in a vacuum flask for longer than an hour. If you have to store the prepared milk feed for some time, place it straight in the refrigerator or ice box. It should subsequently be lightly warmed immediately before giving it to the baby. If not used within 24 hours, the refrigerated milk should be discarded.
- Throw away the milk remaining in the bottle after the baby has finished his feed; do not store it for later use.
Air, the sole culprit:
The peak time the baby spit up is when your baby is around 4 months old. Baby during feeding (either breast feeding or bottle feeding) take in some air along with milk. The air tries to come out and travel up. In the mean course, some amount of milk also comes up though his nose or mouth. This is the reason why the teat of the bottle should be always filled with milk. While breast feeding, make sure the baby doesn’t get distracted as this will increase the chances of baby taking in air.