Almost all babies spit up, especially newborns. Spitting up decreases when the muscles of the esophagus, the tube that connects the throat to the stomach, become more coordinated. This process can take as little as 6 months or as long as 1 year.
Spitting up should not be confused with vomiting. Vomiting is forceful and may be repeated. Spitting up may seem forceful but usually occurs shortly after feeding. It is effortless and causes no discomfort. A baby may spit up for no reason at all. But vomiting may be caused by a more serious problem.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if your child has any problems.
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics
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